2014

January 16, 2015

here is our Christmas letter from this year!
still can’t get pictures to load cause my computer hates me!!!!

2014- A Year
of Promotions

Chris– After having played the part of
being a drug-addicted transient (very convincingly!) for two years, Chris
decided to give up the beard and gave being a Sergeant a chance. After a very
stressful (for me!) 3 week testing process, Chris did great, did five weeks
of training, and has been Sergeanting his very own squad for about a month. With
his promotion has come the joys of working midnights and weekends again. If you
are ever in Scottsdale, driving aimlessly at 2 am on a Friday night- give Chris
a call! Or better yet, buy him a donut. He loves those. 😉
Jihae– It only took her two and a half
years to master being a mother
of three, and that’s when Jihae got promoted to being a mother of four. And the
fourth came with no morning sickness or painful labour- only thirty hours of
classes, a home inspection, and still lots of anxiety- and BOOM! We got a sweet
and sassy little 17-month old delivered to our doorstep! With this promotion
has come less sleep, more joy, less patience, and more opportunities to
practice being more patient. If you’re every driving aimlessly around Gilbert
at 2pm any day of the week- give Jihae a call! Or better yet, bring her a
coffee. Cause she needs one.

Lily
and Topher

Though they absolutely deserve their own paragraph, their promotions looked
very similar this year. So that’s why they aren’t getting their own paragraphs.
This year was a mighty and major year for our eldest two as they both accepted
Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, and were baptized at church in front
of their friends, families, and a ton of strangers. It was the best!!!!! We are
so exceptionally proud of the little people that Lily and Topher are. They are
(usually) so helpful, especially with entertaining the younger two kids, and
they are both doing really great in second and first grade respectively.

Mia– Her promotion was not one that she
sought, but it happened nonetheless. She was booted from her lofty position as
‘baby of the family’, and was upgraded to being a big sister.  With her promotion has come a shared bedroom
with Lily- which she loves, someone to boss around, and someone to scheme
with/play with while the other kids are at school. Mia is so hilarious, so
cute, and so stinkin temperamental!

J– I doubt that living at our crazy house
is much of a promotion for our precious little foster daughter, but we are so
glad she is with us! In the last five and a half months, she has grown four
teeth and two molars, her vocabulary went from not much to too much, and she
went from not hugging us back when we would hug her- to giving us the tightest,
most life-affirming squeezes, topped off with an interesting version of ‘love
you!’. It is hard to tell who has grown more in the last few months- her, or
all the rest of us because of her.

Thanks to all of you for your continued
friendship and support. When you think of us- pray for us!
And we are praying for you and wish you a
blessed and wonderful 2015!

Thanks also to jennybishopphotography for taking
our pictures again this year!
(which i can’t seem to upload any pics to my blog. again…)


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