Christmas 2007

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Yes, this is our Christmas 2007 update, XL version. It will be modified and sent to those folks who 1) don’t have email or 2) we didn’t remember had email. It has been a very busy year, chock full of changes; here’s the skinny:

Christopher

Thanks to his wife, who since 2005 has had a very bad case of…what’s a good word…wanderlust?…Christopher has been uprooted (more on the specifics of all that below). He has happily been dragged across the country and is now squirreled away in his studio, planning his next move. He has been completing a number of art and recording projects and is patiently waiting for the release of Cousin Kelly’s full CD release.

God works in mysterious ways; in the course of this hectic move about the country, Christopher has been reunited with two of his original Imani African Dance students, whom he taught when they were just little people. Both are now adults with children of their own…

Andree’

To define the term above, wanderlust…in 2005, Andree’ had the pleasure of traveling to Tucson, Arizona with her family to attend the Fielding Graduate University School of Educational Leadership and Change National Session (remember, earlier in 2005 she joined Fielding as a doctoral student); Christopher had warned her, prior to their leaving the Philadelphia International Airport, that she would most likely love it there. At the time, she thought nothing of his warning. However, after a week in the foothills at the Westward Look Resort, she was hooked. So hooked in fact that once she, Christopher, and Khalil were seated on the plane to return to Philly International, she cried for 45 minutes. From that moment, she was determined to find work and relocate.

Fast-forward to 2006: Andree’ had been working as the Director of Community Outreach and the Salem City location of Salem Community College since 2000. That position was eliminated in the fall and she was appointed to the position of Manager of Institutional Research, Planning, and Development. This was quite a change and took Andree’ away from working with students, customers, and constituents; in fact, she could no longer serve on the local committees she had been involved with for almost the entire time she’d been there. The appointment was initially temporary, which inspired Andree’ to search for work in the West all the more; she’d by this time expanded her search to include Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California.

Jump to 2007: Andree’ was blessed to be selected to serve Azusa Pacific University’s Inland Empire Regional Center as Director. Wanderlust satiated…

Khalil

Khalil was also dragged across the country by his mom; he was somewhat miserable during the almost 3,000 mile trip but survived nicely. He has become a very good student at the newly built Cesar Chavez Middle School and is quite the builder; his Bionicles collection is coming along nicely.

Highlights

While the move to SoCal (Southern California, for those of you yet to be initiated) has been great, there were a few sad highlights. We are close to 3,000 miles away from family and friends. Although she made the trip like a trooper, our senior cat Jingles passed away about a month or so after our arrival.

Jingles

God works in mysterious ways. We were introduced to a cat in Salem and brought her home; we named her Pepper. We brought her with us to California, only to find out that she was pregnant. She was just as surprised as we were.

Pepper

You can see Pepper and all the babies on our web album entitled “Critters”.

You can also see a slideshow of our trip across the country on our web album entitled “California Bound”.

And for now, that is our update. We pray that you have had a good year and that your New Year will be blessed. Be on the lookout for more updates, hopefully…

The Adventure Continues…

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007 Annual Updates

9 Comments to Christmas 2007

  • Bonnie Reese says:

    Just this morning I was telling Michael that I wondered how you three were doing! And now here you are. It’s great to hear from you, and we’re looking forward to more updates. Keep them coming!

  • Molly says:

    Sounds like an awsome time you are all having!!! Merry Christmas!

  • Bill, Farley and Merlin says:

    Always great to see new and innovative resources and I was glad to see and hear from you as a fellow ELC colleague. Winter break is upon us and again lots to do for ELC, spring syllabus, and spring course preparation to name a few. Looking forward to a great New Year. My best to everyone, BD

  • WOW, SO glad to hear from you! Katie Rose still misses Khalil and we still miss you. In fact, we missed you so much that we moved to Fenwick Avenue because we couldn’t stand to be on Johnson Street without you! 😉

    So glad to hear that you are all doing well.

    Miss you!

    Love

    Jennifer, Butch, Katie Rose and Tyler

    Katie Rose says to give Khalil a BIG hug!

  • Michelle says:

    Oh my God! You don’t know how good it is to hear from you. I hadn’t heard from you and I am a worry wart. I am sooo glad to hear Chris is in his element. You already know I think you are awesome. It is wonderful Kahlil is in such a great school. Sorry to hear about your kitty, and happy to hear about you bountiful blessing. My Mom is moving into this beautiful brand new senior building in Pennsville. Sandy is moving back home and looking for another place. She finally got her license. Josh is home right now, but he goes back to Camp LeJuene on the 12th. Wolf was having some troubles in school, but I think we have them under control. If we don’t, you may hear about a weird light coming from 8th street. It will be a beam eminating from his behind from me lighting him up. I doing okay. I finally understand what middle age means. I hope I survive it. I pray you all have a very blessed New Year.
    Love you much,
    Michelle
    P.S. I love the site.

  • Malcombe & Family says:

    Good hearig from you guys. It was a real surprise went Christopher came by the church. Please give Khalil a big hug for me. You I know I really miss all of you but I’m so glad that you are doing so well. Keep the church family in your daily prayer

  • Rev. and Ethel Austin says:

    Well hello,

    Thank you for including us. We were just speaking of you the other evening. Reverend and I are doing well. I am so haapy for all of you. Give Khalil and Chris our best.

  • Karen Berry says:

    Andree, Chris and Khalil.

    So good to hear you are all doing so well! Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Love the website – what a cool way to keep in touch with eveyone.

    Keep the updates coming and enjoy your new life in CA.

  • Tanya Mae says:

    Andree, Chris and Khalil.
    I enjoyed hearing about your adventure to California. You guys have left a lot to come here. We are excited to have you at our church at North Hills. Love ya

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