Dear Family and Friends,
We hope this letter finds you happy and thankful for all the blessings you have this Christmas season. We sure cannot believe another year has come and gone! It appears the “older” we get, the faster time goes.
We must first start out by saying our little bundle of joy is almost 4 years old! E. is becoming more and more independent as time goes on. He enjoys cars, trains, and tractors, Legos, K’nex, and Tinker Toys as well as running, jumping, and biking. E. also enjoys spending time up at the lake fishing, swimming, and collecting rocks and sticks. He also began swim lessons this summer and definitely continues to enjoy them. He keeps us all laughing with his sense of humor which he knows he has! He also enjoys being in the preschool room at his daycare and amazes us with the things he learns. Playing outside in the snow, chopping down our Christmas tree, visiting Santa Claus, and going sledding brings back many memories of our own childhood experiences this time of year. We are also happy to report E. has been seizure-free for almost 2 years! Thanks be to God!
E. did have two “firsts” this year. He took his first trip without mom and dad when he went down to Nebraska to spend an entire week with Chad’s mom. It was very hard for Amy to adjust, but after the first day, both of us really took advantage of the “olden” days and spent lots of time together, just the two of us. E. had a blast with Grams! He eats up all of the attention she gives him. He especially loved the fact that “mommy and daddy didn’t go with me.” Guess it’s a good thing, right? E.’s other first came when he broke his right wrist in October and had to have a cast for 3 weeks. Amy’s dad and E. were playing at a park when it happened. We are very thankful his body healed and his right-handedness has been restored without any complications.
Amy continues to teach 3rd grade. This is her 10th year teaching. Even though the profession has becoming quite demanding in recent years, she still enjoys working with kids and the connections she makes with her students and her coworkers. Amy is also enjoying studying Isaiah in Bible Study Fellowship on Monday nights, even though at times she is confused. It’s helpful her mom and cousin participate as well. She also continues to enjoy getting together with her many friends and their children as often as possible. And, of course, this summer she enjoyed spending time up at the lake with her family. It’s definitely a safe haven that is very much appreciated.
Chad continues to work in the Career Development Center at the University of St. Thomas. He’s getting excited as he’ll finally earn his Master of Science in Software Engineering this coming May with an emphasis in computer security. Since preschool he’s been in class all but two semesters, so he’s looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel. He also enjoys building with E. and, of course, checking out different train museums. He has developed a real sense of curiosity about the history of railroading in Eastern Nebraska and the Twin Cities. He has also enjoyed working out at St. Thomas’ new athletic center each day during lunch—a great stress reliever.
We look forward to hearing from you this Christmas season. May you remember, amidst the craziness of the season, the true meaning of this time of year… Jesus, the light of the world!
The Kluck Family