If you're a normal reader you already know all of this, and even if you're an abnormal reader, I'm sure this will be familiar, but I want to share anyway. Is that a crime? Here's the Christmas letter being sent out by the House of Curtis, complete with pictures.
I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with bated breath for the annual CURTIS FAMILY NEWSLETTER! Rest assured, it has arrived. Not much has happened this year, but somehow we’ve managed to stay busy. I’ve read about a million books and Steven has played about a billion video games. Steven preaches the sermons that bring the house down. I struggle to retain my sanity working with the crazies. Same old, same old.
In June, Steve and I played hosts to a certain paper kid named Flat Stanley. Our nephew, Nick had to send Stanley to a relative far away for an adventure (for a school project) and he picked us! It was quite a unique way to get to know our city a little better. He got to taste real Memphis barbecue. He even got to go to a Stanley Cup playoff game! Get it? “Stanley” cup!? Ah, never mind.
In July our church had Vacation Bible School. Though a teensy church, we had 30 kids show up! Thank God that these kids were able to come and learn about our Lord. I was the harried and frazzled director and Steven led the singing (and the motions) and I think he had as much fun as the kids did. The church really came through and worked hard to pull it off. If you’ve ever worked at a VBS before, you know how much goes into it. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s also incredibly rewarding.
After VBS, Steve and I needed a little break. We headed to Atlanta for some much-needed rest. We spent the next week running like chickens and seeing the sights. That is, every sight. Nothing escaped our scrutiny. We camped, we ate, we rode giant escalators (that would be at the CNN building-an eight-story, freestanding escalator that’s more than a little scary). What more could you want? We were a little smarter this year than last. When we went to Missouri, it was almost unbearably hot so this trip, we were sure to bring along our box fan. We roughed it with our fan, laptop and cell phone in the tent. Yup, real outdoorsy. Well, it was fun.
This year, our family was blessed with a new niece and nephew! Jonathan Philip was born to Philip and Jen this August and we’re looking forward to meeting him very soon. Also, Chris and Amanda had a little girl, London. Steven was able to meet her this summer, but work kept me away. We’re so excited to see all the nieces and nephews. And the parents. And the siblings. Well, we just miss Michigan altogether, how about that?
This December, we celebrated our eighth anniversary. Eight years?! Seems like seven. Really, the time has flown and we are as much in love now as we were on our wedding day. (Awwwwww.) Here’s to 200 more years.
We hope you will pray for us as we press toward the goal. Right now the ultimate goal is GRADUATION!
Peace to you,
Steven and Sarah Curtis