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The Smith’s Christmas Newsletter 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

From Richard and Lee Ann…2010

Each Year we start the Annual Newsletter with “Wow, we can’t believe another year has gone by” and 2010 is not without exception. It has gone by so quickly which enforces the old saying “Time flies when you’re having fun.”

It has been a tradition of ours to mail out a newsletter annually with our Christmas cards. I am so excited to be able to share  electronically this year.

While we have had lots of fun we have also worked very hard over this past year. At the beginning of the year Richard worked as a technical writer and educator providing training at a refinery in Saudi Arabia. In October, he made the decision to go back into production so he is now working for BASF and is happier than I have seen him in years! I continue to work for Angleton Danbury Medical Center as the Director of the Revenue Management Department and find my job very fulfilling and am continually challenged by the ever-changing Medicare rules and regulations as well as the changes in commercial contracts.

Our jobs afford us the ability to play. We love to take frequent trips on our Harley motorcycle. This year we have taken several rides which were well over 500 miles each. It is amazing the unobstructed view I have from the back of the bike. When I hear “ride” I pack my fanny pack with the essentials like iPod, Cell Phone, Camera, Lipstick, and chewing gum and we are off…in pursuit of making a memory.

 We also like to retreat in our motor home to local parks for uninterrupted R&R. We spent Valentines Day at Brackenridge RV Park in Edna, TX. Then, the entire month of August at Quintana Beach County Park in Freeport, TX my favorite…

 Our family has celebrated several events together this year. The most important being the baptism of our granddaughter, Cheyenne. Her baptism was even more special because Richard had the privilege of baptizing her.

Then on Memorial Day Weekend, “The Annual Smith Family Reunion”…as always it was a huge success and we made lots of wonderful memories!

On 10/10/10 I celebrated my 50th birthday and my family did a phenomenal job of surprising me with the fanciest Tea Party ever!

Every gathering with our family is a special occasion and we have occasion to gather often.

 May Our Father Pour Out His Richest Blessings on You & Yours This Holiday Season!                                                               

Love,  

Richard and Lee

                    

Sunday Afternoon Fun

What a wonderful day…It began worshiping at First Baptist Church in Brazoria. Wonderful music and an awesome sermon Brother Greg Smith! Nothing pleases me more than to be in the presence of God; captured by His love.

After church we had a great time at lunch with friends Rayfard, Evelyn, and Martha at La Casona in Lake Jackson. Lots of laughter and fun. I am sure those sitting around us got a kick out of us trying to figure out how to utilize the technology we had purchased! Richard and Rayfard were even texting each other at the table. We discussed Apps like Maps, Yelp, Facebook, and Bible + One. Great food and friends always lead to a great time!

We can always count on a little mischief when Rayfard and Richard get together…The “Twinkies”

Once we got home, Richard decided he needs to get the bike out and take it for a spin…So, we were off! As is customary the first stop is always Buc-ees in Angleton for fuel and coffee. Once fueled up we headed out toward Bay City and made a big loop back to Jones Creek. We had a couple of close calls with rain…ended up just a few sprinkles but it was worth it because I love the smell of rain.

And as usual I had my camera…Yeah pictures!!! Here are a few taken along the way…Enjoy!

Love Lee ♥

A Great Ride

I love surprises and today Richard planned a doozy…11 hours and 525 miles!

I woke to Richard’s voice whispering “Baby, let’s go”…he had planned a ride on the motorcycle and was ready to get started. After my morning coffee and a Facebook fix and it is time to go…The sun was shining and the temperature was bearable; two prerequisites for a great ride.

He was serious about the ride today. He cleaned his bike, shined our helmets, put on his sun screen and was sitting in the driveway waiting for me. He was ready to go and go he did! He always has to get that power surge out of his system at take off…head back and cheeks flapping in the wind and with his “Yeah Baby” we are off!!! With my camera in hand, MP3 plugged in playing and cold drink at hand I settle in. I never know where we are going when we head out and today was no exception! Little did I know I would be gone for eleven hours! This trip took us to little towns we have never been and sites we have never seen! Country roads thru Beaumont, Zavala, San Rayburn Reservoir, back through Lufkin, Crockett then home via Hwy 45 though Downtown Houston and home.

Eleven hours on the back of a motorcycle is a long time…time to visit with my man, listen to music, pray, and reflect while taking in all the beauty God has provided for our pleasure. When we first start out Richard is very chatty…he talks about work, finances, friends, and dreams for our future. As we get further along in the trip he begins to shut down and go to a quiet solemn place within. At this point I plug my music in and begin to pray and reflect on life. Whether I am talking or reflecting, I am always snapping pictures.

Capturing Memories:

Capturing memories in pictures has always been very important to me. Perhaps because I have very few pictures on my early years and what pictures do exist belong to others.  Richard always says, “let me take some pictures of you to document your existence”. There is a lot of truth to that! Pictures become the touchable and tangible that our loved ones were here once they are gone. My family teases me frequently about taking so many pictures but…they are always the ones tagging themselves on Facebook and they eventually thank me later. I really enjoy taking pictures from the motorcycle because there are minimal obstructions when snapping but I have to be fast or it is gone. I have limited time to capture a picture when we are traveling at 60 to 80+++ mph… Richard always thanks me for taking the pictures because my view of the ride is so different from his.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refreshments:

Of course a great meal out is a must for every ride. This little restaurant was really a sweet find! We had a wonderful Grilled Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing and a big tall glass of water with lime…Very refreshing and extremely tasty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gods Protection: 

Every motor cycle trip begins with a prayer. I ask God’s protection on our life, that Richard remains alert, his reflexes quick and he not become fatigued while driving. This trip was no different and God honored my request! The trip began in wooded back roads with single lanes; very relaxing! Then because it was getting late we decided to go home via the highway. Fast pace with two lanes of people jocking back and forth for position. This is when Richard must be on top of his game.  He has always made a practice of not riding behind trucks or trailers hauling anything. We were on I-45 going thru downtown Houston when he changed lanes because the truck in front of us had a load of dining room furniture on it. Just as he moved to the lane on the left the entire load of furniture began to fall out of the truck and flying into the vehicles behind it. Richard quickly sped up so we were parallel to the truck so we would not get hit by any of the debris. Immediately I began to thank my Father for the favor he showed us and for honoring my prayer for protection and for giving Richard a sharp mind and quick physical reflexes!

We love our days together on the open road with the sun on our skin, wind in our face, and connection we have to each other throughout the day!

Things I Learned on this Trip:

  1. Relax and soak in the beauty God has provided
  2. There is a Sonic on every corner until you need a drink and then you will have to drive 100 miles
  3. Dodge whatever is thrown at you & trust  God will  protect

Now that we are back home we are worn out and sore…Sunday: Great Worship, football, naps, and a wonderful lunch. This is a great weekend!!!

Love Lee ♥