It’s been a while since I opened the blog to write. This morning I picked it back up again to honor Matt and I’s “Christmas letter” tradition. We sent out a small bundle of traditional paper cards, but I felt the pull to write to our “online family” as well. So, here it goes!
Burkholder Annual Christmas Letter…
Christmas blessings from the farm! After 25 years, Matt still laughs that he’s crazy about me. I’m hoping that doesn’t mean that I’m driving him crazy 😉 Although our lives continue to change with each year that passes, the farm still keeps us busy. Matt works diligently to continue his “agronomy” education with the ultimate goal to always offer the best care for the land with which God has entrusted us. I never tire of the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and we feel so truly blessed that we get to call the Nebraska prairie home. Outside of farming, Matt serves on many local boards working to keep our community moving forward in the midst of a challenging world. He still water skies like he is twenty, dances with comical exuberance, and melts my heart as we hold hands together on the journey!
Ashley Grace is a senior at the University of Notre Dame where she is double majoring in Theology and Political Science, and minoring in Public Service. She adopted a cat this year and continues to love her Fighting Irish experience 🙂 She serves as a writing tutor at the university which allows her to work with athletes and international students on campus during the school year. She spent last summer teaching 3rd and 4th graders in the Milwaukee area, and after graduation she plans to move to Chicago and find a classroom of elementary students to love and mentor. I am so very proud of her heart and her courage to follow God’s urgings in her life.
Megan is a sophomore at Davidson College where she is majoring in Physics and pole vaulting on the track team. She is also involved in both FCA and Young Life at Davidson, and has found a wonderful church family in the area. She set a new school vaulting record last year before setting out for Wyoming to work at the K Bar Z guest ranch for the summer. She loves both the Nebraska prairie and the mountains of Wyoming so we are expecting that she will head back out this direction after finishing school. She and I still share a love for horses, cattle, and working on the farm so it is always fun when she comes home to visit!
Karyn is a junior in high school and we took our third “Burkholder college visit trip” over the summer. We headed south to Oklahoma and Texas to visit a number of schools. The University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M currently top her list. She is thinking of doing ROTC at Oklahoma or the Cadet program at A&M during her college years. She had wonderful track and cross country seasons this year and made trips to the Nebraska State Championships for both sports. She enjoys One Act, math, science, our church family and friends, and hanging out with Matt and I on the farm.
I continue to coach, substitute teach at our local middle school, and help Matt on the farm. We run cattle on grass each spring and summer which reminds me of my love for bovines! This summer I began coordinating the student ministries program at our church when our Youth Pastor left unexpectedly. I love working with kids and God continues to bless me on the adventures that He leads me to! We are very excited to have all three girls (and a grand-cat) home for the holidays! In addition, my mom and Matt’s sister will spend Christmas on the farm 🙂 We pray that God’s blessings will wrap you up this Christmas, and the love of Christ will fill your hearts!
Merry Christmas from our family!
Matt, Anne, Ashley Grace, Megan and Karyn