Dear Friends, and Colleagues,
We write to wish you a merry Christmas, inform you of some life changes we have experienced this year and to provide you with our new contact information.
May God bless you in this time of Advent and Christmastide as we all celebrate the first coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Word incarnate and the child King. We look forward to Epiphany, the revelation of Jesus Christ to the world – the same revelation that animates living all of life before God.
After fifteen years of life, work and ministry in Texas, we have returned to our family home on Whidbey Island in Washington State. We will continue communicating with our friends, and colleagues traveling to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (and other cities) to work with schools, and visit our sons, Jess and Andrew who own and operate their own successful business in DFW. We will enjoy more time with our daughter Rachel who lives in Seattle and Abigail who lives and paints here on Whidbey Island. We are simply moving our base for life and business to our long-term home.
We plan to work more outside to landscape the undeveloped part of our two-acre property that overlooks the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and the salt water of Penn Cove. We also plan to develop gardens for vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants, to hike the many beautiful trails, bike in the warmer weather, fish from the beach during the salmon runs in the fall, dig clams for bait and drop a few pots to catch fresh Dungeness Crab! We also plan to complete additional advanced degrees. Rodney is reading for his comps then dissertating for a Doctor of Education. What a great place to study.
You can see why we love it here so much!
We experienced sweet sorrow when leaving Coram Deo Academy, our work of the last eleven years or so. We know those that remain will continue to carry the fire training ethical leaders, and wise thinkers to shape culture for the glory of God. Recently, I asked one of the CDA administrators, “How is it going?” She replied “We are fine, you prepared us well to carry on.” We mentioned our plans to the former Mayor of Flower Mound, who replied, “You have left something good for Flower Mound.” And the local newspaper editor stated, “Your work here is admired and respected.” Coram Deo Academy has become a blessing and influence in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Now we seek to extend that influence outwardly.
Currently we are working with a couple of school starts and hope to help many replicate the educational model employed by CDA. A couple we have known for many years has initiated one of these schools on the Big Island of Hawaii. The husband was one of our students at our first Christian school when he was 10 years old and we were 25-year-old teachers. We also serve as fellows with the Institute for Classical Schools, serve on an Association of Classical and Christian Schools team regarding school accreditation, and on the advisory board of another classical school. We plan to share our years of experience with many schools nationwide as trainers and advisors through the Marshall Education Group. We have moved and yet we will continue in this good work for God.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Rodney and Robi Marshall
956 Scenic Heights Road
Oak Harbor, WA 98277