The big event there was their formal church wedding, which in Finland often occurs some time after the civil union.
We had plenty of time with Frida, but confess to feeling that the distance is going to make our connection more difficult as she grows up. Jan continues to work with AAUW and serve on the Warren County Library Board. Both of us volunteer at the Warren County Historical Museum. Jim had the biggest change when the elected president of the Historical Society resigned last spring and the 1st vice president could not take over. As 2nd VP of the Board he ended up in the driver’s seat for the rest of the year.
TJ, the graduate, is now pursuing his Fire Safety degree at Des Moines Area Community College or DMACC. He continues to work at the Hiawatha Fire Dept one weekend a month. Mikel is having a successful go at seventh grade and is enjoying his new status as senior son at home. He pitched and caught for his baseball team this past summer. Last month he fell into an upholstery machine, but luckily is now fully recovered. This is a joke and a large groan is permitted.
Son David, wife Lotta, and granddaughter Frida live in Helsinki, Finland. The best news from there this year is that David found an IT job that he loves with the Kone Elevator Company. It’s an ideal position as it is a Finnish company with an international reach that conducts most of its business in English. His office overlooks the beautiful Helsinki harbor. Lotta remains with the YLE (Finnish Broadcasting System), but is working hard to finish her certification as a Gestalt Therapist, which will give her a much more flexible schedule. Meanwhile Frida is already two years old and counting (in both languages). Is she a happy soul? Yes!
Is she a beauty like her mother? Yes!
By the way, the police were called to her day-care center last week. Apparently the kids were resisting a rest. More and louder groans are allowed or maybe it is just time to wish for more peace and good will in 2015 and a Very Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.