Another year has come to a close and we so many reasons to be thankful. This year, like many for a young couple, has been an exciting year for us. 2015 could be described by both moving and staying, normal and new as some things changed from last year’s letter and some could nearly be copied and pasted into this year’s letter.
Christine is working as a labor and delivery nurse at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. She works 12 hours shifts that rotate between nights and days every few weeks and says much of her 2015 was spent either working or sleeping. Despite the strange hours she was able to do quite a bit of baking and quilting. Christine also was involved in our church’s Easter passion mime, this year as an actor after writing and directing last year.
Matt is still working at KWAY radio where he has been for about 6 ½ years now. He works as a morning D.J. and does play-by-play for football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and even did a bowling meet this year. Matt continues to serve as a youth leader at our church, something he’s done since 2005 and is one of the church elders, too.
On June 29th we closed on a house in Waverly. It’s a blessing to finally own a house and put down deep roots in our community. We’re excited to be able to use our house and to learn all about being homeowners, let’s just say the hardware store knows us pretty well. In August we got a couple of cats, Charlie and Waldo. Christine loves them and Matt is learning to as well.
This summer we got to go on vacation to the Chicago area. We camped outside of the city and took the train into town where we explored the city, ate great pizza and went to a Cubs game. We also spent a day at Six Flags Great America riding rollercoasters.
God has been very good to us this year. We had some big, exciting changes and some things that thankfully stayed the same. One of the things we’re glad stayed the same this year is your prayers, support and friendship. Thank you. We hope that 2015 was a great year for you, too. We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy 2016!
Matt and Christine Ray