Yes, we have moved from a Duo to a Clan! The clan now includes our two terriers Ipa-Mae and Marley-Moe, and in November we added to the crew our little black cat named Dosey-Doe. They make life full and interesting in our little downtown home. We love being in a hub of activity surrounded by family and friends.
This year has been a year of building deep friendships, and growing closer together as a couple. In March Benjamin was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes which initially sent us into a tail spin, but quickly developed us into a well-oiled machine and a really great team. Swiftly we were able to get our bearings, learn a lot, and adjust our lifestyle. We were blessed to become a part of a medical study at Virgina Mason’s Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle and feel so lucky to have a wealth of resources and information at our fingertips. The Lord met our needs in unbelievable ways.
Benjamin is still working full time for Higuera Imports, a hardwood flooring company in Poulsbo; and part time for newlife in Port Orchard. Alex is in the middle of her third year of teaching at Christ the King Academy and is so blessed by her friendly, genuine, and loving group of First Grade Friends on a daily basis. They bring SUCH joy to her life.
With home improvements continuing, Ben has almost completed his outdoor studio in our garage and installed new wood floors for Alex this past July. The studio should be the site of some great creativity and inspiration, thank you to ALL who contributed. Ben also celebrated his 21st birthday “Chopped” style with a cook off competition and Alex celebrated her twenty-fifth year with a “Twilight” birthday and camping trip to Forks, WA.
Ben has embraced his most favorite hobby of cooking and has even taken to baking extravagant cakes. See our facebook albums for a few photos: The “Wicked” House, a free standing grizzly bear, an erupting volcano, a werewolf, and most recently an Eifel Tower cake. Alex’s newest hobby is playing the piano and with a year under her belt she is feeling proud and accomplished, especially with the newly learned skill of reading music.
We are so blessed to have friends and family involved in our daily lives and to engage in enriching and challenging relationships. We are growing and changing every day and thank the Lord for his continued goodness in our lives. Love and prayers to you all!
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.