December 2013: Transitions

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December, loaded with festivities and traditions, is usually quite crazy. This December was no exception. We started the month off we the addition of our Jesse tree. This is a fantastic tradition I’m eager to bust out every year as it truly helps turn our focus on what the season is all about.

We began the major transition as Arlen wrapped up his third and final year of work at the family business to open his business again and work from home. This has been quite the change as it has also been coupled with me doing much better physically. The only thing slowing me down is the 20 hours a week it takes me to pump milk for Timothy.

Timothy is cruising all over the place, babbling as he goes, and Samuel is growing up so fast. He is really becoming a HUGE help around the house, brushing his teeth, clearing the table, tidying his toys and helping in the kitchen. It’s fun watching him acquire so many new skills.

Christmas was big for us with all of Arlen’s siblings and their families present. Unfortunately, so many of us were sick, and even now, into January are still getting over our illnesses. It was good to have everyone together though.

We took advantage of having so many family members here to have Timothy’s dedication. It was a wonderful private service. We are so blessed to be surrounded by friends and family who are eager to support us as we strive to raise our boys in the love of our Lord.

And with that, we say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014. I’m eager to see what the new year holds. šŸ™‚

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