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Journal entry by Ross Bethel

Merry Christmas 2018!

More than ever we have much to be grateful for! After a year of turmoil and uncertainty from my colon cancer it feels like life has returned to normal.  Doing the routines of life this year reminds us how much support we had last year. Raking leaves, putting on snow tires and decorating for Christmas last year meant friends and neighbors helping with a lot of the work. What a blessing to have had the help last year and to not need it this year!  Thank God, I continue to be cancer free! I am working full time at a slightly slower pace and have simplified some of the extra-curricular activities to maintain energy. This letter is a huge THANK YOU to you all who have supported and prayed for us.


Heidi put her life on hold last year and has ramped back up on the Riverside Christian School board again.  She had ankle surgery in March and is doing well with that. It is quite the gear-grinder to go from a well-functioning household to worrying about becoming a widow and single mom.  Then suddenly the smoke clears, and the road opens again.  Is everyone still onboard? She was the glue for our household this year.  It amazes me how she can put everyone else first and not leave anyone out!


Zach (17) is in his senior year at Riverside Christian. The college hunt is full-blown!  Applications, scholarships, deadlines…He pretty much can’t wait to get out of Yakima and would love to be in a big city.  Columbia in NYC, USC in LA, Vanderbilt in Nashville? We’ll see! Zach is highly intelligent, hates to lose and loves to argue, so naturally he is interested in politics!  He will play tennis for Davis high school again, just finished the soccer season, helped get the knowledge bowl team to place in state, and is writing for the student section of the Yakima Herald. He has also become an excellent acoustic guitar player and singer.


Kate (14) is a freshman at Riverside. She is enjoying being on the cheer team this year.  She ran a Spartan race in April and loved getting muddy!  She seems to have a knack for getting hurt and sat out much of the track season and early cheer activities.  Being artistic is Kate’s outlet and you should see the intricate metal models she has made!  She is a natural born bass player and is about to start lessons.


Matt (11) is our early-riser-extrovert.  He has never known a stranger.  I have no idea how he sits still in class because he never does at home!  He is in soccer, basketball and a reluctant tennis player. I was recently shocked to hear him play the drum set…how did I not know he was that good? Before long we will have the family band.  Send us your ideas for a band name!

With love and gratitude,

The Bethels

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