The year 2012 was good to the Aubrey Hale, we lived, we laughed, we loved.
The year started like any other, work for Bryce and I. I taught my second semester at HPU in the winter, and I was blessed to get a new job in May with SMS Consulting as an administrative assistant. I was able to travel to outer islands because of my job, and I have enjoyed meeting people and learning more about small business and marketing strategies.
We were really blessed to meet some great friends in 2012 and welcome some new tiny friends and family into our bunch. Our summer vacation in June to the California, New Mexico and Turks and Caicos Islands was the perfect blend of family, friends, and exotic destinations. We had a great summer on Oahu with our new friends.
Bryce started school full-time in August, and after being back in school after such a long time out of school, he managed to get a 4.0 his first semester back, even with a full-time job and a demanding church calling (ward clerk).
In October we celebrated two years of married life at Morton’s Steakhouse.
I was called to be the Young Women’s president in November, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue working with the young ladies of the Moanalua 1st Ward.
In the fall months, we decided to look for a home to buy on the west side of Oahu (Kapolei/Ewa area). We lived on a very strict budget, and saved money for a down payment. After many weeks of looking at homes, and praying for inspiration, and signing our names to offers, both Bryce and myself decided it was not the right time. We took the money we saved and paid off my car, and all of our credit cards. This perhaps was the biggest blessing this year, to rid ourselves of all credit card debt. We still hope to buy a home, and we continue to pray for guidance to help us chose the right home for us.
Christmas was a quiet one, we had a ward (church) party, a work party (SMS-Rachel’s job), a family (Kaalekahi family), and of course, Bryce and I were able to spend Christmas morning together before he had to go to work. Santa was good to us, and we continued our family tradition of reading Luke 2 before opening presents.
We had a great 2012, and look forward to 2013. This year will undoubtedly be a busy one, and we can’t wait for more adventures whether they are on land or in the sea!
Happy new year to our family and friends!!