Tuesday, December 25, 2012

2012 Christmas Letter

Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

2012 has been the year for change in our home!
In May we went to Disney World! It was an amazing trip! We went with Jamie & Craig, & Jim & Cathy (my adopted parents J). We also went to Universal Studios to see Hogwarts! It was an experience we will never forget!
In June we bought our first home! 7131 Cloverglen Dr, Dallas, TX 75249 J It is taking a lot of work, but we are putting our own touches into everything! We have also had some amazing help! Thank you everyone who helped us move & helped us renovate!!! We love having our own home! But we miss seeing Conner & Elias everyday! They change so much from day to day that now when we see them we feel like they are different people! We would like to thank The Burns’ for the time ya’ll allowed us to live in your home! It was a blessing & we love ya’ll!
Then we changed churches. It was a very difficult decision, but we felt God calling us elsewhere. In June we started attending Waxahachie Bible Church. In August we attended our last youth service at Abundant, which was the most difficult part of leaving. We are really enjoying Waxahachie Bible! In the short time we have been there it already feels like home. We have met some great people & started attending a Sunday school class where everyone is like family.
Then Krystle became a Pet Granny! She started working for The Pet Granny as a pet sitter part time. It is a family owned & run business (Patrick’s Aunt’s) & they were getting busy so asked if she wanted to work with them. She is really enjoying it! She is also still creating for ScrappinArt, though not as much now that we have a home to put in order.
Patrick has been working at Promotional Arts for 8 ½ years! He is also continuing to grow his computer repair business in his free time.
I would like to leave you with a little Christmas nugget that came to me the other day. When we give gifts, we should do it out of love; not expecting a gift in return. When Jesus came to earth giving us the most precious gift, He knew we could never repay Him! But He did it anyway! And if you could not buy gifts this year, then lovingly accept the gifts others have gotten you, knowing they love you and wanted to give to you.
We love you! We hope you make this Christmas a wonderful time with friends, family, & love! Merry Christmas!

Patrick & Krystle

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Another way of looking at Santa

I love Christmas! I love shopping for the perfect gifts for my loved ones, I love playing the Elf & handing out all the gifts from under the tree, I love watching their faces as they open the gifts (I don't usually open any of my gifts until everyone is finished because I get so caught up in their reactions). I also love Santa & Christmas trees & everything Christmassy! I have been disturbed lately by people condemning Santa because "He's not the reason for the season" that's not how I see it...
We are planning & hosting the biggest most important birthday party of the year! When you plan a child's birthday party, you might hire a clown, but that clown is not the reason for the celebration.
I have never seen Santa as the reason for Christmas, but he is just another of the many Christmas festivities we enjoy to celebrate Jesus' birth.
I just wanted to encourage you to choose a different way of looking at it & allow Christmas to be a time of celebrating!
Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

My Birthday

I had a great day today! I woke & Hubby was still in bed which is always nice. He worked from home today (Thanks Lacey!). Then I looked at my phone and the screen was full of FaceBook notifications telling me Happy Birthday :) I also got several emails from the weirdest places (like our home owners insurance) telling me Happy Birthday! Everywhere I turned I was being wished a happy birthday!
Hubby & I went to lunch together, and then I crafted most of the day while Hubby worked next to me :) What more could I ask for?!

I had amazing Thai food for dinner with friends & family, you know, since I'm part Thai ;)
I had a great time! Thank you all who came!!!

Then ice cream! Who needs cake?!
I also received the cutest videos ever!!! (Thank you Tiffany!)
Conner actually signed I love you! I've never seen him do it before, he has tried for a long time! I love him so much!
Elias is getting so big! And he said my name!!! (They call me Bo, it's my extra special name given to me by Conner) I cherish these videos :)

Lastly, we went to Chick Fila where Conner & Elias' dad is manager, & he gave me unsweet tea for my birthday (I wasn't hungry for anything else lol).
I had a great day filled with friends, family, and fun...and food lol!