Many of you haven't heard from us since last January's holiday greeting letter, so I'll play catch-up from there and summarize the Bishop's activities for 1989. It has been a good year -- we have all been blessed enough to remain basically healthy, happy, and whole.
Sara are in 8th and 7th grades and they stay adequately busy. Both
girls have been involved with the golf team, Jr. Lifesaving, volleyball,
Confirmation Class, and German lessons two mornings a week before school
in hopes of traveling to Austria for three weeks in June. Sara's
main new activity is playing piano in a regional Youth Orchestra. I hope
she stays with it, because where else is a 15-year-old going to wear a
long, black, velvet skirt? (It doesn't fit me.) Shannon
continues to pursue gymnastics and French. Voila!
was filled with various camps, lessons, sports, and a family vacation to
Montana. Two new outdoor activities (for parents this time!) are
biking for me and remote-operated model airplanes for John.
Shannon and I biked 150 miles to Duluth in June, and Sara and I did a 50
mile tour closer to home in July. (Ol' Shannon got me in to
scuba-diving in '88 and major biking in '89. What will it be in
1990?) I fill the lull period between biking and cross-country
skiing with some racquetball to stay active, buy my real love is
being on that bike.
This is my
third year of being a non-working, stay-at-home mom, and while I
still find the general pace and greater personal freedom very much to my
liking there's not a lot of time on my hands. The picture
albums are still not caught up, nor are all the storage areas overly
neat and organized. But I decided the latter situation was not
totally my fault -- we just don't have enough room -- so we're adding
more space! It has been quite a project.
As I have learned from so many of you in your holiday communications, you also have had no fights, tears, disappointments or failures over the years. So let's hope that both your family and ours continue to have equally active, fulfilling, rewarding lives in 1990 and beyond!