I have watched people I know and love go through the process of adoption. I’ve failed miserably in the “after”. I wondered myself what that would look like for my family. I have to share this link for those involved in supporting friends and family “after” . PLEASE READ Jen Hatmakers blog. Not only is she hysterically funny, she opened my eyes.
A lot of people have been choosing words for 2011. I’ve had conversations with friends a couple of times and not thought about it much. To be honest I kind of wrote it off. Funny the way God works though. I think I’ve been pursued by a word.
Ever have that happen? Not necessarily with a word, usually it happens to me with a scripture passage or thought that God repeats to me over and over validating with other scripture until sleepy, slow to learn me finally gets it. I got it this week. Now to see where it leads!
For all you friends who arent going to get a Christmas card from me (which would be all of you). Here is my Christmas letter in abbreviated form. I always have such good intentions at Christmas.
Every year I say “This year is different, I’m going to send cards/newsletter/pictures for Christmas. I am going to be that organized!!!” And every year I don’t actually seem to get them out. There have been years when I write the cards and even address them but just don’t put them in the mail. Then about February I find them on my desk and figure its really too late to send them after all. One year I even wrote the newsletter. Put pictures in and was so proud of myself, but never did anything else with it. I found it on the computer the other day……………..
Please don’t feel slighted that I don’t send cards to you. This is my problem not yours. You are great friends, I’m the disorganized crazy one!
So instead of messing with the cards,(which for some reason I still fill this need to do) I am blogging my Christmas. Lazy? Maybe…………
So 2010 was a crazy year for the Bartel’s. We lived 4 different places since November of 2009. This is the longest we have lived anywhere in the last year. Yipeee! I think that means we might be settled 🙂
Caleb starts college in January of 2011. Technically he is still a high school senior, but he will finish his senior year with all college classes at Johnson County Community College. He is enrolled at K-State next fall, though it doesn’t seem to have quite the draw as when it was 2 hours away from us. He is busy right now getting scholarship applications in. He has one awarded and under his belt (yea!!) We are hoping for many more:)
Emma is enjoying Manhattan High School for the most part. She is a sophmore this year and likes the friends and the fun stuff. She isn’t exactly fond of the Chemistry part, not that I blame her. She revisited her role from 7th grade as an Oompa Loompa in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this fall as a part of the MHS musical. She was the best Oompa Loompa up there.
Ethan skipped football this fall which was devastating to Randy, but played in a tournament with friends from KC for a weekend, which I think he enjoyed as ,much as his dad did. He has already started baseball practice, though its only once a week and indoor! Seventh grade is going well, he still likes math the best and is taking Algebra I. Thank goodness he didn’t get my math skills!
Randy is enjoying his work at the Ebert Mayo Design Group. He missed coaching football this fall but made up for lost time coaching for the tournament. He is working hard on several projects around town. A couple of elementary schools and some other multi use buildings.
I’m working part time as an assistant for a local broker. Learning the Manhattan market and just enjoying no home improvement projects at the moment!
As a family we have joined New Hope Church and gotten involved in a small group of really great people. The kids like the youth program and are planning a mission trip for summer.
We are so blessed! We are not anywhere we would have expected to be this time last year, but God has been so good to us. We have jobs, health, family and friends and we are grateful for all. Especially you!
Sadly I don’t have time to upload one of my own pictures of home. This IS where we live, it’s just greener these days 🙂
One of the reasons I don’t have pictures of my own to upload is that we have yet to figure out how to get Internet at home. Everything I do online has to be done at the public library. Taking the time at home to load everything to a thumb drive then down load onto the computer at the library is more organization than this little brain can handle!
This is just one of the fun “get to know your new home” quirks we are experiencing. Another is that our cell phones don’t work in the house. I set my phone by the front door and it if rings I run to the front porch to answer. If I’m lucky, by the time the other person responds I am in the front yard where the signal is strong enough for a conversation! It’s all fine now, even though it’s a bit hot. When winter comes I might need a new plan. Needless to say…..we now have a land line again!
We have things mostly put away. No decorating has occurred, but I’m thinking I have some time for that.
We had our first friends from out of town in to see our home and hang out with us for the day. It was so nice to see them! The fact that they are Jayhawks at heart should really shame some of our Wildcat friends into getting here! They even SAID they enjoyed touring Manhattan!!
Anyway, time is short, I just wanted to say “HEY!” and let you know we are still here!