Dear friends and family,
We hope you are enjoying the Christmas season and getting some quality time with those you love.
This year has flown by (again) and has been filled with what seems a lot of change. For starters, after three years of being married, we decided to leave the world of renting apartments and graduated to moving to our own house (pictures below!). In addition, after about three years of teaching college students, I decided to leave the collegiate scene for now and gain some experience as a high school teacher. The jury was out for a long while as to whether or not I was pleased with this decision. But, after one full semester at Union High School, I think it's safe to say that I'm happy with where I am. I've grown incredibly fond of my kids...and most days I think that feeling is reciprocated.
Brett continues to work very hard as an auditor for Ernst and Young. In January, he passed his final exam for the CPA, which makes him the 3019th person in the history of South Dakota to pass the exam (he is certified in both SD and OK). I thank God for such a dedicated husband. I joke and say that he supports my teaching habit.
The Peterson side of the family welcomed some wonderful new members in 2012. In June, Brett's sister Rachel was married to Joe Pope; the two seem to be the perfect match for each other. On Brett's birthday, November 7, Becca and Rob (Brett's sister and her husband) introduced their beautiful daughter Ellie. We cannot wait to meet her when we visit South Dakota for the holidays. Ellie will have a cousin close in age, too, as Rachel and Joe are due in July! We're thrilled to be uncle and auntie.
Brett and I are continuing to enjoy life in Tulsa. We've been making some friends through church and work, which is exciting. Our cats seem to like it here, too, and continue to keep us entertained. Or maybe we entertain them. I'm not always sure...
We pray that you and yours have a beautiful holiday season and that 2013 brings you much joy.
Rebecka and Brett