Many of you catch glimpses of our lives on Facebook and Word Press. Thank you for the continual contact. And we love hearing your news as well! So we wanted to summarize 2015, and tell you what we are hoping for in 2016. Wow, 2015 was like no other Dean and I have experienced. In 2015, the first half included 2 sunny vacations, and the second half we worked through details regards housing, floods, and the beginning of restoration.
In February we lapped up sunshine in California and came back to Missouri’s bitterly cold winter. Dean’s father celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends. We had another Gall wedding celebration in April. Yes, that would have been the 4th in less than 9 months with the extended family. We planted and harvested lots of herbs,peas, and beans this growing season. During the summer we vacationed in our beloved Minnesota with my sister and our dog, Midnight. Throughout the year we frequented local music venues. But in December we ventured to Nashville thoroughly enjoying the Amy Grant and Vince Gill holiday concert. We ended 2015 with a bang at the Pokey LaFarge concert on the Delmar Loop.
Dean and I’s government jobs keep us occupied, and we are thankful for them. My quiet husband does not share his own accomplishments, but I will boast on his behalf. Dean received a promotion and raise late this year, and it is well-deserved. He loves the research and the customer interactions at the National Archives, and it shows. This raise will be handy as we work towards an investment property in 2016. I keep very busy at my job with St. Louis County’s benefits office. I am constantly planning ahead, while reminding myself to take a breath and being mindful of the present moment. After years of my supervisors’ prompting, I am public speaking now. My position as the employee wellness coordinator gives me a platform to work from. The series of enrichment classes I have and am developing for the employees are on “resilience and beyond”. I speak from personal experience and with heart.
In July Dean and I visited the German town of Hermann, Missouri for our 5th wedding anniversary, where we married 5-1/2 years ago. We came upon a “business opportunity”, a cute historic guest house, a late 1800’s cottage-style. Dean and I took a few days to think and pray on this possibility. We decided to act on this dream. The next several weeks brought us a declined loan as it was the wrong type of loan for this property. So we began the process again with a local Hermann bank on November 7, but we quickly ended the process on November 10 after our main water line in our residence burst sending 1 – 2 inches of muddy water onto the slab floor. It was and still is unknown how much will actually come out of our pockets. We anticipate a few thousand for the insurance deductible and upgrades with all laminate flooring and all new doors. The unexpected inheritance from my deceased patriarch was very timely for Dean and I. It is being stretched to meet many needs. So that Hermann historic guest house still needs a new owner as the current owners are hoping to travel with their retirement. They asked, and we continue to pray. See what God has in mind for us. Dean’s 1st grandchild is due in May. Another girl to spoil! Vacation plans are being sketched, may have us going North, South, and West this year.
This rental house we are in while our house is in renovations has broadened my thought on “home”. “Home” is where you lay your head, and share your heart and blessings with your family. And family comes in all shapes and sizes, this I have grown to understand. One type and size does not fit all. The December record-breaking floods came 3 blocks from our rental house this week. I had to remind myself where “home” is and who “family” really is to get through those stormy nights. So “let the good times roll” and we welcome 2016!
From Dean and Anna Gall’s home to yours, love and blessings that overflow this 2016.