Merry Christmas everyone! 2008 seems to have flown by. So much happened, and yet so many things remain the same.
NKB and BKB are still very active in sports – basketball right now seems to be running our household. Throughout the year, we also spend a lot of time on the soccer field (BKB), the football field (NKB), the golf course (everyone!), and running. In last year’s update, I mentioned that NKB was almost as tall as DB… fast forward 12 months and about 2 inches and meet our towering giant. DB still has the advantage in muscle and weight, but I don’t anticipate that will last either. NKB is 16, a sophomore, and will soon be driving. Our sweet BKB, 12 and in 7th grade, is developing her musical talents in addition to sports. She’s in a few different vocal and musical groups, and in March will participate in a youth musical.
DB is still experiencing all the joy and merriment in the financial world with [a very large company], and I continue my work as a technology recruiter. We had fun together this summer finishing off our basement. And by “we” I mean DB+KKB+the nice men who came to our house and installed sheetrock. And by “fun” I mean at least we are still on speaking terms, DB and I (just joking!). In all seriousness, it was a great family project and the kids helped out too with a lot of the painting and other finish work.
In April, my dad went to Heaven, after several years of enduring the after-effects of a stroke. His lifetime of service and love, gentleness and joy are a lasting legacy. I was so touched to hear from so many different people, sharing stories of how Dad touched their lives. He was a great mentor and friend, and a lot of folks strove to live by his example, embrace his strong faith, and receive his love. The world is a better place because of Big Jim.
I’ll leave you with a call to action that our family shares together often. I don’t know the author, but would give credit if I could. Our Christmas wish for you is that you read these words, and hopefully they will touch your heart. If they do, the world will be a better place:
"Let us now go forth into the world in peace; to be of good courage; to hold fast to that which is good; to render to no one evil for evil; to strengthen the fainthearted; to support the weak; to help the afflicted; to rejoice in the power of the Holy Spirit."
The family who sits Round the Oak Table