||Season’s Greetings from
the Stutz family!
We hope all our friends
and family had a wonderful 2006 and that 2007 brings peace, joy and opportunity
2006 was a big year of travel
(as usual) and change (not as usual) for our family. We began 2006
with our third year at the International
School of Belgrade in Serbia. Dave flourished as middle school
Assistant Principal and math teacher and Susan continued with the pre-k
program. Serbia has been good to us and we appreciate the friends
we have made and the places we have visited.
We celebrated the winter
holidays in Istanbul,
Turkey, enjoying a fabulous stay after a week-long drive through Bulgaria.
A family highlight was a service on December 25th in a Mosque in Edirne,
Turkey, to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It often seems there
are more walls than bridges between the Muslim and Christian worlds, so
it was especially meaningful to share a common celebration and a common
message of respect and peace.
February was a ‘risk-taking’
month for the whole family as we drove to Jahorina,
Bosnia/Republika Srpska and learned how to ski at the site of the 1984
Olympics outside of Sarajevo! We had a wonderful week of fun with
the Habecks, colleagues from ISB.
April found us on the
road once again visiting the Dalmatian
region of Croatia. We spent five lovely days in the medieval
town of Trogir on the Adriatic. We took day trips out and had tremendous
times at Plevitza Jezera waterfalls, Split, and the Roman ruins of Solona.
Susan’s sister Carla
and nephew Nathan visited in June. They spent a busy three weeks
with us touring Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. It was the ‘castle
tour’ to end all tours. Everything about it was perfect!
Back in the USA, we
spent a wonderful two weeks in Helena,
MT visiting our new cabin and hosting a Stutz family reunion.
As always, it was a joy seeing everyone and marveling at how the families
Since the summer time,
things have been crazy. Dave helped Susan and the kids find a place to
settle in Minnesota for one year – he wanted to fulfill his commitment
to opening the middle school in Serbia, but Susan was ready for a year
in the USA after three is Serbia. Since September, she has been teaching
at a south metro high school. Although it has not always been fun
being apart as a family, Suz and the kids enjoy the time spent with extended
family – fishing at Grandpa’s cabin, going to apple orchards (and making
pie) with cousins Nathan and Aiden, boating with Uncle Mark and baby Paige,
and swimming with new cousins Jonas and Anna.
We lost Uncle
Peter and Grandma and Grandpa Hebrink this year. We miss them deeply.
Alea is nine and in
4th grade. Breck is 7 and in 2nd grade. They are going to the
school that Susan attended for elementary! They have fabulous teachers
and a strong curriculum. They have made friends and are doing well.
They continue swim lessons (though we have a pool in our apartment which
is a lot more fun!), basketball, art classes, and soccer camp. Alea’s
big news is she got glasses. Grandpa calls her his ‘little professor’.
Breck’s big news is he is the ‘bestest lego builder ever’ (and the whole
Dave comes to Minnesota
for a full three week holiday on December 17th. After four months of freedom
and trips to Vienna,
figure he'll be happy to have some quiet family time!! We'll all begin
to pull together ideas for next year at that time. Syria? Morocco?
India? We have been blessed as a family wherever we go and we know
whatever choices we make will bring opportunities and possibilities.
We’ll keep you posted!
Until then, we wish all our
friends and family a very wonderful holiday season and peace in 2007.
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