Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

We went to a party last night with some friends for New Year's Eve.  It was one of the funnest parties I've been to in years for New Year's Eve.  We started with supper.  There were lots of people and good food at a lodge that is run by our friends.  The kids played outside a little and mostly hung out in the hot tub.  We adults played a game of Settlers of Catan, sat around playing/listening to old folk music and worship music, and chatted.  I am still recovering from this cold, but had fun just the same.

One interesting thing we did just as we brought in the new year was to get together with families and remember all the things that happened in 2010 and think of things we want to pray for in 2011.  For us, 2010 was huge changes.  A year ago we didn't know we would move to Alaska, and then we did.  We interviewed, packed, traveled across the country, took the ferry for 5 days, visited friends and found ourselved in a new setting living a brand new life.  Tim gave homeschooling a try and it didn't seem to fit.  The kids started a new school.  Jaedyn was challenged by seizures and meds and has overcome.  I began going to a Messianic church for similar values and then the kids have begun joining me.  At the end of September we bought a house - finally.  We started hosting a home group with our other church, and hosting a Bible study with other friends.  Jaedyn tried soccer and enjoyed it.  Ciara tried basketball and enjoyed it.  Josiah and Elly learned to read short words (Elly is much further along).  It was a great year.

On the ferry to Alaska

On the Bridge of the Matanuska

In Juneau at Mendenhall Glacier with the Cox Family

Moose in the backyard at our rental house

Jaedyn (yellow shirt in center front) playing soccer
Ciara blocking a shot in basketball

First day of school

One thing I'd like to do is get some pics of our new house for you all to see.  I hope your year in 2010 was wonderful too and will be wonderful in 2011 also.


Jenn4him said...

You certainly did have some big changes in 2010, but God was in all of them and will be faithful to see you through them. I am glad to see you are enjoying your new state! It is my goal to take my kids to see Alaska one of these days. It would take a miracle at this point, but you never know! God bless your 2011.

Anonymous said...

Big changes with abundant blessings!

Happy New Year *Ü*

Anonymous said...

Those are some pretty huge changes. So glad things are going so well with all of you. Happy New Year. :)


Katia said...

I can't wait to see your new house. I am so happy to see that you are where our Abba, wants you to be.

The Last Frontier said...

It sure has been a year of big changes for you. I'm so glad you were able to find a house and that you and your family are settling in.
Jenn, you have that campter now, so come on up to Alaska! That would be a fun trip with your kids.