A Christmas Letter
As 2016 comes to a close, we could not be happier. It's always a little challenging when it comes to writing Holiday letters and we went back and forth about whether we should do an update, mostly because it's been a really hard year. Yet rather than hiding behind the "picture-perfect" life that is often portrayed on social media, we thought we'd still share a small piece of our heart with you this Christmas Season.
To put it lightly, 2016 was hard. It was traumatic and at times filled with deep grief. We walked some people we love through some big messes and addictions. We lost a dear, close friend of ours to cancer. Megan found some tumors in her body and faced the threat of cancer herself. Thankfully, the tumors were benign but she still had surgery to get them removed for good measure. It seems like the emotional and physical health of those very near and dear to our hearts, as well as ourselves, has been attacked the most.
However, even through the tough stuff, we remain grateful and our hearts are filled with gratitude. We couldn’t be more thankful for the community we have where we live, the friends and family that have walked through this year with us, and those that have been constant sources of light and encouragement.
So when we look past the hard things, we are so thankful for our jobs, our school, and our church. Jeremy is enrolled in “2nd Year” at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. As his wife, it’s been an incredible honor to watch him grow into a leader and even hear him preach on occasion. He carries so much wisdom, and whenever he shares his stories, people are so inspired. I couldn’t be more proud to watch him turn into the man he has become. He also has the opportunity to take everything he’s learned in the last 2 years as he goes on a mission trip to Australia next March. He is so excited and we are declaring that he will raise all the funds he needs in order to go. (Shameless plug: To donate and make a tax-deductible gift towards his trip: CLICK HERE )
Megan is still working for Iris Global and is expanding her knowledge in the bookkeeping/finance world. She is also the Treasurer of the Dwarf Athletic Association of America. The last year was incredibly busy with DAAA, which even took her to Boston to help run the National Games. Megan is working on taking a backseat, and trying to refocus her attention to the creative areas of her heart. As 2017 roles around, she plans on getting back into the swing of writing, as well as expanding some other creative outlets.
Overall, as we move into 2017, we are hopeful for what it will have in store. New Years, come with new beginnings. We pray that this next year, will be a year full of hope for you and your family. We are so grateful for each and every one of you and we can’t wait to see all the ways that you are going to impact the world in 2017. Each one of you carries something important and something that the world needs to see. Whether it’s your creativity, your encouragement, your grace, or your parenting. You are so valuable and we are so grateful that we get to have you in our life. May this be the year that some of your biggest dreams are unveiled. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!