Theres nothing like having family around to celebrate a birthday. Justin, Evan’s brother arrived 2 days ago and we have been so excited to welcome him here. Just to have someone that gets to experience life and the culture with us here, is so great! We celebrated Evan’s birthday last night with a campfire and some (OMG!) s’mores. We haven’t had marshmallows in the store since we got here a year ago, so it was a super special treat! We also smoked some chicken in Evan’s homemade smoker/grill. We had a great time and are so excited to share this time with Justin.
Last weekend we celebrated Evan’s brother, Justin’s Master’s graduation. It was so great being able to see him walk across the stage. He graduated with his MBA and already has a job at Enterprise in management and an apartment in downtown Dallas-we are so proud of him! We had such a blast with family this weekend that were in town for the graduation, and were able to spend lots of quality time with them.
We are so proud of you Justin, and will forever be the 3 amigos!
This year Christmas was a little emotional for Evan and I because of the fact that it will be our last Christmas in the States for a while. The reality of leaving is starting to really sink in. We really enjoyed spending some precious time with our family and friends.
We have a few Christmas traditions that we have come to over the years that we both really enjoy. Including going to our church’s candelight Christmas Eve service, followed by our traditional Korean/Chinese food dinner. One of the things that we are so blessed by is that both my parents and Evan’s parents get along so well. Ever since we
were dating they have done holidays together. So for Christmas Eve Evan’s parents come to my parents house and then on Christmas Day everyone gathers at Evan’s House. Another great memory from this year was that it snowed! I was really praying for snow because I knew in tropical Papua New Guinea, we would not see snow for a while. So what a blessing it was when it began to snow Christmas Day! Another sweet treat was that Justin, Evan’s brother cooked Christmas dinner. He was an awesome cook and it really meant so much to us that he did that. We got so many great gifts, but more importantly just enjoyed being around our family. I hope your Christmas was just as great!
My mom and I got matching Kindles.
Justin and Evan cooking the Christmas dinner this year!
Evan’s mom, Jane buried under all of her presents.
Evan’s brother Justin and his favorite saying..from us of course.