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Christmas Letter

Its about a week before Christmas…  And all through this house, all the creatures are stirring, and picking out, wrapping, planning and making Christmas presents.

They are so excited!

I am glad and I love seeing what each one wants to get for each other.  They are putting lots of thought into each gift and I am loving it!

Our year has been exceedingly good!  We have had some amazing experiences this past year.  This is also going to be my Christmas letter, since most of my friends and relatives read my blog.  Double duty today!

One was our first wedding.  It was beautiful, she and her fiance’ paid for it mostly by themselves.  A huge accomplishment in my opinion.  These days, weddings are outrageously expensive events, and they succeeded in keeping it small, intimate, beautiful and special!  We were joined by an amazing amount of friends and relatives who made the day special by just attending a wedding that was out of the ordinary.  They took time to drive a long way to witness the ceremony and then celebrate with us at the reception.  That truly blessed us all!!

Our first wedding this year..  So sweet!
Our first wedding this year.. So sweet!

The second one was that in the spring, (which actually was the first thing, but the wedding was kind of a big deal!!) we were able to go on a 2 week vacation to Florida and then Tennessee.  That was an amazing time in itself.  We spent 6 days in theme parks going on ride after ride!  We don’t do that ever so that was a blast!  We ended our amazing trip by reconnecting with some dear friends in Tennessee, who are greatly missed!

The  cog train ride down to the Quincy Mine.  I forgot to talk about this long weekend trip we took to Upper Michigan over Labor Day weekend.
The cog train ride down to the Quincy Mine. I forgot to talk about this long weekend trip we took to Upper Michigan over Labor Day weekend.
The kids posing with a Lego character at LEGOLAND.
The kids posing with a Lego character at LEGOLAND.

We also have 3 kids who graduated this year.  Our oldest daughter graduated with a business degree in May.  Our 8th grader graduated in June.  Finally, this month, our oldest graduates from his tool and die apprenticeship.   We are all so proud of each of them!!

One son experienced his first surgery and recovery.  In June it was discovered that he had a bone in his wrist that was broken and would not heal on its own.  He had actually injured it 2 years prior in a snowboarding accident. It was one of those things that does not show up right away and its pretty common that it takes a while for it to be properly diagnosed and dealt with. He had to have surgery to repair it and was in a cast then for the rest of the summer.  It is healed completely now and he is doing well.

And of course-- A picture of this years babies..  So sweet!!
And of course– A picture of this years babies.. So sweet!!

This year we have also expanded our menagerie by adding a dog, a miniature poodle named Cossette.  2 cats, King Louie and Stripey Sammy.  10 new chickens, and a rabbit named Hershey.

The kids are all doing well.  One is a senior in High School and another a freshman.  The last 3 are back at  home being homeschooled.  My reasons for going back are varied and you can read about them in past posts about schooling.   The oldest kids are adjusting to life after school and are doing well at their jobs.  Horse daughter has just started equine dentistry to add to her collection of animal jobs and talents.  Married daughter and Turbo are working with hubby at the shops.  Turbo has been doing more painting and body work and has also been racing this past year.

At the shops there have been many projects- the most important being updating of the new body shop.  It has been around for years and looks it, quite frankly.  Updates are in process and are taking a lot of time!!  It is starting to look much better now and customers are noticing!  That is always a good thing.  Hopefully, after the first of the year, we can hire a new employee who could work at both shops.

Here at home, I am anxiously awaiting a new furnace, hot water heater and the in floor heating that is already in place in the sun room and downstairs bathroom but had never been connected.  We were able this fall to get connected to the natural gas line, which will be great once its completed..  Until then, it looks great outside my house.  I love to just walk over there and look at it.  Yea- weird I know.  But when you have had propane for only 3 years when the price skyrockets because of a random shortage, natural gas looks really good!

I am still married to that guy who shows up here to sleep at night.  You know, “what’s his name”….. We celebrated 25 years this past January.  He has also just been elected elder for our church.   We have both been active in our church and it looks like this next 3 years will be even more so.

We have chosen to set aside 4h for right now to pursue other interests.  One is doing dance.  Another trying out mime and also just made it on the school play for the first time ever.  He is really excited to start that after the holidays.

Here is a picture of the hubby's side of the family  after Grandma Ziny's funeral. That happened this past year too...
Here is a picture of the hubby’s side of the family after Grandma Ziny’s funeral. That happened this past year too…

As usual, lots going on around here.  These were just the highlights.

Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and may your 2015 be a year of blessings for you and your families!!

Thanks so much for reading my blog and supporting me!!  Love you all!!

Blessings,

vicki

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