We hope this letter finds you warm and well this Christmas season. At our house we took a vote and unanimously picked 2017 as our favorite year yet. We had many exciting changes and experiences over the last 12 months that are pleased to share.
The biggest change was that Joshua was born on Mothers’ Day. It was a Mothers’ Day we’ll never forget, but we think we’ll just go out for dinner in 2018. Joshua is 7-months-old this month and is growing and learning so fast. Having a child, as many of you know, is perhaps the most challenging and rewarding things God brings us.
In August we took an amazing vacation. We went to Europe for 10 days with Christine’s parents, her brother and his girlfriend. And yes, we took 3-month-old Joshua and he did great. We stayed near Christine’s cousins in Vevey, Switzerland and also spent a few days in Dublin, Ireland. Being in Switzerland was like waking up in a postcard every day. It is breathtakingly beautiful with Lake Geneva and the Alps both right there. Ireland was spectacular as well mostly because the people are so friendly and there is so much to see. We also loved our stop in Dublin because Christine’s brother Michael proposed to his girlfriend Becca. She said yes and Joshua is pretty proud of his uncle for securing him another world-class aunt.
Speaking of world travels. Matt’s sister Maggie and brother-in-law Tom traveled to Iowa from Australia in November. It was so great to see them and for them to meet their new nephew, too.
Christine had a slight job change this year. She went from working full-time at the Waverly Health Center to working PRN. PRN basically means she only has to work one night a week though she can get more hours if she wants. She loves it because it is like being a stay-at-home-mom and still a nurse at the same time.
Matt began his 8th year at KWAY radio in April. He is still hosting the morning show and doing sports play-by-play. On top of that he’s currently in his 13th school year working with the youth at church.
2017 also saw us gain a nephew and a niece. It’s so thrilling to see the family growing with new kids and in-laws, though the in-law increase is ending once Michael and Becca get married.
This year was a banner year in the Ray house and we thank God for it. We also thank Him for all of you who make our lives so much better than we deserve. At this time we’re also reminded to thank God for sending us Christ to be Emmanuel. Knowing that God is with us gives us the strength and courage to celebrate 2017 and look forward eagerly for what He has in store for us in 2018.
May you have a blessed Christmas season.
Merry Christmas from the Rays: Matt, Christine and Joshua.