2008 brought with it the greatest gift we could have asked for, our son Campbell. He arrived in late January and has been an absolute joy. We know it is cliche, but it is amazing how fast he has grown. He loves to pull himself up to standing, climb up stairs, play peek-a-boo, wrestle with daddy, and open drawers and take everything out of them. Now to teach him to put things away. His first word, officially, is “uh oh.” We have loved the addition of Campbell into our home. Truly he is a blessing.
While having Campbell was a change in our life, another big one we had this year was moving to Colorado. It has been wonderful to reconnect with friends and family in Colorado, but we definitely miss our California crew. Of course, we have been able to sneak back a few times since we moved, and that has been really nice. Especially when our first nephew was born in October. Kristen and Rob gave birth to one of the cutest little guys you’ve ever seen, James Robert Venick. We are really looking forward to seeing him over the holidays…and the rest of the family too.
Now, back to our move. A big part of the move, revolved around Mike’s company TheSociety.com. It has been great for him to be working in the office instead of remotely (as you might remember from last year’s Christmas card, we had an office/nursery.). TheSociety has a lot of exciting things going on right now and are planning on spending 2009 really focusing not just on renting luxury homes, but giving them away. They have an awesome charity arm (www.VacationHomesForCharity.org) that helped raise over $20,000 for charities last year. They hope to raise much more next year!!
As for me, I am working for HomeWord. It has been such a blessing to work for them. I help do writing and research for their website and radio program. Campbell and I seem to have found our work/play/nap schedule that allows me to meet all my deadlines!
We hope all is well with you, especially over the holidays. We wish you all a very, merry Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings.
Hugs and love, the McFaddens