I have been wanting to blog for a while, but this last month has been one of the busiest months of my life! We had company for Thanksgiving (our friends Courtney and Patrick that we met while going to school out at Bethel), a month of nightly services up at the Omaha HUB (with Paul helping out so up there most nights), and then went to West Virginia for Christmas. This made for a crazy holiday season, but a wonderful time to make memories. Speaking of which, Theo crawled for the first time on Christmas day! He is so stinking cute I can barely stand it. We were actually all convinced he had skipped the crawling stage and was going straight to walking, but he proved us wrong! Obviously, I immediately posted a video of him crawling to my YouTube channel (which is pretty much a Theo channel).
So today is the last day of 2012. What a year it has been! Finishing ministry school, having our first baby, and moving back to Omaha to be around family. We have become more involved in doing ministry this year (really since October) and have grown more in 2012 then any year yet! I think that this year was about setting our foundation for how we related to our faith, family, and mindsets. I feel like this was a “bonus year,” where we had a lot of unusual circumstances that allowed us to have more time than we normally would as a family, but it was the Lord’s kindness as we formed a lot of habits that will be a part of our family culture.
As we look to 2013, we see a time of setting down roots, investing in career, and stability. Our friends Beau and Grace are going to Europe this summer and we would love to travel with them (especially since we only have 1 kid and could leave him safely in the States with grandparents!) I personally am resolving to cook more in 2013 than I did this year. I am also looking forward to going on a ‘vision retreat’ with Paul in a few weeks (our Christmas gift to each other this year). 2013 looks like it may be a pretty amazing year!