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Greetings to the Williams Clan!
Dear Friends and Family,
The leaves are off the trees and the cold has
hunkered down around us and so it will be for the next two or three
months. It is always these times that bring out the reminiscing.
Although these thoughts begin as intimate and personal they should not
stay that way. You need to share in the memories for it is your lives
that intertwine with ours. Together we are forming a great tapestry of
which this past year is yet another of the colorful threads.
January started cold and sunny, but the glow from
the Christmas holidays was still upon me. I was up early to greet the
New Year. As you know by now, the bright lights and colors of New
Year's Eve celebrations have long since given way to quieter times. I
prefer to spend the last night of each year at home with my wife and a
good movie. We'll talk, laugh, cry a little and remember our blessings.
Anyway, the New Year did dawn bright and promising
and continued into spring much that way. Business, for the most part,
has been good and now that Jennifer has grown into such a beautiful
young woman both Ellen and I recognized that she was blossoming into
adulthood as surely as the new buds on the leaves of our backyard
trees. We could hardly believe she would graduate from high school in
May. I hoped to be easing into "official" retirement by then, but you
know the saying about the "best laid plans". At least the winter was
not unbearable and the cold passed quickly enough as we made plans for
The one bump in the road, and it was a big enough
bump, was that Joseph, our beloved nephew and godson, is spending the
next several months in the Middle East. June brought the news that he
was assigned to duty in dusty, hot Iraq. We hoped he'd get a shortened
mission, but now we're just grateful that so far he's escaped injury
and that he gets to communicate with Sharon, my dear sister, and her
husband, Stanley. It's hard, we know, to have just one child and that
child to be on the other side of the world, away from our protective
Our summer gathering at the lake was a highlight.
It was good to see so many of our clan make the pilgrimage, including
Lizzy, Ellen's aunt from California, and my brother Don with his lovely
wife Jill and their brood of five. You get all those boys together and
it's quite exciting…and loud! We enjoyed seeing Dan, Tim,
Peter, Jimmy and Ethan - even if they did wear us out with their
The hot days in the cool water, the fishing and
frolicking, and George's legendary barbeque skills made this a fine
vacation in beautiful Wyoming. It's been a good year for the photo
albums and deepening friendships. It's amazing to see so many of the
children growing up quickly and just as impressive to meet the
grandkids. You sons and daughters of the Williams heritage will soon
know too well why we said the things we did and why we shook our head
so often during your adolescence.
We should certainly acknowledge Jennifer's position
with the marketing firm in Chicago. She's apparently been quite an
addition to Selman & Frampton. They've given her additional
duties and a nice bonus this fall. We're proud, but hope she doesn't
critique my writing here too harshly. We're also justly proud of the
work George has been doing for the missions in his hometown of
Columbus. Ohioans are typically modest and George is especially so, yet
his efforts in coordinating so many groups for the help of the less
fortunate should be recognized, especially at this season of giving.
Good job, George and we're grateful for all you do for so many.
As I write this I realize once again how blessed we
all are. Life continues to have its "ups and downs", but overall there
is a great deal to be grateful for. We see again the truth that even in
dealing with adversity we grow. The important things are still love,
forgiveness and friendship. This hits particularly close to the bone
with the tragic news that my friend Daniel Tolman was killed in an auto
accident just two weeks ago. He was driving home from yet another
Special Olympics event and apparently fell asleep. God bless him, he
helped those kids and that fine organization for over twenty years. Our
thoughts are with his family during this holiday season.
As we celebrate another Christmas and another year
I know that we all hold dear in our hearts the memories and the moments
of each day. Thank you dear ones for allowing me to reminisce and share
with you. May we continue to savor each breath we take and appreciate
each new day and day's end.
Our love and warmest regards,
Frank and Ellen Williams
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