Sardeson Annual Newsletter ‘08
Greetings all. We have had quite a year of adventure. Pat retired from dental hygiene on 12/31/07, and Steve retired from working with the State of WI on 1/22/08.
On 1/29/08, we landed for 4 mos. in Mexico arriving first in Veracruz. We managed to land right during carnival, and it was marvelous. We had no idea it would be so spectacular, and it was a real treat. From there we went up into the mountains of the MX state of Veracruz and landed in Xalapa for 6 weeks. We met many delightful friends and look forward to returning there. This is the area of Mexico that Jalapeno peppers are known for and a wonderful local treat is Chilies rellenos. They are filled peppers. Some can be very hot; others are tolerable but all are very good.
Our next leg of the adventure took us to Oaxaca and Huatulco again. We landed in Huatulco for 3 weeks, and were able to catch up with many friends and also participate in a visit to one of our favorite “projects” for the school age children of San Filipe. Pat got the most unusual privilege of inoculating 75+ chickens that the children are raising for their part in a “feed the children” project. Our next hope is to raise enough monies to provide them with a library. Don’t get us started on how little schools in MX have for teaching aids and supplies and, yes, even food for the children.
We then returned to Oaxaca and on to Tlaxcala. Here we fell in love with the city, state and the people. We will return there for 3 mos. starting this Jan. We also had the privilege of working in a medical mission while there in the mountains. Pat was to do dental work and Steve what ever they needed. But as fate would have it, we ended up doing lots of leg work and Pat some interpreting for the Drs. It was very enlightening on how the people live and also another time to tell you at length how much we enjoyed our bit of participation.
We returned to Huatulco to see our friend Luis attempt to swim the ocean bays for the benefit of the children of San Filipe. We spent our last week there in a villa and felt like royalty and really enjoyed it but by now we were anxious to return to the USA.
We got back to the USA on 5/29 and began our summer filled with family events, grandkids, friends and some more travel to AR and IL to visit Pat’s brother Bill and wife Marie and her sister Gail (and David and Kyle). It was great to catch up with family. We were able to see some of JoAn’s family, too, as they traveled this way on their way to Canada and stopped to visit us. It is so great to have family. We spent quite a bit of time this summer at WCYC (Wisconsin Christian Youth Camp) with our families and grandchildren and volunteering. Steve did some much needed repairs, and Pat helped where needed mostly in the Kitchen.
Pat has returned to work as needed for Dental Associates here in Baraboo when the opportunity comes up. Steve is doing the much wanted to do home improvements to our Baraboo house and, yes, we are still there. We have decided to wait for a little while before trying to sell again in this market. We are, however, using a mailing service as we are on the move so much. Please direct all our mail to —
506 Linn St. PMB #123:
Baraboo, WI 53913
We also celebrated 2 big events this year. Steve turned 60 and we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. Yes, we were married very young, but we think making it 40 years says a lot. Of course, I always say we must be doing alright as Steve is still alive after nearly a whole year of retirement and mostly 24/7 with each other. He he.
If you would like to hear more of our adventures in Mexico, we will be happy to tell you. Steve managed to take 7,000 pictures and over 500 videos on his camera. Pat has 2 hrs of edited video of the highlights of the trip. We just wanted to let you know what you are in for if you ask to see our photos. He he.Even as we speak of our great adventures, please be assured that we did miss the USA and our wonderful family and friends.
We have shortened our stay this year but continue to feel a strong desire to do some good for others in whatever way we can now that we have been blessed with time during our retirement.We do keep in touch while away via internet and e-mail (Steve’s new blog, http://Genuine-Tourist.com), so please feel free to send us an update from time to time as to what you all are doing as well.
Our hope is that God richly blesses each one of you in this next year with much love, happiness and good health.
Feliz Navidad and Prospero Nuevo Ano.
Steve and Pat