After a tumultuous 2013, this year turned out to be a calm and happy one. We’re grateful as always for all the really wonderful people that cross our paths—past and present—which means we’re grateful for you! Here’s an update on the Taylors:
If you missed last year’s update, we moved to Houston and love being near old friends and making new ones. We joined our neighborhood church--Willow Meadows Baptist—where we are the worst church members ever, only because Trisha is often traveling and Craig is regularly preaching at area churches.
Speaking of Craig, he continues to love his work at Mission Centers of Houston, serving volunteers, church teams, staff and summer missionaries as they minister in several inner-city neighborhoods. Go to Facebook and like the Mission Centers so that you can keep up with their terrific work! He also enjoyed getting to see James Taylor in concert for the first time and the Eagles for the fourth—and has tickets for Fleetwood Mac in March, so 2015 should be another good year! The highlight of the year for Craig was probably being at the opening BU game at the new stadium--it's hard to believe how far the Bears have come!
McLane Stadium with Old Main in the background across the Brazos
Trisha continues with her counseling practice in west Houston and wears other hats as well. Working with pastors and congregations as part of the Ridder Church Renewal process, she travels quite a bit: multiple trips each to Michigan, New York, Wisconsin and Ontario where she gets to be with people who have become dear and treasured friends. She also continues to serve with Faithwalking and Missional Marriage.
Just a few Ridder friends: Scott, Jess and my dear friend and colleague Jim Herrington
The highlight of 2014 for Trisha was the blast-to-your-past central Texas tour that Craig surprised her with for their 29th anniversary. Starting at the Pizza Hut in Cameron (where they had their first date 30 years ago) and ending at Central Baptist Church in Thornton, Craig and Trisha revisited the special places from their dating, engagement and first year of marriage. What was really fun was how many of you joined us on Facebook!
Craig and Trisha in 1984 and in 2014
Andrew graduated with his master’s degree from Harvard in May and came home for awhile before leaving again, this time for a year in China where he teaches at Hebei University in Bao Ding, about two hours southwest of Beijing. Unlike his previous trips abroad, we get to talk to him via Skype on a pretty regular basis and that makes us both really happy. He seems to love teaching and is very popular with his students.
Andrew and Rebecca at the park across from our house
Rebecca is thriving as a senior history major at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton. She worked this summer as a history programs intern at the Dr. Pepper museum in Waco and found her calling (small museums, not Dr. Pepper). She was also accepted in the school study abroad program and will spend the next 4 months in London, living with other students in a flat near the British museum. She couldn’t be happier.
Rebecca being official at the Dr. Pepper Museum
It’s been a truly good year for us and our families and we’re grateful that we get to share it with some of the best people in the world—our friends, colleagues and families. We love you and wish you a happy Christmas and a very blessed new year!