Every year I sit down to write our annual Christmas letter. Every year I wonder if this will be the last year I write a letter. Every year Chris insists that I carry on my family tradition. And every year I am thankful I take the time to reflect on the past year.
This Christmas in particular, I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about the Peace that was brought on that quiet Christmas Day. Jesus was known as the Prince of Peace. The world we live in today is so far from that truth and it breaks my heart. From racism to refugees to violence to injustice–so many are in need of the Prince of Peace. My prayer for each of your families this Christmas season is that you feel a silver of the Peace that was brought into this world 2,000 years ago. And I pray that that Peace is spread to our neighbors, the hurting, the marginalized and the homeless. Because that is why He was born on that special Christmas night.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Family and Friends,
It’s that time of year when the Christmas music floods the speakers, the scents of balsam fill the house and the nativity scene reminds us about the miraculous birth of our Savior. It’s also when I sit down to reflect on the past year to write our annual Bohle Family Christmas letter. As I was thinking about a “theme” for this years’ letter, I kept thinking about how the number 4 has been a consistent number throughout our year. Here is our year in review, featuring the number 4.
4 people—The biggest change for us was becoming a family of four! On September 30th at 2:15 in the morning, Harrison Siders Bohle was born. Harrison took us by surprise, as he was about 2 weeks early! August loves his new title of “big brother” while Chris and I don’t love our newly found lack of sleep.
4 bedrooms—The number of bedrooms in our new house! Another major change for our family was purchasing our first home. For the first time in eleven years we have not lived in college housing. Our new title as homeowners finds us raking an endless amount of leaves, fixing broken doorknobs, and paying our first ever utility bill. We have an extra bedroom, so company is more than welcome.
4-2=2 years old— Two is the age in toddlerhood known as the “terrible twos”. Thankfully, they have been far from terrible. Two has been such a fun age with August. August can often be found running around the house playing his trumpet, wrestling with dad, chatting our ear off or catching a few snuggles with his little brother. Life is never boring with a 2 year old!
4 hours— The longest Harrison as ever slept.
4×2=8 hours—How long we want Harrison to sleep.
4 years—This is our fourth year in Holland. It seems like just yesterday we were moving from to Holland from Chicago. More and more we are feeling at home here in West MI.
4+4=8 years— Eight is the number of years Chris has been working on a college campus and Amanda has been teaching 1st grade. We are thankful to still work at Hope College and Holland Christian Schools. Both places consistently prove to bring great purpose in each of our lives.
May you find time to slow down this Christmas season and remember the greatest gift ever given—the gift of salvation.
Chris, Amanda, August and Harrison Bohle