|The card we sent out|
peace, love, joy, laughter ~ from our family to yours
Hello dear friends and family. We love hearing from you every year. Here’s our family update.
|Grant - 7th grade - almost 13 years old|
|Katie - 6th grade - 11.5 years|
Our Katie Girl (6th grade, 11 years) has embraced middle school with gusto, shouldering the additional responsibilities of multiple teachers, switching classes, and getting up an hour earlier with ease. This summer she camped for a week with a group of families and helped with the younger kiddos. She liked it so much that she took an online babysitting course and is now officially certified by the American Red Cross to babysit. Katie loves soccer and is a fierce and scrappy defender. A natural and graceful runner, Katie hopes to run track this spring.
|Alli - 4th grade - almost 10 years old|
Alli (4th grade, 9 years) has mastered the art of making our Saturday Morning pancakes and is unstoppable when she is in Helper Mode. She is really good at hair and fashion and frequently uses Paige as her model. Alli found a sport she loves in soccer. Fearless and aggressive, she is currently playing indoor soccer with a team of 6th graders and holding her own against girls twice her size. Our favorite Alli-ism from this year is “pravana” – her version of prima donna.
|Paige - 2nd grade - almost 8 years old|
And then there’s Paige (2nd grade, 7 years) who keeps us laughing with her well-timed humor. Her favorite activity is school and she takes it very seriously, often praying that Jesus will help her finish her monthly projects on time. Paige’s current career aspiration is to be a “missionary in Hawaii. If that pays too much, I’ll switch to veterinarian.” She insisted on including The Big’s (our older, quasi-adopted kids) in her Family Tree report, writing paragraphs about all five of her “fake siblings.”
|the kids - how we love them!|
Curt continues to work full-time as Clinical Coordinator at OHSU and part-time in the clinic at Hope Orthopedics. The Jeep he drove since we got married finally died on the side of the highway – may she rest in peace. His brother Chad and family came to visit in July, and my brother Shane hogged Curt for a week of backpacking the Montana wilderness in August.
Curt and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with a week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We also had a Bucket List experience when we hiked to the summit of the South Sister, Oregon’s third tallest peak. The adrenaline rush lasted for days!
|at the summit of the South Sister|
I (Jodi) fractured my foot training for a spring marathon, limiting my race experiences to an Olympic-distance triathlon. The swim continues to terrorize me but I survived to try another tri next summer. In February my big brother and I road tripped from Montana to northern Minnesota to celebrate our Grandpa George’s life and legacy. We laughed and cried together, building lifelong memories. After years of carrying a camera everywhere I finally took the plunge and launched Jodi Stilp Photography. I spent the fall shooting portraits and am currently building my website. Look for www.jodistilpphotography.com coming soon. (PS - I know the website doesn't load just yet. It will once I get my act together.)
We pray you find peace, love, joy and laughter this holiday season and in the new year.
|the above three photos courtesy of Sara Shearer Photography|
Curt, Jodi, Grant, Katie, Alli and Paige Stilp