Greetings, friends and family! You probably noticed we did
not send out a newsletter in 1994. The pace of our lives
picked up dramatically, leaving little time for writing. So here
is two years' news, and what news it is! 1994 and 1995
were challenging years, and it isn't over yet. Key events
include Alan's new job, our 25th anniversary, a car accident...
so let's get started!
STAY IN TOUCH
We are updating our mailing list, in anticipation of a
possible move in the very near future. Please send us
all of the following: your mailing address, street
address, postal code, phone number, fax number and e-mail
address. Thank you!
Our Christmas 1993 letter left you with a cliff-hanger. After
22 years with the same engineering firm, Alan
saw it shrink by 75%, with his group down to two people, and only
overseas work on the horizon. What would happen to us?
Not long after that letter went out, our pastor prayed with
Alan about his need for work, and during the prayer, a former
colleague phoned to offer Alan a job! Within days, Alan started
at Industrial Systems, a software firm in Seattle's
"technology corridor". As it's fairly close, Alan is away only
two nights in a "good" week, though quite often it's three and
occasionally four nights. He has, however, briefly visited 14
other cities in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and the
Caribbean during these 2 years.
The highlight of Alan's 1995 was the Promise Keepers conference in
Over 63,000 Christian men filled the stadium and promised to obey
God, live pure lives, love and protect their families, and
support their pastors, churches, and each other. Men, if you
haven't been to PK -- go next year!
Industrial Systems merged with Aspen Technology in April 1995, and is now expanding its
European operations. They have recently discussed sending us to
Frankfurt, Germany in 1996. So we leave you with another
As 1994 began, Kathy was
accompanying violin students at the Langley Music School.
She also continued her piano studies, and played in recitals.
From January to May she planned the music, decor and food for our
25th wedding anniversary celebration, and worked with Alan on the
program. She also grows fruit, vegetables, and beautiful flowers
in our garden.
In July 1994 while Kathy was driving Paul home, a four wheel
drive vehicle ran a stop sign and struck our Chevrolet Impala
from the side. Our car was a write-off; Paul seemed to recover
after a few weeks, but Kathy was paralyzed on one side for
several hours. Her finger movements remained uncoordinated for
weeks, and since then her range of arm motion has been limited,
for which she is still in physiotherapy.
Recently Kathy was diagnosed as a diabetic. She doesn't
require any drugs, as she is able to control her condition
through diet alone.
In early 1994 Peter learned
that taking just one extra course would earn him a "double major"
degree. He therefore signed up for an archaeological "dig" at
the Lunt, a Roman fort in Coventry, England, that summer.
Between trowels, he attended Greenbelt (a Christian music and
arts festival) and visited relatives and family friends.
In November, Peter graduated from the University of BC
with a B.A. in
History and Religious Studies. Since then he's taken further
courses and been elected Culture Editor of The Ubyssey,
the student newspaper at the University of BC, after a stint as
Entertainment Editor for its independent rival Campus
He also designs technical illustrations for a manufacturing
firm, and is a frequent contributor of film and CD reviews (plus
the occasional news story) to Christian Info News. He
hopes to find work as a full-time journalist, preferably with a
focus on film.
Monica has certainly managed
to stay busy in 1994 and 1995! Here are some of her jobs during
the past two years:
- violinist for Willingdon Church's Easter "Singing Cross"
- summer camp counsellor at Camp Squeah
- office volunteer at the Reform Party of Canada
- Toys and Sports sales assistant at The Bay department store
- Write of children's stories for an educational firm
- Easter Bunny posing with children at the shopping mall
- author of short stories sold to a women's magazine
- cook and farm hand at a ranch on Hornby Island
- English as a Second Language instructor
- companion to a physically and mentally challenged woman
- foreman of a jury
- Santa's Helper at the shopping mall
Monica expects to graduate from the University of BC
in spring 1996
with a B.A. in English. She likes to try new vegetarian recipes,
and hopes to travel and teach overseas.
Paul has always enjoyed seeing
things grow in the garden. In 1994 he saved our dying magnolia
shrub by digging around it and putting a load of good soil
underneath it. In 1995 he dug holes in front of our house, so
that Kathy could plant a hedge.
In 1994 Paul helped several people to move house. He also
helped the men of our church to move the church's office to a new
In August 1995 Paul started working at an electronics parts
supply house, and with access to parts at wholesale, he has now
built a number of unique and useful devices.
Paul is now an accomplished computer consultant and
programmer. If you're thinking of buying or upgrading a
computer, or your computer needs troubleshooting, give him a call
him). He may even write a special program for you.
