Dear Family and Friends:
It is Christmas Eve and we are in Alabama visiting with my parents, Bob & Becky, and two sisters, April and Lorrie, and their families once again. As it is every year, the time leading up to this blessed holiday is always very busy as our lives revolve around school calendars which demand many tasks be completed before we are able to celebrate the season. Hence, my apologies for a belated Christmas greeting. It has been a busy year for all of us as I will briefly narrate.
May, 2010. Our eldest daughter Sarah graduated from Norman North High School, earning scholastic honors and achievement for her hard work and effort. She is now a freshman at the University of Oklahoma studying International Relations and planning to go to law school.
Summer, 2010, Taiwan. Since the previous summer Sarah went by herself to Taiwan, we decided that this summer she was to stay home and work while the rest of us headed east. In addition to visiting family in friends in Taiwan, I gave lectures at Fu Jen University where I had previously taught. This was followed by a trip to Singapore for a conference, and then onto Kunming, China where I taught students from the University of Oklahoma on an inaugural 4-week study abroad program. Robbie accompanied us for the first part of the trip to Taiwan and then returned home on his 16th birthday. Robbie is now a Junior at Norman North High School.
Summer, 2010, China. Donna and Pearl joined me, a colleague, and 8 OU students for a memorable 4 weeks in China. We stayed on the campus of Yunnan University in Kunming, the city of eternal spring. Pearl, now a 7-year-old first grader, was the star of the group as she made friends with the university students as we took trips with them to such scenic places as Xishuangbanna in the south and Lijiang in the north. It was a memorable time and I plan to lead another group back to China summer, 2011 (regrettably without family
We are blessed to have had so many opportunities in 2010 and look forward to another exciting year. May you enjoy this time when we celebrate the birth of a savior who brings us hope for blessings and peace.
Todd, Donna, Sarah, Robbie, and Pearl