2004 In Review
And the years roll and we
just get old. Wow, 2004 came and went with fury. Dad is
still at Austin Energy charging away and building a temple. Things
took off at work and the transformation is on its way. Dad also
started his second year on the board of directors at the neighborhood
and as sponsor of the social committee. Mom on the other hand was
again the chair of the social committee and selected a co-chair (Stacy
Garcia) to share the wealth.
The kids moved to another grade. Alexandra
graduated from 4th and AJ from 1st. Austin Theodore went back to
home schooling, because he is too intense.
The kids had another great year with soccer,
baseball, basketball, DI, bicycling, rollerblading, skateboarding,
scouts and homework.
The Spring was packed with activities and
the kids grew up a few inches. The highlight vacation was our trip to
Disneyworld, the kids favorite destination. We stayed at the Grand
Floridian and had a blast. While the kids and Angela enjoyed the
parks, Dad attended a conference and worked. We surely enjoyed
Disney again. It is just too much fun with the kids.
An amazing calling for
Dad took place at the end of the Spring. An opportunity to be a
Spiritual Director for the SJN program. Dad applied and a few weeks
later he was discerned for the role. What an honor to serve the Lord by
serving others in our community. The task: to share the gift of
CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish) with many.
Our summer was filled with great activities, as we
stayed put at home. Mom organized unbelievable Memorial Day and
4th of July parties for 300 residents each. And lots of the pool and lake outings. Soccer and
baseball camps for the kids. Plus lots of time with bikes and
No California trip this summer. 2005 is due for a return to land
of the Golden Gate.
As soon we looked around it was time for
the kids to start a new school year. Alexandra started
5th grade and AJ started 2nd grade. The kids get taller and
taller, and smarter and smarter, and faster and faster. As the
kids got back in the groove with school and Angela started a new venture
(traveling biz), Dad joined up with his 1st SJN team as a spiritual
director (CRHP Team 24). Wow, what a team. A great group of
men took Dad in an amazing spiritual journey as formation moved on its
way to 2005. Additionally, Dad was humbled even further when he was
discerned by the leadership of SJN to become the co-chair of the CRHP
Ministry and be expected to take over as chair by the spring of 2005.
The Lord has been blessing us in ways that we could have never imagined.
Thanksgiving with the Finches and had an awesome time. Mom organized a
fantastic x-mas ride for 120 residents by the social committee and we
had a x-mas small
party for some neighbors and friends at home. New
year's celebration was fun as well. We spent lots of time
with church friends and neighbors in 2004 building community. We
didn't go skiing this year either. The kids really missed it again. Maybe
In closing, we wish you
all the best and pray for peace, health, and love.