The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

New Year’s Letter 2012-2013

“How in the world did you get to Kingsland Georgia from Alaska?” This is pretty much the standard greeting we receive as soon as someone hears we are from the most popular state on cable TV. The short answer is, we don’t know. It was not planned, it was not perceived, it is just where we are right now.

Livy and Babe

Livy and Babe

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Alli and Claire, one of our Central American visitors.

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Jake and his new best buddy. He’s quiet, but he eats a lot.

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Tra showing off her new Tattoo.

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Dorian on Graduation day. That is sweat, not tears of joy.

2012 has been another banner year of change for the Godfrey clan. From Alaska, to Costa Rica to Kingsland Georgia en route to ??? Unfortunately, we knew our time Costa Rica had come to an end, prematurely from what we anticipated. We left behind the warmth, the sun, the water, the surfing, our church and most of all some very good friends. It was an awesome year there, a life changing year for each and every one of us, and right now we are all trying to break out of a Costa Rica hangover; Trying to figure the next step in our journey.

When we left, we felt that we did not want to go back to Alaska, that we wanted to try something different, somewhere different. But we also knew that if we were to live in the states, I would need to get a job and insurance once again. A most depressing thought. We also felt that we wanted to live in a small town on the southeast coast of the US. After months of job searching, researching, interviews, offers and denials, we ended up here. A small town with what we thought would be a nice small high school, another important part of our checklist. Unfortunately, after accepting employment on one of two nuclear submarine bases in the US, we found out that the tiny high school does not exist in Camden County.

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Soon little man, all to soon.

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Alli and Elizabeth

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Alli and the coolest cat we know, Stacy.

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SAT college prep.

You see, football is pretty important around here. As important as surfing in Costa Rica, salmon fishing in Alaska, or breathing to a human being. High school football is a way of life here. And to ensure that they have a competitive team, all the small schools in Camden County feed into one mega giant high school, bigger than many colleges, including the one I attend and the ones Dorian and Alli are going to.

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Alli and Kassie at Arenal Volcano.

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I was the model for the above sculpture.

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Dorian on our mission trip to Nicaragua.

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So we got our small town, we got our East Coast, we got our ocean, we got a job, we got a southern looking house, but we have to settle with the worlds largest small town high school. The school Liv and Jeremy will be attending starting this January. I guess we should’ve been wary when we heard they issued GPS’s to all new students with routes to their classes.

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Ben getting his waved snaked at Pavones.

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Lunch break

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Post surf siesta.

Speaking of school, Alli has finished up her first semester of college at Evangel in Springfield MO. As we predicted, she was involved in way too many activities, including dance and drama, and that’s not just her normal day-to-day life. But she did also join a real dance team and a real play, again. In fact, I think she was the only freshman to have a lead role in the play. I think she was also on several committees, made tons of friends and is moving to a different dorm next semester. She says her grades are good, but I have no evidence to that fact.

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A common site we will miss dearly. An empty beach, a warm sunset, and Godfreys digging in the sand.

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The girls trying to learn how to surf.

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Dorian has also finished his first semester at Palm Beach Atlantic. He didn’t join dance, he wasn’t in a play. He pretty much studied, worked out and ate at his cafeteria which was open 24 hours a day. He was close enough to come home for Thanksgiving, and enjoyed some stellar weather. He also tells us his grades are good. He must take after his dad.

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Granny getting her body surf on.

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It was great to spend weeks with Jo on our trip back to AK. The best part, she now has Skype so we see her every week!

The rest of the kids are currently being home schooled as we arrived in Georgia too late for them to enroll. However, they are attending youth group and doing their best to make some new friends.They are slowly sliding back into the life of a full-fledged American, albeit a southern American, a special breed as we are learning. They continue to grow, continue to eat and continue to fill our lives with joy, with a dash of anxiety and frustration. You would think by now we would have this child rearing thing figured out. Maybe next year.

