Madison, Hayden and Logan with their school sports awards

It’s that time of year again when we send and receive Christmas cards with updates from friends and family.  I have a few family members who write lovely letters with the details of their year and so here is the annual message from our family.

2017 has been a terrific year.  Richmond won the AFL premiership, the kids continue to grow and develop and we have lots of lovely memories to reflect on.

Our oldest son, Hayden, turned 12 in March and he continues to grow into a fantastic young man.  He is already taller than Karen and is fast catching up to me.  He has had another successful year with his sporting endeavours, with the highlights being another premiership with his football team, making to the state level of cross country and being recognised for a sports award for his year level at school.  He loves school and will be going to high school next year.  Where did those years go?

Madison turned 10 in November and is a little cocker spaniel, with her boundless energy and short attention span.  She started playing netball this year and absolutely loves it.  She also did very well with her athletics and made it through to the regional level for cross country, whilst winning three gold medals at the State Christian Schools Carnival for triple jump, 1,500 metres and 4×100 metres relay.  She also started back at gymnastics (for the third time) and is enjoying the challenge.  She had a great year at school and really thrived.

Logan turned 10 in November as well (of course) and he had a great year as well.  He isn’t as competitive as his siblings, but still managed to represent the school at athletics throughout the year, specialising in high jump and triple jump.  He has also continued to play basketball, although I suspect that he would be just as happy playing on the computer.  Our bear is a sensitive soul, with a passion for the underprivileged and his prayers are always beautiful and heartfelt.

They all continue to play the piano and have continued to improve.  Each of our kids had brilliant teachers this year and are looking forward to 2018.

Karen has had a good year at work.  She works in a local Christian school and is now able to pick the kids up from school which is nice.  She delights in watching the kids doing their thing and is an incredibly supportive mum and wife.  She also managing to convince me (with help from the kids) to buy another golden retriever, so now we have Winston and Dusty shedding hair, stealing socks and chewing anything that he can fit into his mouth.  She is hoping that they give us puppies in the future to make up for everything that he has destroyed.  I’m not so confident.

For myself, it has been a great year.  It’s been very busy and I’ve had a few annoying health issues, but I’m excited about the future.  Trying to juggle a full-time business, being on the board of the kids’ school, church, sporting activities almost every day, managing Hayden’s football team and trying to find the time to write this blog certainly keeps me out of mischief and I am looking forward to having a couple of weeks off over Christmas.

As a family, we love Christmas and can’t wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus together with the extended family.  I hope that you have a fantastic Christmas and festive season and thanks for your support and encouragement throughout the year.