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

Saturday, December 01, 2012

A Noteworthy November

Let me begin by filling everyone in on my health. So the results of the heart monitor confirmed everything the EKG said, I have a 1st degree Atrial Ventrical Block. The good news is, my doctor doesn't seemed to be worried about- she told me I can resume all normal activities and unless I start to feel light headed or have fainting spells then they will put me on meds to help regulate the heart beat. In the meantime I'm still trying to figure my new normal- abnormal heart beat and not stress about it. I've also emailed my dad's friend who's a cardiologist just to get his thoughts on everything. Again, Thank you so much if you've prayed for me and my heart situation. God is good and for now things are great.

Now for some pictures of course... A lot of pictures of course :)
 Mt. Rushmore

 Powerful words at the Crazy Horse Monument Museum
 Broncos SuperBowl Trophies came to Valor
 Tally with the Broncos Cheerleaders
 Aricin's soccer team
 He scored his first goal this fall and got his first trophy
 We made a Thankful Tree for November
 With her new princess dolls from her birthday
 Had a sweet visit with one of my besties and bridesmaids, Kimber
 Operation Christmas Child- the kids loved this
 Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota
 Aricin's new buddy Kailan
 The Badlands 

 More of Mt. Rushmore

 The girls
 Aricin and Kai

 Us with Fernanda (Producer for Shark Wrangler TV show)and Brad (In the band Dispatch)

 Crazy Horse Monument
 We found a horn
 We just started the Elf on the Shelf tradition keep posted for more pics in December...
 Aricin's new favorite book- He makes me replace the kids name with Aricin and the baby brother's name with Oliver
 Same author, Talia's new favorite book. She makes me repalce her name and the dogs name with our dog, Jeremiah.... what would we do without Library's
 Aricin thought it was the coolest thing to see dead honey badgers and porcupines- they had just killed them to make a headdress for a pow wow
 Aricin and his buddy Cody watching Mitchell Laso a horse at their house
 Tally and Aricin's turkey's on thanksgiving on the res.

 More Badlands
Sorry at the lack of order in the pictures, they were kind of all over the place. So for Thanksgiving we got invited to go to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with a small group of people (10 adults and 10 kids). We made an awesome Thanksgiving feast, and were able to deliver some firewood, blankets, and clothes to them. It was awesome to be able to go on our first mission trip together as a family. Pine Ridge is in the southwest corner of South Dakota and has a population of about 30,000 people. The 3 counties that make up pine ridge are the poorest 3 counties in the country. The unemployment rate is 80% and the alcoholism rate is also 80%. The suicide rate is extremely high and the conditions that these people live in is heartbreaking. A lot of people are living in hold FEMA trailers donated after Hurricane Katrina via New Orleans- these trailers are coated with visible mold and yet it's better then anything else. We stayed at a Casino on the Res which you would think is a big money maker, but we learned last year each resident on the res. got a check for about 27 cents from the profits. Each Lakota tribe member is given land on Pine Ridge and a lot of times the land is inaccesable so they lease the land out to wealthy american ranchers who consequentially made Billions last year- a lady we met told us last year she got a check for $24 dollars for the year to lease her lands to the ranchers. The whole situation is both frustrating and heartbreaking. As you drive the roads on the Res, you pass lots of markers showing where people have died from drunk driving- it's eerie. One of the days we were driving and Aricin asked "Why are the peoples houses hear all old and cracked? We don't they just buy new houses?" We told him that they didn't have enough money to buy new houses. His response "Well mom, why don't we give them some of our money to help them." Aaron and I looked at each other and smiled because he's getting it- we want our kids to have broken hearts for others and to desire to help others. Our time at Pine Ridge was good and hard. We went to the Wounded Knee Massacre and learned a little about America's history with the Native American's and it's sad. The more i learned the more embarassed I am at how we treated the Native American's. So many Indian Chiefs were shot in the back under a white peace treaty flag by our soldiers- it's terrible. All and all we look forward to returning to Pine Ridge and reconnecting with some of our new friends on the reservation.