Merry Christmas from the Welles! In case we haven’t had the chance to catch up in person, or in case you just weren’t listening, here’s the lowdown on what the year brought for our family.
2013 was the year when our children Oliver and Alice officially became best friends. They’re inseparable these days. Oliver is always trying to goad Alice into some new game and Alice can usually found chattering away two steps behind her brother. It’s really cute, when it doesn’t end in tearful recriminations. Oliver (4) remains a sweet, sensitive boy who sometimes gets a little too hyper when he’s around his friends (like his dad in high school) and Alice (2) is a talkative, playful girl who experiences emotions like a roller coaster ride (like, uh…nobody else in our family). Being parents has been an amazing blessing for Bridgette and I. In fact, we’ve enjoyed our two kids so much that we went ahead and got pregnant again. Bridgette is now out of the first trimester, and we’ll soon be finding out whether we’ll be having a boy or a girl. Exciting times!
Bridgette has enjoyed her year being at home caring for and training our two kids. She had a rough couple months when she first became pregnant, but we’re thankfully through that. It’s amazing for me to come home after work and see how Oliver and Alice have been learning their letters and numbers, or the artsy-craftsy stuff they worked on that day. She’s a terrific mom and she’s blessed to have a network of friends from church at a similar spot in their lives.
This year I worked harder than I ever had at a job, now in my second year as a high school administrator at the International School of Minnesota. The challenges at my job are sometimes logistical ones like building a master schedule that can work for an entire upper school, but more often they have to do with digging down to find new ways to encourage and support a kid who’s struggling to do well. I still continue to teach a philosophy class, because I enjoy the classroom experience. In the same fashion, I continue to eat at Wendy’s when Bridgette is gone. We should never let go of the things we love.
Bridgette and I continue to be blessed by so many other things in life. We’re deeply invested in our church community and find honest friendships and meaning there. Our kids delight in visiting their grandparents, aunts, and uncles (Oliver keeps strange, careful track of which family members are silly and which aren’t). We’re currently three seasons into Mad Men (don’t spoil anything for us!). We go to Pizza Ranch sometimes and enjoy it. Life is full of these major and minor blessings, and we’re thankful to God for it.
So, the abject failure of professional Minnesota sports teams aside, 2013 has been a happy year. We wish all of you similar blessings, be they large or small, challenging or comforting, plain or hidden.