It’s time for the 2nd annual family Christmas letter ~ once again from Brian’s point of view. :)
Dear Friends & Family,
This year has flown by! Benjamin is 18 months old and getting into everything. It’s been really exciting watching him change so much this past year. He starting to talk and spends his days helping Gabi around the house and playing with Army (our dog). He goes to Mother’s Day Out every week and loves playing and singing songs. As his Great G’ma Barrick likes to say, he can be a “rascal” like all the Barrick boys!
Gabi decided to change jobs in October. She is now a financial assistant at our church. She loves it and thinks that it may be just he career that God has in store for her. It’s very flexible and she can work around Ben’s and my schedule.
I’m still working at a county deputy. I recently got promoted to the Patrol Division, and I am currently in training for that new position. I worked in the jail for 3 1/2 years, so I’m definitely looking forward to a change of scenery. After working nights for the past nine months, it will be nice to work the day shift while I’m in training for a while.
This fall we led a Young Life small group on Monday nights for a group of college students. Gabi led Bible study and discussion for 3 girls, and I led a group of 7 guys. The meetings usually ended with Gabi having to kick them out at 11pm or so, because they grew accustomed to watching Monday night football and eating our food. We’ve also continued to attend our Wednesday night Young Families group at church. The semester we did the study “Experiencing God”, and we really enjoyed learning more about how God is working in and around our lives.
I managed to get off for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! We spent the week of Thanksgiving travelling around South Texas and Louisiana visiting relatives. Ben was not so fond of the nine hour drive home, and it took a couple days of coaxing to convince him to get back into his car seat. We will be spending Christmas with my parents in Winnsboro. We are very grateful to get to spend the holidays with our families, and the grandparents are taking advantage of every opportunity to spoil Ben.
We really miss all of you! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are ever in or around San Antonio. Please keep up in your prayers this year as I move into a patrol position with the Sheriff’s office, and please continue to pray for Gabi’s brother’s safe return from Afghanistan. (We are looking forward to him coming home in April!) We hope that you all enjoy celebrating the birth of our Savior this Christmas season!
Brian, Gabi & Ben