No, that is not our house. I wish it was though! That house is awesomely tacky. And it must annoy the neighbors. I wish that was our house. Not that I don’t love my neighbors far and wide. Because I do! Ugh, you know what I mean. That house is fantastic.
I should have a lovely family Christmas portrait. Or at least a picture of the kids. But, the truth is, I don’t have my act together this year. So no pictures, yet. But, I pinky swear to take pictures on Christmas morning and
upload them in a timely manner keep them on my camera for 3 months.
2011 has certainly been an eventful year for the Kankelfam! We have moved, as many of you know. Because it’s crazy, I didn’t send out Christmas cards this year. And, I haven’t blogged in awhile. So, I thought I would type up a little Christmas letter/blog. Please disregard any snarky comments I may have made about Christmas letters. I didn’t mean it. Christmas letters are the best. Really!
Abby thrived this year, she loved her school and her therapists. She’s so tall and beautiful. I can’t believe she’s going to be 9 years old in March! 2011 blessed us with no hospital stays or surgeries. I’m always grateful for an “unexciting” time with her, medically anyway.
Two very EXCITING non-medical things did happen with Abby this year. First, she won a calendar contest! She is on the cover of the 2012 Morgan’s Wonderland calendar and we couldn’t be more excited! We love Morgan’s Wonderland and have so many great memories from our time there. You can purchase one of the calendars, with Abby on the cover, here!
Second, in therapy, Abby started riding a bike! She needed help steering and sometimes with keeping her head upright, but she pushed those pedals all by herself. She keeps working so hard. I couldn’t be more proud of her.
Sam has added a dimension to our home that we never knew was missing and how glad we are to have him! He is 2 1/2 years old now and I wish I could freeze him at this age forever. He loves Pocoyo, blocks, dancing and cars.
Finally, we’ve moved to Indiana. I never, ever thought we would move to Indiana. I loved living in the Houston area and really thought we were Texans for life. But, life has a funny way of changing things like that. Michael and I both started feeling like a change might be coming and I wasn’t at all happy about that. But, a wonderful opportunity presented itself and after much prayer, we knew it was the right thing for us. It brought peace. But, it hasn’t been easy.
I left behind dear friends, a house I loved and wonderful teachers/therapists for Abby. I loved Houston. I loved Texas. Now, we’re in Indiana, temporarily in an apartment. We have lawn chairs and inflatable beds. Our house in Texas is still for sale. We’ve both cried many tears. But, I know we did the right thing. We’re learning, again, how to depend on God and how to trust Him; trusting that he will take care of all the details. That He is in our tomorrow, just like He was in our yesterday.
We’ve only been here a short time, but Indiana has already been good to us. We live in a great community and things are going well. We have everything we need and we are together. And, Michael loves his new job! It’s not Houston, but someday, it will feel like home.
(P.S. I could not be more proud of Michael! He’s a part of the KLOVE Morning Show!)
So, that’s us. Thank you for all your love and support. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and pray 2012 treats you right!