Merry Christmas! We hope that you have had a great 2016. Our year has been a busy one, but we are grateful to the Lord for His faithfulness through the year.
Each member of the Meritt family did some traveling this year. Justin did the least, but did make a number of trips back and forth to Tallahassee since he stayed there this past summer for summer school and a volunteer internship at a hospital there. He is a junior in college now and is likely to graduate in 3 1/2 years with a degree in Management Information Systems. He is looking forward to a spring break study abroad trip to London. In addition, he hopes to get a paid internship, hopefully here in Orlando, this summer.
Dave and Jeremy traveled the farthest this year. This summer they joined a team from Cru for a two week mission to Prague. They were able to build relationships with a number of students there and share the gospel with them. We continue to pray for lasting fruit from this trip. Jeremy graduated from high school this year and is now a freshman in college. He is planning to major in electrical engineering – following in Dave’s footsteps.
Julie and Lynn took a week this summer to look at several colleges throughout the Southeast. Julie attended a soccer camp in Tennessee and then they toured five schools in five days. It was exhausting – especially for two introverts. Julie is beginning to narrow her college choices. She is grateful that she still has time since she is a junior in high school this year. She is unsure of what she wants to do once she graduates from college, but is looking to major in art and history. There is also a good chance that she will be playing soccer in college.
Jamie spent a week with one of her gymnastics buddies at a camp in Massachusetts this past summer. It was definitely the highlight of her year! She and her friend are going back this coming summer and they are planning to bring an additional friend with them. Jamie is in 7th grade this year. It is hard to believe that she turned thirteen earlier in the fall. We missed out on having four teenagers at once by about six months.
In addition to our travels, schoolwork, church, sports, and our work with Cru keep us busy. We are grateful that we will have a chance to slow down over Christmas break. It will give us time to enjoy one another since the boys will be home. We will also have the opportunity to celebrate our Savior’s birth. We are thankful that He came to earth for us. Our prayer is that you will enjoy the Lord’s presence in a new way this Christmas.
Dave & Lynn