Christmas Letter 2014

Photo of Brian and Melissa Merry Christmas 2014!

Greet­ings to all our dear fam­ily and friends! We’ve had quite a full year, most of it fun-filled, and we praise the Lord for His good­ness through­out every mo­ment of it. Since this was our last year of work­ing at PCC, Jan­u­ary through June was marked by how many times we could have friends and cam­pus kids over be­fore we went our sep­a­rate ways. One fun land­mark was in April: we threw a com­puter-themed sur­prise birth­day party for Brian and had a blast! Many thanks to those who came and made it such a spe­cial day.

Photo from Brian's birthday party 2014
Friends at the birthday party

In June we launched a small dream of ours: a recipe web­site, at koser.us/​recipes! Cur­rently it only con­tains Melis­sa’s recipes, and the de­sign is very ba­sic, but in the com­ing years we’ll con­tinue to make im­prove­ments. In the mean­time, feel free to browse for ideas (or just for fun!).

It’s been a plea­sure work­ing with such fine folk at PCC, and we do miss the good work at­mos­phere. Brian en­joyed work­ing in chil­dren’s church at PCC, and Melissa misses play­ing in the church or­ches­tra. We also en­joyed at­tend­ing a Cou­ples’ Bible Study, taught by Dr. Dale Ad­kins. Our last day of work at PCC was July 18th, and we moved out the very next day. We praise the Lord for His grace in hold­ing off the rain as we loaded the truck. Huge thanks (again!) for every­one that made it a short move—45 min­utes to load the truck, and an­other 15 min­utes to fin­ish clean­ing the house. Sev­eral of our friends also drove to our new house in Mo­bile, AL and helped us un­load every­thing into the new apart­ment.

Some of our friends got mar­ried this year (woohoo!). In July we at­tended the wed­ding of Jonathan and Janae Sparks, and in Au­gust that of An­drew and Car­rie Olsen. Since then, we’ve been able to keep (some­what) in con­tact with our cam­pus kids at PCC, and roughly once a month we are able to bring Megan Koser over for a week­end of re­lax­ation.

Jonathan and Janae Sparks at their wedding reception
Jonathan & Janae Sparks at their wedding reception
Andrew Olsen
Andrew Olsen…one of his better pictures 😉

God has led us to Cross­roads Bap­tist Church, a won­der­ful church with car­ing peo­ple. The fel­low­ship meals each month have helped us in get­ting to know our new church fam­ily, and al­ready we feel right at home! There are also many ser­vice op­por­tu­ni­ties, and we’re ex­cited to see what the Lord will do in this min­istry.

These later months have been full of fam­ily (al­ways a good thing!). In Oc­to­ber we got to spend a few days with Melis­sa’s par­ents, as well as in­tro­duce them to our church fam­ily. In No­vem­ber we spent Thanks­giv­ing with nearly all of Bri­an’s fam­ily, and we en­joyed watch­ing Megan Koser per­form in Pi­rates of Pen­zance at PCC.

Danny Koser
Danny, Brian’s 21-month-old brother

De­cem­ber has so far been a busy month with dec­o­rat­ing, mak­ing good­ies, prepar­ing for a pi­ano recital, and mak­ing more good­ies. In the mid­dle of this we took a week­end to cel­e­brate our third an­niver­sary with horse­back rid­ing, fol­lowed by din­ner at the Oys­ter House. The fol­low­ing week­end Megan Koser spent a few days with us af­ter her se­mes­ter at col­lege was over, and will­ingly did a photo shoot for us. Thanks a bunch, Megan!

Brian and Melissa at park
Megan’s photography skills making us look good

Last Christ­mas was spent with Bri­an’s fam­ily (in­clud­ing a sur­prise visit from Matt and Lind­sey Rhoades), so this year we’ll be fly­ing down to Hon­duras to cel­e­brate the New Year with Melis­sa’s fam­ily.

If you’ll be any­where near Mo­bile in 2015, please stop by and visit! And please make use of our guest bed­room; we would­n’t want it to go to waste. 😊 Look­ing for­ward to see­ing many of you this com­ing year,

Brian & Melissa Koser

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