Christmas 2019: Happy Christmas, and Happy Decade!

Dear Loved Ones,

Merry Christmas! And happy end-of-the-decade! And welcome to the 2020’s! (It sounds exciting, doesn’t it?). Before we tell you a little about us, we want to make sure we tell you: love and peace to all of you out there! We miss you, and hope to connect with you again soon!

As we think about I suppose us parents never get tired of saying something to the effect of “what a full year!”, but there you go. Synchronizing our family schedule – balancing adventure and new experiences with familiar, consistent routines – is a constant effort to create as much meaningful time with each other and those closest to us. A few highlights (see the slideshow below for pictures with captions explaining the significance for the year):

  • West Coast Road Trip: In July, we took the first of what we hope will be many road trips, and visited some of the most beautiful places on the West Coast (Oregon Coast, Redwoods, San Francisco, Yosemite, and Crater Lake).  It was great to spend such concentrated time together, and we loved exploreingthe outdoors.
  • Job Change: After 8 years with the Edge Foundation, Tim felt like it was time for something a little different. He now works as the Development Officer for World Relief, Seattle, a non-profit organization that helps refugees to settle and thrive in the U.S.
  • Hawaii Spring Break Trip with the Impola Family: We spent a wonderful week in Hawaii with Cynthia’s family – with parents, siblings, spouses and our kids, we totalled 30!  
  • Wednesdays after school with Oma & Opa: One of the highlights of the girls’ week is being picked up by Tim’s parents after school on Wednesdays.  Among other things, Abigail (4th grade) loves sewing with Oma and Evelyn (1st grade) likes to work on reading and math with Opa.
  • Finishing the Foster Care Process: This year, we finally completed the process that will license us as foster parents.  We plan to take it slow, initially just providing respite care for already placed kids but will see where the process takes us. If the opportunity presents itself, we are open to adopting someday.

In closing the year, and the decade, we think about what Mother Teresa once said about Christmas:

Merry Christmas, loved ones! See you in the New Decade!!

Tim, Cyn, Abigail and Evelyn

2019 told in Pictures with Captions

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