Sunday, December 23, 2012

Daily December 23--Our Christmas letter

Every year I write a Christmas letter to update our family and friends on our year.  Here is what I shared this year. . .

We hope this finds you all healthy, happy, and enjoying the season.  We are doing well.  It has been a busy year, but we are happy to say we are all well and grateful we can be together.  A huge highlight of our year was participating in the Kansas City Temple Open House, and Miss A and Miss O participating in the Youth Temple Cultural Event.  That was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience for us.  We are so grateful for our Savior and His Gospel in our lives.  Another highlight was visiting 3 National Parks this summer—Arches, Canyonlands, and Captiol Reef.  National Parks are the best.  As usual, reading is a big part of our lives, and we wanted to each share our favorite book we read this year with you along with some highlights from our year.

Ben * physical therapist at a nursing home in town  *called to be the early morning seminary teacher, has 4 students (including Miss A) and is teaching the New Testament every morning at 6:10 in our basement * does not love getting up at 5:30 *favorite books Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Jen * busy mom, taxi driver, cook, seamstress, PTO secretary, school volunteer, counselor in the Young Woman’s at church * most busy trying to keep up with 4 kids in 3 different schools * loves to blog at * does not like doing  laundry * favorite book The Invisible Wall by Harry Berstein

Miss A *15 at Christmas * freshman in high school (gulp!) * loves running * broke a middle school 2 mile record * in high school this fall she ran varsity cross country and medaled in every race * in the school madrigal choir *straight A student *enjoys reading, playing the piano, singing, being outside * national winner in writing contest * does  not enjoy cleaning her room * favorite book Moon  Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Miss O * 12 * 7th grade at the middle school * enjoyed her first year of church girls’ camp this summer * played volleyball this fall and did a great job * is very musically talented and plays both the piano and guitar *a straight A student * loves reading, making things from fancy duct tape, being with her friends * does not love making her bed * favorite books The Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan

Miss E * 10 * 5th grade * loves school * gets all A’s * in an African Drumming Circle group * played soccer in the spring and did a super job * a super reader and loves listening to audio books on her MP3 * does not like feeding our chickens and gathering eggs * favorite book Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Mr J * 7 * 2nd grade * loves math and collecting stickers * is really getting into reading chapter books now which is always fun * still loves trains, which we love *does not like picking up his dirty clothes * favorite books The Dragon Slayer’s Academy series by Kate McMullan.

 We wish you all the very best of holidays and a great New Year!

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