Dear Friends & Family,
Here we are this year admist the busy season – even busier than normal. We have FINALLY gotten a house after having sold ours in August. We have been renting the house, that we have lived in for the past 6 ½ years, from the individual who bought it. We purchased a bank owned house just this past Monday in which was totally trashed and needed much work to say the least. Several of our friends and family has been a great blessing to us at this time as we push to be in it by Dec. 31st.
Randy has been very busy this year with work at MSD of whom he has been with for the past 10 years. He also does artwork for his sister’s company on the side. Along with these he has managed to do 2 murals this year for a consignment shop and another for a church. He does wonderful and is extremely talented. His downtime involves collecting corvettes and keeping up with the Dallas Cowboys or doing those never-ending fixes around the house.
I have been busy just keeping up with the kids but have been able to squeeze in some travel this year. I was able to go to Reno, NV to see my sister April with Silas in tow back in February. We then traveled to Hollywood, CA with her – it was great to get to visit with her and to get a break somewhat from my daily routine. I was then also able to fly to Maryland to see my other sister Elizabeth for a few days – again with Silas in tow and then we caught a ride back with a friend who lives here in Huber. I still sell Pampered Chef although I don’t do it as much as I used to – I am ok with that.
Nathaniel celebrated his 8th birthday this year at Disney World. We were able to visit Florida with one of Randy’s cousin’s who housed us for several days. Disney offered the free Birthday pass so we took advantage of this as Sarah and Silas were also able to get in free. WooHoo! Nathaniel played ball in the spring and shows great skill at it. He enjoys this immensely. He also was able to take part in a couple swim lessons and excelled at this also. He does well in the 3rd grade and was asked to be a Student Leader from his class. He loves to play his Dsi and the Wii.
Isaiah celebrated his 6th birthday this year. He started the 1st grade and is doing well there. He seems to make friends easily and has the girls wrapped around his fingers. He enjoys playing with Lincoln Logs and cars and has great creativity and seems to have the same great creative qualities as his dad. Isaiah too was able to take swim lessons and enjoyed it greatly. He also participated in karate classes and seemed to really like it. In August he had his tonsils and adnoids removed and tubes put in his ears. That was a challenge but it seems to have helped his ear infections that he was having.
Little Sarah – a.k.a. Little Mama turned 3 in August, in which she talks about her birthday still! She takes care of Silas and makes sure that he stays out of trouble. She is learning her colors and numbers and loves to color and watch Dora, Wonder Pets, or Max & Ruby. She keeps everyone in line and totally nutures us all. She does great at helping out and wants to be a part of everything that anyone is doing. She is definitely Daddy’s little princess.
Little Silas turns 2 on Dec. 27th. He is so sweet and has recently become our little echoer. He will say about anything that you say. He is definitely mama’s baby boy. He is pretty easy going and loves to try to join in with the bigger ones. He keeps me busy for sure with the tornados that he loves to create as he tears through the house. But for a little guy he is a great listener and makes a great companion for Sarah as she has him trained to be her puppy or to help her when playing house.
We hope that you all have had a great year. May God richly bless you and your family as we remember what this season is all about. It started with a baby in a manager but doesn’t end there – he went to the cross to die for our sins so that if we confess our sins we can join him in Heaven and have Christmas everyday!
Merry Christmas – with Love from,
Randy, Priscilla, Nathaniel, Isaiah, Sarah and Silas Adkins