Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

I just wanted to share with you all our Christmas letter this year. It was so full of reminders of how God has blessed us and given us grace this year. Merry Christmas to you all and a very happy new year! ~Amy

Dear Family and Friends,
Merry Christmas to you! We hope that this letter meets you in a time of joy and sharing for you and your loved ones.
As is our custom, we have had one busy year! With birthdays and jobs and trips and babies and church and moving…whew, it’s been hectic, but good too. We have had struggles, just as you have most surely had, but we also feel joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior this Christmas.
The peanut turned one in February and has been taking off with all the learning she’s done since! She’s walking, talking with an amazing new vocabulary it seems every day and all together just making us crack up with the crazy fun things she does! Although there have been times where it has been so different and difficult to deal with the toddler years, most of all we just enjoy our precious little girl that brings her momma and daddy great joy and thankfulness in our hearts.
Michael continues to work for …. This summer he got a promotion and became a manager over a team of brokers. We are very thankful to God that he has provided Michael this opportunity so early on in his career with … and although it has been difficult as we’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices financially (no more overtime!) and with our time, we know that God is using Michael in this new position and has great things in store for the future.
I (Amy) have been so blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom to the peanut. We keep busy with story time at the library, playdates and our Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group and we love it! I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the steering committee this year as we get to plan and make new friends.
We continue involvement with the church taking part in bible studies, sound booth ministry and our new Kids for Truth ministry. This church has been so wonderful for us and we just can’t say enough good things about it! We feel like it has been a great place for us to grow and learn and we are excited for all the terrific things happening there!
In August we (yes, even the peanut!!) got to go back to Hungary for our second mission trip there, thanks to the prayer and financial support of our friends and family. We so love being there and working with the children and staff. They are such a wonderful group that has affected our hearts and minds in ways they can never know. We can’t wait to return again!
The same week we went to Hungary we also moved into our new house! Whew, that was one crazy week! We were ready for more space and really wanted to move out of the city so we moved East to …. Here we have a huge yard that we love, lots of mature trees and the funniest part, chickens! The old residents couldn’t take them so they left them for us. It has been so fun finding out more about chickens then we ever wanted to know and feasting on yummy fresh eggs any time we want!
All that being said, maybe the most joyous of news this year was the birth of my new niece, Sydney, in September. She joins her sister in being some of the peanut’s most favorite people ever! It’s so cute to see the peanut hug her and say Sydney. Adorable!
We really hope that your homes are full of love and joy this Christmas season as you remember the true meaning of Christmas. I couldn’t say it any better than what Mary had to say about it in Luke 1! And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”
May Your Days be merry and bright this Christmas season,
Michael, Amy and The Peanut


Baby it’s cold outside

Is it just me or does the temperature seem to have dropped like a million degrees overnight. I am just feeling so bitterly cold right now. You know that kind of cold that feels as though it is deep in your bones and you can’t shake it? Yeah, it’s a lot like that. The only thing that seems to quelm it is a hot shower. Ooooo…that sounds real nice. Being that it’s almost 11 pm though, I think I will skip it. Maybe a hot cup of tea before bed, we’ll see.

Today has been a long day. It started off with my mom calling me telling me that some tests she took came back A typical. My mom had bladder cancer two years ago and has been in remission since. She went back today to do more tests. It’s a horrible thing to think about and we are just praying that something is amiss with the testing. She found out she has arthritis in her knees a few months back so she’s been popping Ibprofen like it’s going out of style. She’s hoping that was the cause of the problems in the urine sample. I don’t know if that’s possible or not but it sure would be a comfort to me.

To top it off Michael has been having chest pains for the past couple of weeks. Being the man that he is, of course he has done nothing about it. So, tonight he finally went to the ER (where he is as I write) to get checked out. I’m waiting for him to come back and just tell me he has a strained muscle or something. Makes me nervous even typing this. We decided for him to go alone because the peanut just wouldn’t do well at 10 pm in an Emergency Room. Also, the hospital is 5 minutes at most from here so that’s a comfort.

There were good things in the day too. Michael and the peanut put up her new swingset together! How fun is that!! We got it last week for 1/2 price so we are excited. It’s just one of the simple metal ones that will be good for her toddler years. It’s got a 3 swings, a slide, a teeter tawter and something I don’t know the name of on it. I really think she will enjoy it. It’s too bad it’s so cold out so it will be several months before she can really use it. We didn’t want to leave it in the garage though as we do, someday, plan on getting that new car!!

So, no, I still haven’t gotten another car. It stinks because it’s really kind of crippling in the middle of nowhere. However, I have also seen the blessings God gives me through friends at this time. I’ve had several friends offer to come and get me just to go shopping or to the library and playdates. It’s so nice because the peanut and I may have gone stir crazy without them!

I hope you all are well, I’m going to try and visit my blogging buds in the next couple of days. I’ve been really lacking on my visits. I need to have a fire lit under me! Oh, maybe that wouldn’t be so bad at this point, I need the warmth!!

Wish you were here

Do you know the Pink Floyd song I named this post after? There is a line that says, “Like two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year.” I don’t know why, but I really like that song. Weird.
Anyway, I do have a reason for not posting for so long. I mean I’ve posted, but just a picture here and there. Life has just been hard and frustrating and busy lately.
On Monday the peanut ran out the front door chasing the dog and almost ran into the very busy (people driving 60mph) street in front of my house. Fortunately we have a long driveway! She has never left my side like that before so you know my front door has triple locks on it now!

On Wednesday our mailbox got hit out of who knows where so we had to replace that. Now our lawn mower won’t start, which may send us over the edge as our lawn is way too long! Hopefully we can get that fixed pronto!
Like I said in my photohunters post, we had to give up the dog. Poor Michael was so upset. He looked for anyway to keep him, we just couldn’t for safety reasons.

That same day we got a call at 2 am that his grandma had passed away. Although we knew it was going to be coming last week, it was still terribly sad. She was the kind of grandmother that you wish you had. So kind to everybody all the time. Just welcoming no matter who you were, she wasn’t judgemental at all. Really had a heart to serve Jesus and lived that way. I really loved his grandmother and wish I had had longer with her.

So, she died on Thursday morning, the viewing was on Friday in Louisville, KY and the funeral was there on Saturday. That’s about a two and a half hour drive so we stayed the night. Spent some time with his family, they were all heartbroken too. She was really the one that kept the family together, as is the case with so many mommas.

Grandma will really be missed!