MERRY CHRISTMAS 2011
Dear friends and family, both near and far,
Happy 2012! A reminder: the Christmas season ends on Epiphany, January 6th… which means that this letter is not late . During this time of year, we remember the wise men’s visit to the baby Christ and ponder our own journey:
So bring him incense, gold and myrrh, Come, peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
2011 was another full, wonderful year with many changes in the life of the Kniffin household. We began the year in Vancouver, B.C., where we had lived for the past (three for Cyn, five for Tim) years. Tim worked at the University of British Columbia and with the youth at First Baptist Church, where we worshiped. Cynthia finished out her maternity leave and enjoyed spending days with Abigail. She was blessed with many mom friends and groups, from Bible Study Fellowship and a parents’ group at church, to playdates and a number of “mom and me” classes at the local community center. Vancouver was wonderful for both of us—great, great years of community, transitions, and amazing experiences. We will never forget them.
In July, we received a call that changed our lives drastically – Tim had been looking at work possibilities in the States since we knew we wanted to eventually move back to be close to one of our families. He was happy to receive a job offer from the Edge Foundation, a non-profit organization which was looking to expand its academic coaching program into Seattle area schools. We were thrilled for the opportunity to be back near Cynthia’s family and in September, moved into south Seattle, near the school where Tim is stationed. We love our new location as it meets our desires on a number of levels – very walkable, ethnically diverse, a great house with a backyard for Abigail to play in and space for a garden. It’s hard to replace the wonderful friends we had in Vancouver, but we are thankful for people we already know here and are making a start on meeting new ones. We have begun attending John Knox Presbyterian church in the area and have already met some great people.
Tim is enjoying his job quite a bit – education is a new field and the position offers a lot of independence and interaction with high school students. Cynthia is continuing to look for a half-time teaching position but is thrilled to have some more time at home with Abigail. Abigail loves attending the various community events for toddlers and we are hoping to get her into a three-hour/week preschool this year. Abigail truly seems to grow cuter every week. She has a great sense of humor and is a wonderfully good-natured girl. We love watching all of the ways she learns and grows each day.
A new year is a great time to reflect on all of the gifts in our life and you are receiving this letter because you are one of them! Thank you for your love and friendship and best wishes for a wonderful 2012. May you know in your hearts:
This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud, The babe, the Son of Mary.
Tim, Cynthia, and Abigail