Itâ€™s hard to believe this is our 25th year of sending out Christmas cards as a couple. Family events were the highlight of our year with the Gilbertson family reunion in Minnesota being especially memorable. I think this is the first year of my life that I haven't gone home to Montana. I miss my family and the beauty and peace of big sky country. My dad continues to be active and healthy and I hope to see him soon. Mark traveled to Montana a couple times to check up on the cabin and fly fish with friends and clients. As expected, the kids continue to grow and mature in exciting and challenging ways. Annie transferred to UW Stout this year to study Early Childhood Development and joined an outdoor club. She now climbs rocks and can't wait for the next hiking or camping outing. David is once again taller and his voice keeps dropping lower. He recently received his driver's license however didn't go hunting this year. Could it be because of his drumming or is it the new girlfriend?
Erik is frequently mistaken for Harry Potter but would rather be seen as one of the Beatles. The good thing about this rocker is that heâ€™s still generous with hugs. Our international family continues to grow and touch our lives. Ă–zlem went back to Turkey in June and now studies architecture in Istanbul. As she left our house, Silje and her family arrived from Norway. We explored Wisconsin sites and shared stories, music and many laughs. After a month of no international guests, Agathe arrived from Bordeaux, France. She loves chocolate more than anyone I know and we enjoy her regular treats of hot chocolate. Thanks to Facebook, I keep up with Morgane in Belgium and all our international friends and many of you. Mark continues to find new clients for InForm amidst a challenging economy while I volunteer for AFS and River Arts. We have been so blessed with family and opportunities. We pray that all is well with you and hope our paths cross in the coming year.