Another unintended benefit of living her is the ability to coupon, a new hobby which has ensnared my wife. There are actual sales here, multiple grocery stores, double coupons and recycling bins to dumpster dive into. I guess there are worse things for her to be doing.

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creative couponer.

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coupon haul.

Another fortunate side affect of living in Kingsland is that we are only 2.5 hours from Orlando Florida, and we know that Alaska Airlines flies into Orlando, so we expect that our friends and family will have a much easier time visiting us than they did in Costa Rica. Fortunately a few friends and family had passports and a strong thirst for sun last year so we had some great hometown fun. But we are expecting much more this year. And in case you did not know, it stays pretty warm around here year round. Not Costa Rica warm, but light jacket and flip-flops warm. So if you are making a trip to visit Mickey, and you a need a break from $7 sodas, wicked witches, and throngs of plastic ears, take a few hours to drive north from some sweet tea and southern hospitality. We would live to see y’all.

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Fernandia Beach, about 30 minutes from our house.

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St. Marys Georgia. Looks like an album cover for a grunge band.

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Thanksgiving dunk.

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College kids home for Christmas.

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Jake in his new fort in the backyard.

In closing; I don’t know where we will end up in 2013, but it will likely be somewhere in the US. I don’t know what we will be doing, or why, but I pray it is as a family, closer and stronger together than in 2012.I also pray that involves time with our friends and family. But mostly I pray that we find an answer to the question of what the heck we are doing in Kingsland Georgia ( Go Bulldogs! Just trying to blend).

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8 responses

  1. Pingback: New Year’s Post on Last Year’s Life « Tra and Glenn Make Ten.

  2. bonnie rose

    Hi Glenn and Traci,
    Thanks for sharing your year!! You have a beautiful family and it really looks like God has blessed you in so many ways.
    I look forward to following you this year and those to come.
    Love,
    Bonnie

    January 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  3. Heather

    We are planning to attend General Council in Orlando in August. If you are still close, we’d love to make plans to see you!

    January 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    • Sounds great! Let’s make it happen. Keep in touch as it gets closer. August is perfect for some beach time. Glenn

      January 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

  4. Sonya

    Happy New Year to all the Godfreys! Loved reading the blog and catching up on the family. All our boys were home for New Years along with Kristin, Ashley, and Ally (Chad’s girlfriend). It was great. Of course Baby Emma was a hit and the life of the party. She is quite a sweetie. We look forward to Curtis and Ashley’s new little one in March. Curtis may be taking a doctor position here is Kodiak which will be quite wonderful after he completes his Family Practice residency on June 30th. Our whole family hopes to meet in Minnesota at the lake for the 4th of July. Chad just started his new job as an Edward Jones man in Seattle (University area). He did a 9 month training program with Edward Jones in Phoenix which was very good. Fun to see what the Lord will be doing with him in this new adventure.
    Mort and I continue to work at the hospital. He needs total knees, so the plan is to do that next summer when we are in Minnesota. He leads a cell group that meets weekly in our home. We have been doing a Max Lucado book about “Out living your life”. It is very challenging and makes us ask, Lord what do you want us to do with the time we have left to serve YOU!
    May God Bless you as you too are on the quest of seeking the Lord’s direction. What a blessing to know that HE is the Blessed Controller of ALL things!
    Love and Blessings to ALL of you. Miss you up here.
    Sonya and Mort

    January 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  5. Kim

    Isn’t. It exciting to see what The Lord has planned for us next. Great blog!! Thanks for sharing ,see ya soon.

    January 2, 2013 at 4:40 am

  6. Levi

    Thanks for the update. Keep them coming.

    January 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  7. Dawn

    So happy to hear about your new life and adventures. Next time we hear from you it will probably be Y-all. Still waiting for a mailing address, we think you have our e-mail. Blessing to all the Godfey’s. God has a plan, there is lots of room in Michigan! Blessings, Dawn

    January 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

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