December 2004
Ho Ho Ho!  Merry Christmas. Sincere if not timely best wishes.
Terry Lynn has had a rough stretch health wise.  She has been out on leave in the process of beginning retirement.
In April we got to go along to Italia for 3 weeks with a high school bunch.

We stayed in Vercelli with Oranella and Fabritzio who took us to Liguria for Easter.  Such hospitality.
Click: Italia for more photos from Italy
We also toured Austria and Switzerland.  We visited the Olympic village in Innsbruck.  Steve escaped serious injury
from the dreaded Austrian Attack swan.  Mange, mange, mange.  As in Samoa, eating is an art.
We learned that Italia“old” is not the same thing as American "old."  Europe thinks in terms of thousands of years,
where we generally think in terms of hundreds of years.   We also learned about gelato and Café Italiano!  Delicioso.

 Heather and Sam “renewed” in May in N. River Mills when a tornado touched down (really.)
We got to enjoy savor the 17 year cicadas.  They're very similar to soft shell crab.
Heather is preaching and Sam is computer-teching in Hanford, CA.  They added Darcy to their family.
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GrandPap Francis gave us a good scare this summer, but he’s doing well now.
Josh and Steph married near Charlotte, NC on Lake Norman.  Heather officiated.
Pepe helped with the luau theme.
Steph is working at a home for troubled youth.  Josh is an engineer for Seimens.
Click:   lil Steph  or Our Little Girl or Josh's Wedding Album or American Gothic
or  Rich's Album 1 or Rich's Album 2 or Steph's CB Methodist Bridal Shower
In August, Steve Bar-B-Cued his leg
We visited the Trader and Aliquo 
family near Nashville, TN.
Cousin, JT and MiniMe.
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The Thomas family gained
a new member, Toby.
The family mourned the loss of Aunt Mary (Norma, Bill and Jack)
 The Perry’s introduced us
to little Sydney. 
We still enjoy sharing Samoa with school, church and college groups. 
Click: Thomas Family and New Puppy   or Kirstyn and Alex Floatin' or PERRY CHRISTMAS AND SYDNEY   or  Samoa Presentation

Sweetheart Dance @ 2004 Moonshine Ball
In Oct. we hosted a weekend church retreat a Dad’s. 
We were privileged to get to know Kaitlyn Dante on our trip to Italy.  Tragically, this beautiful young lady died in an auto accident.  But in the days following her death we learned just how much one life well lived can make a difference.Kaitlyn's enthusiasm and smile are prominent in the Italia album mentioned above.
Click: Moonshine Ball or  Weekend in the Boonies III  or  Weekend in the Boonies 2004

Steve- the 'Foamin' Samoan' Mud Wrestling for Hampshire High Seniors.
Steve's 7th gr. geography can be somewhat bizarre at times. Steve's Classroom Site
It was nice to get together with 
family and friends for Thanksgiving
 Terry Lynn put much energy into the Sun. School; virtual cruises with St. Paul and Christmas plays.
Click:   Steph's Thanksgiving Album  or CB Methodist Christmas
Bailes Family Memory Lane  or Steph's Mermory Bailes Album or Steph and Josh's Halloween or Capon Bridge Middle DC Trip and Bike Ride  or
Browse Photo Homepages: Capon Bridge Methodist or Capon Bridge Methodist 2  Bailes 2004 or Bailes Family (Mema)  or Bailes/Samoa/Taiwan  or Bailes/Hawaii/BakerWed/Doug&JoyceWed  or Steph's Albums  or Steph 2 or Josh's Albums or Capon Bridge Middle  or Capon Bridge Middle 2
or  Samoa New  or Rock's Up Yonder 2004 or   Italia or   Josh and Steph's 1st Christmas-2004 or Bailes 2003 Christmas Letter or