Just Life

Ten on Tuesday | The Christmas Letter.

…I’m thinking this won’t surprise anyone who reads my blog, but I don’t regularly send Christmas cards and I’ve never sent a Christmas letter. The few years that I have mailed cards, I’ve written a short note on each one before signing our names, but a short personal note is miles from the “Christmas card letter”. 2014 has, however, changed much about our lives and maybe it’s time to start sending that letter (or then again…maybe not*)

from Sara’s graduation – Marc, Katie, me, Sara, my dad, Rob – three generations!

But Carole’s asked us to share what we’d include in our letters… and I’m going to play along. Here’s what you might (not!) read in a letter from us this year:

  1. blah blah blah…it was a busy year and full of changes. all good!
  2. Sara graduated from Georgia Tech in May with three generations of Georgia Tech grads cheering her on. It was really special to have my parents (my dad is our first generation grad – BChE ’61) there. We win no points for higher education diversity in this family (and I’m ok with that).
  3. Sara & I spent ten days in Paris and Florence celebrating that milestone…and not worrying one bit about what Sara might do next.
  4. Two weeks later, she landed a great job. in Madison, Wisconsin. I’d never been there and Marc might’ve visited once on business. Over the next six weeks, she found an apartment, started work…and moved. (as of this writing, the jury’s still out on Wisconsin winter.)
  5. Meanwhile, Katie & Rob are settled into a lovely home…only four miles away. And in September, they welcomed little Charlie Clay – our first grandchild. We love being Marmie & Poppa – Charlie is real charmer!
  6. Marc works. Suniva opened a second factory in Saginaw, Michigan this fall and celebrated their 100,000,000th cell production a few weeks back. A hundred thousand anything is a huge deal, and I’m really proud of what they – and Marc – have done.
  7. …and plays golf. When the weather allows. Which is most of the time, but not all of the time. He still needs a plan for what he’ll do when once he’s retired and it’s cold and rainy.
  8. I’m still knitting. and teaching knitting. And loving them both.
  9. I’m also active in my church. Our Prayer Shawl ministry has grown to supply shawls for a local infusion center and Georgia’s Presbyterian Homes and baby items for a local single parent ministry. 
  10. Georgia Tech beat Georgia (30-24) and we’re making New Year’s Eve plans around the Orange Bowl. 

Like I said – a very good year. and I’m glad I won’t have to actually send this letter!

it’s going to be very hard to beat last year’s card!

*I am hoping to get another fun photo of me, Marc and Holly sometime over the “holiday” to send out festive cards for the New Year. (but they won’t include a letter. promise!)