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S: 2008 McColgin Memories

FC: 2008 McColgin Memories

1: South America Cruise begins in Santiago, Chile

2: "Friends are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts mixed in for flavor."


4: Loving Santiago

6: Vinyard Inn Lunch-we could stay awhile!

7: Such Hospitality and the views of grapes and mountains is marvelous | "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."

8: Beautiful and inviting - the winery and the views

10: so many

11: Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share. | Downtown Santiago ~~ We Love it!!

12: Leisurely drive to Valparaiso & our ship

15: Sailing to Patagonia

16: Life's simple pleasures make wonderful memories.

17: Ushuaia

19: Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego Patagonia | This time it is warm & we are over-dressed!

21: Ushuaia

22: Cape Horn at Dawn

23: Ship time



32: Buenos Aeres Exploring

33: { | { | Formal Night



39: Late getting there, we watched only 2 ~~ but Wow, Wow, Wow!!!

40: J | Jesse | Netarts Snow

41: Jesse's first boat ride

42: HAPPY BIRTHDAY | Jesse is 3

43: Remodel Blues. We sleep around some! A mess, but love the results!

44: Orlando Conference trip | Orlando's Holy Land | Rita joins the dancing? Surely not!


46: HAPPY BIRTHDAY | Rita turns 60!! Gene plans wonderful celebrations for her ~~ we almost had the balloon ride!

47: Boys' turn for a Birthday bash! Karl, Gene, & Lonnie share their day | The remodel goes on!

48: Graduations!! Emily from 8th grade and Cameron from High School

49: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter


51: Summer Time!

52: Carlton Walk in the Park ~~ Yamhill County

53: County Fair | Pig 'n Ford Races

54: Weddings & Granddaughter fun

55: Sacramento


59: God's creation is AWESOME!!

60: Yosemite

61: California Gold Hills

62: Mariposa

63: Lord, we give thanks for our bounty.

64: Christmas, 2008 We know time seems to go more quickly as we age, but we are feeling dizzy at the current pace! So another year has passed in a whirl of activity. Maybe that keeps us young? Last Christmas found all 4 kids and granddaughter Jesse at our house, first big holiday in our new home. We were all together by default as Liz’s Dad was too sick to have everyone there. In spite of Gene’s having to work part of the time, we had a great time and enjoyed a real family gathering complete with 14-foot fresh tree. January found us enjoying a multi-course gourmet meal with Gene’s partners and spouses at our annual dinner, purchased through the YMCA auction each year. A REAL FEAST!!! Then we were off to South America again, this time with a group of friends. This trip replaced the canceled Galapagos trip of a couple years ago. This time, the trip was in reverse, beginning in Santiago and ending in Rio during Carnivale. We enjoyed the “wine country” near Santiago which grows incredible peaches, grapes, avocados, etc. Then we boarded our ship for our trip around Cape Horn, which we actually circled this time. All enjoyed great adventures on and off ship, dining, dancing, visiting lakes, volcanoes, fjords, estancias, cities and more. Although cool and rainy in Rio (shocking, but better than 100!), we walked the beaches, saw the sites, enjoyed a small slice of the Samba Parade – such an incredible array of costumes!!! Alas, back home and back to reality! However, more enjoyment as we kept Jesse for a few days of Grandparent time, which included her first boat ride, complete with pink life vest --- although a bit wary, she loved the 10 minute one-mile per hour spin near the dock of the bay. Finally, in March we were able to try out our new skis purchased a couple years ago, but never used due to heath issues. The snow was fabulous and skiing as wonderful as ever. Then to work! We started a big remodel on our house end of March. YES – it’s new, but!!! We added a loft room which has a great view of the bay and some ocean; and also had all the flooring replace/upgraded, and we repainted most everything; changed a few other things along the way. For the first month, we lived in the mess with curtains of plastic hung around. By the end of April, we had to pack up virtually everything and move out completely. We “slept around”, staying with VERY GOOD friends for much of the time. But first it was a trip up to Canada for the memorial service of a dear aunt. It was really good to see so many family as it had been awhile. Additionally, we were off to Orlando for a conference for Gene and some fun visiting Kennedy Space Center and Holy Land Experience. (Yes, that is Rita rejoicing with the cast!) Rita reached the big 60 in May. Gene did an awesome job of planning fun celebrations. We stayed on a hillside B&B overlooking the Yamhill Valley while we waited for the weather to clear to take the hot air balloon ride he had scheduled. Alas, it did not happen! Then off to a fun birthday lunch with family and good friends from throughout our years. We had an entire restaurant with meal prepared by a great and creative chef. A good time of joy and fellowship. Soon Gene and Friends had a birthday to celebrate also! (But more quietly) Early June found us finally moving back into our house: wow how lovely it is now! LOTS OF BOXES to unpack, furniture to move in, curtains to hang, etc., etc.! However, rather than take our entire summer working, we paced ourselves, putting off the unpacking in favor of enjoying summer: friends, beach, clamming, crabbing, sunshine, laughter. We ‘ve mostly finished the unpacking. Son Brian had a great idea to do “Iron Chef” style cook-offs for the guys. We had 3 during the year. First was ribs, second-chicken, third-hamburgers. All were wonderful, making it difficult to judge a winner. Brian is becoming quite the cook. Mike also loves to cook; and, of course, Gene is a wonderful cook. Many of our friends are great cooks also --- so always fun and tasty. Rita loves to cook also, but the grilling is for the guys.Other fun summer events were our county fair where we watched a calf being birthed (a first for Rita), and the Pig n’Ford races (first time for us) –hilarious!! There was another visit to the Newberg B&B/Yamhill Valley, a multi-course incredible French dinner for 8, and multiple weddings.

