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    Our Christmas Break

    We had a wonderful Christmas break!

    We especially had a lot of fun playing with our nephew Ethan. He’s about 15 months old now, babbles away in his own language, and loves running and kicking a ball. He reaches for everything and likes to look through his board books. Such a cutie!

     

    David feeding Ethan a bagel

     

    Ethan reaching

     

    Leah Reading to Ethan

     

    Christmas Eve was the annual Benedict caroling and fondue party:

     

    Fondue meat

     

    Fonduing

     

    Our families live less than a hour apart, and we were able to see them both on Christmas Day. (This was the last year for that, though! My mom is retiring and heading south as soon as she can!)

     

    Family Christmas photo

     

    We spent Near Years Eve with our dear friends and their sweet little one. (David was annoyed though – everyone fell asleep before midnight. He had to wake us up to watch the ball drop!)

     

    New Years Eve

     

    We also spend some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa. We love them so much!

     

    Family Christmas photo

     

    We even got in one of Sam’s basketball games:

     

    Sam basketball

     

    It was so great to catch up with family and friends. We were also glad to visit with our church family. And we attended the wedding of one of our friends!

    We made it out of Michigan just before the polar vortex. And even though our travels didn’t go completely as planned, we made it back safely and for the most part on time. There was a short week of school last week and we’re slowly getting back into sleep patterns and a routine. As much as we love our time at home in Michigan, it also feels good to be back home in Turkey!

     

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    Happy 89th Birthday, Gramps!

    Happy birthday, Grandpa! David’s grandpa turns 89 today! He is amazing. Not everyone starts a business at age 60 and semi-retires in their late 80’s. Grandpa still loves to work on the farm and he’s sharp as a tack with a great sense of humor. We love you, Gramps!

     

    Grandpa

     

    Grandpa on the Gator

     

    We just got back from a week long vacation. Our school was off because of the Kurban Bayramı holiday and we traveled to Ireland with two of our friends. More to come on that soon!

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    Happy Birthday, Ethan!

    Happy FIRST birthday to one of the sweetest, smiley-est nephews around. We wish we could be there to celebrate with you! We love you, Ethan!

     

    Ethan, our nephew

     

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    Our Nephew Ethan

    We’ve loved, loved meeting our two nephews this summer. Ethan was born in October. He’s a sweet little man with a whole lot of personality. He’s very friendly and loves to grab everything in sight and test them out in his mouth.

     

    John and Ethan

     

    My mom adores babies. It’s fun to watch her with Ethan.

     

    Ethan on the porch

     

    Ethan

     

    He was pretty tuckered out after playing:

     

    Mom feeding Ethan

     

    Such a cutie!

     

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    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Happy Mother’s Day to two of the world’s best mothers and mothers-in-law!

    We are thankful for the wonderful, godly examples you’ve set for us. Thank you for all you have done and for all that you do! We can’t wait to see you next month.

    We love you!!!

     

    David and Mom

     

    Leah and Mom

     

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    Happy Graduation Day, Daniel!

    Dear Daniel,

    Happy graduation day! We wish we could be at Liberty with you and the family to celebrate. We watched the commencement ceremony online!

    We’re so glad you had your internship in Turkey. We had a lot of fun traveling with you!

     

    Daniel overlooking Ankara

     

    Also, congratulations on your new job! We can’t wait to see what else God has in store for you.

     

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