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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Genovese Christmas Letter 2012

Merry Christmas from the Genovese Family!

Ty is now 2 ½ years old and is quite the ladies man.  He is talking more than ever and his favorite phrase is “Bradley did it”.  We are still working on his adoption and will be going to court in January for what we hope will be the final court date before the actual adoption hearing.  We are so grateful to be near the end of this journey and excited for the day we can move on as a family without the “system” keeping us guessing.

Bradley is 18 months old and he is all boy.  He has a high pain tolerance, which is something he definitely didn’t inherit from Mommy. He is always pushing himself to keep up with Ty.  He is at the 95% for height and 85% for weight so keeping him in clothes is quite the challenge.  His mischievous grin and sparkling eyes makes disciplining very difficult.  He has a sweet spirit and very laid back personality.

We were able to open our home to 3 more children this past year.  A 9 year old boy Travis was only with us for 1 week but brought us so much closer together as family.  He loved family activities including basketball and Monopoly.  Dylan who was 11 years old was with our family for a little over 2 months.  His maturity showed in so many ways.  He made us very proud when he called us one weekend and told us he would be mentoring foster children after school on Wednesday’s.  Emma who is 6 years old came to live with us at the end of November.  It was quite a change having a girl living in the house but it’s been a lot of fun.  Girls definitely have a lot more “stuff” than boys do!  The way these children approached the upheaval in their lives with courage has been an inspiration.  We are so thankful for supportive family and friends that love each one of these children.  That support is needed to help us continue this important ministry.

Mike switched careers in January and is now a Private Banker for Wells Fargo.  The stability of this new career has been a blessing especially after spending almost three years building his previous business from scratch.  Mike had surgery for his Crohn’s disease in July.  The power of prayer was very evident to our family during his surgery and recovery as he was in the hospital for 12 days.  We are so appreciative to our family and friends who helped with the boys, prepared meals, and most importantly, prayed for healing of Mike and strength for Ashley.

Ashley continues to work as a ministry assistant at Riverside Baptist Church.  She enjoys the diverse job description and is very thankful for being able to work with great co-workers. As much as she complains about the grocery bill getting higher, she is really enjoying cooking and baking for a larger family.  Ashley also continues to serve on the board of the Greenville County Foster Parent Association where she enjoys being a part of the local fostering community.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”  Looking back in 2012 we can say that there were things that happened that we didn’t plan and at times didn’t want but through it all we were certain that God had a purpose in all of it.  Our desire for you in 2013 is that your lives will glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which is life’s greatest purpose.

Merry Christmas!
Mike, Ashley, Ty, & Bradley Genovese

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