MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR
“To us a child is born. To us a Son is given.”
Dear Friends and Family,
What a year! Our children are growing up, and our lives are changing in new and unexpected ways. We thank God for leading us every step of the way, and we are thankful for all the positive changes we’ve experienced.
Softball, work at Federated Ins. and videotaping at church continue to keep John busy. He was the coordinator for Federated on a recent trip to the State Theatre in the Twin Cities where we attended for what’s becoming an annual event as a family.
After a year of substitute teaching while earning her license as a Reading Specialist, Cherie is now working full-time for the Albert Lea public schools as an ELL (English Language Learners) teacher for grades 3-6. She has approximately 30 awesome students and is thoroughly enjoying watching their growth. Now if she just could beam herself there instead of driving I35 through the snowiest December ever! She is also working to complete her Master’s degree – three classes to go, with graduation in May and final class complete in June.
Jordan is in 6th grade (age 12) this year. That meant changing schools, but only for one year. He continues to play cello with the orchestra. He took 2nd place in a chess tournament at school last year. This year he will take part in a debate. He’s going to try out archery in January and possibly TaeKwanDo.
Emily is in 3rd grade (age 9) and still loving school and just about everything else! She has started piano lessons this fall and just played in her first recital. She played left-handed “Jingle Bells” on one piano, while another beginning student played two-handed “Jingle Bells” on another piano. Wow! I would never have known they were both beginning students. Emily continues to ride horses for a good part of the year – won the cowgirl award this fall for falling off and getting up to ride again! She took ballet, tap, and jazz through Community Ed most of the year also. This fall she traded her dance and gymnastics classes for ice skating lessons and absolutely loved it! We rented skates for the season, so we’ll need to make sure to get to the ice rink this winter for sure. Emily also got to try a couple of TaeKwanDo lessons, so maybe she’ll start up lessons with Jordan in January. She also sings with the Children’s Choir at church when she has time. Homework keeps her pretty busy after school, especially when Mom isn’t there to help at the end of the day anymore. Julie, daycare from 0-6, is now providing after-school care, and she and/or toddlers have been listening to Emily read.
Our independent sophomore, Cierra, is age 15 and involved in Pulse, FFA, German, horses, driver’s training…; wait, I said “Independent!” I’ll let her tell it.
Say, John, Cherie, & Cierra are all on Facebook. Look us up!
Cierra Emily Jordan