The big yellow bus pulled up right to my front door and I got on. Huge steps to navigate when you're only six years old. But then, all the kids on the bus had joined their hands together to form a bridge in the aisle for me to go under to get to my seat. I was terrified! These were much older and bigger kids. I barely made it to a seat. This is the first memory I have of attending Watson Groen Christian School as a first grader 50 years ago.
Other memories were: not knowing my alphabet in first grade (embarrassed), Miss Einfeld (terrifying), tether ball (love), floating sail boats in the "lake" in front of the elementary "chicken coop" (such fun), making forts in the woods (more fun), 7th grade (hard), high heels for 8th grade graduation (very high). In high school I remember
volleyball at lunch time, girls rules for basketball (dribble three times & pass -really?), dissecting our guinea pig - remember that Patti? Chemistry where we would get together after school to try to figure out what the book was saying since we hadn't learned anything in class; the day President Kennedy was shot; the elaborate Jr-Sr Banquet we planned. All in all, I have good memories of a tight knit group of classmates.
I went off to Calvin College in the Nursing Program. Double duty there - college and nursing school. I came home feeling extremely stupid and sick. The next year I went to just college and found it much more manageable. Dan and I got married in 1969 and I dropped out of college and got a job as an executive secretary. In 1975 we started our family and first welcomed Katie, and in 1978 Hilary joined our family. I went to work in 1979 for Watson Groen as a preschool teacher and taught there for 7 years. I went back into medicine in 1986 as a podiatric medical assistant. I got my national certification and worked front desk, back office, OR and management. I'm currently the clinic manager for Ankle & Foot of Edmonds.
In 1995, Dan & I, along with another couple, brought Retrouvaille, a Christian peer ministry for hurting marriages, to Western Washington. We facilitated the program for 15 years before turning it over. We're glad to say that the program is still running and has helped over 1500 couples with their marriages so far.
Dan retired three years ago after working for the Federal government which followed driving for Metro Bus and working in the maritime industry. He has stayed busy volunteering at Shoreline Christian driving bus for their field trips and some sporting events. He was also very active in our neighborhood community meetings until recently.
Our daughter Katie has been married 10 years to JJ Glattfelder and they have one son, Korbin, age 5. JJ is a stay-at-home dad and Katie works for The Allen Institute of Brain Sciences as a project manager. They own a home in Marysville.
Our daughter Hilary is currently living in Waterloo, Iowa in a Fifth Wheel with her husband Clint Vanderweil. Clint's job takes him to many different cities for six months to a year assignments and they were tired of packing and unpacking households. Hilary works for a division of ACE Insurance and is able to work on the
This summer we will begin building our retirement home in Easton, WA and by the time you read this, our home of 30 years in Seattle should be sold. We hope to be able to move into our new home around the first of the year. So, if you're going by on I-90, please stop by and visit (1500 Country Drive). We have three acres with RV hookup, a barn with a man-cave, a she-shack at the back of the lot and soon, a home with guest rooms. We're members of the Easton Campground Resort and so have access to the club house and swimming pool. Not fancy, but nice on a hot day. Of course, Lake Easton is right there too.
I have to say that Watson Groen gave me a good educational foundation even though we didn't have all the fancy classes found at larger schools. We moved to a neighborhood near Watson Groen so our girls could have that same, basic Christian education.