HIGH (literally): CYN CLIMBS ANOTHER PEAK: In July, Cynthia was a part of two backpacking trips, first helping to lead a trip to Marmot Pass with women from church and later climbing Glacier Peak in the North Cascades. Both trips presented challenges but were highlights of her summer!
Wishing you and your family the hope that we remember this Christmas season—Jesus Christ, the light of this world, and His coming and already here Kingdom.
**PS: Next year, Lord willing, we will bring you greetings from… Medellin, Colombia! Many of you have heard about our plan to move to Colombia, from July 2023—April 2024. It is amazing to see how the Lord seems to be opening doors for this move—initially, our desire was simply to immerse our family in Spanish and experience living outside of the U.S. Medellin was a natural choice since Cynthia’s brother lives there. As we’ve continued to plan, we’ve made a number of additional connections there, including one with a neighborhood church planting ministry that we are so excited to be involved with and learn from!
This year, the girls have really gotten into window art, with “liquid chalk”. And, in the middle of the holiday season, our window has been busy. Tonight, we changed from thanksgiving to Christmas art.
You can tell the girls put some of their own flavor and humor into these drawings. I think the Thanksgiving one is particularly funny.
This thanksgiving really landed with me. I can’t put my finger on it, but I think it had separate, definite parts that each were pretty excellent. As opposed to a lot of Thanksgivings that have one part that lasts a long time (usually family sitting around a table), this had some distinct and different part that balance each other out. I think I’d say this is my favorite since we’ve had since moving here to seattle.
Turkey Bowl: this is the 7th time we’ve gathered friends (mostly from church) to come play at Genesee Field on the morning of thanksgiving. this year, the weather really cooperated. There were at least 100 there this morning.
2. Dinner at D&C’s: great, great food. That’s pretty much every year, so I don’ t have much to add to it. We have great cooks in our family
3.Pickelball at Mount Baker Courts. i would say all the Kniffins are showing real progress in their pickleball skills. We should be able to start having tournaments, some itme soon
4. Abbey’s play, “the New world”, back home at D&C’s. I can’t tell you how proud I am of Abbey’s play. she put a LOT of work into it… and you can feel the care she put into the details. She also really put a lot o work into directing and practicing with her cousins. Here’s the play: “New world” play, Thanksgiving pt. 1 – YouTube
5. Play, relax, let the adults talk. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Abbey finished an after-school program that began at the beginning of the school year. Much to my delight, she chose to do an after-school tennis program that she enjoyed. The final day, the “tennis jamboree”, was at the lovely UW tennis center. Abbey won an award (pictures above)
I have to say here: I feel some personal pride at sticking with certain activities (like tennis, and a few others) even when my kids don’t immediately take to it. Persistence and habit and exposure are great tools at getting your kids to enjoy things you think are good for them