Dear Friends and Family,
We want to
wish you a very Merry Christmas from the three
of us! This has been a very full and rewarding year for us. What an amazing
experience to welcome Gareth Travis Siegel on March 14! At birth he measured
just 21 ˝ inches and 7 lb. 13 oz. It has been amazing to see him grow: sitting
5 mo., crawling at 6 mo., and now practically walking!
Helen is now a “stay-at-home” mom although she worked at Kaiser Permanente up to the day before going into labor. Our recent venture with real estate investment has kept us both busy and working together more and more. This year we purchased two houses that were in foreclosure and in need of repairs. After completing the fix-up work we sold one house, and the other we have rented. Scott also continues to provide computer networking services to various customers through our Cybertek business.
We have enjoyed our visits with many family members and friends this year. In May Scott’s Dad came to visit us and was able to be here for Gareth’s Baby Dedication. Helen and Gareth went to Kentucky for a week in June to visit Great Grandma Virginia Steinweg. In September Helen and Gareth made yet another trip, this time to Peru for a friend’s wedding. What a wonderful reunion with friends who were Helen’s neighbors when she and her family lived in Peru 20 years ago. Gareth surprised us with his first two teeth while in Peru. And last, this December we all went to Ohio to visit Gareth’s Siegel Great Grandparents.
As many of you know, Scott is an avid 49ers football fan and so Gareth and Helen have been to three 49er games with Scott this year: one in San Diego, and two in San Francisco. On our last trip to San Francisco, we enjoyed a ferry ride from Pier 39, around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge. click here for pictures.
Beyond the clean-up and fixing of the investment houses, our own house has experienced some remodeling projects including installation of central heating and air, a new fireplace, and changing of the front windows from two small corner windows to one large central picture window.
Our church activities have been many and various this year. We continue to lead the Adventurers club and have enjoyed trips to the Wild Animal Park and to the beach with the children and their families. In August we went camping at Camp Morning Star sharing a cabin with Scott’s brother Steve’s family. Helen has been singing with the ladies chorus High Praise this year, and we both supported the Breathe Free stop-smoking program with audio-visual set-up and Helen’s nutrition presentation.
May you be close to family and friends during this Christmas season, but more important we pray that your heart will be touched by the Baby in the manger.
We wish you God’s blessings in the New Year.
Scott, Helen and Gareth