Happy New Year!
We’ve had an amazing year and wanted to take this opportunity to give you a little recap, plus an update about what’s ahead for the Lingberry clan. Enjoy and we wish you the very best in 2015!
Grace & Peace,
Kevin, Sydney & Josiah
GROWTH & PREPARATION
While 2013 was a year of adventure and world travel, 2014 has been a year of growth and preparation. Growth in that we added a new member to our family, our sweet Josiah Tiger, and preparation in that we are moving to the US in February 2015! We’ll tell you more about that towards the end of this post, so keep reading 😉
THE MALLARD HOUSE
The year began with us moving back into a house that we’ve shared with four other people at a time (and a variety of people at that!) since August 2012, off and on. We’ve loved the time we’ve gotten to spend living with others, investing into their lives and being blessed by their friendship. We would often have house family dinners or breakfasts, discuss life and faith, play board games and just enjoy community as a shared house. It’s a bit different, but it’s truly been a blessing.
In late January, I (Sydney) found out that I was preggers. I decided to wait to announce the news until I could tell my family in person… nearly two months later! It was a bit tricky waiting, but I loved the look of shock and delight on my mom’s face when I broke the news. Absolutely priceless.
MR. JOSIAH TIGER
On August 31st at 2:03pm, our long-awaited little man arrived… a whole 10 days early! My mom (or Mimi as the grandkids call her) flew in four days earlier, just in time. He has been the best baby any parents could ask for. He has had a strong neck since he was born and is already able to hold his head up mostly on his own. He’s also rolled over a few times already and LOVES to smile, especially at blondes (haha). We are loving every minute with our little man.
ON THE WORK FRONT
The idea for Tiger Tonic Iced Teas had been brewing (pun intended) since early in the year and became a reality in late July at our favorite Saturday markets. Three of the six weekends rained out (thank you Aussie Winter!), but it was still an amazing experience and established a firm foundation for the future. Kev is now working as a barista at his friend’s cafe in the city and Syd is a full-time mom, working on Tiger Tonic as time permits. We’re thankful for the opportunity to work and save in preparation for the big move.
THE BIG MOVE
Lastly, we are nearing our relocation to the US. It’s been over a year in the making and we can hardly believe it’s less than two months away. We fly out of Sydney on February 25th and will spend a week in Hawaii before arriving in New Orleans. Then, we will plant our little family in Austin by summertime. Yet another new season is ahead and we couldn’t be happier!
Now that we’ve found a good groove with the baby life, we will try to keep this blog updated more regularly! Thanks for reading. Cheers mate!