Instead of mailing out a long Christmas letter, I figure I’d just update everyone here.
Jacob is now 6 years old and still loves Legos, and has recently discovered Hero Factory. He loves wrestling, building, reading about sharks, snakes and slimy creatures. He has such a laid back personality, but can be very detail oriented when it comes to something that is really important to him ei Legos and building. He is currently playing basketball and taking piano lessons. I can always count on him to make me laugh.
When we were in Disney world this past fall, Jacob got selected to be the Beast and dance with Belle. He was also picked to be the Texas ranger in the HoopDee Doo Revue. In both shows, he had to kiss the damsel. He hated every second of both and boy did we love teasing him about it!
Sarah, 8, loves dogs, Calico Critters, Polly Pocket, Littlest Pet Shop and any other small toys. She loves to eat good food, especially all sorts of meats and dreams of one day opening a restaurant she will call the Meat House (not just a steak house). We call her our happy child since she is very affectionate and joyful. She makes friends quickly and is very loyal. She can often be found cuddling on the coach next to Matt or me.
Sarah felt like a princess for a day as a flower girl for her former teacher’s wedding.
We just celebrated Becca’s 10th birthday one week ago. Becca loves soccer, babies and dogs. She is compassionate and looking for ways to please others. A voracious reader, she can usually be found in her room or in a corner of our house with a good book.
A diligent student of piano and all aspects of academics, Gracie has proven to be trusted with lots of responsibilities at home. She loves to bake, paint, sing, play piano, and write. She has the gift of encouragement and loves writing to her friends and family. She is mature beyond her years and I have come to depend on her a lot as my helper.
Gracie puts lots of effort into her projects and assignments. She’s a little perfectionist!
11 years old!
Matt and I have been enjoying every second of our kids. They are a joy to parent and they teach us everyday. Matt is a kind, patient daddy and despite his VERY BUSY schedule, he takes time to get to spend time with them and know their hearts.
This year has been a year of lots of growth and learning for Matt and I as we started our first year of homeschooling. It’s been a roller coaster ride–lots of ups and downs–but an exciting and thrilling adventure. Just this year, we got to take lots of fun field trips to the Renaissance Festival, Loveland Castle, Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, and Disney World. We went on our second medical/dental mission trip as a family to El Salvador. We had some friends from Honduras live with us while one of the family members got surgery. We also added two dogs to the family, Kuma and Mary. My sister couldn’t take them with her to Costa Rica, so we adopted them. As I write this, I just realized we had a Central American connection to much of our highlights this year!
These pictures say a lot about our personalities:
We did a lot of DANCING this year!