Parents Archive:

Fostering Family Traditions

Published: Summer 2007

Like his father and grandfather before him, Mark Wolfshorndl earns his living from the land. He grows almonds on his 500-acre family farm in Chowchilla, Calif.; his 82-year-old father still oversees an orchard. “It’s satisfying when the harvest comes... Read More

When the Child Becomes a Parent

Published: Winter 2007

A Father Observes the Parenting Skills of Some Westmont Alumni From the top of Half Dome, John Eby watched the bright August sun set over Yosemite Valley, the shadows swallowing trees and meadows far below. He recalls the moment... Read More

At Home Away from Home

Published: Summer 2006

Randy and Diane Weeda Say Their Children Have Found Community at Westmont Ryan Weeda ’06 had never heard of Westmont when a postcard from the college arrived in his Missouri mailbox. Checking out the Web site, he liked what... Read More

A Mother-Daughter Tradition

Published: Winter 2006

A Generation Apart, Kerry ’76 and Alex ’08 Compare Notes on Westmont Alex Malliaris ’08 and her mother laugh about the bathrooms in Clark. Kerry Gibson Malliaris says they haven’t changed a bit since she graduated in 1976. The... Read More

Family-Friendly Ministry

Published: Summer 2005

The Rehfelds Disciple Youth in Their Church As Well As Their Own Three Sons Like many parents, Joe and Judy Rehfeld are involved in their sons’ lives. They drive the boys to sports practices and church events and show... Read More

Faith in Education

Published: Spring 2005

The Bryan Family Affirms the Value of Christian Education Michael and Sherill Bryan hoped their oldest son would attend a Christian college, but they knew he needed to choose a school himself. “It was a prayer thing because we... Read More

Growth for Life

Published: Summer 2004

Throughout their marriage, Andy and Janna Mori have worked together to make things grow. As gardeners, they helped to cultivate the family nursery and raised and canned their own vegetables. As parents, they encourage their children to develop in... Read More

A Singular Story

Published: Spring 2004

Katherine Massena learned the challenges of being a single mother the first time she took her sons fishing. Skilled in a sport she had practiced as a child, she hooked a fish and hit it on the head quickly... Read More

A World of Interests

Published: Winter 2004

Their backgrounds and their interests give Peter and Monique Thorrington an international perspective. Although they grew up in South Africa, Peter was born in the United Kingdom and Monique was born in Greece. The couple moved their business (international... Read More

My Son, the Student

Published: Summer 2003

Dean and I became Westmont parents in a rather circuitous way. The older of our two sons graduated from Gordon College in May, where he received a wonderful education and enjoyed many fine friendships as well as four years... Read More