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Our holiday season was fast and furious, or at least it felt that way.  We began with Thanksgiving with friends in CO.  Then a week later headed to Austin, TX for Nick to photograph a wedding for other friends.  Ivan and Kara then tried to leave CO in a snow storm to go up to MI to see her brother Josh. We celebrated Christmas early with the Reimer side then the Hostetlers drove to CO for a celebration on Christmas Day.  We ended the year with neighbors, a low key dinner and painting new mugs.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2016.

 

Enjoy the short video below!

 

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2015 held fewer books, but I still enjoyed many diverse books thanks to my book club.

  1. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp is a devotional for the Advent season. We read this for the 2014 season but with so many interruptions did not finish it until the New Year. It is however a terrific book to be in tune to the Christmas season.
  2. The Sleep Sense Program: Proven Strategies for Teaching Your Child to Sleep Through the Night by Dana Obleman is an ebook that someone shared with me on baby sleep.
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a great book of the WW2 erra. He blends two main characters on opposite sides of the war together in a magical way.
  4. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker is an interesting book of the challenges of modern Christianity. She advocates for something different something better and by the end of the book you hear the story of Austin New Church.
  5. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a historic fiction book with a modern twist. The story of orphans who were shipped west in the 20s and a modern “orphan” collide when an almost aged out foster girl needs to do community service.
  6. Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony is a great book that we read together. The ideas are about how to parent so that the goal is to teach children to listen and obey God instead of just obeying earthy parents.
  7. Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim Fay and Charles Fay is a practical way to help parent children.
  8. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a Pulitzer prize winning fiction novel that I didn’t really enjoy. It is a bit of a coming to age story and a bit of a mystery.
  9. Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman seemed to us like a traditional approach to getting Christian’s more involved and motivated.
  10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a terrific novel. Light and humorous, the story of a scientist trying to find love.
  11. Are You my Mother by Allison Bechdel is a graphic memoir. This is not a book I would have chosen outside of book club, but it is an interesting perspective on life. I did not really enjoy it and finished simply to say I’d finished.
  12. Simplify by Bill Hybels is a pretty traditional “Christianese” book. I read it as part of a Bible study and maybe it will hit others better than it did me. . .
  13. The Whole30: 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig is a great book and resource. I didn’t exactly read this cover to cover but I did read the tips and tricks and we definitely tried and enjoyed some of the recipes. I’d love to get it again and try all the recipes.
  14. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong is a fabulous cook book. This husband and wife team present quality food in a beautiful way in their first cook book. This is another one I’d love to cook through, but alas I had to return it to the library.
  15. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple is a terrific light read. I enjoyed it even though I was anticipating a bit of a different twist.
  16. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is a cute light mystery. It is fun as an 11 year old girl is the narrator and main character and at times completely unbelievable!
  17. Joy Starts Here by E.James Wilder, Edward M Kjouri, Chris M Coursey and Shelia D Sutton is a book that is heavy on brain research and how scripture tie together to discuss joy and transforming people’s lives.
  18. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett is a book of short nonfiction articles on life. I enjoyed some of the articles more than others as they drew me in. It does intrigue me to read other of her books.
  19. A Gleam of Light: The Trials and Triumphs of a Century of Missionary Work in Morocco by Ila Marie Davis is a story of Gospel Missionary Union’s work in Morocco. It is a reliving of history of the church and the country.
  20. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin is a how to on expository study of the Bible. Much of the details that Jen brings out are things that I learned in college or even in teaching about general comprehension of literature. So often we forget that we can use these reading comprehension techniques to the Bible.
  21. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan is a phenomenal book about the little-known story of how the atomic bomb was made for WW2. I really enjoyed the story of these women’s lives as well as the behind the scenes details of how things happened with the scientists and government and decision to make and drop the bomb.
  22. Loving our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk is a companion to Love and Logic principles with a Christian frame. He posed lots of theology and foundation to the why behind Love and Logic with a few examples. They work well together!
  23. Mindset: the New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. was to me a book that seemed very logical and duh mentality. The premise: people who succeed believe they can grow and change and people who believe they are born with traits and abilities may temporarily have success but if they cannot learn to adapt they will not be as successful.
  24. At Home: A short history of private life by Bill Bryson is an interesting but very long history book. He has a humorous way of writing, but it is very scattered facts that loosely connect about the home and private life. Interesting but it takes a certain mindset to read.
  25. The Other Woman in Your Marriage by H. Norman Wright is an older perspective book written to women about their mothers-in-law. It is written from a traditional Christian perspective by a male psychologist and much of it I thought was very negative. I did like some of the thoughts about mothers to sons, in hope that relationships can be better.
  26. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah is a great story about two sisters in France during WW2 and their survival during German occupation. I enjoyed this book with a few twists in the plot line and the history of the Belgian woman who helped airmen escape to Spain.
  27. The Bible by God, this year I read the entire Bible aloud to Ivan while we were nursing. Wow, we nursed a lot! It was cool to read aloud to him even though he wasn’t consciously comprehending it, I’d like to think that his Spirit is taking it in.

Ivan turned one year old this November!  He loves to chase the cat, play with friends, wrestle daddy and bear, try different foods, laugh, be around people, and work hard on walking.

Below is a video montage of photos and clips from the past year.

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Ivan and I braved the airport together and went to visit his Reimer great grandparents. It was fun to see them enjoy his smile and laughter.  He figured out how to walk holding onto Grandpa’s walker!  We were also able to see and connect with Aunt LeAnn and her husband, Ken and her daughter, Amanda. We stayed with Grandpa Ed Karber and enjoyed the space to relax and hang out.  A special event for Grandma was being able to go to serve at the Louisa House (a local nursing home) with 4 generations of her family.  Ivan loved giving everyone smiles and waves!

About a month ago, we were able to meet Nick’s family at the Colorado Mennonite Central Committee sale in Rocky Ford, CO.  Family came from all over CO and from KS for a gathering. We enjoyed delicious food at the sale and the musical program on Friday evening.  We hung out on Saturday at the sale, then after naps we found a local pumpkin patch for the kids to enjoy.  We then finished the weekend with dinner together and celebrated Hostetler Grandparents birthdays!

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We enjoyed a weekend away with friends in Breckenridge in October.  It was fun to see the colors again and as always the fun of Breckenridge.

This year it was Nick’s turn to plan the anniversary trip.  We ended up in Vail Valley, staying in Avon and exploring the entire valley.  It was a bit early to see fall colors but we found some good yellow Aspens! Ivan enjoyed getting away with us as well and we slowed down enough to drive over Guanella Pass on the way home.

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