I met Pam at Andrews University when she was a freshman and I a sophomore. Once we went on our first date, we never dated anyone else! In fact, we were married on September 14, 1975 about 11 months after we first met. We have grown up together and grown closer together over the years. We’ve attended each other’s college graduation – mine from Andrews University and Pam’s from Loma Linda University. And she was there when I graduated from medical school at Loma Linda University. We enjoyed our years in school together – striving for goals and loving life.
It was during my senior year of medical school that Sally was born. We’d been married for 6 years when Sally came into our lives. All I can say is that children are an indescribable blessing as they bring a renewed energy and passion into our lives. And Sally has certainly done that for us since day one! She is still a joy to us as she now teaches in the Richland School District. Her passion is doing Ironman races.
Kelsey and Eric Jr came into our lives while we were living in Bethesda, Maryland. Kelsey and Sally loved to play together, though we could tell from an early age that they were different from one another. Kelsey was a little more quiet and yet very determined and competitive. When Kelsey starts a project, nothing will deter her from its completion. Kelsey graduated from Andrews University and married Jake Westfall. We have discovered the joy of watching our children become responsible adults and enter into their own love-filled relationships. We are extremely happy for Kelsey and Jake as they live in Denver, Colorado. Jake currently works in finance for a hospitalist company. They love the city and are always game for new adventures. We have a blast going on ski trips or just visiting them at their home.
Eric Jr has had the blessing of being constantly challenged throughout his childhood by his two older sisters. There was plenty of love there, but it was often expressed by his sisters through their seemingly constant barrage of unsolicited advice. Eric Jr has always been a tender and kind-hearted person. This characteristic is truly priceless and one that I know his wife, Lindsay appreciates. When Eric Jr graduated from Walla Walla University, he married Lindsay Zenthoefer one month later. Since being married they have lived in Loma Linda, NYC, Portland,Oregon and now Loma Linda, California again. Lindsay has her doctorate in physical therapy and is working at Loma Linda University. Eric is working in the Loma Linda University admissions department and working on his MBA in health care. They love living in Loma Linda as they have many friends who reside there as well as Lindsay’s brother and two of Eric’s cousins.
There is nothing on this earth that is more important to me than my family. And I thank God that we continue to grow and flourish.