Sunday, December 7, 2008

2008 Year in Review

2008 has been a full year. We have been blessed with health, love and stability. Here are a few highlights!

Mark lived out his fantasy by attending spring training in Florida.

We ran a St. Patrick's day 4 mile run in the snow. We both finished!

Rachel graduated from UMKC Law ( with a Juris Doctorate.

Rachel's entire family (minus Mickey) flew out for the graduation festivities.

Rachel began work with the Dakota Indian Tribe doing research at the National Archives

Mark's sister Lisa married Mike Billings in a beautiful ceremony in Oakland, CA. The family was there to witness, support and love them. We wish them the best in their new life together! (and we LOVE Mike)

Mark made the "all-star" team on his weekend baseball league.

Slappy & Beans graduated from PetSmart dog training in Intermediate and Beginning classes.

Rachel went to Connecticut to visit her dear friends Jessica and Aaron in their beautiful new home. They all visited NYC, saw the statue of Liberty and ate amazing arepas.

August 4th, 2008 was our 1 year wedding anniversary.

Rachel began her Master's in Library Science (MLS) at Emporia State University (

We went on a honeymoon (finally!) to Daytona Beach, Florida and it was AMAZING!

Mark began and finished his 5th of 10 trimesters at Cleveland Chiropractic (

Rachel began a weekend job working at Rockhurst University, a jesuit school in Kansas City. (

Beans began seeing a behaviorist for his anxiety problems and is no longer scared of strangers.

Lisa & Mike came to visit for the first time!

Mark finished his baseball season with the highest batting average on the team!

We attended the 75,000 people Barack Obama rally in Kansas City. It was amazing!

Mark passed his first round of medical boards!

We adopted an 11 year old pit bull named Sassafras (Sassy) who lost her home due to Breed Specific Legislation.

We bought a 2004 Honda CRV

The election was bittersweet, Obama won, yet Prop 8 passed in California banning same sex marriage. We feel that the sancity of our marriage has been threatened now that hateful people can define marriage for some, rather than accepting love for all.

We attended the national protest of the passing of Prop 8 in Kansas City.

Mark grew a mustache for Movember (

Mark won a scholarship at school for a written essay and grade point average!!!

So far thats about it!!! Ill keep this thing updated from now on! :)


Mike said...

We are so glad that we got to share a few of the moments with you all, not the least of which was our wedding and trip to KC.

Bummer we won't seee you for the holy-daze; hope you have a great time at home. We'll be thinking about you.

At this bless-ed time, please remember what Christmas really means to the people of this country: spend-spend-spend ;-)

Jessica, Aaron & Jack said...

What a fantastic year! I have no doubt that 2009 will be even better!

Sending you all lots of love!