Therefore the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14).
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Chase Family
Here we are at the end of 2009 already. My how time flies!! Here in Houston all is well – Kids are doing good in school and I am adjusting to my new role in the police department (and as a grandpa ). Hope everyone out there is well and that we can get some visiting done this next year. As always, if anyone wants to come to hot, humid, Houston – just give us a shout!! In the meantime, please accept our heartfelt wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years!
Jay, Valerie, Christopher (and the twins), Nicholas, Emily, Katherine, and of course the various critters
Well, if your are still around and if you are brave of heart (with extra time on your hands) I have included a little of what each of us has been doing this year as well as… yeah, you guessed it – PICTURES!!!
Katherine, as usual, is acing her sophomore year (including Calculus). She is up to 31/2 feet, jumping Diva and had a pretty good showing in Cross Country. She is looking forward to track season! BTW – the pencil illustration of Mary and Jesus was drawn by Katherine and used by the School as their annual Christmas card!
Emily has spent the fall away from home at Angelo State University. She is enjoying her classes and expects mostly A’s!! We are happy! She has a partial scholarship through the Air Force and has been enjoying the experience. She recently took the AFOQT and is hopefully in the running for one of the national scholarships. She is now balancing her interest in being a doctor with the idea of being a pilot. Ahhh.. to be young again!!
Nicholas has been keeping up his band, beer brewing, poker playing and once in a while…. school. Actually, his grades have been hanging in there and he is in the running for some exciting opportunities! He came and ran with us for Thanksgiving and learned that the girls were faster than he remembered!! He does a great job helping out with the twins. We’ll certainly miss him if he ends up leaving town, because he is the impetus behind most of our social endeavors!
Christopher (and the twins)
Christopher has been rocking along with Alexander and Michael in tow. The divorce is still not final, but seems to be moving forward. The kids are getting bigger every day. They are mobile, vocal, energetic, way too smart, and cute as the dickens…. not to say they can’t wear a soul out… 🙂 We get them half a week and enjoy every minute of it!
Valerie is stil teaching French at St. Thomas and enjoys her job. She spends the majority of her nights like most teachers… grading papers!! I have ultimate respect for school teachers… it’s a lot of work! No real plans for vacations or anything besides school, work, barn and church – at least not while there are still two kiddos in college.
I was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Traffic Enforcement nights with Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday off (9pm – 7am). Imagine that… twenty years later – here I am back on the DWI Task Force. I have been making one or two arrests every night in addition to the requisite lieutenant duties. My big goal for next year (the big 50) is to do the "Hotter Than Hell Hundred" bike ride in Wichita Falls next August. Anyone wanna do it with me??? 🙂
"Dymphna" – dd
"Pocket Kitty" – pp
And here are some golden oldies I came across when we visited Grandpa Larry!!