Kristi's Friends and Family Christmas Page 2021  


                                                                                                   A   Haertl'y Christmas Greeting 2021 

Greetings all! We pray you are well amidst another year of the pandemic as we all seek to stay safe, embrace the journey and live life fully!  This year we were blessed to spend more time with family & friends, watch the grandkids grow (Arlo now 1, Caleb 8) and resume some travel.  Mikaela, Bri, the grandkids dad and I again ventured to Northern Pines family camp where we were blessed to see many longtime friends. In addition, Dan and I spent time on the North Shore and on a multi-state drive trip to the Ozarks.  I too had the opportunity for additional travels and enjoyed a fun winter of skiing and visits with my friend Julie on the North Shore. Dan and I bought an amazing Can Am (3 wheeler- 2 in front, one in back) and spent time on the country roads! We again sang in the praise band & volunteer with the church Matthew 25 food distribution.  Dad and mom are well, dad defying his age and continuing to bike and play tennis. He was thrilled he can again go dancing (when Covid rates were lower). He and I also went on another fun trek to the Upper Peninsula to see his brother Jim and my Aunt Kathy.


Dan: What a whirlwind year of tennis! Dan, now having been a tennis coach and tennis teaching pro for 35 years, was blessed to have a great tennis season as the Maple Grove Girls’ Tennis Team went to the state tournament for the first time in history and took 5th!  Dan too was featured on the Mike Maxx radio show (prior to them heading to state) and was on the news. He was also blessed to win the Minnesota Girls AA Highschool Tennis Coach of the Year.  He too is the Centennial Boy’s Coach and teaches tennis at the University of Minnesota and is a teaching pro there as well. Highlights of Dan’s year included the amazing tennis season, the ability to resume singing in his kid’s band (many fun gigs at community events), spending time with family, and the fun travels.

Left, -Dan with MG #1, Zoe got 2nd in state!                                                           Maple Grove, 1st in Sections and 5th in State-  Congrats!!


  We made the trek to Willmar and a couple day trip back and have loved our new Can Am. Many miles on the country roads and to the apple orchard! We will likely sell
  our Honda Motorcycle in the Spring as we have fallen in love with the Can Am, what fun!

Kristi: Hard to believe I am now in my 25th year as a professor at St. Kates! I too continue to have a private practice with persons who have psychiatric and developmental conditions. I also had the opportunity for a number of presentation and publication activities including an invitation to speak at a student research conference at Brunel University in London.  Due to Covid, like many of the speaking engagements, the event was virtual this year.  I continue active running, lifting and biking and again captained the Purple Pumpers bike team as we completed our 26th MS 150.  Next semester I head on another sabbatical to work on a number of publications and another book project.  Highlights of the year included the fun travels, time with the grandkids, embracing life, volunteering with our church food distribution, time on the bike, pontoon and Can Am, and precious time with valued friends and family.


                                The Purple Pumpers 26th! Thanks to those who have sponsored us, through the years our team has raised over $160,000! 


                                                                                 Arlo's First Birthday Party...What a Blast!

Mikaela, Bri, Caleb & Arlo: It has been such a rollercoaster of a year this year. In February our family moved into a new home in Fridley with a family room and big backyard to play in, which is what we were looking for. Bri has been an amazing in her new role as Food &Transportation Coordinator (not to mention many, many other tasks) at our K-8 school. Mikaela is also in a new role as the Physical Education Teacher and is so very happy with this transition. Caleb is rocking it in 3rd grade this year, and is continuing his awesomeness on his hockey and baseball teams. At 13 months, Arlo is just starting to walk and is full of endless life, curiosity and joy. He never, ever stops moving! Charlie, Lady and Dragon are looking as cute as ever and love treats and napping. We are so very thankful for our family, health and safety.


Sharing More Friends, Family and Fun!!!

Friends... Friends... Friends

Fun time with friends Catherine and Brenda!                                                         We had more opportunities to have friends over on the lake- The Mankad family


Celebrating my friend Linda's birthday!  -                             Celebrating with friends Chuck "Chris" and Beth


Some of our GNO (Girl's Night Out) crew from High School! Always a blast to get together!  When pandemic was better we got together for OT salons- now virtual!


Left, lunch with Bryan, a friend from one of the boards I serve on                                       Enjoyable visits to my dear friend Julie's place on the North Shore- hiking, skiing, snoeshoeing!

Biking- Biking- Biking


Going on 89 years old, dad still is active with biking!      Purple Pumpers 26! - In addition to our MS 150 we had several rides including the Mn- WI rides!



A blast to bike with friends! Left with my friend Chris (Charles Christiansen)-- This year the Pumpers had many rides on various Minnesota trails and a couple Gateway Mn to Western Wisconsin

Travels- Travels Travels  (sampling of the adventures this year)


Annual Father/ Daughter trek- this time Family History trek to Balsam Lake then to the U.P. Michigan to visit aunt Kathy & Uncle Jim!


Lovely multi-state trip to the Ozarks



Over 20 years at Family Camp- we love it!                                                                      Grammy Joy!


Christmas Beauty   

Snow fallen splendor
breathes holiday cheer
as folks busy bustle
signs Christmas near
The fervent, the feverish
rush to the store
As the season unfolds
and knocks at our door
The trees all need trimming
The stockings must be hung
The cards must be written
The bells must be rung
Yet in all the magic
In all the cheer
Take time to pause
for time with those dear
For God's love came down
and graced our Earth's Sky
In giving his gift, for you and I
Let's pause in our thanks
to the dear Lord above
and share with each other
our kindness and love
I thank each of you
for your presence you see
and how you grace
my life journey
I wish for you
both far and near
A Very Merry Christmas
and Blessed New Year!!!


                                                                                             From our Home and Family to Yours--- Merry Christmas!


                 We are blessed to have a beautiful view from our deck (our back yard)                      "Friends"  Mittens (left) 17.5 years  & Jack, 13 years


God's Blessings to Each of You!

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