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2019 Family Christmas Letter

Thanksgiving 2019

Dear Friends and Family,

Merry Christmas and Happy 2020!

As I looked out our window, I saw the women come out of their homes into the street, heading down our cul-de-sac on a cold, bright December day a few weeks ago. As they greeted each other, they headed toward our home with their arms full of cookies. These were our great neighbors coming over for our first cookie exchange! God has placed us in another wonderful neighborhood full of kind and generous people. 2019 has been a year of settling in and connecting.

In February we found a four bedroom, three bathroom home on a 1/3 of an acer lot at the end of a cul-de-sac that we love, and we bought it in March. Our apartment lease wasn’t up until the end of April, so it worked out great that we could move in slowly, have our oak wood floors refinished (they glow now!), paint the Viking purple basement white, and paint some other rooms as well before we moved in at the end of April.

Then we found out we were pregnant again (just after I painted the room I had dubbed the nursery, light yellow!), and in August we found out that we are having a baby girl that is due on December 16th. She feels like she is a little more lively than Joel (from what I can tell by how she kicks and moves inside me). I can’t wait to see her face and see her and Joel interact.

Stephen turned 40 in September and celebrated by going on a houseboat trip to Lake Powell. He got to see where we got engaged four years ago! Joel and I went to Illinois to visit friends and family because taking a one-year old on a houseboat for a week while pregnant did not sound fun. Stephen’s civil engineering job is moving along well. He has been connecting with guys in our neighborhood, at church, and at Bible Study Fellowship. Currently, he is figuring out how to put a new clutch in his truck.

I (Mary) love being home with Joel, and I’m so happy to be having a daughter. Our yellow nursery has lots of pink accents now! I enjoy being a children’s leader in an infant class at Bible Study Fellowship; being part of a team is so satisfying. I occasionally keep on writing and making cards (see:  ), but have been focusing more on Joel and learning how to take care of a  big house and yard. The pink and purple flowers that grow around our home make me so happy! I’m also learning how to cook gluten and dairy free, so if you have any great recipes, please pass them on to me!

Joel has blossomed this year! He just turned two years old on November 14th, and then we decided to take the leap and do potty training, and he has been picking it up like a champ. It’s nice to have a few weeks without diapers. He loves to run, play chase, read books, help us cook (today I had him come to the kitchen to help me make breakfast cookies, and he started the food processor without me telling him to—he knew what to do. He will be cooking in no time.), and create/build things. He talks more and has been singing too. He loves his Bible Study Fellowship classes and being out and about. It’s great that there are some kids in our neighborhood that he can play with.

May you have the merriest of Christmases and an amazing 2020. May God with even more hope, joy, and love than ever before.

Love, Mary, Stephen, Joel & Baby Girl Schuh

Copyright 2019

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope