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Family Newsletter - January/February 1999


Past Issues: June July August September October Nov/Dec

From: Peter, Kristin, and Gentry

John Jacob Sorensen was born on the afternoon of December 16, 1998. He weighed 7 lbs, 14 oz and was 20.5 inches long.

We are extremely proud of him as parents but think that his big brother Gentry is even more proud of him. Gentry has been a good big brother and on numerous times has told us "I like my new baby". He thinks that Kristin should have another one soon. We'll see about that. John has been healthy so far, is very alert and has recently started to smile. Other than waking us up several times each night to eat, John has been a great joy to us and we are very glad to have him as a new addition to our family.


Getting ready for the blizzard outside!


Another grandkid to play with


From: Betty

News here is that Carl will get a Pacemaker put in next week to correct a very irregular heart.

Pray for his well being.

Betty


From: Steve

I just wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year!

I was able to drive back to Illinois for the holidays and enjoy the time with my family. The days were kept active for us all with the two little Sorensen boys around!

I ended up getting an extra two days in Monmouth, as a large blizzard came in the day I was to drive back to Colorado. All the highways were closed and it was windy and bitterly cold. I had forgotten about that midwestern, moist cold that chills you down to your bones!

If you want to see some photos of our holidays, click on the link below:

Click here to see the Sorensen's Christmas


From: Loey

Well, it appears the Knapp family is going to be on the road in 1999. I have been named the site installation manager for Ft Riley, Kansas, so I am currently living in the Holidome in Manhattan, Kansas. I did get a suite for extra room and I drove so that I could bring my sewing machine and an extra suitcase full of material. I don't think the team is used to a project manager that signs up for local quilt classes before checking into the hotel. But then at lunch we sit around and practice spitting as far as possible (well... almost). This may go on for some time so Gary is in charge of Rio until he returns to China, sometime later this spring.

Nikhil has been accepted into the Peace Corps and plans to leave for Nepal in June. Meanwhile he and Kirby are having a grand time in their bachelor pad in Santa Clara - I think they get some programming in during the day but that's not guaranteed.

Priya just got offered a great job at ENRON (NRON?) in Houston so she will be there for some time before they assign her to some site (international or other). Kirby is talking to EDS about going to Singapore. Chelsea and RIch just interviewed in Rome but felt the language barrier was too much and will look elsewhere or just stay in Colorado. Some of us are collecting for a trip to Bali in June but other than that it will be hit and miss in terms of seeing each other.

Call me at the Holidome sometime.


From: Karen

As most of you know, Elmer and Rick have been working together in Africa the last few weeks. Karen sent us the following excerpts from emails she received from Rick and asked us to share these with you:

From Rick:
Speaking of prayer, last night we were coming back from Nzash's house and we were stopped at a checkpoint. Nzash had said that we didn't need our passports now because there weren't any more checkpoints, but here was one. He asked us if we had our passports; we said no. Your dad asked if we should lie down as we go past. I sat in the back and prayed. Right before we got to the guards, a cheeky guy in a 4x4 passed us on the inside, in the dirt and pulled in front. When it was his turn, the guards were very interested in him and asked him to pull over, meanwhile the guard waved us through! We didn't even stop or answer any questions. I don't think we were in any danger, but it was great to see God looking out for us. I think I told you in the other email, or it's in my journal, that the city of Brazzaville, 3 km away, is being shelled by rebels. So, although this is a quiet place, that isn't the case everywhere.

I'm a bit disappointed, I haven't seen any pygmies, lions, or jungle. The wildest animals I've seen are lizards and birds. There is a stupid bird that starts singing at about 4 am each day and I have to put in my earplugs. I did see a statue of an elephant, but that's about it. - Rick

Just to let you know that Grace has her very own new and improved web site. You can see the latest by going to:

http://www.melt.co.uk/grace

(you've got to humor us proud parents especially when we live in another country).

Love

Rick, Karen and Grace


From: Gwen

Anyone who has tucked away crocheted doilies and would like to donate them to a worthwhile cause rather than letting them gather dust or giving them to charity, please send them to me. I have a wonderful quilt pattern that beautifully displays these doilies.

Who knows, this may be your next Christmas present. Check your closets.

Gwen Schroth, Route 2 Box 315, Celeste Tx 75423


From: Gwen

To All Jungas and Hiebert Women:

Y'all listen up now. TAKE YOUR CALCIUM! I just found out that I have osteoporosis and it isn't just mild. My bone density in the hips is only 63% of what it should be. I wish I had taken calcium for the past 20 years. So, learn from my mistake. Take 1,200 to 1,500 IUs of calcium a day and vitamin D with it. The only bright side to this is that my bent back brings me closer to the floor so that:

1) I see the dirt more clearly and sweep more thoroughly (which is good because, after all, as Mom would have said, "What would the neighbors think if the floor was dirty") and

2) I have less distance to fall should someone choose to trip me.


From: Phyl

Dear family,

It's a chilly Sunday afternoon in Bewdley with a hint of sun at the moment, which does nothing to warm things up, The river is still running very high, but not flooding into people's yards any longer. The swans and ducks are hanging about hoping somebody will toss in bread bits.

While we shiver here, Elmer and Rick are sweating it out in hot humid Congo. The word from them is that they are certainly safe though they can hear shelling all around, across the river by Brazzaville. Sounds like they're enjoying the teaching, have very decent accommodations, and all in all are having a great time. Rick is due home next Sunday evening, Elmer two weeks later.

Karen and I have our four hands pretty well occupied with Grace, who is as lively and agile as a monkey and as full of tricks and plans. This morning she climbed out of her crib alone for the first time. The other day she climbed into her highchair and buckled herself in. Is learning words as fast as we say them. Fortunately for us a toy we call the 'bomb'--a knobby thing that jumps noisily around-- ran its battery down, she likes to have it bumping about while she does other things. Enchanted by people, bestows kisses freely. We all love her to pieces.

Karen is into her second trimester and doing okay. We walk into town (ten minutes) about once a day to mail letters or buy milk or something. Last Sunday noon we had lunch at a very nice family pub, roast beef dinner. We drive into Kidderminster or Stourport, a few miles away, on errands. Excursions will mostly have to wait though for warmer weather. I'm putting Tong's essays on computer (Hmong friend in Fresno), and Karen does some work for YFC during the week.

Our return to Dallas is March 1, and then home I guess. Hope you all are weathering the winter.

More later. Love, Phyl


From: Barbara

Attached is a brief newsletter on the topic of nutrition:

Nutrition in a Nutshell #1
by Barbara Hiebert, R.D.

I have to admit, I love good food. So I suppose it's no surprise that I studied nutrition and became a dietitian (otherwise known as the Diet Police). After studying food chemically, physiologically, socio-culturally, and aesthetically, I have come to the grand conclusion that God did not create food to be boring! The French refugee cook in the movie "Babette's Feast" demonstrates to a small religious community the joy of a delicious gourmet meal shared together in recognition of God's grace.

Too much of a good thing can be detrimental, however. I see this daily in my line of work. High caloric intake, low exercise, and poor nutritional value of the foods we eat puts us at risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. We may know what we should eat, but often find it difficult to change our habits to achieve a balanced diet. In this series of Nutrition in a Nutshell, I hope to provide information that will assist you in developing a healthier diet.

One rule of thumb which is very helpful is the "Five-a-Day" rule. Aim for five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. A serving of fruit is: 1 fresh fruit (or a handful of grapes), 1/2 cup canned fruit, or 1/3-1/2 cup of fruit juice (the kind with lots of pulp is best). A vegetable serving is: 1 cup of raw vegetables or 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are important for their fiber and vitamin content. Take a look at your daily intake and see if you reach the 5-a-day goal.

Future topics will include: Folate and Heart Disease, Eating for Two, Fad Diets, Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, and Recipe Modification.

Please let me know if you have other ideas or questions! My e-mail address is: BarbaraHi@Helix.org; snail mail: 2412 Crest Rd. Baltimore, MD 21209.