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Melton Christmas Letter 2016

Hi friends,

Thanks for your cards and posts, pictures and Christmas wishes. Another year is in the books, an opportunity to recount our greatness and many accomplishments to you. Just kidding. We’re your average family, living in the suburbs, trying to get along and stay on top of things and grateful this year has passed without great harm.

In an age of social media a Christmas letter almost feels redundant. (unless you are on a social media sabbatical which I greatly support) Here is a brief re-cap:

Dogs: We love them, certain ones anyways, and after several years and 101 heartfelt boy prayers an older, kind hearted, fluffy soul lumbered into our lives in late October. Seems like her previous life was spent on a couch with a bag of chips but thankfully she’s adjusted to lots of walks and low calorie food. 7 weeks in, 10 lbs down complete with visible waist line. She’s like Prozac w/ fur, a wonderful winter companion, relaxed and cheerfully enduring endless rubbing, stroking and kneading the depth of her immaculate teddy bear fur. In the spirit of Christmas, she is hoping for lesser dietary restrictions in the coming year.

Travel: Super-fun Germany family reunion in May, including a delightly no kid stop in Barcelona. First summer camp for J. First overnight camping at 32’F- me and the kids in our great state. A few other NW outings. Business trips to London, Iceland, New York and Vegas for S.

Education: Classical Education homeschooling grade K, 1 and 5 with an average cooperation rate of 2 out of 3. In short, the kids prefer playing and I’ll never be able to complain that we didn’t get enough time together.

Parenting: is not for wimps.


J: (11) basketball, snowboarding, Lego Animation, audio books, comics, making movies (feel free to check out his youtube channel: slipperyslimegameing

L: (7) drawing, hedgehogs, basketball, friends, ukulele, skiing, swimming, Lego’s

S (5) Superheros, giraffes, the solar system, drawing, presents, swimming


Steven continues to work downtown at a Portland based software company which he enjoys and is thankful for his team’s camaraderie. I am approaching year 15 working in outpatient PT with kids and adults at Kaiser Permanente ten minutes down the road.


We’re plugged into a community church in Portland which we love for it’s down to earth people, humble and innovate leadership and social justice efforts locally and abroad. Our kids are well loved and cared for and we’re growing and serving together. We’re grateful for our families and faith traditions, our journey and memories, for a faith which pushes and stretches us beyond comfort and the freedom to find a new spiritual home.

We wish you peaceful post-holidays and a terrific New Year.

Much love from our home to yours!

The Melton’s 2016




10 Replies

  1. Andrea

    Love you and miss you!

    1. Astrid Melton

      Thx. Xoxo. Love and miss u too.

  2. Paul

    Thanks for the update and have a great New Years!

    1. Astrid Melton

      Thanks! Happy New Year back!

  3. love the pics and the words.
    miss seeing you … maybe in January???
    shall we try?
    love you~!

    1. Astrid Melton

      Thx. I am organizing a writers connection 1/19 at Imago- could pick you up if you want to come. Will talk soon.

  4. Debbie

    Nice hearing from you all. What a lovely pic with the dog. looks like he too is smiling . ENJOY Oma and love to her too x x x

    1. Astrid Melton

      Thanks! Picture by Oma 🙂 Happy New Year!

  5. I’m behind, but this is great! Also, just read your post on St Nick and Christmas traditions. We have always done the Christmas eve by tree lights and candles as well, even though most everyone we knew did Christmas morning. It’s interesting to contemplate how and why those things began. In the past few years I’ve discovered a handful of norms from my mom’s family are very German Lutheran influenced.

    And did I notice you’ll be at the Writer’s event Thursday? Been debating going…

    1. Astrid Melton

      Yes! Please come!

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