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Well it is time to wrap up 2008 and
it was another great year of what passes for "retirement" for the Hupmans.
Over New Year’s
we took a 10 day cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico, through the Panama Canal to
Acapulco, Mexico, to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. During
our cruise we visited a nature reserve on Aruba, a mud volcano in Columbia, went
zip-lining in Costa Rica, visited a cloud forest and an active volcano in
Nicaragua, and went sailing in Mexico.
Lynnette at the Panama Canal Zip-lining in Costa Rica
February, our granddaughter Shannon received her black belt (and license to kick
Tae Kwon Do.
Shannon and friend Becca at Shannon's Black Belt ceremony
In April Lynnette traveled
to Texas for her
yearly “WAC-Away” week with her National Guard friends.
WAC-Away in Texas
In May, our grandson Matt
graduated from the University of Virginia.
Matt with dad Mark
Also in May
we traveled to Nebraska
for a family wedding and for our new niece Amanda’s baptism. Amanda was adopted
from Russia by Lynnette’s sister Kathy in January and is a most exhilarating
addition to our family.
Amanda and her new Godmothers Lynnette and Patty
Lynnette became the president of the
Lutheran Women's Missionary Society Board of Directors in 2007. In June 2008
we traveled to the Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona,
for the 46th annual LWMS convention, Lynnette's first as president.
Lynnette finishes her 2 year term as president at the June 2009 convention in
Denver and Don can’t wait!
During 2008 she made trips for LWMS to Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota,
Nebraska, South Dakota, Virginia, and
Lynnette and Don with Lynnette's parents at the LWMS Convention in Tucson
took us to the British Virgin Islands for a 10 day sailing trip. Six friends
(all new sailors) joined us on
Livin’ Wright, a 46-foot sailboat (with
only two heads) and we had a great time.
Lynnette and Don with the crew of Livin' Wright in the BVI A few guests gather aboard Livin' Wright
Returning home after our BVI trip we spent 2 days unpacking and repacking our
bags before driving to Nebraska for Lynnette’s family reunion in Omaha. From
there we headed to St. Peter, Minnesota, for a music worship conference.
Family reunion in Omaha Lynnette at St. Peter's Pearly Gates, St. Peter, MN
August we sailed for a week on the Chesapeake Bay with son Mark, daughter-in-law
Michele, granddaughter Shannon, and her friend Zoe on
Us, a 43-foot sailboat.
Mark and Shannon at Knapps Narrows
addition to our BVI sailing trip and our family sailing week, we did a fair
amount of other sailing this year. Don taught sailing again on the
Chesapeake Bay for our sailing club this summer.
Sailing club raft-up Labor Day weekend
Don also continues to volunteer at the local elementary school. This year he
helps with 5th grade math and 4th grade science classes
several days each week. In June, Don was honored for his volunteer efforts when
he was asked by the school principal to stand up with the 5th grade
teachers at the 5th grade graduation. This was in recognition of his
work with the 5th graders in math. It must have helped some of them
as the end-of-year math test scores for the entire 5th grade at Coles
Elementary were exceptional!
Don greets graduating 5th graders
During the year we also found time to visit daughter Nell and
family here and in New Jersey.
Nell, Ken, Patrick, Luke, and Jude visit the pumpkin patch
We also spent time with son Brian and his wife Riza. Riza, by
the way, became a new U.S. citizen in October and we are all extremely proud of
her. Plus, now that she is a U.S. citizen, she and Brian may, we hope, be able
to join us on our 2009 BVI sailing trip.
Riza takes her oath of citizenship
Other web sites we think you might like to visit:
Pentagon Sailing Club Don maintains this website for our sailing club.
Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS)
An important group of people in Lynnette's life.
Updated on December 24, 2008