I take enormous pride in my children’s accomplishments. This is normal, I although I suspect my kids are vastly superior to most. Yours may be an exception.
The younger three are arriving in about half an hour. Abigail, the oldest, has been here since the 27th. We’re going to have a great time celebrating the New Year and just being together. It has been over a year since I’ve seen them, and a year and a half since we were all together.
Sometime I’ll post pictures and stuff, but for now a brief introduction:
Abigail teaches ESL in Costa Rica and lives around the corner from her maternal grandparents (who have lived in CR since 1960). She taught computer skills last year in Dallas, and did Americorps the year before that. She has a degree in anthropology and plays flute, piano, and ukulele. She was a National Merit Scholar.
Jephthah works as a handyman. His ambition is to live off the land, and he’s in the process of buying a small farm near Dallas, where he plans to raise goats and chickens, among other things. He’s an amateur paleontologist and has studied forensic science and crime scene investigation. He loves working with his hands outdoors.
Hannah is very happily employed as a vet tech in Dallas. She’s probably the only National Merit Scholar who opted for a community college rather than a big-name school (she received close to 200 recruitment letters), but she knew exactly what she wanted to do. She chose to be a vet tech rather than a veterinarian because she wants to be the one who gets to nurture the animals rather than just diagnose, prescribe, and cut (although she is fascinated by animal guts). She just started a blog here: http://sheepchi.wordpress.com/. It includes the posts from her old Xanga blog. I strongly recommend her poetry and her Emo Kid story.
Elizabeth will finish a BA with a double major in art and English next May. You know how they say you have to put 10,000 hours into something to become a true master? She has been a passionate artist since she was two, and is equally brilliant with writing and music. She created a mural for a Dallas community college at age 15 or 16, and has designed two CD covers for upcoming releases by my wife.
And they’re landing in about 10 minutes. I need to start wrapping up here so I can go pick them up.
Have a very happy New Year. May 2014 be your best year yet.