Marisa started 4th grade this year and remains very busy at school and church. She continues to be involved in Girl Scouts and playing the violin in the school orchestra. She played volleyball again this fall where her team took first place in their division. She also started Crossfire at church, which is our youth group for 4th and 5th graders, and really enjoyed the Crossfire lock-in this fall. She was also very excited that we got to celebrate her 9th birthday on the beach in Mexico.
Sarah started 7th grade this year and seems to get busier and busier all the time. She loves middle school and is very involved in Crash, our middle school youth group at church, and likes to stay for after school activities. She played on 2 softball teams this year from March to October. One of her teams finished first in their division and the other finished second. She also plays basketball from October to March. The basketball team hasn’t fared as well, but she still has a lot of fun playing. Sarah also loves to babysit every chance she gets.
Caleb started his sophomore year in high school this year and is really enjoying high school life. He’s still very involved in Krew, our church high school youth group and hanging out with his friends. Caleb had surgery on his left knee in October to correct some joint pain he has had for some time. We are very thankful to have found a good doctor that has been able to identify the problem and correct it. Fortunately, he is recovering very quickly from the surgery. Over the summer he got his driver’s learning permit and has been driving quite a bit. He’s really looking forward to getting his license early next year after he turns 16.
Besides still being a little freaked out by turning 40 this year, I (Dave) have had a great year. I continue to work at Aon Risk Services as an Associate Account Executive and stay very busy coaching basketball and softball. I love to spend time at the gym and try to get there as much as possible. I continue to serve as a deacon at church and enjoy the opportunity to serve those in our church family.
I hope that this Christmas is a time of renewed hope for you as you reflect on all that God has blessed you with over the last year. May we especially remember the amazing gift of His son, Jesus, whom He sent into the world to redeem all of creation.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
The McKay’s (Dave, Mandi, Caleb, Sarah, and Marisa)