Monday, December 17, 2012

Merry Christmas from the McKays - 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!!! We're sending out our Christmas letter electronically again this year via email, posted on my blog at http://davesthoughtsblog.blogspot.com and on Facebook.

I hope this letter finds you healthy and enjoying the holidays. It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. It’s been a tough year in many ways for our family as we have lost some dear friends and family members, but God has been faithful through it all and we are thankful for His constant grace and mercy and the comfort that only He can provide. It’s also been a typically busy year for us.


           

In March we took a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks for a few days over spring break and enjoyed some nice quiet family time together. In June, the kids spent several days in Chicago with two of their grandparents while Mandi and I enjoyed a few days at a bed and breakfast in Springfield, IL. In July we took another family trip to Kansas City and spent a week enjoying the city and eating a lot of very good food.


Marisa started her last year of elementary school (5th grade) this year and continues to love school. She played volleyball again this fall, where her team qualified for the playoffs after finishing 2nd in their division. She also continues to play the violin and enjoyed a couple of youth group retreats throughout the year.

Sarah started her last year of middle school (8th grade) this fall and is always a very busy girl. She continues to play softball from March to October and basketball from October to March. Her softball team took 2nd in spring/summer ball and she continues to love pitching and just playing sports in general. She worked as a costume designer for the fall play at school and also enjoyed several youth group retreats.

Caleb is in the middle of his junior year of high school. This was a big year for him as he got his driver’s license in the spring and is enjoying the freedom that affords. He started taking guitar lessons this year and is really becoming a very good musician. He loves going to youth group, playing in the worship band, and writing music. He took a trip to Florida in June with his youth group and had fun spending time on the beach with friends.

Mandi continues to work as a Pampered Chef consultant and somehow manage a family that is always going in 10 different directions. I think she is still a little freaked out that she turned 40 this year.

I (Dave) continue to work at Aon Risk Services as an Account Executive for my day job and stay very busy coaching basketball and softball. I still try to get to the gym as much as possible and watch as much football and basketball as I can fit into my schedule.

We pray that this Christmas is a time of renewed hope as you reflect on all God’s blessings. He doesn’t promise that life will always be easy, but He does promise to walk with us in those difficult times with the light of hope ahead of us; the hope that is so brightly reflected in the birth of Christ that we celebrate this time of year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

The McKay’s (Dave, Mandi, Caleb, Sarah, and Marisa)