Merry Christmas! We hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season and had a great year! We certainly cannot complain, as we are continually blessed, even when the blessings are sometimes hard to see! The world has been a little crazy this past 2016, but that only gives us better perspectives into our 'why'. Why we wake up in the morning? Why we do what we do? Why we are here? This year, our 'why' has been people. Spending time and investing in relationships that are lasting and move beyond the superficial "how do you dos". Specifically, for us, we have focused on experiences. Each month, having an experience with our children and teaching them to enjoy the moment of that experience, has been so wonderful! We have enjoyed some cabin time and snow tubing in Breckenridge, snorkeling off the Maui coast, riding dirt bikes in Caineville, road trips to and from Colorado, milestone birthdays, rodeos, soccer games, roller coasters, small town 4th of July celebrations, cross-country Harley rides, fishing trips, camping trips, Texas day trips for book launches, 1st day of pre-school, 1st day of 4th grade, another cancer free celebration, a new year of MOPS, another UTES football season, wake-boarding and boating at Starvation and Lake Powell, school field trips, Wendover runs, a new amazing job, Alpine slides and coasters, grandparent visits, a Jungle Book Halloween, celebrating a 70th birthday and family reunion, ghost tours, 11 years of marriage, friend parties, coffee dates, brunch dates, poker games, freighbor dinners, service projects, and the ever awaited for Christmas tree hunting! Our year has been spectacular! And in large part to the people who enjoy it with us! You all add laughs and friendship, bring good food to share, jump on board with our adventure ideas and service projects, invite us into your homes and hearts. You celebrate milestones and success with us and comfort us in times of heart ache. Beyond any of the intangibles, you, all of you - our family and friends- are the 'why' in our lives. We love doing life with you all and pray that you all know how grateful we are for each and every one of you. 2016 was another year of life for the Lierd Family and we are thankful for every single moment of it!
-With Love, Patrick & Candace
Kaden is now in 4th grade and still loving school! He is still in Chinese immersion and his language ability still amazes us! We are almost zero help when it comes to homework, but occasionally we are able to keep up with him! He has made some great friends and it is fun to see them each year as they grow and to be able to form friendships with their parents. He moved up into the Fusion class, at church, this year and loves "hanging in youth group" with such sweet friends. We love hearing his tender heart pray and getting a peek into what child-like faith, means! His big venture, this year, has been competitive soccer. He was drafted onto a great team, The Strikers, and he has enjoyed pushing himself to become a better athlete and soccer player! He is an amazing Left Forward and his left foot is almost unstoppable! He definitely has surprised us with his skill and dedication. His passion is right in line with his father - and those two are never ever ever competitive - ever! haha! Yes, we are the yelling parents, but we love it! We have spent many hours, this year, on a soccer field and that is just fine with us. He still loves a wakeboard, though and finally jumped the wake! He is trying skiing and snow boarding this year, and he may decide a board is better for water, rather than snow - we will see!
We adore these two boys!
They definitely have their daddy by his heart and their mama by her soul. Children are such a gift and have taught us so many things. We have changed our perspective to not just worry about what the world holds for them, to making sure they are prepared to enter it, with kind hearts, encouraging words, and character that fits a man after God's own heart. Of course, we have those hard days of needing a time-out and a few days of being grounded, and every little boy's room, we have to believe, carries a funny smell, that you just can't get rid of! These two keep the laundry baskets full, the house never quiet, and our schedules busy, but we cannot picture a life without them and are embracing the messiness of a beautiful life of parenting.
Life is full of adventure, as a couple, and deciding to experience it together, has been amazing! There are times we feel like chaos is getting the best of us, times when we have to follow up with an apology, and times when we experience disappointment. But that is what we signed up for - for two real people to do life, together. We celebrated 11 years of marriage, this year, and look forward to many many more! We have had so much fun being busy with the boys and running away together on week night date nights, and Park City ghost tours. Laughter is in great supply in this house of ours, and we will be sad when the day comes that the laughs have died down. We love all the craziness and God must have known that our own crazy would complement each other's crazy, so well! We look forward to a 2017 already getting filled with adventures and new endeavors and are holding hands, ready to take off!
We pray you have peace, this year and that you are filled with the wonders of the unseen, and really know what your 'why' is!!
Marry Christmas and Happy New Year!!