2014 has been a good year, but it has been a really challenging year. Our family has really settled into the Nashville area, and we love it. The city is amazing, and the surrounding area is beautiful. We love to hike and camp and there are so many waterfalls that we have spent many hours enjoying them. We have also really enjoyed developing a great group of friends, and our lives have been full as we continue to see those friendships deepened. Our church, Fairview Church, is a great source of joy, encouragement and satisfaction. Micah serves as a Teaching & Missions Pastor and helps lead our Community Group, while Tracy serves on the Women’s Ministry team and volunteered with the youth most of the year. As we said, it’s been a good year, but a challenging one. With that said, here are some highlights from 2014.
The Fries Family 2014 Highlights
1. Our adoption made big progress.
2014 began with our family going through our Adoption Home Study, and ended with us submitting our dossier. This means that the next step is for the government of Lesotho to match us with a child. We still have a fair amount of money to raise (if you want to help, visit this link), but our hope is that we will add a new member of our family in 2015!
2. We went to Washington D.C.
This year the Southern Baptist Convention was held in Baltimore, MD. Because of its proximity to Washington D.C., Tracy and the girls joined Micah for the trip, along with Tracy’s Aunt Kim Hartman, and they enjoyed a trip to D.C., visiting all the major spots in and around our nation’s capital. It was definitely a fun week for all of us.
3. Tracy surprised her daddy.
In March Tracy and the girls took off for a surprise trip to Missouri to visit her parents. One morning Tracy’s dad mentioned to her mom that he just couldn’t wait to see the girls again. Little did he know that they would be at his house that evening when he returned from work. It was a really good surprise. 😉
4. Grace became a cheerleader.
For a long time Sarah Grace has dreamed of being a cheerleader. As of this fall, she finally got her wish. She is a cheerleader in a local Upwards Basketball League, and she is loving it! In addition to her cheerleading dreams, Grace has spent much of the year dreaming up one business idea after another. We think she’s going to be a little entrepreneur.
5. Kessed finally comes out of her shell.
Kessed has always been a quiet, shy little girl. 2014 was the year she finally started coming out of the quiet little shell. She has become a funny, energetic and almost always smiling, little girl. Extremely excited to help, she never seems to get enough of doing chores with her mom. Her favorite phrase is, “What can I do next?”
6. Micah’s Grandparents passed away.
In what was undoubtedly the most difficult part of 2014 for us, we lost Micah’s Nanny in August, and his Papa in November, both to cancer. We made a number of trips to Florida, and were really grateful to have a chance to see them both before they passed away.
7. Micah is a published author.
A big moment for Micah came when he completed his first published work. He wrote a commentary that will be part of the “Christ-Centered Commentary Series” which is edited by Dr. Danny Akin, Dr. David Platt and Dr. Tony Merida. Micah’s volume (on Haggai & Zephaniah) will be released in the summer of 2015. If you want to preorder it, you can pick up a copy at this link.
8. The Royals went to the World Series!
Many of you probably know that Micah is the world’s biggest Kansas City Royals fan. Our whole family was ecstatic that, after 29 years, the Royals once again made the playoffs. Not only that, but they made it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series. Micah got to return to Kansas City for 2 of the playoff games, including the Wild Card Game which will go down as one of the greatest games in KC history.
If you happen to find yourself in Nashville over the coming year, we would love to have you drop by to say hello, or maybe even to stay for a visit.