-We bought a house! This was a huge accomplishment for us as we had been patiently watching the market for 6 months or so waiting for the right place to come along. The market in the Portland area was extremely competitive, with properties usually receiving several offers and undergoing contract within a week. Thankfully, God provided us with a For Sale by Owner in the exact neighborhood we were hoping to settle in. The whole process was relatively smooth and we are now walking distance from a park, closer to Andrew’s work, and a hot second from the best coffee shop in Hillsboro. Lattes all around!
-We were able to spend a lot of time with family this year. We spent 3 days with Elizabeth and Jonathan and my 50-something rock star dad on the Rogue River, where we didn’t shower and my dad rowed the raft like a champ. We visited the Brown family in Idaho over Thanksgiving, and we were blessed with the return of my brother to Oregon after a long exodus in California. Now my siblings and I can all watch football together and teach Benjamin to hate the 49ers. I, Lyndsey, was also able to spend a long weekend with Andrew’s sisters in Austin, Texas and visit a great friend of mine in my dearly-missed adopted state of Georgia to see a Taylor Swift concert. Because being 30 and liking Taylor Swift never goes out of style.
-Finding a leak in our roof while we were in the middle of some massive home renovation projects. The leak just happened to be in our guest room my mom was staying in. Thankfully the fluffy pink fiberglass all over the floor from cutting open the ceiling totally matches the girly aesthetic of the room.
-Lyndsey returning to work…and then not. I accepted a position with a university here in Portland teaching first-year writing, only to discover a few days before the semester that, due to a clerical error, my class didn’t actually exist. I plan to make good use of my employee ID card, though, by using the library and trying to see what teacher discounts I can get around town. In the meantime, I’m still working part-time for a small publishing company as an editor.
In sum, we are thankful to God for the many blessings He so graciously bestowed on us this year. 2015 was maybe one of the best, amidst some big transitions. We are grateful for you all and the various roles you have in our lives, for the companionship and encouragement you offered us this year. May God bless you and yours in 2016, and we pray you may know the breadth and length and height and depth of the rich love of Christ. Let every heart prepare Him room!