Well...Merry Christmas Friends!
Some Christmas this has been. Christmas Eve Eve, as I like to call the day before Christmas Eve...I came down with what we thought was a severe sinus infection....which we later found out was actually influenza...hardcore. Today is the 6th day I (Danielle) have been feverish, headachey, and wiped out from the flu, however, because of the meds I'm taking, I can't sleep...SO I'm bored out of my gourd!! So I thought I'd take some time to post some pics and recap our year, 2008.
2008 was a good year, our first full year in our new home, in which we had two floods, from an overflowing toilet-and each flood came from the second level down to the first! Through out the flooding we also replaced all of our flooring in the home with new carpet throughout and laminate in the bathrooms and kitchen and dining rooms. We really love our little home, despite the chaos it's been through!
It was our third year at Fall Creek Wesleyan Church. It was a bittersweet year here. It started off as we lost Kevin & Deb Kline our Worship pastor, and John ended up being the interim Worship pastor for about 6 months, then we lost our friend as our Senior Pastor and boss, Steve Bray as he resigned and is looking on to what is next for him and his family. And now we are patiently waiting to see whom our new Senior Pastor will be at FCWC. Despite Steve's departure, we had a great year within the Student Ministries and The Rock. The Rock enrolled almost 100 students at FCWC and Fusion students are growing and we're loving it and our life coaches are simply WONDERFUL. We don't know what we'd do without them! We love them all dearly. They are some of our best friends in Fishers!! This year also brought about Danielle's helping Trinity Wesleyan and our good friends Chris and Rachel Wilson launch The Rock at their church. They had an awesome start and are on their way to an outstanding program. We also gained two new ministry staff members at the church-our new Children's director and new friend Cady, and our new worship pastor and his family, Bill and Traci. All of these guys are a blessing and make us smile alot!
As for our doggy daughter, Zoe, she's doing great. She is growing like crazy. She was 62 lbs when we got her 2 and 1/2 years ago, and now, at 3 and 1/2 she's up to 80 lbs and has had 3 special vet visits on our bill....two sets of staples or stitches and this past month, a special operation to have one of her bottom teeth pulled that she had somehow rammed down into her gums, and the tooth was dying and her gums were getting infected! It's a good thing she's CUTE!!! And it's a great thing that we have an awesome vet in Lapel that blesses us with a pastoral discount for our crazy pup!
Our Parents and Brothers are doing well. James graduated from IWU in May and has his first job, Joe is finishing up at IWU, and Josh is still working his same job as a metal fabricator, and Kristina graduated in nursing this year and has a job at a clinic in Lapel and Micah will be graduating this year, so we've enjoyed going to his games and other school events. Sadly, we haven't made it to MI to see The Freed's for Christmas because of my illness...so hopefully we'll make it soon!
Otherwise, life is good here in Noblesville/Fishers. We love our life. We celebrated 5 years of marriage this year, and it feels like it's flown by! We're looking forward to 2009 to see what it brings! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!! :) Keep in touch! Let us know how you're doing!! Lots more pics of our year and updates on our lives on Facebook and Twitter! See you there too!!