Christmas Letter 2018

Merry Christmas

You know, after taking a Christmas card sabbatical last year, I just knew I’d be ready to get back on the horse and put one out this year. After getting the kids all dressed up in coordinating clothes, getting a shot where they are all mostly, legitimately smiling, uploading and even printing the card at our local Walgreens, I just wasn’t satisfied with the final product.


I have toyed with sending a real card or not, and after my cards didn’t come out like I wanted, I decided to scrap the idea altogether and go back to a digital “blog post update” Christmas wish instead. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. To that I say, “A thousand words (or so) is worth a thousand words.”

C’est la vie.


What have we been up to since this time last year?

I’m so glad you asked.

The Wood family has now been in Louisiana one whole year. We have settled in and to be frank, the year has flown by. Here’s a little synopsis of how things shook out for us.


Winter (December, January, and February)

  • Mimi and Papa came to visit
  • Claire’s birthday
  • trip to Natchitoches and Melrose Plantation
  • Mardi Gras

Spring (March, April, and May)

  • Ryan’s birthday
  • Nana and Granddaddy came to visit
  • finished our seventh year of homeschooling
  • Easter at Toledo Bend
  • traveled to Tennessee and Seacrest Beach

Summer (June, July, and August)

  • hosted Pine Cove Camp in the City gals
  • Ryan and Thomas took a fishing trip to Arkansas
  • stopped homeschooling, put kids into FTCA, Claire took a job teaching 4th grade
  • MilSpo Gurus launched BYOG
  • Kate’s birthday

Fall (September, October, and November)

  • school in full swing; all kids are acing their classes and making stellar grades
  • traveled to Galveston with Nana and Granddaddy
  • Thomas is playing basketball
  • Mae finished basketball season and is practicing with the softball team
  • Kate is in the choir and had a solo in the Veteran’s Day program
  • traveled twice to Houston for Strong Bonds retreats
  • Claire traveled to D.C.
  • Ryan traveled to D.C.
  • Mimi and Papa visited for Thanksgiving


Highlights of 2018: 

We have spent many ordinary days around our home.

We have doted on Hank to the point that he’s spoiled rotten and now is sleeping in the floor of our bedroom.

Ryan made two repairs to our 17 year old washer and it’s running like the day we brought it home.

We spent countless hours at the pool with friends and neighbors during the hot, hot summer.

The kids watched the entire series of The Office (more than once).

Ryan and I watched Justified and The Great British Baking Show.

The whole family fell in love with Brooklyn 99.

We had a family board game competition where Mae won the $50 grand prize.

I did a one year meal plan and made a lot of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

We switched out our bedding in the master bedroom.

We added outdoor curtains to our back porch and Ryan set us up with a fire pit.

Ryan preached a lot of great sermons, the girls joined the worship team, and Thomas runs the slides most weeks at chapel.

I had an article published in Legacy Magazine.

We all read a lot of books, watered our plants, and burned a few candles.

We have called, texted, and FaceTimed our extended family members who we miss so much.

We have had much fellowship with several of our close friends and even managed to make many new friends.

We have hosted three or four game nights for our kids and their friends.

Thomas has a legit mustache and will be learning to shave and drive in the coming year.

Mae won 3rd place in the pecan category for cookery at our local 4H and learned to milk a goat.

Kate has perfected her snickerdoodle recipe and has an upcoming choir competition.

Ryan and I tried to have a monthly date night, and decided that all we really need is a few quiet hours at home being together to refill our love tanks.

Life at Fort Polk keeps us busy and we should find out sometime in the middle of next year where our next Army assignment will take us in December.

All in all, 2018 has been good to us! God has remained faithful and our love for him has grown in tangible ways. We anticipate more of the same in 2019.


We would love to hear from you! How has your 2018 shaped up?

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