Christmas Letter 2005 (aka, The Year in Review)

December 10, 2005 at 11:26 am 1 comment

Each year we send out a Christmas letter to our friends and family, briefly recapping our year, and doing something small to maintain contact with those that we don’t see very often.  The blog seemed a fitting place to post the letter as well.  Here goes:

Dear Friends and Family,

As 2005 comes to a close, Kim and I would like to wish you glad tidings, good cheer, and to briefly recap our year in the form of the Annual Christmas Letter.  2005 saw many changes for both Kim and I, and as we look back, we remember fondly our time spent with friends and family.

In March, we finally made the leap from apartment living to home ownership.  After pondering our options, we ended up buying a new, already-built home in Leander, just north of Cedar Park (our former locale).  Our house suits our needs nicely, with two stories, three bedrooms, and a large backyard.  While we’re a little further away from Austin than we used to be, the commute isn’t bad, and Leander living is suiting us nicely.

With room to expand, our family also saw an increase in size (of the furry variety) as we adopted a dog this summer.  On a random weekend afternoon, Kim surprised me with an out-of-the-blue "Let’s get a dog!"  About a week later, we arrived home with Jango, a three year old German Shorthaired Pointer from a Texas rescue group.  At 70 pounds of mostly-muscle, Jango enjoys patrolling for cats, wearing paths in the backyard, and sleeping.  He’s now a graduate of two training classes (Obedience and Agility), and overall, he’s great.  Jango’s favorite spot in the house is wherever we are, and though he is big, he’s a lap-dog at heart.  We enjoy him greatly.

Another large part of our life, our church and ministry, saw a change this year as well.  After our hearts sensed a call to something different, we decided to leave Hill Country Bible Church, our church home for many years, and we joined Mesa Community Church, a small Anglican Church in Austin.  We are very blessed to be a part of the community at Mesa, and we enjoy serving in the Children’s ministry and sharing fellowship with our new friends.

Throughout the year, Kim has stayed busy in many ways.  She continues to babysit our beautiful nieces Bianca (4) and Isabelle (15 months) a couple of days each week.  In addition, Kim recently started working part time at a fabric store in Cedar Park, and she has also turned her love for rubber stamping into a business.  Finally, Kim continues to be active in ministry and recently coordinated an event for Mesa Community Church.  As always, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and decorating.

I continue to work as a Software Engineer at National Instruments in Austin.  I completed my seventh year with the company, and I continue to enjoy working on firmware for embedded computers.  Among the highlights was my first patent, which issued late this year.  Outside of work, I enjoy ministering with Kim at Mesa Community Church and spending time with friends and family.

For those of you interested in following our escapades on a more continual basis, we started a blog (web log) this year.  While we try to keep it up to date, updates are somewhat sporadic, though our blog is a great place to find pictures and journal entries for all the fun things that we’ve done during the year.  Check us out at on the web at: gardinerfamily.typepad.com.

Kim and I are very grateful for your love and friendship, and we thank God for each of you.  We pray that your 2006 is a blessed one, and we mean it when we say that you are always welcome in our home.

Wishing you joy and great blessings,
Eric and Kim Gardiner

And there it is.  Hope your December is a blessed one.

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  • 1. Amanda  |  May 5, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    Seriously, Gardiner’s…is this going to become a once a year thing for you? 🙂 Just curious what is going on in your lives. Hope you are well!

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