It's been a wonderful year. Hard to believe all that has happened in 2009...
The biggest event was, of course, moving back "home" to Kansas after spending the first 3.5 years of our marriage in St. Louis, MO. It was incredibly sad and difficult to leave all our friends and church family in St. Louis. Our small group there ("The Sharks") is definitely irreplaceable. Probably a once-in-a-lifetime kind of family that we still miss every single Sunday night; but that I know we will keep in touch with and have lifelong friendships with those friends we made in St. Louis.
So, Eli is now at Johnson County Med-Act where he actually did his paramedic training. And I, after my second full year in real estate, found myself working at the company my grandma and grandpa started in 1973 - Crown Realty. Guess we really have come full circle now.
We've had lots of adventures - camping in Branson, Silver Dollar City season tickets (that we didn't use nearly often enough!), SCUBA diving in Bonaire, and many, many trips between St. Louis and K.C. on I-70 - especially in June-September when Eli and I were often on opposite sides of the state (definitely the roughest year of our marriage with all the time apart AND adjusting to Eli's new 24-hour schedule).
2009 was also a year of weddings! Congratulations to the many couples we love and celebrate with (in order, roughly): Cory & Maggie, Darren & Stacey, Mike & B, Keith & Kendra, Micah & Christy, Tim & Jessica AND OF COURSE Mom & Steve who are living a real life fairy tale... and are something of local celebrities... really, check it out.
Spiritually, God taught me (and is still teaching me) that even if I *NEVER* thought I could do something (i.e. Junior High Ministry - hypothetically speaking) that it's really not that bad when you are relying on HIM, and that wherever I go and whatever I do, He will be there, in spite of myself.
I know I have a lot more to learn and grow in in 2010, and it's bound to be another fun year. I'm looking forward to more adventures for sure! 2010, here we come!