“For unto us a child is born…” (Isaiah 9:6a)
Merry Christmas 2009 and a very Happy New Year!
2009 has been quite the year for the Springs family. In September 2008 we found out that Tammie was pregnant with a May 2009 due date. Tammie was nauseous for the first trimester but then things got better – until she went a week over her due date! Evangeline Grace Springs was born on May 20, 2009 at 9:16 in the morning. Tammie had her naturally – she was 9 pounds 4 ounces, and 23 inches long.
Becoming parents has been an amazing blessing! Evangeline started sleeping through the night about a month in – that has been amazing! She’s just a great baby (we’re spoiled for sure). When she’s awake, she smiles all the time. She’s also big! She’s now 29 inches long, and weighs in at 19 pounds – that’s off the charts! (To put that in perspective, some of Tammie’s friends have 16 month old babies that are the same size as Evangeline at 7 months.) We love being parents! Evangeline is the first grandchild on both sides—but she won’t be the only grandchild for long on the Correll side! Stephen and Heather are due in April with a little girl so Evangeline will have a cousin!
This summer we took a road trip with Evangeline to Salt Lake City to visit Tobin’s brother Peter and his wife Lisa. We did the trip down in 3 days, and the trip back in 2. Evangeline was a great sport the whole time, and it was nice to get out of the house!
In other news, Tobin took the National Board test during the 2008-2009 school year and last month we learned that he passed! Besides the raise the National Board guarantees, Tobin can also teach in any state with that certification (not that we’re planning on ever moving out of Washington).
Tobin has also been getting his masters degree – a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Idaho over the last few years. In November he put on an art show at the Soap Lake Art Guild (watch the video of that on Tammie’s YouTube account). And just a few weeks ago, turned in his final paper. He got an A in his final course, and should be getting his diploma in the next couple of weeks. So now we both have masters degrees! Tammie got hers a few years ago from City University – a Masters in Computer Systems with an emphasis in Web Design.
Tobin is in his 9th year of teaching at Showalter Middle School in Tukwila. He is still teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade Art. In the Spring of this year, the New York Times named Tukwila School District as the most diverse in the nation!
Tammie is still working for Biblesoft as their Senior Web Developer. As of November she’s worked there six years. The company has been having a difficult time with the economy so Tammie is working 20 hour weeks (from home). The decrease in pay isn’t fun, but Tammie is really enjoying working from home and the extra time spent with Evangeline. Tammie is also doing some contract web design and development work on the side. The work situation is in the Lord’s hands. He has always been generous with us, and we have faith that He will continue to provide for our family.
Well that’s about it. We wish you an amazing holiday season with family and friends!