Thursday, December 16, 2004

In case you miss it

For the first time we are sending out Christmas cards this year. That of course means that it has the obligatory letter that sums up an entire year in one page. Several (of the few) that actually read here are probably already getting the card/letter in the mail. In case you don't (and if you don't and despertly want a christmas card to raise your fragile self esteeem, give me your address and I'll hook you up). Here is the contents of the enclosed letter:

Dear Friends and Family,

The calendar accurately reports the month to be December, and the vast amount of traffic around just about every retail store confirms this fact. The Christmas season is a time of remembrance and tradition, and with that in mind we now join countless other is the nigh impossible act of recounting a year out of our past life in just a few short paragraphs. However, we care deeply about each of you and regret that we do not get to see any of you near as often as we would like. It is our hope that this letter will give you a decent answer to the question, “So, how are you doing?”

Abigail greatly enjoys her job teaching special education at Corydon Elementary School. She currently has nine students under her care ranging from students with autism to a physically handicapped student who is homebound. Each day presents new challenges, but Abigail truly enjoys working with each and every student. In addition to that, she is teaching 2nd grade in an after school program. She works with those who need extra help in language arts two days a week. If that were not enough, she is also providing respite care for a six year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. When Abigail does find free time she enjoys feeling it with logic puzzles and planning fantasy vacations.

Sean has been working as the youth minister at Old Capitol United Methodist Church for over a year now. Since he has been there the youth group size has more than doubled. In addition to that, for most of the year Sean has been in charge of planning and running a weekly “youth service”. Also, just recently an outreach to community teenagers was started called The Zone. It is hard to believe how time consuming youth ministry is as a “part-time” job. Sean also continues to substitute teach on the side. Currently, he has not found a full time teaching job, but Sean is happy that he recently began teaching in the same after school program that Abigail is involved with only on the fourth grade level. In his free time Sean likes to read and still greatly enjoys playing video games.

Together as a couple, our life has been very blessed. As of this writing we have been married for one year, six months, two weeks, five days, and approximately four hours. In July we took our first family vacation together to North Carolina. We spent two days attending the Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain before taking the breath taking, gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville. Abigail attended a special education conference during the day and during the evening we took in the sights of Asheville including the Biltmore House, the artistic downtown, and numerous waterfalls.

All in all, we can say that this past year has been a great one. We are now looking forward to a very merry holiday season, and look forward, with great anticipation, to what lies ahead in 2005. It is our hope that our paths may cross with yours in that new year. However, if we do not meet please remember we continue to think about and remember you. Together we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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