65: September brought short but fun trips for conferences at various locations, another cook-off, and the sad experience of an aunt of Rita’s dying. Rita took her Mom to California to be there and fortunately arrived in time say good-bye. Mom now has only 4 sisters remaining. At 83+, Mom is doing well. Although currently suffering a bout with bleeding ulcers, her general health is good and she still loves to dance! Then we received JOYOUS NEWS OF BABIES DUE!!! Liz & Brian announced an arrival due April 30; then surprise a couple of weeks later when Karla & Mike discovered they are expecting April 28! October found us traveling again. We represented our church at a Missions conference, then swung up to Timberline Lodge for a sponsors' gala evening – it even snowed for us! Next, off to Sacramento for a medical meeting for Gene. Then we explored Yosemite and the Sierra foothills, seeing the sights, taking lots of pictures, visiting cousins, relaxing. Then came news that all might not be well with the babe of Karla & Mike. Tests showed an increased risk for chromosomal error. After the initial shock and tears, we started praying and asking others for prayer. Karla has undergone more testing and we keep praying. Friday, we all watched a fairly thorough ultrasound which looked pretty normal and told us this is a little BOY. They also took amniotic fluid for testing - results will be back late next week. Each piece of good news is good news. We trust God for the best outcome. Of course, Karla and Mike are under great stress with this and with Mike having difficulty finding a job. He quit his former job to work on his own, which has not worked out. Although he has had several temporary jobs, he needs something more permanent. Another prayer. 12/12 update: NORMAL BABY BOY! PRAISE GOD!! Liz’s pregnancy seems to be going well. She and Brian just learned they are having a GIRL! Liz is still working and enjoying it. Brian’s mortgage business has disappeared in this economic mess. He is a house-husband for now. We’re not sure of their plans for who works when new baby arrives; we are content they will update us later. Jesse is growing up too fast. She is mostly a delightful child. At 3 she does have her moments, but so far is relatively easy to handle and is fun to be with. She is constantly told she gets to be a “big sister”, but she brushes by that to tell us she has a baby in her tummy! She even said once she was feeding chicken to her baby. All of us gathered at our house for a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Mike and Rita cooked and visited on Wednesday while Gene worked and Karla slept (she works nights). By that night, we were all together. We played games and ate and visited. We have so enjoyed being able to have everyone at our house for the holiday times. Back to December! We leave this week for our 11th annual Christmas weekend in Portland. The main event is the Gospel Christmas Concert, a uniting of symphony and choir singing praise to the Lord --- It is FABULOUS! We spend the balance of our time absorbing the Christmas atmosphere eating, wandering, and laughing. Once again, we will be joined by friends. We arrive back home just in time to sing in our annual church Christmas Cantata, which is such an uplifting experience. We will also go caroling, have Jesse a few days while Mommy & Daddy have a romantic getaway, and spend time with family and friends. In the meantime, we await the good outcomes for both coming grandchildren. Both of us still sing in the church choir, loving it. Gene is heavily involved in Missions at all levels; Rita still teaches adult Sunday School; and there is much more always. January will find us off to Florida to see friends there; and so begins 2009 as plans are underway for Gene to return to Haiti early March while Rita heads to Israel. May your Christmas be full of Christ’s Blessings and may He enrich your lives with the JOY only HE supplies.

66: Merry Christmas


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