Friday, January 2, 2009

Our 2008 Christmas letter

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy Holidays! This year has been a bit challenging for us, but we have survived and hope to have a better 2009. So, here is what is up with us! We are living out in NE Portland, right on the border of Gresham where we manage a small apartment complex, we love our ward and having our own identity and not being “just another Carroll”.

Seth is in his final year of his apprenticeship and once he gets his structural hours, he will turn out as a Journeyman Ironworker. He loves what he does and is looking forward to getting back to rods, he’s not a fan of the structural aspect, but he is working thru it none the less. It’s nice to see him so happy and having a job that he loves!

Brianne is still managing apartments; it will be 3 years in April. I also stay home with my girls and I love every minute of that. I like my job most days, some are more challenging than others, like a few weeks ago, when a tenant drove into another tenant’s apartment, that was fun! Thankfully I have Seth to help me with a lot of stuff that’s been going on lately because of the lack of work. Thank goodness for my job, it pays the rent!

Mekenzi will be 4 years old this month and is thriving. She will be starting pre-school in the fall and is so excited. She asks every day when she can go to school. She is a great helper to her mommy and is working so hard on getting ready to start school. It’s getting hard to say that she has to wait because she wants so badly to go to school….she has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, which I absolutely LOVE!

We are also pleased to announce the arrival of our second daughter, Lilly Mae Meeks. She graced us with her presence on September 24, 2008 at 11:16 am weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. and she was 20 ½ inches long. She is absolutely a perfect baby, very content and easy to please, which is so unlike her sister, so it’s a nice change of pace! Funny thing was, the nurses said I wasn’t really in labor and sent me home…she was born about 6 hours later! Guess we showed them!

We are hoping for more work this next year, as this year was VERY slow, but there are some good prospects for work this next year, we’re just hoping that not all of it is out of town, it’s not very fun when he’s gone for 6 months at a time! We are enjoying this holiday season and hope that all of you are doing well and enjoying the holidays as well. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a wonderful 2009!

All of our Love,

Seth, Brianne, Mekenzi, and Lilly Meeks

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