Volume 8 : December 2013
Our quick family photo next to the church at Westminster!
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that testing your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3
Every year, I get to re-read our previous family newsletter before starting a new one. It’s fun to see just how much our children have changed. This year, it was fitting that we start the newsletter the same though. We have faced many trials this year. We are also full of joy! Gabe and I have been commenting that our life today looks so much different than it did just one year ago. We are blessed. We are RICH! Rich in love, family, relationships and grace.
Alexandra : 4 years old
In January, Alexandra turned 4 and started planning for #5. She’s our party girl. She continues to be our spicy and fun loving Alex. She started preschool at Kingdom Christian Academy (KCA) this fall and loves going to school! It took a little while to warm up to the idea once she started, but made new friends quickly. Learning letters, numbers and writing is coming rapidly to her .
Alexandra : almost 5
This fall Alex started ballet lessons and loves to dance and sing around the house. Playing with her dolls and dressing up are top priority. This fall, Grandma Pat discovered a flower girl dress from our wedding 11 years ago. It fit perfectly and is now worn on a weekly basis and enjoyed.
Our currently long-haired hippie child, Isiah, turned 7 in April and proceeded to lose more teeth through the summer! He completed the first grade and is looking forward to third so that Alex will be in school with him.
Isiah : 7.5 years
Honestly, I think he just doesn’t want her to have any fun at home without him. He played pitching machine baseball this year and had a great time. He’s learned to ride a bike w/o training wheels and swim! This fall we started swim practice and will be playing basketball this winter. He wants to play football in the fall….hmmm.
Isiah : 7 years
After a rough start to 2nd grade, he’s doing great and one of the top readers in his class. It’s fun to watch him grow and mature. He’s also a wonderful big brother!
A new life together!
Gabe & Amy
It’s amazing to look back on a year. It’s feels like a whole new life! This time last year Gabe was getting his start with a new career, and now it feels like it’s always been. Prayer was answered when Gabe was hired on with Farmer’s Mutual of Callaway County in March. This allows for a little more stability. He gets to work from home and have a flexible schedule. Gabe still maintains a job with Mutual of Omaha. Time for farming, hunting and family has woven in nicely.
Cardinals game in the spring!
I’m still doing landscaping, though in a scaled down version. I have but a few clients of great quality. Joined into my work mix is a part-time job with my friends at 1Canoe2. I truly love being with the ladies and gentleman and being a part of such a fun loving group and rapidly growing company. It makes me smile! My ladies bible study group continues to be a Joy and I absolutely LOVE them. This fall was a tremendous time of spiritual growth, and I look forward to what comes next!
The part of 2013 that stands out the most though is the summer, it was a rough 3 months. The hardest part was loosing all three of my Grandmothers over the course of five weeks. It started with my Grandma in Florida the end of June followed with Great Grandmother John (104!) the end of July and a week later Grandmother Irene. My heart still aches for them. However, I am comforted to know that they each have newness with Jesus. We are so grateful to those who supported, prayed over and loved on us this summer.
Danamay Farm Update
Newly captured swarm
This spring our family honey co-op added new bee hives and so did Danamay Farm! We started with one and then caught a wild swarm. It wasn’t a productive year for honey, but looking forward to more next year! We are very careful around the hives now after a scary experience with Gabe getting stung multiple times. Now, we all have some form of bee gear and I continue to manically remind him to “Put It On!”
The blueberries started off great. We pruned and plucked flower buds until We finally gave up, not the plants! We had a few berries to enjoy and learned to be patient and let them get blue before eating. It was a rough summer on the plants though. We learned a lot and are planning to put into practice some of those lessons this coming year. It’s a slow and testing process this blueberry growing is! We’re hopeful 2015 will be our first picking season.
Our native meadow is coming along and enjoyed our first blooms!
First blooms of coreopsis in our meadow!
Gabe also got our mounds ready to plant thornless blackberry in the spring! These should be easier to grow. Planting party anyone?!
Our family’s blessings are bountiful, and we count you as one of them.
Amy, Gabe, Isiah & Alexandra