Usually, our Christmas letters, we can recount an exciting year of travel. This year, we expanded our cross-country road trip from last year, spending nine days in late summer driving to and from central Washington. On the way, we hiked the Badlands and Devils Tower.
Yellowstone is so vast and spectacular that two days weren’t nearly enough, but yet another destination loomed. We finished our journey in central Washington, camping along the Columbia River with our great friends from Florida, New York, Arizona and Washington, and going to three Dave Matthews Band and O.A.R. concerts at the greatest concert venue in the world, the Gorge Amphitheatre. It’s hard to believe, but we celebrated our five-year anniversary on the trip.
Our professional lives were very stable, hectic and rewarding this year. Pam coordinated a county-wide United Way campaign that raised almost $3 million. She was also named New Rotarian of the Year by the Urbana Rotary Club. At the Devonshire Group, I continued to work with our three technical services companies (HDC Engineering, Architectural Spectrum and Eta Engineers) to grow our business in new areas.
As usual, the campaign trail kept us busy as well, although the outcome was very disappointing, as my candidate for the State Senate, Judy Myers of Danville, lost by just 517 votes in the most expensive legislative race in Illinois. As always, win or lose, elections are both learning experiences and a chance to build friendships.
This year, we didn’t add any cats to our family, and we didn’t have any children (yet!). We didn’t undergo any major home improvement projects (yet!), but we helped Pam’s Grandma move into a beautiful, comfortable new home in Troy, which seemed to occupy much of the Winter and Spring.
So, as we take a second look back at 2006, we certainly didn’t lack in blessings or excitement. If it seems less full than usual, perhaps it’s because we’re more spoiled than usual. We are certainly incredibly blessed, and thankful that we can again share our blessings with our friends, family and community. May you have a Merry Christmas and an equally blessed 2007.