Christmas Letter 2012 (Or, maybe Happy New Year 2013)

Merry Christmas from the House of Hills!


I know I’m a little late (like a month), but I did want to put our Christmas letter up. We went on a Disney Cruise for Christmas week!

While the cruise was AMAZING * AWESOME * FANTASTIC * SPECTACULAR, (and will be multiple posts to come) getting ready to go out of town during that crazy time of year and returning to even more crazy meant I got REALLY behind on my blogging. I did get my Christmas cards out though!

If you’ve been following along on the blog, then you sorta know what happened at the House of Hills this year. But, let me hit the highlights for you (and maybe add a thing or two)…

In February, we celebrated the one year anniversary of My Katie’s passing. It was a beautiful day, and we met as family and friends to rejoice that she is dancing with Jesus. The sisters and I were glad to have each other to cry with. In fact, we’re just plain glad to have each other. We’re even starting a new website to share our story.

February also saw Mags and I heading down to Orlando for her to compete with her OBDKids troupe. We had so much fun, and the kids had such a great time. I was indeed a proud Drama Mama.

Aunt Amy came all the way from Alaska to visit TWICE this year! It was so great to see her and spend time hanging out with her. Mags even introduced her to the art of duct tape wallet making.

David and I are still working our fabulous jobs. Both of our responsibilities continue to shift and change, but we continue to love what we do. The highlight of my professional year was helping my boss, Sue Miller, and her daughter write a book about becoming a parent. It’s a wonderful collection of ideas, true stories, and pictures that reminds us all of the wonder of parenting. It was a serious labor of love, and something in which I’m very proud to have played a part.

Mags was in a total of four shows in 2012:

  • Mulan Jr.
  • Dear Edwina Jr.
  • The Little Mermaid Musical Review
  • Seussical Jr.

She loved being in each and every one of them. She is becoming quite the actress and even has done some video work for my company and our church.

This summer, we spent lots of time with my Katie’s kids. They even spent some time with Maggie at Camp All-American.

Maggie went back to Woodlands Camp last summer too. In fact, we’ve already signed up for 2013. If you’re looking for a great overnight camp, we highly recommend it.

Our girl turned TEN this year. We had a super fun craft party when six of Mags’ friends came over and we had so much fun crafting and dipping cupcakes in icing and sprinkles.

The fall brought us another season of OBDKids. This year they are working on Little Mermaid Jr. and Maggie is Flotsam. She really seems to enjoy being the bad guy. Her troupe has grown really close over the last few months as they have worked SO HARD to prepare for not only six shows but two competitions.

We also participated in the 30 Day Giving Challenge this year. It’s one of our FAVORITE ways to spend November. We have so much fun brainstorming how to give to others. You can look through the blog to see some of the ideas we had.

That’s pretty much it. Our year in a post.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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