Thursday, December 13, 2012

Marshall Family Christmas Ode

2012 Annual Marshall Family Christmas Ode

Hello friends, here’s a note from us to you.
Filled with love & sharing what’s new.

In January these Colorado hippies decided to detox.
And Talia’s first tumbling class put holes in her socks.

In February we snow shoed Colorado on many a cold day.
And directing kid’s stuff at church became a new role for Nay.

In March Aaron passed his progression board – now ABD.
We saw cousins in Steamboat and had a visit from grandma Julie.

In April Aricin turned four with a “Robots & Aliens” party
While mom made Ollie loads of organic mush that was hardy.

In May we saw the circus and Ollie started crawling
And had a cool Denver date on bikes without falling

We headed to the basement for a simpler life without kinks
And enjoyed a visit from Marshall grandparents and the Brinks

Our May basement move was short-lived due to zoning
So we moved again in June – not without a little complaining

Our apartment’s not ideal we won’t deject,
Living simply lives on, just not how we’d expect.

We discovered a treat in Golden’s Alpine Slides
And caught Dodger/Rockies games via light rail rides

Summer trips to the zoo, pools, and parks put miles on our tires
And all Colorado bore the weight of the shooting and horrific wildfires.

Palisade offered a sweet time with family and friends
And Aricin’s hospital adventure (7 stitches) left a scar that bends

Kids classes kept summer flying by – hooray!
With tennis, swimming, and ballet

In August our three kids were dedicated to Christ with friends
A community of people we consider to be godsends.

Before school ramped up we saw the hot air balloon fest
Then off for camping (kids in tow) with friends – great rest!

Autumn saw the kids in pre-K, volleyball for Nay,
And Impact edVentures holding its 1st fundraiser – a 5K.

We flew to Cali for a Martinet family reunion – Cajun Style
And did some stand up paddle-boarding on the Malibu Mile

In October Talia’s 3rd Birthday party was all Hello Kitty
And friends took us to the Great American Beer Festival in the city

Aricin scored his 1st soccer goal & we're the Incredibles for Halloween
Tally tripped at church and got 9 stitches in her head – quite a scene

In November Oliver got the Chicken Pox from his one-year vaccination
For Thanksgiving we served in the Dakotas at an Indian Reservation

In December I learned I have a 1st degree AV Block in my heart
Another chance to see God heal though at first it gave us quite a start

We also put on Impact’s annual Christmas Party fundraiser
Janay rocked the catering while Aaron sported a fedora and blazer

We’ll be spending Christmas with family in Hawaii
Looking forward to some sand, surf, and yummy Mahi Mahi

Oliver cuddles and laughs and is full of joy,
Always wanting to join the older two – a very fun boy!

Talia is a nurturer, taking devoted care of her baby dolls
She loves ballet and demands hugs when she falls

Aricin is our philosopher, full of questions & imagination
Boundless energy matched with contemplation

Life with 3 kiddos all 4 and under is just crazy!
We never stop going and at times wish we could be lazy

Aaron still works at Valor as a Department Chair
And a shift toward teacher training is an answer to prayer

Aaron’s also directing an NPO – Impact edVentures
Started with friends encourage service learning through adventure

The Education PhD in Scotland is still in progress,
With a couple years to go, we’re pushing past the stress

The kids are growing so fast – we’re trying to embrace every moment
Knowing soon they’ll be grown & we’ll just have each other to torment

We love our life in Colorado. It still just feels right
The weather is grand and all 4 seasons are quite a sight

Reflecting on last year we feel immensely blessed by God’s provision
Looking ahead we’re excited to be under his grand supervision

Many trials have filled these last 6 months to say the least
But God’s faithfulness shapes & grows us; Jesus’ teachings, our feast

When life is easy we get comfortable and self reliant
When it’s hard Christ teaches us to be less defiant

Life is a journey and lasts but a short while
Stumbling we try to live beneath God’s smile

So that’s our year so much to tell
We hope all of you are happy, healthy, and well

We wish you peace, love, joy, and blessings this holiday season
And invite you to visit anytime for any reason


Love, The Marshalls
Aaron, Janay, Aricin, Talia, & Oliver

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