Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It is difficult to believe that another year has passed already. We have been very blessed in 2003 and look forward to 2004!
In January, with Scott in school full-time and Jonah an ever-active 2 year old, Sarah was blessed to find a full-time job on campus at OBU. She is working in the business office and has been very happy with the position. We enjoy having her job so close to home and Scott and Sarah are often able to eat lunch together in between Scott’s classes. We are so happy that she is able to work in a loving Christian environment. A couple weeks after starting this job, Jonah developed RSV (a serious respiratory virus that affects young children). We were worried that Sarah would have to quit her job to take care of him, but the office was willing to allow her flexible time for about a month so that she could be home while Scott was in class. What a huge blessing and answer to prayer that was!
Jonah has enjoyed being in daycare part time for the last year. We found a daycare very close to campus that we are very happy with. Jonah has made some new friends and we have really seen his social side grow. He brings home lots of pictures and stories of the activities that they do.
In July, Sarah signed up with a friend to train for a marathon through the American Stroke Association. Waking up at 6:00am to walk was difficult, but she was happy with her progress. However, in early August, we realized that Sarah is pregnant! The pregnancy gladly took precedence over the marathon. Maybe someday in the future Sarah will try that again.
We are expecting our second child in early April and we are all very excited. Jonah is looking forward to being a big brother and often gives hugs and kisses to Mama’s tummy! He’s very cute! On November 17th, we had our ultrasound. Jonah came along and was able to see the baby in Mama’s tummy! The doctor said everything looked great. We did however disappoint the women in Sarah’s office by deciding not to find out the gender of the baby. We enjoy the surprise.
We are all so very proud of Scott! He has been working extremely hard to finish his bachelor’s degree here at OBU and his work is paying off. After this semester, he will only have 1 class left to take in the spring and so the school is allowing him to participate in commencement activities in December. His wife and son will be cheering ecstatically. Scott feels the whole thing is going to be a little anti-climactic since he will still be enrolled in school after “graduation”, but we are thrilled to reach this milestone.
After Scott finishes his last class in the spring, we will be moving on to Seminary. We are planning for Scott to start his Masters work at Midwestern Theological Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri in the fall. For Scott, the studying never ends!
That wraps up our year. We love you all and wish you the happiest of holidays!