Who we are: Dave and Cookie are fifty-somethings, married 32 years (on June 24, 2010), empty-nesters, long-distance bikers, committed to a whole-life stewardship ethic that guides who we are and how we spend our time, money, and energy. From 1989-1992, we were volunteers in Chad, Africa with Mennonite Central Committee (www.mcc.org/serve). From 1995-1999, we were at Woodstock School (www.woodstock.ac.in) in Mussoorie, India. These experiences continue to shape who we are. We have one married daughter who says she is “thinking about reproducing”.
In July of 2009, we returned to Woodstock School. In July of 2010, Cookie was diagnosed with advanced ovarian/endometrial cancer. In August, we returned home to Newton, KS – without jobs or insurance – to continue Cookie’s treatment.
What’s guiding our lives: We are Mennonite by choice and by family history.
What’s filling our time: Dave, a high school math teacher, is taking care of Cookie, substitute teaching and looking for a job. At Woodstock, he was the tenth grade home room teacher, an adviser to 11 grade ten students and taught Algebra II, Pre-Calc and Geometry. Cookie finished nine months as Woodstock School’s Interim Human Resource Manager and is now dealing with issues and adventures related to cancer.
Our publicly available photo albums are online at http://picasaweb.google.com/cookie.dave.