HAPPY NEW YEAR from Milwaukee, WI! 2013 has been a roller coaster year for the Bartol family. These are a few snippets of what happened: We started the year off in Oklahoma City in the middle of an internship with Sam Storms, then traveled to Chicago to graduate from Moody Bible Institute in May. In the process of all of that we moved everything to Denver, followed by a 6 week trip around the country, visiting friends and family in IL, WI, and MT. Then a few weeks after that Lisa and I went to Florida for an orientation with the mission group Pioneers International, where the reality of moving to Brno, Czech Republic became all the more clear to us.
Back in Denver, I climbed my first 14er with my cousin Mark. Then began the fall semester at Denver Seminary. The workload I took on was one of the hardest, yet beneficial, challenges of my academic life. On a brighter note, Lisa and I also celebrated our first 5 years of marriage! Now that the semester is all over, things have winded down (a little). We moved into a new apartment in November and we are now enjoying the holidays in Milwaukee (this is my first time home for Christmas since I left for the Air Force).
For 2014, I don't usually take part in the resolution fad, but these are a few things I hope to do more of: -Read more (as if I have a choice), but watch less. -Spend more time alone with Jesus. -Make more room for dates with Lisa -Invest more time in my neighbors and the people closest to us (since moving into our own place this has happened a lot more). -Open up our home to others on a weekly basis.