My Christmas break started off rather inauspiciously – I spent the majority of Christmas Eve in Richmond General Hospital. After a bevy of tests including a blood test, urine test, CT scan, and ultrasound, it was confirmed that I wasn’t pregnant (yay) but that I had an inflamed large intestine (boo). Needless to say, it made for a rather uncomfortable few days.
The remainder of the break was without incident, and we spent much of the time entertaining family and friends at our home or going to gatherings elsewhere. Between Christmas, New Year’s, church functions, birthday parties, family gatherings, meals at restaurants, and more, we always seemed to be around people. Intuitively, it made sense. The holidays are a chance to see people that you might not often see amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life (work, school, etc).
In between gatherings, Gail and I enjoyed some much-needed quiet time at home with the kids. These quiet times were few and far between, but sacred nonetheless.
And I realized – now more than ever – that I’m interested in quality over quantity. Continue reading Quality over Quantity
Blessings to you and Merry Christmas! It was a great year for our family, highlighted by Sean’s Confirmation in the spring and our trip to Disneyland and Alaskan cruise in the summer.
This year, for our 13th annual Christmas letter, we’re going to change things up a bit. So enjoy some personal highlights, what we’re thankful for, and what we’re looking forward to next year!
- Highlights: starting gymnastics in tumbling class at Cartwheels, Disneyland and the Alaskan cruise, having Mommy as my teacher, my 7th birthday party at Go Bananas
- Thankful for: my parents and my brothers because they take really good care of me
- Looking forward to 2015: receiving my First Communion, doing more gymnastics
Last Friday afternoon, I played in the annual “Teachers vs. Grade 7 Students” volleyball game at St. Paul School. The raucous gym was deafening at times with the excited students cheering, clapping, and screaming. Kayla and Jake (along with his gold medal winning buddies from grade 6) were among the crowd. Sean didn’t have school that day, so he came to referee – making it a family affair.
All of the teachers rotated through and it just so happened that Gail came on right after me. So whenever we were on the court together, we were playing right beside each other.
I’m very competitive when it comes to sports, even if it’s a fun, mean-nothing game. My lovely wife Gail, however, is the exact opposite. In fact, when she came on the court, she whispered to me, “You’re going to have to help me.”
During one particular rally, the ball came over the net to our side and went towards Gail. Gail didn’t really react and thus the ball dropped beside her. I tried to give her a loving and affirming smile while dying inside.
It was 8:45am on Wednesday morning when I gave my good friend Krissy a call. We enjoyed a quick catch-up session over the phone and we ended our conversation talking about the recent trend of #NekNomination drinking videos circulating around the internet.
Krissy ran her idea by me: “What about if I started something that’s more positive in nature…something that’s more affirming?”
We committed to connecting later on in the day. We traded a few texts regarding content and format and by 10:49am (just 2 hours after our initial conversation) I had a new video from Krissy in my WhatsApp inbox. Here it is: