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Is 9:6 "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Merry Christmas From the Hardackers!
It has been a Topsy
Upside down kind of year at our house
We have gone from a one income, mom at home family to a 2 income dad in school kind of family. We have set a long term goal, have a vision and are taking action. Because we are DOERS! And we are doing it!
The year started out with us living our regular life.
So we spent a lot of time driving all over the twin cities in the early winter dark to find various high schools and watch our son wrestle. And we are back at it again this year, loving that Jake has found a sport he is so passionate about.
Isabelle turned 6 years old and John made yet another fun cake for our little artist.
My dad injured his back while in Florida and had to fly home so Isabelle and I flew down to drive home with my mom. But not before spending a few days soaking up the PERFECT weather they were having down there and getting in Isabelle's first trip to the beach. (A trip I am no longer free to make on a whim so my parents better stay healthy this year!)
Just as I am about to launch into a full time job I have a not so brilliant idea to plant a garden for the first time ever. It didn't turn out well but the kids had fun watching all the ants run around after lifting up the board I had used to kill all the grass.
I have loved seeing John and Jake studying together. So proud of them both. John was concerned about going back to school after so many years but he is doing great and enjoyed his classes this first semester. He is now 1/4 of the way through the first 2 years of his 6 years of school. (We have broken this journey into 3 mental parts, makes it seem a little less daunting.)
Then Isabelle started 1st grade! She loves her teacher, tells us she is the best 1st grade teacher in the school, and is having lots of fun. She loves art and music class, no surprise there. When did our sweet baby turn into this sweet girl?
I love that he has a job where we can go watch him work and it isn't weird when I pull out a camera. He really is a pro at hawking and he loves it.
Jake also had the opportunity to go to Panama this year with our church youth group working with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). It was a great trip for him getting the opportunity to share Christ with teens down there in local high schools and come to appreciate that people all over the world worship the same God who is at work in all our lives. The group acted out a drama without any words and Jake played the roll of Jesus. They did it for our church when they returned. It was very powerful. Here he is sharing his testimony.
The youth group guys.
And then this fall as the weather was getting cooler, John finished up the tree house. We all love it. Isabelle even went out there one day when she was mad at me to get away. We didn't get in a tea party up there before it snowed but I see several in our future for next summer.
Unfortunately they moved to Japan with the military shortly before Scarlet was born so she will be over a year old before we are likely to see her in person. However, modern technology is our lifeline so we got to meet her on skype and Isabelle and her sister got their first picture together.