Greetings and Merry Christmas! We pray you are doing well.
This past year was filled with many different experiences for us. Ray’s dad passed away in March. He was not in the best of health for the past year. But we are thankful now that he is free from illness and with the Lord and that Joshua had the opportunity to meet his grandfather.
Joshua has grown so much this past year. We are very grateful how God has blessed us through him. At the start of the year he could only crawl and babble. Now he can run all about, throw a ball quite well, and very articulately vocalize his own will (often to our frustration). Currently Joshua has a fondness for music and dancing, Sesame Street, slides, puzzles, coins, and cats and dogs.
Sang is actively caring for Joshua, exposing him to a variety of activities. We love going to the museum, playgroup, Gymboree, and our local indoor play gym. We love being at home together too – to bake, paint, and play with Joshua’s toys. I’ve found that play is very hard work! :) We had the opportunity to travel to Taiwan in May to visit my relatives, as well as visit the grandparents in the Chicagoland area quite a few times this past year. Raising a toddler tends to bring out the best and the worst in me. It has given me the opportunity to examine many areas of myself that still need God’s healing grace. I am working on that through daily discipleship training over the phone with my mom. During my “off time”, I have enjoyed reading many books this year as well as spending time with buds.
Ray has been now been at TriQuint Semiconductor for over 5 years. Due to this past year’s economic climate, work has been slow at times, but there are plenty of interesting projects still to work on at the company. While Sang and Joshua were in Taiwan, I enjoyed a relaxing weekend in the Bay Area. We also attended my 10-year high school reunion in October. It was a surreal experience seeing people from the past again. Following in my dad’s footsteps, I’ve had a fun year taking many, many photos with our digital camera and printing them out. Of course, Joshua was often the sometimes-willing subject. I remember the hours my dad would spend in the darkroom in order to produce a photo, and I am amazed how quick and convenient it is today. At church I continue to be involved with the leadership. The main issue we are dealing with is the potential relocation of the church to a larger site. And finally at home, I’ve enjoyed playing with Joshua each day and being a father and husband. I always feel a thrill when Joshua is able to throw a perfect football spiral right at me.
This Christmas we’ll be celebrating the holiday and Joshua’s 2nd birthday in Chicago. We may not keep in touch as often as we’d like to, however, we would like you to know that you are special to us and in our thoughts and prayers. Have a wonderful Christmas and a fruitful next year!
Ray, Sang, and Joshua