2008/09 Christmas Letter
Well obviously it isn’t 2009 yet, but very soon, hence the title of this page. Actually, it was a mistake but I didn’t want to reprint 100+ labels so this is our official 2009 Christmas Letter. So how was 2008 for the Godfrey family? It was another good year. We started our family blog, so that’s a plus. We are all healthy, another plus, and I am still working, depending on who you talk to, that’s a good thing. The Lord has been gracious to us yet again and we are thankful.
Dorian and Alli have turned 15 this year and they are still trying to get their driving permits. They don’t seem to be in a hurry, which worries me because I don’t want to be their unpaid chauffeur for much longer. Both of them are taking classes at Soldotna High and seem to be enjoying it. Alli is still on the dance team which means dance about 4 nights a week, which means daddy gets to drive a lot, yay! Dorian is playing basketball on the high school team which means, wait for it… lots of driving for me and mommy, Yay!
Olivia and Jeremy are busy as usual. Olivia is back in dance and Jeremy played comp soccer and basketball this past year. He actually won an award for soccer, and I am not talking about one of the ones they give to everybody. It was an mvp award for his team for one of their tournaments. Olivia is growing up far to quickly and becoming a beautiful woman with a mind like a steel trap. She is very smart and very quiet and is becoming a great babysitter, unpaid although it may be, her reward is self satisfaction.
Ben and Kassie are still going strong. Ben played comp soccer and was the youngest on his team. He did great and even scored a few goals. Kassie is back in dance and doing great. She is growing like a weed, her legs go up to my shoulder. They are both doing good in school, according to their mom, their teacher.
Finally the clean up crew, Jake and Jo. They are 3 and 5 and running around like they are 3 and 5. Jake played his first year of soccer with dad as the coach. My biggest challenge was to keep him and his best friend Isiah from play fighting in the middle of the game. We had a great time and I think we won most of our games; according to the kids we won every game and who can argue with 5 year olds. I do know one thing, we know how to eat snack after the game, and I didn’t even have to coach that. Jo loves dancing and dressing up around the house. Multiple times a day she reminds us that she is 3, and that she is nice, oh and she is big. She is the belle of the ball. Unfortunately she has not been adopted by us, so we need your prayers on that as we want that finalized as soon as possible.
Tracy is the glue keeping us all together. She schedules everything and then dispatches me where I need to go. I’m a good driver…. I only forgot kids like 3 times. Not bad when you consider how many trips I had to make this year. In one day Tracy put 180 miles on her car just driving the kids around to Dr. appointments, school, music lessons, practice etc. That is a lot of driving for not going anywhere. She is staying very involved in church and has stepped up to actually lead worship while our worship leader was out having a baby. She continues to help out in all her spare time.
Glenn, well he is still working and when he is not working he is driving, and when he is not driving, he is thinking about when he has to drive again and blogging.
The big event of the year, our first family vacation to Orlando Fl. This past February we took our first family vacation out of Alaska with 10 people. To get there, we had to take two different planes. No not because we filled the planes up, but because we were using mileage and companion tickets. We had a great time and met up with Tracy’s mom and with the Springers from right here in Soldotna. We rented a great house in a gated neighborhood and we had our own pool and game room, as if there wasn’t enough to do in Orlando.
We went to the local parks 11 times over the 18 day period, and I think our favorites were the Universal Studios parks. We hit all 3 Disney parks, 3 universal parks, 1 water park, Sea World and Busch Gardens. A couple of them multiple times. Yet with all that I think the kids favorite thing was the pool at our house and the pool in our neighborhood. So next time we won’t even have to go anywhere, jut get a house with a pool and we will be good to go!
Well I know this wasn’t too Christmasy, but hey we are in the middle of winter here and we need some warm thoughts. We pray that you all are blessed this up coming year and that the new year brings you great prosperity throughout your life. Merry Christmas, God Bless, and subscribe or check into the blog as it is updated 3-4 times a week.