This has been a very full year! I hope that this Christmas season finds everyone in a good place with the ones they love surrounding them. We've had great things happen this year-- both struggle and accomplishment.
Our three biggest events are, in order, moving to Moline, Hope starting college two and half hours away, and Megan starting college again in town. Those things in and of themselves are huge.
The move has been very good in many ways, and very hard in some ways. Megan moved back in with us after five years of living in her own space, and we have all had to make adjustments. In some ways it has been good, but there has also been struggle. In September she decided to finish working on her degree with a change in major. She is working on a degree in Pre-Med and planning to go on to medical school to become a doctor in obstetrics. So far she's carrying a 4.0 gpa. She also teaches birth classes and is still my editor and publicist for my writing.
Hope began classes in August and finished her first semester just before Christmas. In January she's moving into an apartment instead of a shared dorm. We found out right before she started at the university that her food allergies and intolerances were greater than we knew, and as the semester began the cafeteria food did not work, and so she learned to cook her own food within the small confines of her dorm room. But I think her one bedroom apartment will allow her a little more room to be the gourmet cook that she naturally is. She is working toward her nursing degree and planning ultimately to be a nurse-midwife.
Todd is still working for John Deere, and I am still writing and planning to publish my second book Patrick's Rose. Peter is thirteen and Todd is doing most of his schooling while I take care of all his doctor's appointments and counseling appointments. He is growing into a young man and loves soccer. Victory will be four in February and is a little fireball with a big smile. Alex will be four in January and he and Victory are best buddies.
We like our new space. The house we bought was built in 1905 and has the high ceilings and details from the Victorian era. The nice thing about our home is all the necessary things have been updated-- like the boiler (May of 2013) and wiring (within the last ten years). The kitchen is beautiful and I love the wrap around porch in the front, and the courtyard type backyard.
We live in a little bigger city and are about two hours closer to our church which makes life much more convenient. Adjusting to a new town is ahhh-- interesting. But it has definitely been an awesome change, and I love our new town.
Hope Christmas finds all happy, warm, and life being lived to its fullest. May you have all the blessings of the season. May God bless your new year even more than the previous.
Happy Holidays from us Herzogs.
|Peter all dressed up.|
|Tory girl being her cute self.|
|Our new place.|
|My gorgeous kitchen.|
|Tory girl in the kitchen.|
|Todd at Naibi Zoo.|
|Peter at the zoo trying to see what his wing span is.|
|Hope's 1st day at QU|
|Meg and Alexander|