Monday, January 14, 2013

2012 New Year's Update!

December 2012
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Here’s a brief synopsis of 2012 for us: BUSY!

OK, a few more details:
Almost, 17, Darla is itching to get her license. I can hardly believe that my baby girl is old enough to drive! She is having a wonderful Junior year and is quite focused on her academics as she looks forward to applying to colleges soon (I’ve been brainwashing the kids about Grove City for years, so we’ll see if my plan has worked…. I’ll let ya know in next year’s Christmas letter!) Darla has taken quite a course load at school this year with three AP classes in History, Language and Calculus! She is excited to be on the high school basketball team again and is really enjoying the season. Last spring, she had the privilege of receiving the Christian Character Award through basketball! In addition to athletics and academics, she continues to impress us with her accomplishments in music with her involvement in piano, band, choir and bells. She stays very involved at church with youth group, Bible study and summer missions.
Micah (14) began his high school career with a bang as a freshman at Plumstead Christian School! He was elected President of the 9th grade class, joined the debate team and participated in the high school production of Arsenic and Old Lace. At the same time he was involved in a community theatre production of Stage Door. (We are having a hard time keeping him from auditioning for every role that comes along!) He is involved in several musical pursuits: choir, ensemble, band and piano. He thoroughly enjoyed participating in County Band last spring and hopes to do that in high school as well. We were so proud of Micah’s achievements at 8th grade graduation in May, when he received the Christian Leadership Award (from PCS) and the Good Citizenship Award (from our state Senator.) Micah's also very involved in youth group and went on his first High School summer trip to World View Academy last summer.
Clara & Minnie Mouse
Little Miss Clara is now THREE! She is becoming quite the independent toddler. It’s amazing to see how much she has grown over the past year! Her vocabulary has exploded, she’s got a very creative imagination and, as her teachers have learned, she talks a lot! She has been really enjoying going to preschool this year and I think the teachers like to hear her stories because the rest of the class is so quiet! Clara and I love going to Kindermusik every week. It is so fun to see her participate more each time as she develops her love of music.

Phil & I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this summer and enjoyed a couple of days to ourselves at a The Moon Shadow Inn near Hershey, PA! We both continue to be very involved in ministry at our church. Together we work with the young adults - I plan events and Phil teaches Sunday school. Phil is an Elder and also participates in the Men’s Fraternity. I have continued in my ministries as MOPS Coordinator, team teaching Ladies’ Bible Study and helping with Senior High Girl’s Bible Study. I also enjoy writing at, where you can read about our family during the year. Phil continues to be a contract engineer with Comcast though his company, Embedded Innovations.

As 2012 draws to a close, we are thankful to God for all His blessings and look forward to 2013! May God bless you abundantly in the New Year!


Phil, Denise, Darla, Micah and Clara Mooney