Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas Letter 2007

Dear Family & Friends

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We trust that you had a great year and that you have enjoyable moments to look back on and reminisce. Please join us as we do the same!

2007 started with a BANG and a CRACK!

January brought a BANG! I finally took my oath & became a US Citizen! All the time, money and effort paid off and it was a remarkable experience and a real honor! I even received my first Jury Duty Summons a few weeks later! They certainly don’t waste any time!! Once an official citizen, I was able to begin the process of petitioning for my parents to join us in Sunny California.

February brought a CRACK! Literally…Steve broke his ankle/joint in 3 places and had to have surgery. He now sets off airport security with all his hardware: 5 screws and 2 plates. He was a real trooper and made incredible progress from a wheel chair, to crutches, a cane and then just a boot. Praise the Lord it was his left foot, so he was still able to drive. He is fully healed and this winter season he’ll be snowboarding again!

March brought the completion of our Salt Water Tropical Fish Aquarium. This has been Steve’s on-going project for about 2 years or so. He built a very handsome tank stand, that was my serving table last Christmas, but now houses a 220 gallon tank, full of corals, angels, snails, tangs, star fish, clown fish (aka: Nemo) and even a baby Sting Ray!

April was full of parties, baby showers and weddings. And the longest day of my life! I attended an 8hr seminar so I could become a Notary Public for my company. I am happy to announce that it was successful.

In May, with prayers & baited breath, we submitted my folk’s petitions. Steve’s mom and I also had fun introducing Ruth to our (wacky) tradition of leaving at 4am & driving 4 hours to go to the annual Swedish Festival in Kingsburg! While us ladies drove 4 hrs, Steve and his dad sailed 6 hours to Catalina Island. They saw hundreds of dolphins in route and had a marvelous time.

June brought high temperatures as well as more weddings and birthdays, including celebrating my brother-in-law’s first American birthday!

The winds of change blew through July, especially as Steve said “good-bye” to rainbow flip-flops and T-shirts and “hello” to Corporate America: dress shirts and SHOES! He’s an IT Director for a worldwide optics company and has done very well for himself. Steve and I also had the honor of working at yet another Willing Workers Weekend at Forest Home Christian Camps. We had such a great time with the staff that we opened up our home (as well as his folks and the Garrod’s), to the whole staff for a weekend.

was hot! Steve went on vacation to the Four Seasons in Maui, with our friend Jim. Jim’s wife started law-school the week of the trip, which Jim won through work, so Steve got to enjoy Maui all over again! Both Steve and Jim deserved the break, away from Corporate America, closed toed shoes and dress shirts. The good news was August also brought the approval of my Mom’s petition! Praise the Lord!

September, Steve and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! We went away to our favorite quiet spot along the California coast - ‘Where the Pines meet the Sea.” We had a wonderful time in Cambria and can’t wait to return.

October was enjoyable since I was able to take a week off work to just be. We also were able to celebrate my sister’s b-day, which was the first time together in eleven years! The BEST news of October was that after a few delays, my dad’s Petition was approved!

November, we enjoyed Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family, and Steve ended the month with a business trip to chilly Boston.

December we have a cluster of birthdays coming up, including my dad’s, our niece Becca, Steve’s & our four-legged baby who turns 2!! It seems like just yesterday our toes were being bitten off and our furniture chewed! (By the dog -not Steve!)
Between Progressive Dinners, Christmas Concerts and Family get-together’s, December will be busy!

All in all, this has been a wonderful year. We have been so blessed to enjoy so many “firsts” with my sister and her family, as well as anticipate the arrival of my folks! We enjoy fellowshipping together with family at Coast Hills Community Church and we look forward to another year of “firsts” and fun memories in the making! Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with us!

All our Love and God Bless

Steve, Shaz & Domino Hughes

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called: Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, the PRINCE OF PEACE!
Isaiah 9:6


Blogger melissa said...

You had a busy year. Let's hope 2008 is full of good surprises, unexpected blessings, and no injuries.

God bless you & Steve (& Domino too)

6:26 PM  

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