Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Merry Christmas, 2006!!!
I decided that doing my Christmas letter on the blog was right up my alley!!! So, here goes.

As I reflect on this past year, several things come to mind. First of all, Aaron lost both of his grandmas this year. His Grandma Good, who was well into her 90s, was very sharp mentally. She passed away last spring. His Grandma Behrends, who was in her early 80s, had suffered with Alzheimer's for a number of years. She died in November. We were able to attend both funerals. Although we were saddened to lose them, there was a great comfort in knowing that they were both believers in Christ. It was a reminder to me to be thankful for the Christian heritage that Aaron and I both have.

The summer was filled with several trips and events. Many of our days were spent at the swimming pool, while quite a few evenings involved the baseball field. Aaron went to North Omaha on a missions trip in July, while the kids and I made the trek to Chadron to see Grandma and Grandpa. Thank goodness that we have a DVD player in the van!!! In August, we went to Callaway, NE, and visited Rod and Diane Ready, and their son, Grant. Rod had been our principal for the past several years, Diane had become a dear friend, and Grant was Paul's friend/big brother when they lived here in Wauneta. In early September, we went to Colorado Springs to visit my brother Perry, his wife Katy, and their daughter Elizabeth. We had tons of fun there. Of course, when you're used to a town of about 600 people, going ANYWHERE is exciting!!! We also spent several days in Shoshoni, WY, visiting Aaron's parents and his sister Heather and her family. We're happy that Heather, Jason, Emma, David, and Timothy have moved from California to Gypsum, CO. Hopefully, that means we'll be seeing them more than once a year! During the summer, and also this fall, we were able to see my brother Tyler, his wife Krisa, and their son Jaedon. Good times!!!

Aaron's big project of the summer was replacing our toilet, bathtub, bathroom floor, and sink. He learned a lot about plumbing and carpentry--probably more than he wanted to know. He also worked on siding our house. His parents came for almost a week to help with that project. It's about half-done at this point. So, hopefully when I write next year's Christmas news, I will be able to say that our house has new siding!

As you'll read by scrolling down, I went to Germany in early November. Other than that, our fall has been mainly devoted to school and its activities. Paul and Miranda are in the 3rd and 2nd grades, respectively. They are both avid readers, and are taking piano lessons. It's fun to be able to play duets with them. Olivia is almost 3. She is busy, outgoing, and, did I mention, busy??!! Sonya is 15 months. She just started walking. She is also the reason that our Christmas tree only has ornaments on the top half!

Well, that about sums it up. I'm sure I forgot some things, but I guess that's how it goes. Most of the above pictures are from trips we took.

God bless you all. Merry Christmas!