Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Newsletter 2009

Dear Family & Friends,

We have had a year filled with lots of blessings for our family! The Lord has been mindful of us in both times of feast and famine. Our testimonies of the Lord Jesus Christ have been strengthened and we have sought the Lord more in thanksgiving. Our family has grown by leaps and bounds this year. We started off the year with the birth of our little baby on February 22nd. We've also been blessed with two new nephews, a niece and a sister-in-law. Katie was baptized in May along with the baby’s blessing, it was a very eventful time for our family. We had the privilege of having all of our siblings attend this special event for our children. We are so grateful for our family both near and far. Both of Mrs. A's sisters and their families moved back down to southern Utah this summer. We've been able to get together often with all of her family which is wonderful! We aren't able to see Mr. A's family very much but enjoy the opportunities when they arise.

When school started in the fall so did many other opportunities for our family. Katie was able to start piano lessons with a lady just down the road from us, Mr. A found many opportunities for extra money and he joined a local choral group called Lieto Voices which is conducted by a fellow teacher from PV. The bishopric continues to keep Mr. A busy on Sundays and Tuesday nights. He has really enjoyed the opportunity to serve in this capacity. Mr. A is in his fifth year of teaching at PV and loves it! He is a natural!

Mrs. A is busy at home with the kids. She enjoys being a mother to all five of her children, cooking, baking, reading, taking pictures of the kids, crafts and decorating our home. She is a very hard worker and keeps us well taken care of. We hope to have more success in gardening this year as this past year we were a bit occupied with a new baby and various other projects. If you have any tips we would love to hear them. Mrs. A is busy with her church callings; she is over the Activity Days 8-9 year old girls and our Cub Scouts committee chair.

Katie is 8 years old and in 3rd grade. She enjoys piano, reading, playing, creating, and drawing. Katie is our little princess! She was baptized this past spring and her testimony has grown so much this year. We are really proud of the good choices that she has made. She recently donated her long hair to Locks of Love so that children with cancer might be blessed by her generosity!

Tater is 6 years old and in 1st grade! He really has enjoyed learning how to read, hang out with friends and the many other opportunities that school presents for him. He likes to play with friends, ride his bike, wrestle, draw and just be a kid! He really loves school and always tells us about how hard he works at school!

Rexy is 4 years old and has really grown up this past year! He is much more responsible and is always doing little tasks here and there without being asked so he can be more like Jesus. He participates in a neighborhood preschool that he loves! He is so excited to get older and cannot wait to start kindergarten next August. Rex always makes sure that everyone is included and loves being a big and little brother. He loves to wrestle, play with dinosaurs, cause all kinds of trouble and draw pictures.

Jack-jack is not a baby anymore! He will be turning 3 years old at the end of next month. He is as advanced as possible for an almost 3 year old. Jack-Jack is quite friendly and has a silly sense of humor! He is already potty trained both day and night as a little Halloween candy helped us along the way. He is able to do just about anything he sets his mind to. He loves to roughhouse, play with his brothers, climb the walls, watch movies and meet new people.

Bubba is 10 months old. He is such a sweet little man, full of love for everyone! He has brought so much joy to our family. He is crawling all over the place, climbing and getting into everything. We are so thankful for him. He has his dad wrapped around his little finger and knows it!

Our family has been so blessed this past year; we definitely see the Lord's hand in our lives. We know that He is aware of us and answers our prayers. Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate our Savior’s birth. He has blessed our lives with His grace! Always keep the spirit of Christmas in your hearts. Remember the reason for the season! We keep our lives pretty busy but if you want to know what is going on with us check out our blog at alveybunch.blogspot.com

We send you warm holiday wishes,
The Alveybunch Family


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