Merry Christmas! I can’t believe it’s time to wrap up another year already! 2012 was a good year and we are ready for all the blessings that 2013 has waiting for us!
Naomi is doing great! She is flying through school- she has straight A’s and she has surpassed all the reading levels expected of her! She is even having to be fussed at by the teacher for “sneak reading” (she is definitely my child). I guess sometimes having a kid that loves to read is a double edged sword. She has also been very active in theatre this year. In June she was in a Shakespearean parody as one of Titania’s fairies (second year in a row with some sort of Shakespeare!) and in July and August she had speaking roles in Book of D and Wolves in the Walls. She was hilarious! I know we are biased, but we feel like she has a real gift for acting. She continues to take private drama classes with a wonderful local director, whom we adore, Walter Brown. We have known Walter since 2002, he directed me in Steel Magnolias. He is amazing and kind and a fantastic source of theatrical knowledge. She has 2 Christmas performances coming up this month- the traditional Christmas pageant at church, in which she has her second singing solo and she is also performing in an original Christmas production at church written by some of the Young Adults. In school she was able to choose 4 arts electives this year and she picked dance, visual art, drama, and vocals. She has already done dance and visual art and is eagerly awaiting vocals and drama. Her school is an arts and technology academy and we are so blessed to have her there. We can’t imagine a better place to foster her mind and her talents! Naomi also began serving our church as an acolyte. We love that she is serving the Lord and her church family. The first time she walked up the aisle with the light of Christ, I pretty much melted into a big blob of tears. She played softball for the first time this year as well..She was on a team coached by a good friend of ours and got to play with on eof her best friends. The jury (for her) is still out as to whether or not she liked it. She also made a MAJOR accomplishment (FINALLY) - She learned to ride her bike!!! We have been trying for years but she had no interest in it and fought against it but after getting some new friends in the neighborhood and seeing how much fun she was missing out on she bit the bullet and did it! We are so proud and she loves it!!
Kent has had a good year as well. He spent a lot of time traveling the first half of the year, returning to New York in April. He was able to overlap his trip there with some good friends and they were able to take in a few shows together. In his first trip to “the great white way” Kent saw The Phantom of the Opera, Nice Work if You Can Get It, and Spiderman- Turn Off the Dark. He had a great time and we are anxiously awaiting another NYC trip for him (maybe we can go next time, too). He is still at his job with the state and very happy there. He is also still in the Air Force Reserve and his is still loving it. Last month Kent got a promotion and received his E7, making him a Master Sergeant.We are so proud of him!! He is working on year number 22 of service to our country.
I am doing fine. I’ve been healthy this year and no issues on the horizon. Another year cancer free is a great year! I also did a few shows this summer with AURA/AUI and Wanderlust Theatre. I was Desdemona (as in Othello) in a Shakespearean parody and I was lucky enough to land a part in Wolves in the Walls as a "hedge puppet". I spoke but was never seen as I was INSIDE a giant puppet. I was a hedge that came to life as a giant polar bear! I LOVED learning about puppeteering - the amazing folks from Wanderlust did all of the puppet related magic with us and it was very cool!I am still serving in the praise band at church and I absolutely love it. It has really deepened my connection to the Lord and to my church. I began midwifery school last January and I have been going to school since then. I have been attending births and doing all kinds of birth related things all year. I have started doing belly casts, serving as a doula, and going to class. It’s a lot but I am so happy doing it. Last month I quit the radio station as well. I needed a more flexible job for school. When your boss tells you “You need to plan your births better”, you know that it’s not the place for a student midwife to be working! I am now working at a locally owned boutique and I am very happy there. The owner is lovely and very open to being flexible as I need. I am in the midst of planning a weekly podcast with a good friend. It will focus mainly on childbirth issues and natural parenting topics. She is a writer and we are hoping kick it off as soon as possible!
This summer we were blessed (due to Kent's constant travel and him saving up HIlton points) to be able to spend the July 4th Holidays in my hometown. We travelled to the Florida panhandle and we EXPLORED!! We visited the Marianna Caverns, Ponce De Leon Springs State Park, Fort Barrancas, and one of my all time fave spots, Turkey Hen Creek in between Niceville and Crestview. We stayed in Destin ( the first time I have ever stayed in a hotel there- funny how being a native works!) and we stayed at a friend's home as well. We were lucky enough to get to bring oiur neice, Jenna, with us and we all had a great time. I loved getting to share "my" Florida with my family. I will say that I was sorely disappointed that NONE of them like the beach too sandy, too hot, and too crowded, according to Kent and Naomi. Eh- their loss...Guess that means I get to go alone next time!!! Maybe next year will we try the Smokies (my dad is giddy at the idea) and go white water rafting.
In this coming new year, I have promised myself that we will try to speak only blessings into the world and not curses. It’s a hard one to keep, but I am hoping that blessing those that those that try us will serve to fill us with God’s grace that we all so desperately need. I hope you can join me in this endeavor!! I need all the help I can get!
I hope that you all have had a wonderful year and I wish you many blessings in to the new one!
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10
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