We thought it would be simpler to write and share our Christmas letter on our blog this year. If you're reading this, we're glad you've found it, and invite you to read past posts of our adventures over the year, and hope you check back for future life updates!
This is a summary of what we've been up to. If you're looking for more detail, click on the blue hyper links provided.
Again, we've had a busy yet exciting year together!
Tom has continued to work on and ride his motorcycle, and I've enjoyed a few sunny day rides with him as well. Tom is also working teaching himself how to program in an attempt to create some simple programs for the Android operating system. Tom's spare time has also been spent reading books, including titles from the work of R.A. Heinlein, A.C. Clark, C.S. Lewis, and O.S. Card.
I've worked on several fun arty projects, including turning a pink wall blue, completely changing our dining room table and chairs, along with many sewing, crochet, knitting, and stamping adventures. You can see most of these over at That Luce Girl's Art. Cherry and apple canning were new activities for me this year, as is soap making for both Tom and I (We have yet to be successful in this endeavor!).
In the late winter and early spring we played frisbee golf at a field in Redmond a few times. This was exciting because the field had several feet of standing water in it at times! In March we were able to attend a pastor/church leadership conference for a few days. We gleaned lots of information to implement in our life with those around us, and in both of our relationships with Jesus.
In April we formally began the process of embryo adoption through Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park. We currently have custody and are parents of 6 frozen embryos in Seattle! We're looking forward to the implantation of 2 of them in 2010. Instead of explaining embryo adoption here, let me refer you to a couple of our earlier blog entries with many details: Part 1 & Part 2.
We've also had several fun trips this year! In June we spent 8 days in Maine, Nova Scotia, and on Prince Edward Island. We explored Halifax, Peggy's Cove, and the area the Anne of Green Gables stories were written in and modeled after. It was so much fun to see the beautiful red sand, climb up into a lighthouse beacon tower, and stay in cute historic buildings! We spent our 4th anniversary on Whidbey Island, ending the trip with a crab-catching excursion with my family. Tom has been sent to Virginia 3 times this year on work trips, 2 of which I've been able to travel with him. While he worked I was able to explore a little, and together we saw a Frank Lloyd Wright home and several historic places in the area.
In October we made a weather-daring Jeep trip to Gallagher Head Lake (near Salmon le Sac) with Tom's brother, Dave, and his girlfriend, Becky. It was beautiful, but so very cold! (Check out the link for some of my favorite pictures from the whole year!)
We have continued to try to serve at our church as opportunities arise. We still love hosting and leading a small community group in our home each week. Hearing about other's lives, praying for one another and the church, serving the community around us, and sharing what we've been learning as we try to honor and reflect Jesus is such a blessing!
We're looking forward to Kelly's, my sister, marriage to Alex in the spring, celebrating our 5th anniversary, and spending even more time with friends in 2010! We hope each of you has had a good year, and would love to hear about it sometime soon!
Tom & Stacy Luce