2010 was yet another eventful year here in the hood. Back in the Spring we moved out of the house on 15th and into our own home a few blocks up on 17th.
It’s an older home with beautiful wood trim and staircase. We did have a few home improvement jobs that we got started on right away (and that aren’t all finished yet).
Living here has been great. We are blessed to have a house that is large enough to accommodate many, and we have certainly taken advantage of that. The street is quieter than it was over on 15th, but now we actually have neighbors. And though it’s quieter, I wouldn’t say less eventful. You may have read about the neighbor boy (who on a side note was given a BB gun for Christmas) that we have had eventful interactions with, the police and ambulance have been to the apartments next door twice in the middle of the night since Christmas, and a very loud (like yelling in the street) family recently moved in a few houses down across the road. We continue to try and build relationships with our neighbors, though honestly, we have been failing to have much commitment and follow through with that in the last few months. Someone recently reminded me of the time I took bread to all our neighbors, maybe it’s time to bake some cookies…
So, we started the year as a family of six.
And ended it as a family of seven. We were blessed to welcome Brynn in September and I especially am so excited to see our family grow as the dynamics change from a family of boys to having now two little girls.
Another highlight of 2010 includes our participation of VBS at church. We had a blast helping with that and working with all the kids.
Some really awesome things came out of that (even aside from sharing Christ with the kids). Some of the kids who are related to a family next door came and that really opened up the doors for relationships. Until then some of them were pretty skeptical of us moving into the neighborhood. We also met some amazing people from another church that helped out and Stephen and I have kept in touch with another family in particular that we really enjoy and probably would not have met otherwise. Kids and grownups from different neighborhoods came together that week and that was really cool. I hope that our church will continue to reach out, and I’m sure that it will continue to collaborate with other churches… and I think that that is the way it should be.
Let’s see, Stephen is still in school and still at Aegon. He looks forward to some changes happening at work right now as well as to another year closer to graduation. He is of course still reading a lot, and he has recently taken up whittling. In fact, he carved a figure for me out of a block of wood that is really quite impressive. He bought a truck this year and has become somewhat of the church haul-it man which although, to be honest, has been at times inconvenient, has allowed him to spend time with people here and there and that always turns out to be time well spent.
We gave Miku (the corgi we had) to a new family and we adopted Mikey (a girl) in May. She is a big beautiful playful lab who has as much energy as the kids.
She gets to me every now and then, but overall Mikey has been a great addition to the family. The kids love her and strangers in the neighborhood keep their distance, so she is certianly fulfilling her purpose.
I have been spending a lot of my time at the kids schools, helping out with field trips, parties, activities or doing work for the teachers or helping or playing with the kids.
As I recently wrote about, I am enjoying this time and though it was such a difficult decision to put the kids in school, overall, it has been so great for our family.
As if mothering five and keeping my house clean weren’t enough, I always have my hands in something. I tried Arbonne for a brief moment this year, but it just wasn’t my thing. I am still doing photography, and in fact that has been picking up quite a bit and I am looking forward to opening a studio this year. I do miss Young Life every now and then, but I keep in touch with several of the kids and it was the right choice for us right now. I actually get to be a part of the lives of three little ones whose moms were all some of my Young Life girls, and that has been really neat.
We said goodbye to several close friends in 2010.
One family moved off to Texas, another to Colorado, one of my close and long time friends and ministry partners moved to Dubuque, and one of Stephen’s buddies moved to Ames. It’s been neat to see God working in each of those families and though we miss them all, it’s neat to see where God has called them, and we can only pray to have as much faith and obedience to the Lord as we have seen in some of our friends this past year.
Let’s see, it wouldn’t be a Lloyd family letter if I didn’t mention Stephany.
Steph is our babysitter/nanny-ish, help with whatever, my second photographer, and friend. She has been an amazing blessing to our home, family and life and I don’t know what we would do without her. My kids LOVE and adore her, and she loves them back like crazy. Recently she told me that she won’t be moving when she graduates because she couldn’t leave the kids, oh my gosh, I can’t even describe how amazing that is. You are absolutely irreplaceable Steph!
What else… we bought a camper and took it out for our first camping trip over Thanksgiving. That was super fun and we are looking forward to using it next summer
It looks small, and it is, but there is a sink and stove and three beds, and we all fit.
One of my bff’s got married and moved closer to us and I’m looking forward to spending more time with her.
We spent Christmas with Stephens parents at Grizzly Jacks again and that was super fun.And I rang in the new year with my brother Josh at a concert he had going on. Which, by the way… his band, Silver Creek, is amazing and you should check them out if you get a chance.
Thanks for reading about our year… cheers to the next one.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the new year is filled with joy!
From the Lloyds