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hat an eventful year it has been for our family! The kids are growing up so fast and one’s
W even flown the coop! I’ll let each of them report in, but will start off with what I’ve
been up to… Our church adopted an orphanage in Guatemala last year and I had the opportunity to participate in a mission trip there in February. Part of my job was helping install a water purification system for the orphanage and fixing all the toilets. The kids were precious and it was such a blessing to help them out. We are planning several more trips in 2008 to work on other projects at the orphanage. The trip to Guatemala caused me to reflect on what really matters most to me, and I came to the conclusion that the next 20-30 years (if I live that long) would be better spent working on projects that have a longer lasting impact on the lives of people. As a result, I left SAP on June 1 with a plan to either begin development of a nonprofit or to work with an already established organization in the fall. We were scheduled to go on a family vacation to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons in August, but I had a little health scare at the end of July, which caused us to change our plans. A blood clot in my right coronary artery formed near a plaque buildup. The cardiologist decided to place two stents in the artery and put me on Lipitor to make sure the blood continues to flow. I feel great now and have started going to the gym with Dan several times a week. If you haven’t had your cholesterol checked in a while, I encourage you to do so!
Seth moved off to college this fall at the University of Oklahoma. We spent parent’s weekend
up in Norman at the football game in October. He’s grown up in to quite a fine young man. We also took the whole family to New York City this year for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was a wonderful trip and was capped off by dinner at Tavern on the Green Thanksgiving evening, followed by tickets to Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. We had a fabulous time. You can see some photos of the year’s events and more details at the website http://www.thecarltons.us. – Will
I’ve had a rather interesting run this year. Starting back in December 06, I started feeling kind
of bad, like I had a cold. Nothing to worry about, right? That’s what I thought at least. So I never really changed anything I did, and when it came to a New York hockey tournament in early January, I was more than ready to go. As I continued to skate, I started feeling worse and worse, like I had the flu. So in February I decided to go to the doctor and check everything out. It turned out I had the flu and strep throat. After I was clear of that I kept getting sicker, but no one could figure out what was up. My pediatrician finally sent me to see a neurologist, who told me I was very dehydrated and I most likely had contracted encephalitis. In March I ended up in the hospital for a little less than a week, and ever since then I’ve been getting better. I still see the neurologist, but hopefully will “graduate” from there this next spring. I began to play football at school this fall and in November I was able to join another hockey team. I am enjoying getting to play the game again! -- Dan (Mom’s note: Dan turned 14 in November, and is in the 8th grade.)
This year has been filled to the brim with activities. It began with receiving my driving permit,
and thus beginning the 10-month countdown until I got my license. Around March, my 9-year-old horse, Tucker, finally came home from the stable where he was boarded to stay. When we realized that he hated to be alone, we began to look for a companion. After many failed attempts, we found the perfect gelding- a 2-year-old bay quarter horse that we lovingly call Remmy. I turned 16 on October 5 and not only got my license but also was given a VW silver Jetta (which I adore
☺). In celebration of my birthday, 20 of my friends came over in their outrageously un-matched, out of
style, too small clothes and we spent hours dancing to a live band. My dad was able to get Brave Combo, a polka/up beat folksy band that I have been a fan of since the age of 7, to come play. I couldn’t believe it! We had the best time dancing, laughing, and eating cake. This year has made me realize how stupendously blessed I truly am. I have an incredible group of friends and the most amazing family anybody could imagine. -- Kate
Well this past year has been another year of great change for my family and me. After finally
graduating from high school, I spent most of my summer working, hanging out with friends, and going on a few church trips. Toward the end of the summer, my family was planning to go to Yellowstone. That was when my dad had his heart attack. We spent most of the time praying while he was having the stent procedure, and thankfully, his recovery went smoothly and quickly. Since we could no longer go on the trip to Yellowstone, we took a road trip to South Texas, which was a blast. I would not recommend rafting down the Rio Grande for a white-water challenge, though it was still relaxing and a lot of fun.
I am studying Architectural Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. My opportunities there
have been tremendous, and I’ve met many new friends and other interesting people. As far as architecture goes, it’s been extremely challenging and time-consuming, but I love it. Several of the projects and models I did were kept by my professors to show the national Architecture Accreditation Board. Also, I got to attend a lecture by the world-renown architect Andrew Predock. Going to college has been so much fun and challenging, but I’ve also made time to come back home to see my family and my girlfriend Destin. Over thanksgiving break my family went to New York City to visit the city and to see the Oklahoma marching band play in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Although the Broadway shows were not playing, we still got to see the Rockettes perform, go to Tavern on the Green, and tour much of the city. Although this past year has been crazy yet amazing, I’m looking forward to these upcoming semesters and years even more. – Seth
After the events of this past Spring I was in need of a little time to recharge, so I did some research
and discovered a hiking vacation in the Green Mountains of Vermont that seemed to have a perfect balance of physical challenge and personal pampering. For 11 days I met people from all over (this country to Russia) who joined together to hike the woods of the Green Mountains and enjoy the beauty of creation and the comfort of a nice hotel! People and their stories have always fascinated me -- what a gift that vacation was as I rested my soul, strengthened my body on those mountain hikes, and met some truly interesting people. It's amazing how God prepares us and orchestrates timelines in the midst of life experiences. Six days after my return and five days prior to our Yellowstone trip, Will suffered his heart attack.
This year has been filled with life changing experiences for our family. Each experience affected us
individually and as a unit. That’s the thing about families – we go through it together while individually learning from it, but come out of it as a stronger unit. I’m so grateful our family has grown stronger this year. I hope you enjoyed hearing from each of us in our own voice. You can tell why we are so very proud of our children. Experiencing this year and hopefully learning its lessons has been a gift for me. Perhaps the greatest lesson has been the never failing provision of God and His perfect sense of timing. Never were we so burdened that we despaired. There were always glorious celebrations following trials. Throughout 2007, from Dan's mysterious illness to this Christmas season, I've felt the provision of God, the love of family and friends, and known the abundance of life. Abundance is found not in the absence of pain, but in God's provision through it. Provision that is always amazing, always loving, always more than enough, and always given unconditionally. I pray as we all gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus that we know His provision in our lives and know His abundance in celebration and in pain. I'm grateful for your friendship and the cherished gift it has always been. – Carol
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