Hayden, Madison and Logan

Hayden, Madison and Logan

I love Christmas and always appreciate receiving cards and letters at this time of the year with updates from friends and family regarding the year that’s just passed.

2013 has been another big year in our household, with the kids growing quickly and our business launching on a full-time basis, so here’s our own family update.

Our oldest son Hayden turned 8 in March and is a little man now.  He had another great year at school, where he’s made some fantastic friends.  He is a ball of energy, unable to sit still or quiet for very long and he’s been kept busy by a variety of activities this year.  He’s continued his soccer and has developed into a handy little player, with his athleticism and killer left foot giving him an advantage over many of his opponents.  His fitness and speed enables him to run from penalty box to penalty box at high velocity for the entire match and his highlight was kicking 9 goals in one game which was an extraordinary achievement.  He had his last year in Auskick (Australian rules football skills training), with the highlight of the year was playing on the hallowed turf of the MCG at half-time of an AFL match.  He also joined a couple of basketball teams this year and has thrived on the court.  He’s quite tall for his age and is very fast, so he’s off to a good start, regularly scoring and rebounding in double figures.  Add in swimming, cello and piano lessons throughout the year and you can see that he’s been kept very busy.  Much to my delight, he has also recently taken up Warhammer 40K, enabling me to dust of the old paintbrushes.

Madison turned 6 in November and has been kept busy with ballet and gymnastics.  Unlike her father, Madison is a natural dancer and she loves performing.  Her two concerts were very cute and she has shone on the big stage.  As a gymnast, she also has a natural talent and has caught the coach’s eye.  She loves gymnastics and practices her cartwheels throughout the house.  She starts school next year and can’t wait to join her friends at Hillcrest.  Her natural inquisitiveness will hold her in good stead as her formal education begins.

Logan also turned 6 in November and he continues to charm us with his smile and wit.  He started Auskick this year, although he wasn’t too sure about it, but the highlight for him was starting gymnastics with Madison.  He started slowly, but is gaining more confidence with his body and has developed into a strong little unit.  He amazed all of the coaches with his 113 sit ups in an assessment late in the year and has gone from strength to strength since.  Logan also filled in a couple of times with Hayden’s soccer and basketball teams.  To see him running his heart out to little effect was very cute as he tried to compete against boys that are much older than him.  He provided great entertainment to all of the parents as he hustled and bustled about with minimal impact.  Logan and Madison are in the same class next year and he is looking forward to learning more about maths (although I suspect that the reading and writing will be a challenge).

Each of our kids are a delight to be around.  They are well-behaved (most of the time), love God and barrack for Richmond.  What more can a dad ask for?

Karen, in her words, has had the best year ever.  She loves being able to be involved in the kid’s lives at school and still have the time to work in our business.  She’s kept herself very busy in the latter part of the year with a couple of projects to transform half of our garage into a home office and complete the landscaping of our backyard (which is still being done).  Next year will be different, with Madison and Logan starting school, giving her more time in the business and other activities.

For me, 2013 has been an unbelievable year. We have completed the first year of running our resume writing and career coaching business full-time and it has been a great adventure so far.  The first half of the year was a challenge as we left no stone unturned in our efforts to meet our budget, but since July, we have been very busy which has been very exciting.  To be able to make a living doing something that I love, whilst making a positive difference in people’s lives is an enormous privilege and I feel very blessed to be able to do what I do.  The feedback that we have received from our clients has been very encouraging and I strongly believe that God has blessed us with this opportunity.

We are looking forward to a couple of quiet weeks with the kids before we open for business again in early January.  Christmas is our favourite time of year as we spend time with loved ones, eat too much food and celebrate the birth of Jesus together.

Thanks everyone for your support this year.  Your prayers, comments and encouragement is much appreciated and I value every one of you!

From my family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and pray that 2014 is even better than this year.

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