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  • Writer's pictureElijah Ricks

Another Year of This…

At the risk of using the cliche of the week, I can’t believe it’s already 2013! Although it hardly feels like a year is gone since we celebrated the beginning of 2012, reflecting back on all that has happened during the year makes it clear that we’ve done enough to move on to another one. 

The major event this year was, naturally, Carver’s birth. He continues to bring joy and laughter into our home every day, and we cannot imagine life without him. In the brief 10 months that have passed since we first met, he has become mobile beyond our comfort, discovered a love for food, and found his echo in Avey’s room. We are so excited to see how he develops over the next year!

Avey’s major accomplishment was starting preschool. She has loved every minute of it, and looks forward to each day. She thrives with her learning, and is reading simple books with almost no help from the grown-ups around the house.

Kira continues to keep the children alive and learning at home, and somehow manages to teach a class for church and keep her private counseling practice up and running. Everywhere she goes she brightens lives and eases burdens. If only we could clone her…

I have spent my year on campus. In addition to all of my coursework and research, the highlight of my academic year was becoming an instructor at a major university, and enjoying it so much that I want to continue it for the rest of my career.

I’d like to also document this little gem Avey gave us over the Christmas break: She has been very into the movie Brave since she saw it, and loves talking in a Scottish accent. Her favorite line from the movie is when Merida, the heroine, sets her bow on the dinner table and her mother expresses her dislike for weapons on the table. Merida replies, in a thick accent, “Mom, it just me bow!” Avey reenacts that scenario with us many times, and at Nana Laura’s house around Christmas, she set a little figure from a nativity set on the table and instructed us to protest. She then responded, in her best Scottish accent, “Oh mom! It’s just me baby Jesus!”

#Happenings #LittleGems

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