One Surprise Wedding, One Expected Wedding, One Granddaughter on the Way.
This year we (Roanne and Dave) decided to try to post our annual Christmas letter to the internet rather than mail it out via postal service. Obviously we're getting it out late. We're trying to distribute it via a blog, which is something new for us (so we'll see how it works out).
It was a busy year, with lots of change for our family. We went from having three single children to having two married, and one with a baby on the way. Hope you enjoy reading the highlights, and seeing the photos, below.
Michael DeSonier and Megan Calderon ELOPED on January 16, 2013. We knew something was up when Mike called to set up a Skype call with us (which had never occurred before)! So we gained an awesome daughter-in-law, and are thrilled to have her!
Though we didn’t get to attend Mike and Megan’s wedding, in January we did go to the first of 8 weddings we would attend during the year. Most involved students from our church’s college age ministry.
Began hosting a “community group” of about a dozen college students that meet at our home on Tuesday nights.
Went on a weekend marriage retreat with four young couples in our Thursday night home group.
Hosted a post-wedding shower for Mike and Megan. I think their favorite gift was probably the Star Trek version of Settlers of Catan.
Served as part of the leadership team that took 120 college students to Washington DC (we drove 12 vans!) on a spring break mission trip. For driving there and back, we split the students into 4 groups of 30; Roanne and I led one of the groups. It was a blast -- lots of good memories with many great students.
Christie graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Finance. Her fiancé, Ben, graduated with a degree in religion. Proud of them both.
Our entire family (including Mike's wife Megan, Christie's husband Ben, and Josh’s girlfriend Sharlotte) took a late May trip to Alaska. We had not been back since we lived there from 1993 to 1998. We rented a remote home, about 30 minute out of Anchorage, and then took day trips to the various activities (Flattop, Thunderbird Falls, Animal Conservatory, Simon n Seaforts, Seward, Summit Lake, Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise, Sealife Center).
On the first day we climbed up a snowy Flattop Mountain. Then the six “kids” decided to JUMP OFF the mountain and slide down the very steep, snowy hillside. Hey, others were doing it. It went well ... except for Megan. She somehow caught her ankle, and broke it! We had to call in a helicopter rescue for her. Two days later it was surgery, crutches, and a cast. But that didn’t keep her from hiking (with crutches and wheelchair!) to Exit Glacier with us! Quite a memorable trip! You can find more photos by clicking on the photo of all of us.
Christie DeSonier and Benjamin Hager got MARRIED on June 29! The whole month seemed to revolve around wedding preparations.
For much of the month all 3 of our kids, and their significant others, are in town. It's fun to do things as a group of 8 adults!
We spent 4 days in Breckenridge for a friend's daughter's wedding where Dave served as the non-professional (but inexpensive!) back-up photographer.
Christie and Ben moved to Ft Worth so Ben can begin his seminary training at Southwestern.
We were happy to have Josh and Denise Beck (friends from Africa) and their four kids stay at our house for a few weeks.
Mike and Megan moved to Washington DC so Mike can begin law school at George Washington University.
Josh and Sharlotte notify us that our first GRANDCHILD, a girl, will be here on about March 22.
During the fall, on Wednesday nights Dave taught a series of lessons to address the apologetic issue, "Does God exist?"
Christie begins her finance job at the Cellular World corporate office.
We visit a secluded chapel in the hills near Bella Vista, AR.
Two of the young couples in our home group have their first baby; both are girls. Our group has, for several years, been primarily young couples without kids; but it's transforming rapidly to where the majority will have kids.
We spent Thanksgiving at Ben and Christie’s apartment in Ft Worth, TX. We packed a lot of activity into 6 days: a day at Six Flags, several restaurants (Abuelo's, In-and-Out, Chipotle), Thanksgiving dinner, lots of games (King of Tokyo, Settlers, Puerto Rico, Password, etc.), Black Friday deals, dad-n-daughter Starbucks time, shopping for a sofa, Catching Fire (movie), the Baylor-TCU game, and church Sunday!
We spent Christmas at Mike and Megan’s basement apartment near Washington DC. The first couple of days were in the 60's (abnormally warm), so we rode bikes and walked around DC. They only live 3 subway stops from downtown DC, just across the river into Arlington, VA, close to the Arlington Nat'l Cemetary and Reagan Airport. Mike led us around GW Univ, then over to the White House (a 10 minute walk from the campus), the National Christmas Tree, the Smithsonian museums, etc. Once the weather turned colder we stayed inside: went to the mall, the movie, swimming (at our hotel), and to several restaurants. And played games at their apartment. They live in a great neighborhood called Clarendon, and their place is only about 1/4 mile from the "town center", i.e. the metro, shopping, and restaurants.
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Thanks, Dave and Roanne