Happy Holidays |
The following is the text of the Christmas letter that we sent out for Cindy's family in December, 2005.
We hope this finds all of you well and finishing up a wonderful holiday season. As has become our tradition the past few years we are writing this family letter on Christmas Day while most of us are together. The Colorado and Illinois families didn’t make it to the farm for Christmas this year, but we know they are with us in spirit. We miss you all so much. Now here’s what we’ve been up to …
Norman continues to do well in his 73rd year on this earth. He is still farming with Jer and serves on the board of directors for the local telephone cooperative. He also keeps busy tending his garden and feeding his many, many cats. Most evenings you'll catch him watching whatever sporting event happens to be on TV. This past fall was a busy time for him. The harvest was good this year. And in late September he returned to Mayo Clinic for his semi-annual checkup where he received a good report. That same week he attended his 55th class reunion in Worthington. Alas he had to miss this year’s reunion of his army buddies because it was also held that same weekend, but he’s looking forward to seeing all of them next time. He'd like to thank the guys for sending him the cap. It's GREAT!
Jer keeps busy farming, raising cattle, doing general maintenance around the place, attending farm sales, and refurbishing some of his favorite old farm equipment. He also puts his computer to good use most evenings surfing the internet and chatting with his sisters online. We love keeping up with what’s going on down on the farm on a regular basis. His favorite pastime by far though is watching NASCAR racing. In October he enjoyed his annual trip to Kansas City with Cate (GO Jr.!), Bob (Matt! Matt! Matt!) and friends to attend the weekend’s NASCAR races. And in February the gang is heading to Daytona to attend the Daytona 500.
Cate & Bob|
Cate continues as a special education teacher at Adrian High School, and this year added the middle school to her domain. She is also working as a special education consultant at the Southwestern Youth Service, a residential facility for boys, and has become a professional developer for teaching learning strategies to other teachers. On the weekends she continues to play the organ and sing with the choir at St. Kilian Church. She did a wonderful job singing a duet of “O Holy Night” at the midnight mass service Christmas Eve. Koehne Brothers Construction continues to keep Bob extremely busy. In his spare time he is a volunteer firefighter with the Wilmont Fire Department and is trying to remodel the second floor of their house in Wilmont.
Curt & Janelle|
Curt’s Electric is keeping Curt extremely busy too. It’s tough to find time to take off but he usually manages to work it out somehow when it comes to their four boys. He and Janelle spend most of their free time shuttling the boys around to their many activities, working on their many home projects and enjoying a little time with friends. Their boys all attend school in Adrian and are excellent students. Tyler is an 8th grader at Adrian High School. He enjoys sports a lot, playing baseball in the summer, football in the fall and is currently wrestling on the JV team at the high school. Mitchell is a 6th grader and also enjoys baseball, football and wrestling. He also plays in the percussion section of the band. Dallas, a very active 5th grader, enjoys baseball, wrestling and playing computer games. Tony, their youngest, is in the 3rd grade and also played baseball last summer and is wrestling this winter.
Sue & Jeff|
Sue and Jeff still call Winona, MN home. Sue took on a new challenge this year when she became an educational assistant at the kids’ elementary school. She helps K thru 3rd graders with math and reading. She also sings with the choir at St. John’s and enjoys spending a few quiet moments crocheting in front of the television while she catches her breath at night. Jeff is in his um-teenth year with the MN DOT. He spent a good chunk of the year working on a major reconstruction project of Hwy 52 south of Rochester. He’s happy to spend the winter working closer to home. Their oldest Walker, a 5th grader, moved up to the middle school this year. He says he really likes it, especially lunch as the food is much better. He played baseball last summer and spends most of his free time now with neighbors and playing Playstation. Devon is in 3rd grade and a very good student. She is on the student council, and enjoys taking Gifted & Talented and Spanish classes after school. She played softball last summer and has excelled at gymnastics this year. She also enjoyed learning to crochet. Carson is a 1st grader. His teacher says that he is an excellent reader. He enjoyed his first year playing baseball last summer, and loves to play Playstation.
Dan & Gail|
Dan, Gail and girls still live in Lisle, IL. Dan has spent more than a dozen years working as a civil engineer for Walsh Construction. This year he finished up work on three major projects, continues with a couple more, and has three or so in the works for next year. Right now he’s busy coordinating the rebuilding of ramps on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Gail keeps busy coordinating the girl’s many activities and looking after her parents, Helen and Leno Capone, who are in their 80s and still living in their own home in suburban Chicago. Aaron is a 5th grader at St. Joan of Arc. She enjoys sports and has been playing softball, volleyball and basketball this year. She’s also been ice skating and takes piano lessons. Aubrey is in 2nd grade at St. Joan of Arc. She also ice skates and takes piano lessons. She’s a Brownie Girl Scout and an Indian Princess. Both girls inherited their mother’s love for animals and love to collect all kinds of pets.
Cindy & Phil|
After nearly a decade of being “just a mom”, Cindy ventured back into the working world last spring by becoming a teachers’ aide in the kindergarten room at their kids’ school. She enjoyed having the summer off with the kids and then went back to being an aide for the current school year. She continues to sing with the St. John’s choir and helps out with a number of other projects at the church. She is especially excited to be helping to organize a Vacation Bible Camp for the St. John’s kids for this coming summer. Phil continues working for Target Corp. and spends many, many evenings helping coach the girls sporting activities. Annette is a 4th grader at St. John’s. She’s doing well in school and is anxiously looking forward to starting in the new 3rd – 5th grade choir in the New Year. She played softball last summer, volleyball in the fall and is now playing basketball. She is a big Harry Potter fan and can’t wait for another Potter book to hit the shelves. Shelby, a 2nd grader at St. John’s, is an American Girl fan. Her favorite to date is Josefina (that’s all she wanted for Christmas). She played baseball last summer and can’t wait to start basketball camp in January. Both girls enjoy their Little Flowers Girls Club and continue taking music classes. Cindy has enjoyed teaching both of the girls to sew and crochet. Joe (the youngest of Norm’s grandchildren) is in his final year of preschool and is already looking forward to kindergarten next year. His free time is mainly focused on super heroes, cars and trucks.
Kieth, Justin & Travis|
For nearly 25 years Kieth has called Crested Butte, CO home. His business, Henning Electric, is thriving as there seems to be another major building boom in the resort town. He does manage to take a little time off to enjoy his rustic mountain cabin, his hobbies and an occasional vacation to somewhere warm. After spending a few years in the Denver / Boulder area working and going to school, Justin moved back to Crested Butte and is working for his dad and enjoying the laid back life in the mountains. Travis is doing well in his second year of mechanics school in Denver. Next summer he will graduate and get a job doing something he loves – getting down and dirty with engines.
Well, now we’re out of time and space so we’ll sign off by wishing you the best in 2006. Our love and prayers are with all of you.
Sincerely, Norman Sieve and family
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