Now that all the physical copies of this letter have gone out, I wanted to make sure I posted our Christmas letter on the blog. Last years was really darn good if I do say so myself, so this year I had to lower everyone’s expectations a little. It was a little more normal, but hopefully still a pleasure to read – which is always my goal. Enjoy!
It seems my stroke of inspiration for writing our annual Christmas letter comes later and later each year. I may have had my address list updated in mid-November, but this Christmas letter will most likely get to you after Christmas this year. I apologize for the tardiness, but you’re very welcome for the treasure that is this letter. I have to say I’ve been a bit distracted this season as I’m attempting to hand make all of our Christmas gifts this year. Don’t worry, I probably only have a mild case of carpal tunnel from all the feverish knitting I’ve been doing.
I’ll start this Christmas Letter off with an announcement: we became adults this year.
[Blog Add-In: how many readers were hoping the announcement was that I was pregnant? (I’m not) I know at least one…]
We really made quite the adult move across the country for new job opportunities. I mean, who moves for “job opportunities?!” Adults, that’s who. We’re just two adults living in the Greater Seattle Area now (and by greater, I mean GREATER…we’re about 22 miles south of the city, which basically means 40 minutes away with traffic). Speaking of traffic, goodness gracious, TRAFFIC! Who deals with traffic on a daily basis?! Bryan and I both have an actual commute to work. Every day. I didn’t believe in commuting until I became an adult.
That’s right friends, we’re officially in our mid-twenties and the crankiness and gray hairs are upon us. We live for routine and week nights and dessert binges. I’m not lying to you (because adults don’t lie) when I confess that I listen to NPR on my commute now. And I’m also not lying to you when I tell you that Bryan joined a gym. That’s correct; we actually pay real dollars so that Bryan can stay fit. Who says “stay fit?!” Adults, that’s who.
Have you noticed the double spacing between sentences yet? Yeah, I just learned that is a thing. Adulthood, I tell you.
Bryan has a great start to his career here in the Seattle area; he’s able to service clients while working to build his own book of business. Did you understand any of that?! Was it too adult-y for you? Yeah, I know – but seriously, it’s all real! Bryan has a career! And “building a book of business” is a real phrase!!! I’m not even pulling your leg. Get this, I am not allowed to wear jeans to work. That’s how fancy my job is. I’m now the proud owner of clothing items such as, “work dresses,” “hosiery” and “designer slacks.” Who even says “slacks?!” You guessed it – Adults.
Our TV is mounted to our wall, we now own a Keurig, we shop at Costco, and we wear white shirts. Yep, it’s a pretty sure thing that we’re adults.
All in all, this year has been a happy, crazy year for us. It has been a year full of adult decisions and plans. It’s been a year of settling into a brand new place and making new friends and finding our way. It’s been a fun adventure! God has richly blessed me and Bryan and we continue to walk in His grace. May you take time this season to reflect on the awesomeness that is Jesus coming to earth – He came for you and for me to wipe our sins away! You don’t have to be an adult to understand that, or to get ridiculously excited about it. Enjoy the season! We are so blessed to have you in our lives, our friends and family near and far.
The Merriest of Christmases to you,
Bryan & Lisagrace