Flashback, Sayo 2007 Christmas Letter.

Flashback, Sayo 2007 Christmas Letter.

Hi Everyone,

Merry Christmas and we hope you have a Happy New Year.

2007 was a great year for the Sayo Family. Nancy spent 9 excruciating months of the year pregnant with our beautiful baby boy, Spencer Sebastian. He emerged into the world kicking and screaming after 2 days of talking him into coming out. He weighed 8 lbs and 4 oz and he looks like his Daddy. We have spent the last 7 weeks or so playing house with our little guy. Spencer is a great baby. He cries for three reasons. He needs to eat (Nancy’s job) – to be changed (Darwin’s job) – or he’s uncomfortable (change positions.) We’ve come to recognize his cries so we know what he needs. Last week marked his first week of sleeping through the night. Darwin has now decided that we can keep him.

Last year, Darwin quit working at Veolia Transportation and took a job in San Francisco at a law firm as a Technology Analyst. In March, Nancy got a job as the Training and QA Supervisor with Sephora.com. Darwin was less than thrilled with his position and Nancy loved her new job that came with a bunch of free makeup, so in August,Darwin retired from the law firm due to the fact that they refused to promote him to Lawyer. He finally has his knee surgery after sustaining an injury while playing semi-pro football at the Garber Bowl four years ago. Nancy went on Maternity leave in September so we both are home now with the baby. Nancy will go back to work in January and Darwin will start his new career as a stay-at-home Dad. Spencer has all sorts of fun to look forward to with his Daddy. Darwin is looking forward to playing football and playing dinosaurs.

Next year will be eventful and we are looking forward to it. Nancy’s brother Chad will be getting married in January. (We couldn’t believe it either!!) We’ll be heading down to San Diego for the wedding and making a vacation out of it. We are planning a trip abroad in the summer. Originally we were going to head to Australia, but it turns out that Australia is one of the most expensive vacation destinations…ever. We might go to Ireland. Nancy wants to go to Brazil. As you can see, we really can’t decide but we’re saving for our big trip wherever it ends up being. Nancy will also be going to Dallas for a few weeks for work. We’re not sure when but we’re hoping Darwin and Spencer can tag along. Of course, we’d also like to visit the family in Oklahoma this year. Basically, we’ll be traveling a lot in 2008.

Finally, we’d like to say thank you to all of you who were praying for us this year. It started out a bit tumultuous but God took care of us and the year ended most wonderfully. We have a beautiful baby, health insurance and a cool new digital camera!! Visit our website at http://picasaweb.google.com/darwin.sayo for pictures of every random thing Darwin photographs. (Oh, and more pictures of the baby!!) We love you all very much and wish you a wonderful Christmas.

Darwin, Nancy and Baby Spencer


Spiritual help

I’m trying to practice displaying a quiet and gentle spirit. I’m practicing humility, fortitude and generosity.

But inside all I want to do is scream that it’s not fair! Why do I have to do all this? When am I going to get mine? Can I tell God all about it? Will he mind if I complain to Him? He understands me and will speak back to me. He will calm my antsy spirit and help me understand why I need to chill out.

As I typed the above lines my reminder popped up on my screen. ‘The Angelus’ – Now.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

How true. Mary did ask a question, I’d like to point that out. She asked a logistical question and said, “How’s that gonna work?” Not sarcastically or unbelieving, just a simple question. The angel didn’t say,“Hey! Don’t ask questions!” He did not question her faith in God. He did not get angry with her for not knowing, or not trusting. He told her the answer. Lovingly. He told her all she needed to know. No details. No ‘It’s all going to be ok’ pep talks. Just a straight forward answer to her question.