Saturday, January 2, 2010

2009 in Photos, Part 1 - Family

Happy New Year, friends!

As I begin 2010, I thought I'd take a minute (or a few blog posts...) to remember 2009 - in photos, that is. So, I thought I would start with the fam. I love my family! Here are some of our 2009 family highlights:

**Pam and Jeremy (my sister and brother-in-law) moved from Nashville, TN to Fargo, ND in May. It is sad that they are so far away, but exciting to know that they are following God's plan for them and impacting the lives of people up there in the bitter-cold North. We spent some time with them before they moved:

with Pam in Nashville

with the fam at Hanna Park

And then we spent some more time with them up in North Dakota (before it became a snow zone):

But, now the green is gone and the white has come:

Pam and Jeremy (not actually in Fargo, though...)

**Dad decided to retire from Prudential Financial in order to be free to devote more time to Christ's Starfish Foundation (the foundation that he started a few years ago) and the radio show.

Dad and I at Thanksgiving

**Speaking of the radio show, the first broadcast of Journeys with Christ also happened this year, starring yours truly as its first guest. Journeys with Christ is a radio broadcast where my dad interviews people in the community about how the Lord is at work in their lives. You can listen every Saturday morning online at 930am here. You can also check out the archives here.

**Carla continued her life as a middle school drama and journalism teacher in Jacksonville. She supplied me with many funny stories along the way. (Student: "Ms. Lahey! Did you know they had beaches in the 1920's!?! Carla: "You mean like sand and water? Yes, hunny - sand and water have been around for quite a while now.") She also continued her career as a community theater star by acting in a couple of local productions. I wish that I had a picture to share with you of that, but alas, I don't. Here are some others, though:

**Mom continued to slave away at the post office all year. She also sacrificed her house for the sake of sick children for the better part of December. With the help of lots of volunteer gift donors, Christ's Starfish Foundation supplied thousands of gifts to the children in Jacksonville and Gainesville who were in the hospital on Christmas day. Those thousands of gifts were collected and sorted in my parents' house. Sadly, I don't have any pictures of that to show you either, but you should be able to find some on the website soon.

Carla, Mom and I on Thanksgiving

**I made the decision that I will be moving to Peru in 2010 to serve with Word Made Flesh in Lima full-time. In light of Pam and Jeremy being up North and my impending move overseas, we tried to enjoy lots of time together during the holidays this year.

Pam and Jeremy weren't able to come home for Thanksgiving.
We still made space for them in the photo, though...

Pam made it home to celebrate her birthday and Christmas in Florida. We spent some time visiting the Grandpas and extended fam:

I do love my family!! Looking forward to more fun family time together in 2010! (Maybe there will even be some additions to the family! I am thinking of the baby variety (no pressure), but Carla and I would be more than happy to add some husbands should God decide to send them our way...)

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