Yearly update for 2019
Greetings friends, colleagues, neighbors and family!
We thought we’d include a short update along with our Christmas Card this year. It’s been an eventful year…full of change, growth, joy, frustration, excitement, challenges, heartache and about any other emotion not mentioned here.
As many of you know, our family moved to St. Paul last autumn so the kids could attend the Twin Cities German Immersion School. It was quite an adjustment from homeschooling, but they have adjusted quite well (in there second year now.) We purchased a house in the Como Lake area which I have been renovating as time (and finances) permit. Just finished installing the gas dryer after spending the entire year hang-drying our cloths. It’s actually quite exciting! 😉
We spent a good portion of the summer in Europe having the chance to visit a lot of friends throughout Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Switzerland. A lot of great bonding time as a family…though challenging at times!
Sophia just turned 9 years old. She loves 3rd grade and has a ton of friends in school. Having had the least exposure to the german language or our three older kids, she has adapted very well. She also is involved in gymnastics and is still very playful!
Sarah is 12 now. She is in 6th grade and is enjoying school more this year than last. She also has some good friends at school, but especially loves her friends at youth group at church. She also is doing very well in gymnastics and started taking guitar lessons. She had achieved her Red Belt in Taekwondo this year, but is currently taking a break.
Joshua is 14, is in 8th grade and is 5 months from starting drivers training…wow!! He does well in school and has a really close group of friends! He participated in Cross Country this fall and is currently in Track and Field. He enjoys running! He also goes to youth group weekly and enjoys chatting with friends and playing video games. Joshua also accomplished his Red Belt in Taekwondo, but also plans to take a break before continuing at a later date.
Diana started working at the school last year and was promoted this year and is currently the Behavior Interventionist for the Twin Cities German Immersion School. She also started her Masters Degree in clinical social work at St. Thomas University on a two year plan. She is doing very well managing everything. Unfortunately, Diana’s father passed away the first week of December. She just returned from a 10 day trip to Switzerland to go “say goodbye” to him.
Matthew….yes, I’ve been busy too! Part-time “stay-at-home-dad,” part-time home-remodeler, part-time property manager for our rental houses in Rochester, and on the side, I’ve been working 2 days a week on a building project outside of Rochester.
Well, as we are in the midst of the Christmas season and approaching a new year, we send our sincere prayers and wishes for a blessed time for you are yours! It’s a pleasure knowing each one of you…however that may be! We are fortunate to have friends from many different places met through various experiences!
Matthew, Diana, Joshua, Sarah, Sophia and Selena