It amazes me how the months seems to slip by faster and faster each year . . . can it really be December already? Our SECOND December here? What did we DO all year?
And then I start to reflect – and realize it really has been a bit of an amazing year. While Kevin, the erstwhile globetrotter, has been relegated to “exotic” destinations like Fort St. John, Revelstoke, and Christina Lake, the rest of us were more than happy to fill the gap 🙂
I got to start the year by joining my Dad on his amazing bucket-list trip that covered bits of Dubai, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The girls managed not one, but TWO once-in-a-lifetime trips – the first a long promised trip to Germany with Oma & Opa (where they met many MANY relatives), and the second a youth group mission trip to Impact Ministries in Guatemala.
Much more of our year was spent right here in the BC Interior, doing the things we do every day.
Kevin’s engineering has taken him back to his old stomping grounds a few times (I even got to join him once in Fort St. John), but he’s also getting to know the communities nearby as he designs water systems and subdivisions.
I started working with Impact Ministries – yes, the same Impact Ministries that the girls visited in Guatemala (and the same Impact Ministries that Kevin & I visited with eMi years ago!). I’m in the office a couple of days a week, and am thoroughly enjoying the people I work with, and the ministry I get to represent.
Kaisa got her first job too! She’s working part-time at McDonald’s while continuing to stay amazingly active between climbing, wrestling, and trail running (and various youth groups and helping in the church nursery). Oh yeah, and school. Grade 10 🙂
Talia is in Grade 11 this year, and while her highlights were wrangling at camp again (and seeing Calgary friends in between) and passing her driver’s exam, she’s keeping herself busy with a full academic course load, as well as volunteering at the barns of the local therapeutic riding centre, babysitting for a parenting program, and hanging out with international students with me at Focus Club.
It’s been so nice having Talia along at Focus Club – where we have dinner, games & discussion groups once a week with students from around the world who are studying at our local university. We’ve also had students at our house for thanksgiving, and baking cookies, and making Vietnamese spring rolls and joining us at games night at church . . . lots of fun. I even got to speak at the Focus Club leadership retreat earlier this year.
I’ve also connected up with a wonderful group of ladies who hike (or snowshoe or cross-country ski) once a week, and between that and some neighbours who don’t mind me calling them up for an impromptu walk, I’m getting to stay active and explore a bit of the area.
Kevin and the girls are more likely to run than walk, but they’ve explored plenty a trail too. Kaisa and Kevin try to make it to 3 different run groups each week, and Kevin and both girls got mugs for racking up points in their age categories for the Dirty Feet Trail Run series. (There’s some snowshoe races over the winter that Kevin might try out too . . . )
And now it’s December. Our kids don’t get off school until the bitter end, and Kaisa still has a wrestling tournament coming up, but the Christmas tree is up along with our nativity sets from all over the world (there’s a new one from Guatemala) and tomorrow we’re decorating Christmas cookies (with some international students, of course) and going to our church’s Christmas Banquet, where Talia gets to read part of the Christmas story. We’ll be between here and Kevin’s parents’ house for Christmas and New Year’s – it sounds like all the grandkids will be together early in the new year (which means we’ll finally get to meet our new great-niece 🙂 ). Family, friends, faith and fun – that’s what we’ll be savouring this Christmas. You too?