Our year-end-review…come and sit awhile
Merry Christmas! We are glad you found your way to this year’s Christmas letter…a bit nontraditional, but hopefully interesting none-the-less.
Katie is 9, in the 4th grade, and truly loves learning. This semester, she has taken more than 36 hours of science in Forensics and Physics. Next term, she’s anxious to build bridges and weight-bearing structures, in addition to adding a writing course where she’ll get the chance to be published in the local newspaper. American Heritage Girls continues to be a big part of her social and formative life. We are so thankful for this group of girls and leaders! My little kitchen assistant still talks about becoming a professional baker, and frequently prepares our meals during the week. Katie has an incredibly generous and thoughtful heart, quick to serve and notice the needs of those around her. She makes a great big sis! She’s starting to become quite a mature young lady! It’s been a year of great growth for our sweet girl!
Michael, 6 and in first grade, is so full of energy and life. He adores his sisters, and is a special companion to Clare; quick to entertain her or care for her. She watches him constantly! Michael is an accomplished Lego builder spending most of his time creating and bringing these colored bricks to life. He also has a incredible love (and talent) for creating Twist Bands on the Rainbow Loom. We are delighted that he loves to spend the hour before lights out reading. He especially loves the the A to Z Mysteries and their many fictional adventures. Tumbling classes are part of his weekly repertoire after taking taekwondo for 4 months. He’s a great kid with a wild imagination and a sweet heart.
Clare is 18 months old and keeps all of us on our toes! She has a knack for stealing all the attention. We all long for her real words and an end to the craziness of her often undecipherable demands. She is full of energy, conquering everything within sight. She’s not one to be content with toys, but rather in the middle of everything. She has the most captivating personality and a strong sense of what she wants! Her siblings have taught her all kinds of things far beyond her age as she watches them constantly. She is our go-getter for sure!
Elizabeth is expected sometime the end of February and we can’t wait! There’s something truly wonderful about watching your children welcome another life and how that life reshapes the family dynamic. What a gift!
As for Nate and I, we are busy!
Professionally, Nate has had an incredibly fulfilling year. He has been blessed with a new boss and mentor that has challenged him to reach new heights. He is indeed an answer to many years of praying. However, this year has given Nate little time for anything but the demands of work. We look forward to some changes in 2013.
I continue to school Katie & Michael at home while trying to help Clare understand the art of play (and quiet) during those hours. Tutoring and teaching 2nd grade catechism at the parish provides me with an opportunity to interact with other students and parents…a great joy for me. I continue to fill my “spare” time with family photography and digital scrapbooking. My OB continually reminds me that at 36, I’m old. I must admit, I’ve slowed down just a bit in this last trimester.
Here’s a collection of pictures from our year. There’s so many memories…so many times together. For those who were part of our year, up close and far away, we are so thankful for you. Know our prayers continue and we wish you and your family a blessed 2013.
What’s 2013 hold for us, who knows, but it is likely to be a whole lot change!! The baby (and thereby Clare’s new reality) will surely liven things up over here. We are thankful for this past year, God’s provisions, the gift of life and family, and even a bit of sharper focus in what we hope to have in 2013. If you are in the Atlanta area, we have been without company for several months and would welcome visitors. However, we do hope you’ll stop in and visit the blog from time to time, leave a comment and let us know about your family happenings!
God bless you and your family this Christmas season and beyond!
You can see the highlights of our “everyday” life in the pages of our 2012 yearbook. Click on the image if you are interested.
You can click HERE to read the book.