Dear Family and Friends,
As each Christmas approaches, we find ourselves thinking, Wow. The end of another year . . . already? I guess the cliché is true: time really does fly when you’re having fun. Of course, not every aspect of life is as enjoyable as others, but each plays its part in God’s design for us.
Laura (12) and Julia (9) stayed busy with church events, homeschool challenges, piano lessons on Tuesdays, and horse-riding lessons on Wednesdays. Both girls found their biggest challenge to be mathematics. Laura is tackling the more complicated concepts of seventh-grade math (we are very thankful for BJU Press math DVDs), while Julia is currently immersed in geometry. Horseback riding continues to be their favorite activity, with piano as a close second. We are excited to see the girls excel on a musical instrument they can use throughout life to glorify God and minister to others. One musical highlight, in addition to two recitals, was Kim and Laura’s piano duet in church.
Kim stayed busy serving as virtual assistant for Shalom Ministries (Brooklyn, New York) by answering the phone, completing computer tasks, and coordinating Holy Land trips. Homemaking and homeschooling consume the rest of her time. Adam edited thirty-two books for the self-publishing division of Amazon.com. Of all seven years he has worked from home, 2013 broke the record in income. We are very grateful to God for providing this opportunity and meeting our needs.
Adam released his second Christian suspense novel, The Tenth Plague (Kirkdale Press), as an e-book on January 31. He hopes to finish the first draft of a third novel in 2014. The Lord willing, The Triumph of His Grace, a memoir by Carol Trahan, which he cowrote, will be released sometime in 2014. For publishing updates, be sure to visit his website here.
This year’s big vacation adventure was an Amtrak trip (via sleeper car) to southwest Colorado with Mom and Dad Melzer, with stops at Mesa Verde, Black Canyon, and charming mining towns like Ouray and Silverton. We saw more waterfalls and mountain ranges than we could possibly capture in photographs.
November 2 marked seventeen years of marriage, and we enjoyed Thanksgiving with Mom and Dad Melzer in Milwaukee (Mom Melzer is recovering nicely after double knee replacement surgery). This year, for the first time in our marriage, we will enjoy the Christmas holiday at home, along with Mom Blumer.
May you enjoy a Christ-centered Christmas and a happy New Year!
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