Greetings, loved ones!
We hope this letter finds you well, content, and full of joy. Our lives have certainly changed this year, and we’re sure many of yours have as well.
Our big change has been for the better. To our great joy, our son, Charles Sebastian, was born on January 18, 2013, at 3:26 in the morning. He was 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 21 inches long. It was a healthy, easy pregnancy followed by a natural, challenging, but ultimately wonderful, labor. What a blur the past eleven months have been! Charles is such an incredible baby and is fast becoming a little boy. He sat up at five months, started crawling at seven, and the past couple months has been “pre-walking”--pulling up and cruising around furniture and walking while holding onto our hands. “Mama” was his first word, and he’s working on “Papa” (but right now it sounds more like “baba”). He loves playing peek-a-boo, sticking his tongue out, feeding himself, clapping, rolling a ball back and forth, giving high fives, waving bye-bye, and holding spoons (or pens or straws or any other easily graspable object) in each hand. His favorite things to munch are avocado+banana and kale puffs. Charles loves being worn on Mama or Papa in the sling, Ergo, or woven wrap--and we love keeping him close!
Trevvor is working at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a tax accountant in downtown Birmingham. He accepted the position in February 2011 as an associate and last summer was promoted to senior! In his (rare) spare time when he’s not working or being the most amazing husband and father ever, he has enjoyed trail running, coaching a community soccer team of nine-year-olds, and volunteering at a local coffeeshop. Trevvor loves learning about coffee and has experimented quite a bit at home with different roasts and brewing methods. Both of us, but especially Trevvor, love trying new local eateries and hang-outs around town, and there are plenty of good ones to try! Since we bought our house in 2011, he has also spent a lot of time learning how to update it, and besides painting almost the entire interior, he has also learned to tile floors and install hardwood and trim (not to mention the normal plumbing and electrical projects that are part of home-ownership). He’s done a fantastic job with everything!
Stephanie gets to stay at home with Master Charles just like she always dreamed of doing when she became a mommy. Motherhood has been the most difficult and the most wonderful thing she has ever experienced. She has enjoyed attending local mommy meet-ups with Charles like La Leche League, Babywearing International of Birmingham (aka: The Magic City Slingers), and a local cloth diapering group. Stephanie loves learning about natural pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and health. She is constantly reading about nutrition and alternative health-care so she can better serve her family. Just recently she has delved into the incredible world of Essential Oils and became a consultant so she can help other families be healthier too. Stephanie is also a World Vision Child Ambassador and has organized several wonderful events to connect children in need with sponsors who care. We have continued sponsoring children ourselves, and it is truly a blessing to see them growing and an honor to be part of their precious lives.
We want all of you to know we love you very much, and we hope 2014 brings an opportunity to see each one of you and share a bit of life together.
Love in Christ,Trevvor, Stephanie, & Charles Clark