Ahhh... Dear friends and family, I'm so sorry I haven't been here lately. My computer died in September, and I've been "making do" with some old relics that don't quite have the toys that I'm accustomed to for my photos and blogging... So, I've taken an extended break from this place. BUT, hopefully, after the holidays we will be getting a new computer and I can get my blogging mojo back!
In the meantime, I couldn't not post a Christmas letter! So here goes:
Well, it's Christmas Eve Eve. (Smile.) And I'm sitting on the couch, Christmas lights lit, a fire in the fireplace, a poodle cuddled next to me, and my Christmas pjs keeping me warm and cozy! I've already had a glass of egg nog, and am looking at our tree with thankfulness in my heart.
It's been another wonderful year.
Mike and I are still loving life in Minnesota, and loving our life together! I can't believe we've been married 8 years (and together 12!). Everyday is a blessing to my life - laughing together, exploring new places, and learning as we go. It may be cliche, but I really feel I married my best friend - and couldn't ask for anything more.
My job is going well - and as busy as ever! Our church merged with a smaller church this fall and we have gained another 80+ members! Such fun to get to know these new faces and personalities! (And such a challenge for our ministries to keep up!) Our whole church feels really blessed to be healthy and growing - and excited as we look forward to what comes next...
And of course, we've been squeezing in lots of fun with family and friends!
**Lots of visits with our god-daughter and her family - especially making crafts and eating cookies! (And a fun day at the zoo!)
**Enjoyed Mike's nephew, Brandon, visiting over his Spring Break for the second year - so fun! (The boys enjoyed a day at the skate park... Uffda!)
**We were able to sneak in two trips to Minnesota's North Shore this fall - near Grand Marais. If there is any place we love to get away to, this is it! So relaxing and beautiful! (On one of the trips, we went into Canada and walked across Canada's longest suspension bridge - just for the heck of it!)
**My other sister, Kayla, transferred to the University of Minnesota-Duluth this year. Emily, Fin, and I got to join the caravan in moving her up there this fall. A busy day - but the first time all three sisters moved one into the dorms!
I guess that's our year in a nutshell. We were laughing at the dog the other night - and I realized, not a day goes by at our house without something to make us bust out laughing. Even on those days when life is trying to get us down - we can always come home and find peace and love and joy.
As I look forward to tomorrow and all the festivities of Christmas - I think it's a day when we all come home. Home to family and friends, home to faith, home to love, home to generosity - home to all that is good in the world.
Merry Christmas, friends! And may the peace, love, and joy of the season find you wherever you may be this season!