Merry Christmas! Truly, this is the most wonderful time of the year!
As the year draws to an end I can’t help but look back and think about the past twelve months. What has changed? What stayed the same? There were moments of true joy, moments of laughter, moments of fear, moments of gratitude, moments of peace. But I cannot look back and not be humbled at the blessings my family has recieved. We have been blessed in ways we know, and probably far more ways than we have ever realized.
My honest prayer is that each of us may enjoy this Christmas season. I hope we each can slow down just a little bit and treasure those that we sit around the dinner table with each day, our neighbors we pass as we go and come from countless activties, and those we tuck into bed at night. I love every sensory part of Christmas; the sights, the smells, the sounds, the tastes, and most important the feelings of Christmas. In the hustle and bustle of it all may we remember the true meaning of Christmas, and what a miraculaous blessing it is!
For those of you who want a “Christmas Letter” rundown on myfamily…here you go!
Justin has been busy as always this past year. Mostly busy working. We purchased more farm ground last fall and he’s been trying to whip it into shape. We are also in the process of transitioning to pasture based milk. That’s been quite the project, yet an exciting one that’s kept him on the run! In the fall our family went on a little vacation to Mexico. We had the best time! Since we got off the airplane Justin has been trying to find a way to go back! Justin is the most patient dad and loves being able to spend time with the boys while they work together!
What in the world have I been up to this year? Hmmm! Most imporatly I’ve been trying to raise kind, responsible, hard working gentlemen! I’m still cohursing them into taking piano lessons. Someday they will thank me, but for now, I’m enjoying the two hours we get to spend together in the car each week. It seems like I spend plenty of time teaching third and seventh grade math. My farm responsabilities still include taking care of all the finacial bookkeeping as well as helping track the cow records, occasionally driving the tractor, and making meals for people who stop by. I teach the children at church, it’s so fun when they tell family secrets! I still enjoy riding my bike, gardening, and yard work. Oh, and lets not forget this blog! It’s a fun creative outlet for me! And it seems like I spend plenty of time mopping the floor!
Carson is the kindest, most gentleman like person I have ever know. He is a big, strong, boy who cooes at babies, loves to help little kids, and is tenderhearted! We rely on Carson all the time (that’s what happens when you are the oldest right?). He is amazing help on the farm and can pretty much do anything! Carson has spent way to much of his time (and my money) this year on the injured list. He wrecked his snowmobile in February and ended up having knee surgery. Then in June he wrecked his motorbike and spent a few days in the hospital and 3 months on a very limited activity order from the doctor. None of those experiences were fun, but we have learned so much through them. Carsons was born 100 years too late. He spends all of his spare time fixing up in 1980 something Blazer, working on his old Ford pickup, or rabbit hunting! Carson is very social and everyone is his friend!
Branson is such an responsible and honest person! In fact, he’s almost honest to a fault. One day I got dressed to go somewhere and he looked at me and said, “are you really going to wear that? Because you probably shouldn’t…it doesn’t look good on you!” There is no sugar coating with that kid. He’s a great student and puts his best effort into everything he does. I love that quality about him. Branson enjoys tying flies, fishing, riding snowmobiles, but most of all he enjoys working! Although he has lots of friends, who refer to him as Todd, but he still would rather be home than anywhere else! Branson went on a fifty mile bicycling trip with his scout troop and had a great time. In fact, he’s almost earned his Eagle Scout award! Branson is getting taller, stronger, and bigger everyday. He loves helping on the farm. I’m not even sure how many hours he spent driving the swather this past summer. He’s a lover of money though so he didn’t mind working! He has a dry sense of humor that cracks me up! Love this guy!
Payson…what to say about Payson? He lives every minute of his life to the fullest, the very fullest! He likes to sleep in so much he started a “nooners” club with his aunt! Payson loves being at the center of attention (yup, he’s the baby). His classmates think he is crazy. Carson friends like laughing at Payson. We always wonder what he is going to think of next. He’s a wild one! He rode his first steer in the Mud Lake Rodeo this year. He qualified for the championship round and then drew a steer that didn’t buck at all. Loosing was a little rough on him, but it was a great opportunity to teach him about how life isn’t always fair, and how to be a good sport no matter what! Payson is an animal lover like I have never seen before. He ownes dogs, cats, goats, horses, and had a pig this past summer! He is also very tender hearted!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours!