Dear Family and Friends,
as we joyfully celebrate the long-awaited, still-celebrated birth of Jesus
Christ! We trust and pray that all is well with you this year. We are finally
settled in New England, after a mix of international and interstate travel. But
to get to that point, let's back up a little.
you probably recall, Ira was issued a U.S. visa in November 2002, but after a
quick mandatory trip, returned to Moscow, Russia. In February 2003, Stan needed
to renew his Russian visa, so we took a trip to Italy to do so. We flew into the
coastal city of Rimini, and after a relaxing night in a room with a lovely view
of waves breaking on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, we boarded a bus which
transported us through the volcanic backbone of Italy's boot, to Rome on the
other side of the mountains.
a tour of Rome's many sights, we visited Naples and Pompei, a wealthy,
hedonistic center of Greek indulgence filled with everything from brothels to
bakeries, indoor plumbing to outdoor theatre. With fanciful frescos and ornate
marble carvings uniquely preserved in solid ash two millennia against the
relentless onslaught of time, Pompei offers a colorful glimpse into the lives of
those so long ago, resting in the shadow of the mighty snow-capped Vesuvius.
to Rome, we stayed an extra week to soak up the history of this amazing city.
Highlights included the Roman forum, at the end of which lies the underground
prison where both Peter and Paul were kept, and where portions of the New
Testament were written. On the site of Peter's inverted crucifixion arose a
mighty church, razed to make way for a second, then eventually the modern
structure, Saint Peter's Basilica towers above the city, its 137-meter dome
and ornately decorated cavernous expanse almost too large to believe possible.
wrapped up the trip with views of Pisa's almost-toppling Bell Tower,
Florence's rich marketplaces, and Venice's romantic waterways, then returned
from the Mediterranean warmth of Italy to the snow and ice of Moscow.
April, Ira was invited, based on her essay entitled "Mastering Volatility:
Success in a Changing World", to participate in the 9th World
Business Dialogue as well as the 3rd Semi-Annual World Students
Summit, organized by Organisationsforum Wirtschaftskongress e.V., held at the
University of Cologne, in Cologne, Germany.
May, Ira completed another epoch in her glorious academic career. Specializing
in International Economics, International Monetary and Financial Relations, she
titled her thesis "Information Economy as an Aspect of Information Society."
Similarly to how she finished her Bachelors earlier, Ira raced to a flying
finish with perfect 5.0's in all her classes and thesis defense at Moscow
the middle of May, we packed our bags and headed down to Rostov-on-Don, Russia,
to visit Ira's parents and take down as many things as we could, thus
lightening our load for our imminent international move. After selling as many
of our remaining heavy furniture and belongings as others were willing to buy,
we packed what was left into six bags (each over 70 pounds) plus backpacks,
carry-on suitcases, and various smaller bags, and lumbered to Sheremetevo
Airport, where we traveled through JFK and SLC to Helena, where we were met and
driven to Bozeman.
a short stint in beautiful Montana, we drove out to New Haven, CT, where Stan
started work in a lab prior to entering the Ph.D. program in physics at Yale
University. Thanks to Mom's help as far as Chicago, the 2500-mile trip was
bearable. We made a brief stop at Mount Rushmore, as well as a visit to the
Wallas in Chicago, but other than that just drove. A month later, we reversed
the process, riding with Grandma and Grandpa Sutterlin in their high-top via a
scenic route which included the majestic Niagra Falls, a bit of Canada, and the
Badlands of South Dakota. We remained in MT just long enough to pack up a 6x6x12
trailer pulled by Mom & Dad's Windstar van across the great U.S. of A.
three and one half years of marriage, we have moved eight times. Making
international, cross-country, and even shorter moves certainly causes one to
think about what is needed and what isn't!
in Connecticut, Stan is very busy with five physics graduate classes plus an
undergraduate lab to teach, and Ira is also auditing several graduate courses
from the economics department. On Wednesday evenings, we lead Scooters (club for
4- and 5-year-olds) at church.
though Stan is (or should that be was? or claims to be?) the programmer around
here, Ira is the one who has designed our family web site and several other
sites. If you go to http://www.guthrielife.com/original/ you will find dozens of pages
documenting the amazing things we have been privileged to see in the past few
we're most excited about currently is the fact that both of Ira's parents
were issued U.S. visas, and will be making their first trip to America in just a
few days! They will be here a month, arriving December 18. We plan to take a
great American road tour, driving some 5000+ miles from CT to MT and back,
enjoying a sure-to-be-white Christmas in the Rockies, then driving back through
a more southerly route, hopefully hitting cities like St. Louis and Washington,
that's a brief update about what's happened with us of late. We'd love to
hear from you! We're excited to receive both
e-mail and snail mail! Please let us know your current email address, so
we can keep in touch better. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers in the
past, present, and future!
a Merry Christmas!
and Irina Guthrie
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