In the past few years the annual Christmas letter morphed into a part of Kevin's quarterly MFI newsletter. Those went out Thursday, BTW. But for those of who aren't on his mailing list or who want the version with more pictues... here ya go:
2014 was the year of the traveling Strattons!
In March Kevin was first officer for a Missionary Aviation Fellowship chartered flight to the Dominican Republic. Because he’d be staying in-country throughout the MAF staff retreat at a Puerto Plata resort, Faydra got to go as well.
"Serving" in the DR... it was rough but someone had to do it.
Later that month, we returned to the island of Hispaniola, but this time on the Haitian side. Kevin, Faydra, Kaden and Blue traveled to Fort Liberte to live life with the missionaries of Paulos Group and experience Haitian culture. It was an amazing opportunity for the boys to get a better understanding of why their dad does what he does!
Buying treats in the local street market.
Posing with Brynnan or should we say Nana from Peter Pan!?
Kevin, with Kaden in tow, also made it out to Longview, TX with a stop in Slidell, LA en route. Kaden had another special trip all on his own - his first time at an overnight camp! Five days and four nights of climbing wall, lake fun, and boy cabin shenanigans!
In the fall things didn’t slow down - Kevin spent the entire month of September in Eldoret, Kenya “on loan” to fly for Samaritan’s purse as they continued their relief work to the refugees of South Sudan. In October Faydra attended the Florida’s Writer’s Conference in Orlando, FL where she met with a number of agents and attended workshops for four days. At this event she even won a gong-show style pitch contest and had her full manuscript requested by a movie producer. (Not counting chickens, just nice to be recognized.) Then in November we all took a family camping trip to Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys. (Yes, tent camping and yes, Faydra is okay with this.)
When we weren’t out and about... Kaden finished up 4th grade and started 5th. (Last year of elementary school - how did that happen so fast?!)
Blue stopped tormenting challenging his 1st grade teacher and moved on to his 2nd. And Toby finished up his special needs pre-k program and started at Kaden and Blue’s school for kindergarten where he is in an autism class.
Here he is part of the pow-wow with ALL the kindergartners.
Faydra is intermittently querying and revising her first manuscript while writing another. Meanwhile, Kevin has moved out of the parts room at MFI and into an office in the main building where, on days that he isn't flying, he is in charge of media and sfotware. We also stay busy with church where Kaden, Blue, Toby AND Faydra are all involved in choir and Awana and Kevin helps by teaching middle school youth on Wednesday nights.
We are grateful for all God has done in 2014 and ready to see what he has in store for 2015!