Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Dear Friends and Family,

Wow! It is so hard to believe that 2011 is drawing to a close already. Time goes by so quickly. We are grateful for this Advent season of waiting and the upcoming celebration of Jesus’ birth.

This has been a good year for our family. One of the highlights was the opportunity we had to spend several weeks travelling to Campus Crusade’s National Staff Conference in Colorado. Along the way (well, a little out of the way J), we were able to visit Devil’s Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Tetons National Park. The children especially loved seeing all the wild animals, including a HUGE herd of bison.

All of our kids continue to keep us busy.  We are still homeschooling all four of them. Justin is a sophomore in high school. He is in the very beginning stages of his college search. We are praying that the Lord would lead him to just the right school. He has been enjoying his first year playing soccer for Circle Christian School. The team is full of seniors, so he has not been playing a lot, but he is still having a great time. He also enjoys refereeing soccer and volunteering with the children’s ministry at church.

Jeremy is now an eighth grader. We are currently praying through options for high school. He LOVES science and can often be found building something or reading. His passions are band and theater. Although we are not at Pine Castle Christian anymore, he is able to be involved in both these activities there. He plays saxophone in the band. In addition, he will have a role in their spring production of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

This year, we have two middle-schoolers again. Julie is now in sixth grade. She has really become a lover of books this past year. We will often find her snuggled in her bed with a good book. She joined a new soccer team this year. For the first time, she is on an all girls’ competitive team. It has been a pleasure to watch the team grow and develop. Julie is also the main force behind two vegetable gardens that we have started this year. She seems to have a natural “green” thumb. It is so much fun to be eating the fruit of her labors.

Jamie continues to keep us on our toes. She is in second grade. She loves to dance and sing, often making up her own songs to perform. It will be very interesting to see how her passions continue to develop in the years to come. She is also playing soccer. She is a great player and may end up playing competitively in the years to come. Jamie has never met a stranger and because of her, our house is rarely without at least a few neighborhood children. She is also participating in American Heritage Girls, which is a group similar to girl scouts.

Dave and I keep busy with all our ministry and family responsibilities. We pray that you have a very blessed Christmas celebrating our Savior’s birth.

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