Tuesday, December 18, 2007

christmas letter

Below you will read Tracy's inaugural edition of a "Family Christmas Letter". She demanded that I keep the last section included where she talks about me. When I asked why she did not also write anything about how wonderful and beautiful she is, Tracy's answer had something to do with how much I talk about her on the platform all the time. Apparently this was her turn to get me back. She is such an amazing woman...I guess I'll let her take over my blog for this week.

So here it is. Read and enjoy:

Well, this is a year with some ‘firsts’ for the Gorveatte Family. Hopefully every year has some ‘firsts’, otherwise life gets boring!

A major change in our life has prompted us to write our first official Christmas Letter! I always enjoy receiving letters and updates from friends and family around the country, but never thought of doing one of our own. We hope you enjoy the first...maybe there will be more to come!

In January of this year, we went to Disney World for the first time. I (Tracy) had never been to Florida, so I was very excited to see what all of the hoopla was about. We had 2 wonderful days at Disney, but even better was the time we got to spend with the Gorveatte extended family. Having all 28 (one niece, Sara wasn’t there) of us together doesn’t happen very often, so it was a real treat.

Joel bought his first road bicycle In January and starting training for ‘the Big Ride’ in September. This spring he put more than 1,000 miles on his bike, and then...we moved about 2 weeks before the 400 mile Dalmac ride through Michigan. We were all bummed for him because he had worked so hard. He was quick to find fellow bikers at our new location, so Joel still rides when he can make time. You should see him in his biking outfit – very cute!

As some of you may know, we moved to the great state of Alabama at the end of the summer. It is somewhat of a homecoming for Joel after having lived here in Tuscaloosa as a child.

We had been in Lansing, Michigan since we left college 12 years ago, so this is the first time we’ve ever had to say goodbye to our church family and start our journey with a new church family. The moving process is never fun, but all went well. Despite the horrendous real estate market, God did what only He could have done – our home sold within one week without a realtor! Throughout the process, God has proven His faithfulness over and over again.

We’ve been blessed by the great folks at First Wesleyan Church in Tuscaloosa, who have been very welcoming. Our Faith Church family is now being led by Brandon & Jennifer Bruce, and we couldn’t be happier for them all. We know that while the process of leaving was difficult, the Lord has great plans for Faith & The Bruces.

We are really enjoying the yummy Southern cuisine – BBQ, ribs, catfish, sweet potatoes, pecan pie (and the list could go on and on). This has prompted another first….Joel and I have been jogging. Southern cuisine isn’t know for being low-fat (I really want to see Paula Deen’s cholesterol count)! So, we try to jog together a few evenings a week around the neighborhood. No marathons are in our future, but a couple of miles here and there give us some quality time together.

For the first time, Kate (now 10) and Seth (now 7) are giving basketball a try. They have their first game after the New Year, so they’re busy practicing. We are still homeschooling, and it’s still working well for us all. Kate is into listening to her iPod, emailing buddies, reading, and spending time with new friends. Seth still loves to draw, tell jokes and create things (new superheroes, video games, etc.). They both had their first visit with an orthodontist, and it looks like braces are in our future – yikes! They have transitioned very well since the move and have taken it all in stride. We are so proud of them and feel very blessed to have such great kids.

Joel and I will be celebrating our 13th anniversary in just a few weeks, and if it’s OK to brag, I will. I am a very blessed woman to be married to such a wonderful man. His words are sweet, his heart is mine, most of his jokes are funny, and his shiny bald head is so handsome! How blessed I am!

This concludes the Gorveatte Family update for 2007. Our hope for our family and yours in 2008 is that we have a better understanding of who Jesus is, have hearts more willing to serve, and have some great ‘firsts’ to share next year.