Merry Christmas! With 2013 drawing to a close, we thought you might like to hear what we have been up to over the past twelve months…
Mike started the year by launching a new website where he writes about technology and education. He also began a graduate program at the University of St. Thomas. If all goes as planned, he will graduate in 2015 with an Ed.S. degree. The current school year marks his eleventh year in Catholic education and his third year as a principal. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter project, Mike self-published a book about a train trip around the country that he took in 2004. It’s a travelogue and photo collection which is available as an iBook. Mike is looking forward to speaking (about technology, of course) at the National Catholic Educational Association’s annual conference in Pittsburgh in April.
It has been an exciting year for Hallie. She started a business in March, which provides in-home customized support and services to new mothers and their families after the birth of a baby. In August, she decided to pursue certification as a postpartum doula, which means she is trained and educated to assist with non-medical support and companionship, postpartum adjustment, newborn care, feeding, and development, and the promotion of parent-infant bonding. Postpartum doulas offer evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth and other issues related to the postpartum period, and can make referrals if necessary. Hallie is currently completing her certification process, which has meant a lot of reading, two classes, paper-writing, and experiences with families. It’s been a busy but fun few months!
Genevieve is now two years and seven months old. She has a rapidly growing vocabulary and amazes us every day with the new words that she is learning. She is a sweet girl who loves babies. She can often be found with her baby doll or, lately, the small wooden baby Jesus from her Nativity scene. She enjoys pretending to cook and clean, and often walks around with a purse telling us that she is either shopping or going to work.
Little Mari Bea isn’t so little anymore. Now 15 months old, she toddles around and gets into everything. She is the smiliest little girl you’ve ever seen, even after taking one of her many falls in which she bonks her head on the floor or a wall. She is a happy girl and enjoys snuggling with mom or dad, as long as we let her go when it’s time to continue exploring. Mari has learned how to push her sister’s buttons (as you may have seen in this video), but they genuinely enjoy being together and can often be heard giggling together in their playroom.
It has been a full and wonderful year for us. We’ve had lots of time with our families and friends, and are enjoying our second year in our “new” house. We are thankful for the blessings of 2013, and are looking forward to 2014 and all the good things sure to come. May God bless you and all you love!
Peace and Joy,
Mike, Hallie, Genevieve, and Mari
PS – We try to stay somewhat anonymous on this blog, but if you want more information about Hallie’s business or Mike’s book and website, please feel free to contact us.