Merry Christmas from the Missouri chicks!
Well, we decided that since we were both going to be sending out Christmas letters this year to practically all the same people, saying practically the exact same things, we would go ahead and just send one. We knew with all the excitement our lives contained, most people could probably handle only one of those letters. :D
Well my year started off with round two of American Cruise Lines. It was quite uneventful compared to the previous time I was employed by them in 2007. When I finished my contract with them, I made a quick stop in Arkansas before flying up to Alaska for my third year of fishing. This year was quite a bit different and much more enjoyable. Not that I didn’t love fishing before, but this year I was working on a drift boat apposed to working on a beach site and having to run in the sand. (Not a big fan of running in the sand in my rubber boots). The only downside to drifting, I didn’t get to fish with my best friend Amanda; but I did get to meet a lot of really amazing people this summer and see more of beautiful Alaska.
I know the last Christmas letter I sent out said I would probably be going to Australia to a Discipleship Training School in September. I did get accepted, got my visa and had everything in line, but at the last minute kind of decided to go a completely different direction. I guess the biggest thing was how the US Dollar continued to drop and school (in AUD) continued to get more expensive every time I checked… So, I guess there’s no need to say it, but I didn’t go to Australia. Instead of traveling all the way to the southern hemisphere, I decided to stay a little closer to home and move a couple hours north to Missouri.
One may ask “why Missouri?” (because of her fabulous sister… duh - SB) And that is a good question. Basically it was another one of my “dart at the dart board” decisions. But I decided to go to cosmetology school. It’s something I had wanted to do since I was 17 but had always kind of thought it was a vain thing to get into. You know, mission work verses beautifying the outward appearance. But, the more I thought about it the more I realized I could use it overseas with missions as well. Hard to believe at 24 I’m still in search of my talent, but I’m so hoping it is hair cutting! I’ve been in school now for a month and a half and I am really loving it!
Sarah (I’m the shorter one. :D)
My life is definitely not as exciting as Danette’s, (not true - DB) but I’ll go ahead and fill you in on what I’ve been up to. I’m sure most of you already know, but as of February, Joseph became an official Bjornstad. I’m very excited to have him as a brother, although I would have liked to adopt him myself. He is such a sweetheart, and I feel very blessed that God chose him for our family. Mom and Dad sure have their work cut out for them!
In June I turned twenty-one, which means I can now legally have my pistol in Missouri, although I still have no place to shoot it… very sad I know. I still haven’t been able to find a place for Liberty (my horse), and I’m thinking of selling her, which makes me pretty sad. Along with the fact that Tiffany (my puppy) died several months ago, I got her when I was eleven. I still have Squeaker (my flying squirrel) though, and he is a lot of fun.
Okay enough on the pets. I’ve been living in Missouri for three years in April; it just amazes me how the time flies. I’m still working at the church full time and going to bible school. I’m very excited to have Danette as a roommate, I try to keep her in line but it’s not an easy task, believe me.:D I’m sure some of you are wondering... so NO I do not have a boyfriend. :D (I just thought I would throw that in there.) I have the most wonderful friends and family anyone could ask for I feel very blessed.
We’re both glad you guys made it to the end. Well assuming you did, if you’re reading this and didn’t just skip right to the bottom. :D We wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you have a fantabulous new year!
Danette & Sarah