long-distance family: I (Jill) was living in an apartment in Salem, working in Mt Angel, and traveling home to Bend on the weekends. Bryan and the kids were still in Bend, and we would alternate weekends traveling back and forth. By the grace of God, this arrangement only lasted four months, and by March we were all living under one roof in our new house in Keizer (just north of Salem). The kids started their new schools after Spring Break--it was an adjustment, particularly for Kaela in middle school--but they all made friends easily, have great teachers, and are all excelling at their appropriate levels! We've had lots of family outings to explore our new location and what it's like living in the valley instead of the high desert.
Mt Angel hospice going, and in the meantime I've been commuting to Portland working with their hospice branch. We hope to be seeing our own patients this Spring! Together we make coffee dates a priority for kid free time, and sometimes our "dates" are a trip to Costco by ourselves! But after 17 years and 3 kids.....it doesn't take a limousine to make meaningful time together. We hope to keep in touch with all of you this next year--send us an email, write on our facebook, or give us a call!