Possibly the Replacement for Our Christmas Card. Depends on when Aaron shaves his mustache off.

Its been a while since I wrote a simple blog post about what our family has been up to. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I shared about all our life changes with the general public. Part of the reason I wanted to write this was to let some of my far away family and friends know not to stop by our café anymore if you want to see us… we aren’t there anymore. But let me share more about this year as whole.

I can’t remember much about the first part of the year. Actually, I remember nothing from January through March. Probably because what happened in mid-April turned our lives upside down. Here and there, memories of this past year may be a bit vaporized. But I can at least hit the key points!

The Café. After six and a half years of business, we sold it! We no longer live above the café, and I’m sorry, you won’t be able to stop in to get a cinnamon roll (or bun if you’re Canadian). And while there are places in town whose coffee I do enjoy… I still think ours was the best (she said, pridefully). As sad as we are to disappoint our committed patrons, friends, and family, we are also rejoicing in our newly found freedom. You don’t know how much burden you really carry until that weight is lifted; and oh, do we feel light.

The Jobs. Aaron managed to start working at a new company before we even ended business. He’s working for Cash&Carry in Bellingham, and is getting praise, respect, and attention due to his amazing work ethic and follow-through. I am so proud of him and thankful that he was willing to give up his passion for a season. He still cooks delicious food and treats for us at home, so we are not lacking in fine cuisine. 🙂 I ended up moving on from my job as Director of Children’s Ministry for our church. I gave it a good two years, and felt I was being nudged to move on and do other things. I’m working as a part-time computer nerd for my Dad and his consulting business, and really enjoying the work. Not many people would get excited over a beautifully sorted spreadsheet; but I do.

Ministry. Aaron is on church council and helping lead at youth group, and I will soon be working on getting a ministry in creative arts and drama up and running in our church. I don’t have too much of a plan yet; but I do need a team of people willing to think outside the box and step outside their comfort zone. I want to push the envelope… which actually just gave me an awesome idea.

We are also helping with a core group of teens in a discipleship group. I’m so pumped to walk alongside and pray for students in the same way my leaders led me in high school. I am so thankful for each of them, and I’m sure they know who they are. 🙂

The Kindergartner. Ian is slowly and steadily adjusting to the big social world of the primary school. I love our little introvert in every possible way! Especially the part where he’s not actually one, and he’s just keeping his awesomeness a secret. He’s coming along in reading incredibly well, and I love that we can play word games on the freeway when we’re driving! He took a few swimming lessons from Grandpa Jim, and got special attention from Grandma Marla who helped him get up on his bike without training wheels! Next up… ice skates.

The Preschooler. What can I say… Ana is a confident but shy little crazy girl who is learning to read thanks to all her brother’s kindergarten curriculum, and loves dancing and running and her stuffed animals. She was cast as Mary in the preschool Christmas performance… will she do it?!! Its also so fun seeing her enter the social world of friends and giggling. Oh dear.

Life. Its just been one of those years I want to look back on, but erase all at the same time. I love that it is so easy to move on and move forward, and continue to let God mold and shape us into something better. I feel with each new life experience, setback, failure, and victory, I gain a little more wisdom, and a little more foresight. As a family, we have learned so much, and we are growing stronger together in this journey. We feel refreshed, and ready to tackle another new year!

And then I found ten dollars. And that’s not even a witty end to the post. The other day I found $10 in a random pocket and I was STOKED.

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