Be Merry & Bright

Be Merry and Bright - Christmas 2013

12.20.13

Greetings, Family and Friends!

Christmas came early this morning, in the form of a much anticipated snow day! Of course this means no school, but it also means I no longer have any excuses for not addressing Christmas cards, writing this post, or cleaning the house. So instead of sleeping in (because I am as excited as a little kid of Christmas morning), here I am at six something in the morning, five days before Christmas finally having a free moment to reminiscing about the past 365 days.

This year has brought more joy and blessings than either of us could have imagined. Each day we are more certain that God has a very real and specific purpose for bringing us to Abbotsford. The pieces of our live, here in BC, have fallen so perfectly into place that it is clear only God could have orchestrated our move.

The tradition of Christmas letters is a way of staying in touch and keeping dear ones updated about what’s going on in our life. Thanks to the amazing connectivity of Facebook, Instagram, this blog, Twitter, and every other social media, you probably do not have many questions about what happened in our life this year. So instead of recapping the finite details of 2013, we thought we’d just share the photo highlights. Events are in no particular order…I would not want you think Disneyland trumps family;)

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MOST MAGICAL DAY OF THE YEAR

Disney

Disney

Disney

DAY FILLED WITH THE MOST LOVE 

Jonny & Kaitlynn

Jonny & Kaitlynn

BEST SURPRISE CELEBRATION

Mom and Dad Anniversary

JANELLE: 2013, THE YEAR OF RUNNING

NIke Women's Marathon, Tiffany's, Firefighters, Tux

Seawheeze

BIGGEST BIRTHDAY PARTY

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WORLD’S BEST SURROGATE FAMILY

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PROUDEST COUSIN MOMENT

Match Day

BEST CITY REDISCOVERED

Seattle Skyline Kerry Park Daytime

Seattle

NUMBER ONE TRAVEL DESTINATION: ABBOTSFORD

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Tim Horton's

(sad face…no photos from visits from Kyle’s siblings and parents)

MOST EXCITING SPORTING EVENT

July 4

Runner Up:

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Rafa vs. Federer

**Had R.Fed not been sick this would have probably been #1! So amazing to live in this era of tennis!**

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World’s Number 1 Uncle

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BEST 25 YEARS OF OUR LIFE

Kyle and I both celebrated our 25th birthdays this year. Mine was celebrated at a high school basketball game:) And Kyle’s was celebrated with a missed flight to Jonny and Kaitlynn’s wedding:) We really know how to party!

MOST EXCITING (AND DAUNTING) NEW BEGINNINGS

This fall I started teaching full time at a public school in Washington. On the first day of school I also started grad school. I am pursuing a master’s wellness and lifestyle management. Two classes down, only eight to go!

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

Love,

Janelle and Kyle

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