|Spring & Summer 2017
|Malcolm took us out to eat at a great little Thai restaurant
in Wheaton for Mother's Day
|It was strange, after virtually no
regular work between
November and March,
to suddenly find myself
balancing three jobs and two
church teaching ministries,
all at the same time,
from April through June !
Scored elementary school kids'
written essays 8 hrs/day;
taught a university course
assessed Liberal Arts and
departments at another nearby
put together & led a 12 wk
study on the relationships
David (in the Bible) cultivated
|Susie's been getting to know Landon,
Matt and Amber's firstborn,
this spring. He's 20 months old
|It was a great break to head off to the north woods of Wisconsin in search of walleyes
for 4 days with some guys from the church
|Meanwhile, down in Florida, the Dave & Cassie Smillie branch of the family
spend a LOT of time in the water . . . the lucky dogs!
|Dave turned 30 in April, and is
workin' his hiney off trying to
support a family of five. But he
makes the most of whatever
moments in between he can get free
to enjoy God's creation
|Between Thanksgiving and February, Gene did pulpit supply at a church in Chicago most of whom were Filipinos.
Interestingly, I have been asked recently to do pulpit supply at another church nearby ... which is also predominantly Filipino
|Susie was happy to see a number of
Spanish-speaking people complete the
English as Second Language curriculum
she offered at Lombard Bible Church this
year. Many have become part of the church.
|We had fun celebrating
Landon Gene Smillie's first
birthday in October.
Guess what color the icing
was on his cake?
|To Be Continued . . . come back later
|Salvadore Dali would perhaps suggest
|But sometimes I'd like to just watch the starry sky
with a beloved Rose, like le petit Prince
|Susie watched the fireworks with Matt n' Amber July 4th, and Landon tried his best to stay awake . . .
. . . but hey, it got late.
|Oh, hey: if you want to see or download those (3 page each) studies on David's relationships,
go to my Recorded Lectures page here on the site. They're all there.
|Susan was sweet to me and brought me back a huge plate of
chicken shish kabob, yellow savory rice, corn on the cob,
grilled chicken . . . an' I din't even haf to put shoes on . . . .
|Lately I find that the things that were penalties when I was a kid (1. go to bed early 2. not go out of the house 3. not go to parties)
have become privileges or goals nowadays ! Ha!
|In July we went out to Omaha,
where Susie worked in a big church
for several years, and in which we
got married in 1983, and had a
family reunion with some of Susan's
favorite cousins, and one of her
sisters, and her brother Ed.
The trip was really smooth in our
newly acquired 2006 Toyota (which
had spent its whole 'life' in Tampa,
FL and only has 32 thousand miles
on it ! It's like a two year old car.)
|Landon, Matt, n' Susie
|Matt works such long hours that we often get
together pretty late . . . poor Landon can
barely hold up (Gene too . . . )