As I look back over the past year, there are several things that stand out in my mind. The first is: God is so good to us! Second: Family is an amazing gift that should never be taken for granted. Third: Friends are also an amazing gift that should never be taken for granted, and there are many friends we have missed dearly over the past year! Fourth and last of all: We feel privileged every day to live in such a beautiful place as we work and play and get to know more folks around the community.
The last year has brought a lot of challenges and growth to our family. We have been through thick and thin together with Christopher’s parents, and through it all we have managed to forge much deeper and stronger relationships all around. We have done a whole lot of work and had a whole lot of fun together!
Our home business (computer consulting) has gotten off to a somewhat slow, but quality, start and we are feeling very hopeful about being able to stay in the area and become a permanent part of the community. This year we participated in the Christmas parade and handed out business cards and candy to help spread our name around town. Word of mouth is incredible in such a small town!
Thomas, Ellie and Mariah have grown like weeds…in height as well as personality! Thomas is sharp as a whip and more than ready to start schooling. He knows all his letters and numbers and is beginning to spell words and add numbers together in his head. He LOVES games of any kind and is always begging us to play War, Stinko, Monopoly Jr. or Mario with him. He’ll be so happy when the girls are old enough to play with him (and so will we)!
Ellie and Mariah have really come a long way since last year. They are different from each other in almost every way, except they both give great hugs and kisses, cause lots of trouble, and keep us laughing all the time. They are inseparable and it is amazing to watch as they learn to communicate with each other. Both girls can communicate very well and are learning to say a lot of new words….although Ellie is a few steps ahead of her little sis.
Christopher has been working hard over the year laying the groundwork for the home business, doing odd jobs to help pay the bills, and making sure everything stays in tip-top shape around the house.
My main job has been to keep the kids occupied and quiet during office hours (no easy task), help with the cooking and cleaning, and try to keep the morale high around the place. During the summer I started getting up early in the morning and going fishing with Gary (my father-in-law) to enjoy some peace and quiet before the day started. It turned out to be a tremendous help in relieving stress, and I was quickly hooked (no pun intended) for life! The fishing slowed down when the weather turned cold, but we still go out occasionally to try to beat the cabin fever while we wait for spring.
We’ve taken some major steps forward this year and we’re anxious to see what is in store for us next year!