Click here to visit his home page.
Michelle is studying violin
and piano at grade 9 level, so much of the news about her relates
to her music. In 1994 she played at a piano and violin recital,
and later at the Kiwanis Festival, where she opened the program
with three pieces on the violin. At our 25th anniversary, she
played Beethoven's Romance in F for our guests. She accompanied
her friend Katie Felton at her flute exam, in front of a large
audience, and played in a concert that was a tribute to a local
composer, the late Robert Flemming, whose family were present.
She also played in 1994, and will play again this year, in the
orchestra for the Singing Christmas Star musical at Willingdon
Michelle's school choir and band went to San
Francisco in 1994; she enjoyed the trip, even though she
lost "almost everything of value that I had on my person". In
1994 she went to Columbia Bible Camp as a camper, but in 1995 she
returned as a trainee in their WALT (Worker And Leadership
Training) program. One more summer as a WALT earns her a
certificate. Then after the 1995 camp she left for Germany with
her cousin Anton to visit her "Opa" (grandpa), then spent three
weeks in Madrid, Spain with our friends the Esaus.
ALAN'S & KATHY'S 50TH BIRTHDAYS
Alan planned a surprise 50th birthday party for Kathy.
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts at stealth, Kathy noticed
some unusual activity and guessed what was happening, but she
enjoyed the party just the same.
Kathy got her "revenge" by putting on a surprise party for
Alan. Kathy got Alan's friends to schedule their Promise
Keepers accountability group meeting for that afternoon. On his
return, he was totally, but pleasantly, surprised to find the
house full of friends. Of course, it's easy to surprise someone
if you schedule their party a month before their actual
VISITORS FROM GERMANY
In spring 1994 we hosted Oncle Peter and Tante
Melita, with whom we took the cable-car up Grouse Mountain
for dinner at the Grouse Nest. Then in
summer we received Willie and Elsa Bellon and their
children Rene, Laura and Ruth. Willie, who works
for Audi, brought us racing posters and a history of Audi. They
visited Canada Place with Kathy. The Bellons are a musical
family, so we organized an old-time family singalong, which we
recorded, putting the best "takes" on a cassette.
In summer 1995 Kathy's nephew Anton Ugraitsky, came
rafting with Alan, Paul, and Kathy's brother Jake down the
Thomson river -- the rapids were the best part. Since Anton
lives next door to Michelle's Opa in Germany, we put Michelle on
Anton's plane for her trip to Europe, and he looked after her.
Right after Anton came Eduard and Carmen Unruh,
with Walter and Anna Rausch and their children
Ben and Stella. Kathy visited Seattle with them,
where they saw Pioneer Square and the Omnidome, and discovered
that free coffee is available at the rest stops along US
OMA'S 80TH BIRTHDAY
Kathy's mother -- "Mom" to us and
"Oma" to our children -- was 80 in
February 1995. Her relatives and friends celebrated the occasion
with a party at her church, where they honoured her with songs,
poems, and recollections.
Kathy directed, and with Alan's help produced, a 35-minute
video of highlights from our life with Mom, starting with some
early black-and-white photos and progressing through old 8mm
movies and recent videos, and ending with the song she always
sang to her children when they were young.
On Mothers Day her family presented her with a book of
tributes from all of her living descendants. Each person or
couple contributed a photograph and a personal message telling
her what she meant to them. Alan set all the text in a uniform
style, and added a family tree at the beginning of the book.
OUR 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
In May 1994 we celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary with a
party at the church where we were married. The church has grown,
and its original sanctuary is now the church hall, so we sat
almost where we had knelt in 1969 to make our vows.
We had a wonderful time, with great food and an excellent
program. We showed slides of the highlights of our 25 years
together, and then it was our guests' turn. They performed
special music, reminded us of long-forgotten incidents, and
greeted us in various ways, including one message in Zulu!
We closed by reminding everyone that Kathy's family left
Russia during Stalin's era, and Alan left South Africa during the
time of apartheid, yet both of those "strong kingdoms" were now
gone; only God's kingdom is eternal. We sang several hymns
together, concluding with the Lord's Prayer, a beautiful
conclusion to a wonderful celebration.
Alan & Kathy Chattaway
Peter, Monica, Paul & Michelle
E-Mail Alan: alan (at) chattaway (dot) com
E-Mail Kathy: kathy (at) chattaway (dot) com
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E-Mail Paul: paul (at) chattaway (dot) com
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