Christmas Letter-2016

For unto us a child is born. . . Isaiah 9:6 (and Handel’s Messiah)

2016 news from the Corders


Children and grandchildren:

Connor turned 8 in August.  This year he has taken up gymnastics, and he is getting better all the time.  We went to his meets in Jefferson City, Springfield and several places around the Kansas City area.  Karl, Theresa and Connor live in Olathe, Kansas.

Paul’s family attended a wedding in Wyoming in June.  They stayed with us on the way and again on the way back.  We had all the children and grandchildren at our place for a BBQ one evening.  Then everybody was home again for Thanksgiving–plus Connor’s other grandparents, George and Mary.  We had turkey and festivities in Olathe.  Then on Friday we all shopped and ate on the Country Club Plaza newly lit up for Christmas.

Paul, Jennifer, Eliza, Elias, Pearl Ann, and Nika live in Lebanon, Tennessee  Eliza is finishing high school and looking at colleges.  Elias has a trip to South Korea planned soon.  The two other girls are the ones with on-going health problems.  But they have largely overcome them, at least for the time being.


She had a scare about her health.  We thought she might need thyroid surgery–but apparently not, at least for now.

She does much volunteer work with the church, the art club, a cancer survivor’s group and the community clothes closet.

In June we celebrated our 47th anniversary on the way to Montana at Deadwood, South Dakota.

People have recognized Betty driving a red pickup around town for years.  No more. We traded in our two vehicles.  Now we are a one car family for the first time in more than 30 years.  But our car is a sweet black Mazda 6.


I don’t think of myself as truly retired.  I believe the Pension Fund and Social Security are paying me to write my blog ( and be a BBQ chef.

However, in late June we traveled to Montana to attend my 50th high school reunion. It was Fort Benton’s Summer Celebration.  There was a parade and I got to ride with my classmates in the “Geezer truck”.  They say they are not planning a 100th reunion so this was the one to go to.

I do a little volunteer work providing transportation for people who need it to medical appointments.

Also I am an elder in the church and currently serve on the pastoral search committee.


About theoutwardquest

I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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