Friday, December 10, 2010

Merry Christmas

I'm not sure if this is considered sooo 2010 or if I'm just lazy, but I have decided to do my Christmas letter on my blog this year. As you can see from the previous posts it has worked overtime on recipes this past year, and frankly needs a break, but we'll go there in my section of the letter, ha.

2010 has been an interesting year, as always. As it comes to a close I think we're more glad it's over than anything else. Through it all God has remained faithful as always. We are so thankful for His constant love and His abundant blessings, and have continued to see His provision over and over especially this year.

Kaley is 22 years old and is still living in Jacksonville. She and her roommate Tiffany recently moved into a new house and are loving it. Kaley is still the softlines manager at The Sports Authority, and is really hoping that this will be her last year in retail at Christmas, ha. She changed her major this past Spring at Florida State College to Sports Management. She would ultimately like to work with kids organizing sports programs at places such as the YMCA or the Boys & Girls Clubs. She has such a heart for children. We couldn't be any prouder of the woman Kaley has become.

Jordyn is 20 and still living at home with us. This past October she started in the Cosmetology program at Virginia College in Jacksonville. She goes to school Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The program is a year, and is a lot of hard work. Upon completion she will get both her Florida & Georgia license and see where God leads her. She is still playing keyboard and singing with the worship team at the Journey Church. Music is her first love, and she hopes to pursue her calling into worship ministry in the future. We are so proud of all she has accomplished, and we know that God is going to do great things in her life. She and David are still dating, and coming up on their 2 year anniversary. He plays bass on the worship team as well, and is currently working for Patrick at Island Kitchen & Bath. He is also the head of our drama dept at our church. We are so thankful for such a Godly young man in Jordyn's life.

Colton is 19 and currently living at home, but is hoping to find a place in Fernandina Beach Florida after the first of the year. He has been working at Target for the past 9 months and loves it. He recently received the "Great Team Hero" award for his entire district. We are very proud of his hard work and dedication. I think he is still trying to figure out what he "wants to be when he grows up", but for now he's working hard and saving his money. He is such a sweet, kind young man, and I'm so thankful for the man he has grown to be.

Patrick is still operating Island Kitchen & Bath. He moved into a larger facility the beginning of this year which has allowed him to do a lot more cabinet fabrication. In spite of the bad economy, God has always provided work for us, and we are so thankful for that. We remain optimistic for the future of IKB and are excited to see what 2011 holds for us. Pat is still serving on the production team at The Journey Church operating the camera.

Nothing much new with me, still a full time wife & mom, which is still the greatest job on the planet. I would say I have done more baking/cooking this past year than ever. After being asked for so many of my recipes, I decided to start blogging them. I have had a lot of fun with it and hopefully helped some people provide some delicious meals for their families. The biggest thing for me this past year was the death of my step-mom Shirley in July. It was unexpected, and such a difficult time for our family. She was such a Godly, loving, generous person, and she is so missed. We do know that we will see each other again in Heaven, which gives us much hope & joy.

As we celebrate this Christmas season, may we never forget that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came to this earth to save each and every one of us and to give us abundant life. We pray that each of you may know Him and that abundant life in Him.

Merry Christmas & a Joyful New Year,

The Mooney family

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