Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Family Christmas letter 2008

Sam, age 3

The DeCoste Family

Grace's Kindergarten pic, age 5

Nathan, age 5 mos

Dear family & friends,

I always love the opportunity I have at this time of year to slow down and reflect on God’s grace and goodness to our family and to watch His mighty hand at work that shapes the ins and outs of our daily lives. I never cease to be amazed at the sheer abundance of divine protection and joy He brings to our lives.

This year was another year of firsts in many ways. In last year’s Christmas letter we shared the joyful news of an expected new arrival in our home. He decided to greet us early on a sunny Monday in June, on the 23rd to be exact. Nathan Paul weighed 9 lb 2 oz and is a most happy little boy. He’s been learning to roll over, eat rice cereal and get used to a bottle (so Katie can get some much needed time away.) He’s always smiling. Grace was a bit reluctant at first with the idea of ANOTHER brother but it seems one of her favorite past times of late is coaxing giggles out of Nathan.

In May, Grace (age 5) “graduated” from her 2-day-a-week preschool. Grace absolutely LOVES going to class and has made many new friends in her new school where she is attending kindergarten. She had several lines to speak in a Thanksgiving play as well as many group songs and I think the whole family had them memorized after weeks of practice. She has proclaimed that she wants to be an artist just like daddy and can most often be found coloring pictures with crayons. We are running out of room on the fridge and wondering if we need to save them ALL.

Sam (age 3) is “all boy” as the saying goes. Daddy is immediately greeted at the door each night after work to “play lion” which involves a lot of rolling around on the ground and wrestling while making growling sounds. Something I am very good at anyhow. Sam has a very active imagination and is fond of climbing up things and then jumping off of them. We were ecstatic early this year when Sam finally got the hang of the “potty.” He also loves to “play” with his baby brother which we keep a close eye on!

Katie (who turned 30 this year) seems to me an amazing whirlwind of activity, energy, beauty and grace. We are extremely blessed to be able to have Katie stay at home and care for the children which she thoroughly enjoys (most days). She keeps busy taking aerobics classes at the gym, hanging out with friends, attending a woman’s Bible study, and in general keeping all of us clothed, fed and happy. Oh how I love that woman!

Matt had an eventful year in 2008 as well—welcomed a new son, celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on 10/10/2008 with a 21 hr. trip to OH/KY in a minivan with three kids, saw a mountain lion and had his car broken into on the same day, narrowly survived an incredible ordeal on the river with his brothers, and climbed a couple 14,000 ft. peaks.

We love all of you dearly and thank God for placing each of you in our lives. We hope that this letter finds you and yours doing well. Have a very, very Merry Christmas as you spend time with family celebrating the birth of our dear Lord and Savior. d

With much love,
Matt, Katie, Grace, Sam and Nathan

Saturday, December 06, 2008

My Bros

My brothers Marc and Dave are truly the best. I have so many great memories of hanging out with my bros and I am fortunate that they both live in town with me here in Colorado Springs.

My brother Marc turned 38 this year. Truly shocking! I still have vivid memories of sharing our birthday cake at age 5 and 7 because our birthdays were only 3 days apart—mine the 15th of September and his the 18th. It bugged me as a kid not getting my own cake (obviously) but I love it now. And as a parent now with 2 of my own kids with birthdays 3 days apart, I am doing exactly the same thing to them—a shared cake. I mean c'mon. How much cake can you possibly eat in 3 days.

But getting back to my bros, I feel quite lucky. My brother David and I both work at the same place so we get to see each other almost everyday. And often I can be found showing Dave the finer points of the game of table tennis—better known as ping pong to most—and his game is coming along nicely. I even let him win on occasion. 

My brothers are alike in the ways that count—religious beliefs, integrity, honesty, devotion to family—and so very different in the ways that matter less.

David is a Systems Administrator and probably the smartest guy in the family. He is definitely type A, a bit of a neat freak, and a Beautiful Mind if you've seen the movie. He can be forgetful of the small stuff—keys, phone, wallet, time—because he is always thinking about the big stuff—what to get his wife for Christmas, how to get that extra 3% speed out of his laptop and at least 3 or 4 other things. He is a technician and a methodical thinker.

Marc is a tile-setter, a real estate investor, and a alternative fuels expert. His mind is always on the go. He's an artist of sorts. His latest thing is harnessing the power of the sun using homemade Fernelli's lenses to burn stuff. He is a BIG IDEA guy and occasionally forgets to follow through on the 20 new projects he has started THIS WEEK!! I hear he wants to test for the border patrol or the fire department this week. A real renaissance kind of guy.

And then there is me. A bit of both of them, different in my own way but very alike in so many ways. I'm so thankful my parents didn't stop after 2 or even 4. Nope, 5! 3 boys and 2 girls!

So here's to you bros! You make my life so rich and fun! So when are we hangin' out next?

Your bro Matt


At my cousin's wedding sometime in the 90's

30 feet underground in the "Ice Caves" in Palmer Park, CO

Setting flag stone in Dave's backyard

High above 11-Mile Reservoir during camp trip in 2008

Playin' a little air guitar on the racquetball court in Winter Park, CO

With the kids in Ouray, CO

Matt, Marc, and Dave