It's (past) time for our annual januflection! 2012 was a huge year for our family and 2013 is shaping up to be just as big.
Highlights from 2012
Maybe the most obvious thing to mention is the successful defense of my dissertation
. Is that a big deal? We'd been working toward that goal for the past 17 years--so yes, that's a big deal. But now there are other things that seem just as exciting.
The kids finished their first full year of school in Slovakia and they both did great! They adjusted to the school system, they made friends, and even their grades were excellent. Elisabeth also has gotten the chance to work on a radio program
to help kids learn English. We've also become great friends with the parents of Elisabeth's best friend in Slovakia. That relationship started with a school project
just about one year ago.
Jana has struggled with getting a Music Together program going but that has turned out to be OK since she's excited about teaching musicals at Narnia
Elementary School. She declared this semester to be her last attempt at getting the program going and sure enough, she has a good sized group
of families that seem to love the program.
For us the biggest highlight of the year is the opportunity to be involved in the ministry of our local church. It's exciting to be involved in a healthy ministry that God is blessing with all kinds of growth. We've seen that here in Banská Bystrica, especially through Narnia
but also through the campus group
Todd has been involved in.
Oh, and of course, we got a dog