Well another year has come and gone so that means it is time for the old Christmas letter! We have had a fairly good year, no major illness and God saved us from one serious disaster!
As many of you know, Scott applied to several graduate schools over the last year and was accepted into New Orleans Theological Baptist Seminary in August of this year. While Scott had been accepted into the school for the fall 2005 semester, delays in the application process did not allow us enough time to prepare for such a major move, and so we requested to have Scott’s enrollment postponed until Spring 2006. Ten days after receiving his acceptance letter, hurricane Katrina hit. Although we were initially frustrated by the delay, once the hurricane hit, we were very thankful for God’s hand in keeping us in Oklahoma. The school is now rebuilding much of their campus and although they plan to reopen for classes this coming Spring, we are currently seeking God’s guidance in whether New Orleans is the place that we need to be.
So, without a major move, we have enjoyed a rather settled life this year. Scott has continued to be a stay at home Dad, and is really enjoying the experience. He is also currently co-teaching a Sunday School class with a friend of his. The class is studying a book called “How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth” and we are enjoying some in depth discussions on the bible.
Jonah is an increasingly busy 5 year old. He continues his speech therapy with Ms. Thornton and is making great improvements with his enunciation. Over the last year, he has also started gymnastics lessons. He calls them his exercises and is happy to have a place where he is encouraged to run, jump and crawl over the equipment! Jonah really likes his teacher and we hope that by this spring he will be able to participate in his first meet. Jonah also started Awana’s cubbies this year. He completed his first book in May and is halfway through his second book. He is very proud of his vest with all his badges and does his best to memorize a new verse each week. He has learned that the answer to most questions is either God or Jesus, and that they love us very much. He loves to help people, and is a very caring little boy. Jonah is always telling us about how much he loves and misses his cousins, and how they need to come and spend the night at his house!
We have learned that Abby is a born feminist. If Jonah gets something then she feels she must have it as well (that does not hold true for shots though!). Her hair is finally starting to thicken and grow, which is good since she is almost 2! She has a whole stack of hair clips that are just waiting for hair! She surprised us about a month ago by insisting that she start trying to use the potty! I think that it goes back to the feminist thing, since Jonah uses the potty, she wants to as well. She loves to dance and sing, especially when we are in church! Her vocabulary is growing rapidly, and she is starting to really warm up to people that are not her family. She enjoys playing in the nursery at church and watching her brother in gymnastics, although she would rather be in the class with him! We are planning to let her start a Parent/Tot gymnastics class the beginning of the year.
Sarah has continued to work for the same two attorneys, even though the firm name has changed. The law firm broke away from their old partners and set out on their own with just three lawyers and Sarah. Then a couple of months later one of the lawyers left to enter the ministry leaving just two lawyers and Sarah. They are very grateful for all the hard work that she does and will have to hire 3 people to replace her! The month of November was a very stressful time for the firm, as they had a major trial they were preparing for. She was working like crazy, and had over 40 hours of overtime in the two weeks before Thanksgiving! Sarah continues to work on her scrapbooking when time allows and has even started to learn belly dancing; Scott really supports this last decision!!
We have been blessed this year with a happy family and plenty of wonderful activities. We hope that your holidays are great and that the Lord blesses you and your families during this season and throughout the New Year!
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 NRSV