It's been a different year all around, so why not continue it right through December. So, in light of the completely absent Christmas cards this year, I bring you this Christmas letter... (Thank you, Julie for making this idea possible by posting yours first ;o)).
We've been a family of nine for just over 18 months now and things are going well. There are daily frustrations and battles, but there are also times where it's been easy to forget that we haven't always been a big busy family.
The five youngest attend a local Christian school in our area. I quit homeschooling in 2009. It was a great season for our family, but sometimes things change and we've been very blessed by the school community that we are part of these days. It's been a positive experience for all our children and truthfully, these days, I am thankful that the job of teaching is not given to me anymore :o).
Murray still spends long hours working at a local petro chemical company as a process design engineer. This year he traveled about every third week, so for those of you who are wondering, yes, he still travels a LOT! He also is not currently involved in any church activities. We both know that this is a season, so we are choosing not to feel guilty about it.
As far as the photography business goes, we're as busy as we can handle these days. I love it, but our children and their busy schedules does not allow for much more than we've been doing the past year or so. We're looking at some fun and exciting things for 2013 though and that is good enough for us these days.
It's been a busy year, a fun year, and a year full of changes. The biggest day being December 3 when our three youngest officially became part of our forever family. So many of you have been involved on our journey over the past few years and we thank you for your love, thoughts, and prayers. We know this season is not easy for many people -- especially this year, but know that we lift you up in our thoughts and prayers, even if we don't know you by name.
In closing, we would like to wish each of you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with God's blessings!
the de Boer family.