In lieu of a Big White ski trip on President's Day weekend, the Eide clan elected to rent a cabin on Whidbey Island. Though missing Zach, Kelsea and Markus, the rest of us relaxed for two days at Bush Point on the west side of the island. The cabin was right on the beach; and the design of the cabin took advantage of the location. Besides the usual eating, playing games and lounging around, we took walks on the beach and explored a few island communities. One of the highlights of the weekend was enjoying a special book that Marti created for Jenny and her soon to be daughter. In an attempt to help Jenny and the new Bulthuis girl get to know Bestefar and Bestemor a little better, each of us wrote a memory or impression of the beloved parents/grandparents; and then Marti made a beautiful memoir album. Each of us took turns reading our portion. The book is destined to become an Eide family heirloom. We were fortunate to have some nice weather on Sunday morning and Monday. All in all, a great alternative to Big White.
Move aside Abe! The year was 1985. I had completed my studies at Regent College and Esther and I were just about to embark on our adventure to Colorado and Denver Seminary. After eight years of privacy, we joined the world of parenthood. Bjorn entered our lives at 7:30 pm, February 12. We had no idea what a great blessing this gift of God would be in our lives. Happy 24th Birthday, Bjorn!
A big sigh of relief has just gone up in Port Orchard tonight. Local voters passed a four year replacement levy for South Kitsap School District. The district will still be making big cuts in spending next year due to state financial crisis; but a loss of the replacement levy would have been devastating. The building mood at work this week for both Esther and I will be pretty upbeat as many staff were anxious about the outcome.