Merry Christmas! 1996 has been another eventful year for
the Chattaways. Here are some of the highlights. Send us some of yours!
And if you have a Web connection, visit us at http://www.chattaway.com/
( alan (at) chattaway (dot) com )
Last Christmas we were preparing to move to Germany early
in the New Year to start a new office for
Our preparations were well under way when AspenTech purchased one of
its biggest competitors. As they already had offices in Europe, the
proposed German office was scaled back and Alan remained in Seattle.
Alan has been working hard ever since, with most of his
customers in the Eastern US and Canada. He picked up enough frequent
flyer points to send Kathy to Germany this summer. He also managed to
attend both the Seattle and Vancouver conferences of Promise Keepers.
( kathy (at) chattaway (dot) com )
The highlight of Kathy's year was her visit to her Dad and
family in Germany. She will always remember the day she and her sister
Anna went for a walk with their Dad. While in Germany, Kathy developed
a special taste for German tea and chocolates. There just isn't
anything like German "Fruechtetee" in Canada.
This year, Kathy has been learning Spanish. She is on the
"worship team" at the Iglesia Hispanico del Surrey, where she uses her
musical gifts in many ways, mainly by playing keyboard for their Sunday
services and some of their weekday activities.
( peter (at) chattaway (dot) com )
Peter is taking a few more courses at the University of British
Columbia, while continuing to do an excellent job as the culture
editor of the student paper The Ubyssey. He also freelances for
Christian Info News and Christian Week, usually writing about
the interface between faith and culture.
( monica (at) chattaway (dot) com )
This year Monica received her B.A. in
from the University of British Columbia. She is now studying part-time
College, as well as working two
part-time jobs. In her leisure time she plays violin and organizes
dramatic readings with friends. Peter obtained the script for a
particularly droll episode of "Fawlty Towers", and Monica's group will
be performing it at Regent College.
( paul (at) chattaway (dot) com )
Paul works part-time for an electronics wholesaler. When
not working there, he helps a lot of people out of their computer
problems. He has done computer upgrades that even the manufacturers of
the computers said were not possible! He is also an expert on computer
graphics, digital photography and the world-wide web.
( michelle (at) chattaway (dot) com )
On our 27th wedding anniversary, Alan asked Kathy to meet
him for dinner in Bellingham, part-way between our home and his office.
But unknown to Kathy, he had made a few "arrangements". As we left the
restaurant after a romantic dinner, Alan pointed out that Kathy's car
was missing! We found it at a nearby hotel where, to Kathy's surprise,
Alan swept her past the check-in desk straight to a cosy room with the
lights on, the TV tuned to "classic movies", and fresh flowers.
This summer we tagged along with Kathy's brother Jake, his
wife Linda and our niece Katja and nephew Viktor from Germany, to a
lakeside hotel in the resort town of Osoyoos, British Columbia. It was
hot and sunny, so we spent our time on and around the water. Alan lured
Kathy into Jake's canoe and then rowed her out of sight of our hotel,
scaring her to death (though Alan says he could touch the bottom of the
lake with his oars all the way).
We all live off his generous bounty,
(from Eugene Peterson's translation, "The Message")
gift after gift after gift.
We got the basics from Moses,
and then this exuberant giving and receiving,
This endless knowing and understanding-
all this came through Jesus, the Messiah.
No-one has ever seen God,
not so much as a glimpse.
This one-of-a-kind God-Expression,
who exists at the very heart of the Father,
has made him plain as day.