I thought I'd share a few highlights of the year on this last day of 2008 . . .
January . . . My little Sunday school student got saved; Beth turned 15; Beth's pet hamster, Sasha, passed away; and we had lots of snowy weather (or what we considered snowy then!).
February . . . Lions Gate Baptist Church celebrated its third anniversary; our car continued to have issues; I sounded off about an interview I saw on TV.
March . . . I attended a fantastic ladies' retreat; our church hosted a men's conference.
April . . . I tried my hand at cardmaking; our family was hosted at a missions conference in Vernon, BC; and we made a trip to SC and GA to visit Wes' and my parents, complete with pictures.
May . . . We changed our supporting church; I began a diabetes education class; I received a breadmaker for Mother's Day; Wes had a birthday; I got several free things on Craigslist; and Andrew stretched his wings a bit by moving to SC to work with his uncle for the summer.
June . . . I spoke at a sister church's ladies' tea, and that seems to be about all that happened in June!
July . . . We celebrated Canada Day; the first of several medication changes for me; Andrew turned 17; Wes went to Spiritual Leadership Conference in Lancaster, CA; and Wes and I took a week-long vacation while Beth went to camp.
August . . . We had Friend Day at church, with Sam and his college tour group singing and preaching for us; I shared my Ten Favorite Homeschooling Resources, in preparation for school starting again; shared my Favorite Sunday School resources, also; and Sam spent a whole 9 days at home and we went to visit Texas friends visiting mutual friends in Tacoma.
September . . . School started again; Beth, Andrew, and I opened Etsy shops; and my brother and his wife had a new baby!
October . . . Wes and I attended a Couples' Retreat and celebrated our 24th anniversary all in one weekend, which was also Thanskgiving; Sam began raising money for a spring missions trip; and we had a giveaway from Beth's Etsy shop.
November . . . We went to the Northwest Youth Conference in Portland, OR; I found some outstanding deals at Michaels; we celebrated Thanksgiving again; our dear friends began the journey every parent fears; and Andrew fractured his wrist.
December . . . We had our ladies' Christmas Brunch; Andrew got his cast; the Little family got devastating news one week after we thought all was well; Samuel turned 20; after getting stranded in a snow storm, Wes was finally able to get Sam home for the Christmas holidays; then we got more snow and even more on Christmas Eve; and we had a blessed Christmas!
Now we're on the eve of a brand new year. I look forward to sharing more of our life and ministry here in North Vancouver. Have a blessed, happy, prosperous New Year!