Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas - 2011

Dear Family and Friends,

This past year has gone by so quickly, we can hardly believe 2012 is nearly here! It has been a year filled with watching the kids grow and learn.   The joys of parenting have presented many wonderful and treasured moments, along with challenges alike.  There haven’t been too many noteworthy events, but a plethora of special moments here and there.   

Our biggest blessing in 2011 was the birth of our second son, William Charles Vaughan.  He was born on March 16th.  He is now nine months old. Oh my, how time flies! He is such a mellow and sweet little boy.  He has a personality very similar to his father’s and it takes a lot to get him worked up, or to show much emotion at all.  William has started standing up all on his own and is working on mastering that talent at this time. While he is very calm, he is also incredibly mobile.  He manages to quietly get into everything!

We have our hands full with Wesley who is two and half years old now. He happens to have a personality quite similar to his mother’s and is an incredibly ornery and difficult ball of fire, and perfect in every way.  He loves anything that has to do with guns or wildlife and enjoyed his first deer hunting trip just a couple of weeks ago.   He is working on learning his numbers and colors, along with the differences between a buck, doe, and fawn.  You know, all of the important things in life!  Our proudest moment with him this year was when he potty-trained shortly before turning two years old.  Who knew how exciting potty-training would be?!? 

Jennifer is currently working two days a week at our local Christian radio stations, The House FM and My Praise FM ( & as an assistant to the promotions department.  She enjoys her job very much and loves being surrounded by wonderful and entertaining co-workers.  Jennifer has become a Silpada Designs Jewelry Independent Representative ( for a hobby in her spare time along with cooking and baking.  She also enjoys focusing on and learning about chemical free, non-toxic, organic products and it has made a big impact in our family.

Steven works from October to March at Red Rock Ranch guiding deer hunts and bird hunts and he is the assistant manager of Evans and Associates Big Fork Ranch April through September.  He often comments how he can’t believe that he actually gets to go hunting for a living! He is busy at this time with guiding bird hunts at work and deer hunting himself on his time-off.  He enjoys coming home to spend the evenings wrestling with the boys before bedtime. 

Christmas is such a special time of year when the weather is cool, the smell of chimney smoke fills the air, and sparkling and decorated trees are seen everywhere.  It’s easy to join into the commercialization of Christmas, but it’s this season that we are reminded of God’s eternal love for us and the Christ Child who was born in a manger.  We are praying for you all and wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

                                                                               Steven, Jennifer, Wesley, & William

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