2008 Christmas Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We have had a wonderful year and hope you have too.

Let me fast forward through our lives. Aaron is still working from home with Internet Biblical Seminary. He has also worked on mrm.org (Mormonism Research Ministry), our church website lifelinecommunity.com and is currently working on CARM.org. He loves doing Temple Square evangelism and generally interacting with lots of Mormons.

Stacie is enjoying motherhood and thinks she has adjusted to having two children! She’s involved with MOPS and in September became a facilitator for a small group within the ladies Bible study and has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the women in her group.

John Caleb is a rambunctious 2-year-old who is still getting into everything. He’s talking a lot and each day we recognize new words. He loves anything musical, Barney (surprising, I know, especially since that’s the show Aaron and I currently prefer for him!), monkeys, cars and trucks.

Now to the best part! Last year we mentioned that we were hoping to adopt in 2008 and the Lord saw it fit to answer our prayers and in an amazing way. Last year we weren’t sure which agency to use, and were even contemplating adopting from foster care. One Sunday in January, I was thinking about our adoption decisions during the sermon. I wrote in my notes, “Lord, please let me follow your will in this adoption,” so that I could continue to pay attention. Well, after the service our pastor approached us and said, “There’s a young woman in the congregation who is pregnant and would like to give her baby up for adoption. My wife said you wanted to adopt, would you like to meet her?” You can guess how we answered. During the pot luck that followed (it happened to be our church’s 3rd anniversary) we met the young woman, Katrina, her mom, and her grandma. After spending a month in earnest prayer, asking God to bless us with this baby, Katrina did choose us as her adoptive family.

On May 16th 2008, our daughter Lydia Kaitlyn was born at 8 lbs 2 oz. She has been such a delight in our family and we can’t imagine our lives without her. We have continued to have a very open relationship with Katrina and several members of her family and have grown to love them. On November 24th our adoption was finalized. We went to celebrate at Chili’s (where else?) and had a big party that evening with lots of friends. We have fallen more in love with our daughter each and every day and are amazed at the blessing she is to our lives. John absolutely loves his little sister. He gives her lots of hugs and kisses – and likes to take her toys! 😉

We are truly enjoying our home, church family, and everything else Utah has to offer. We love and miss you all. The only hard part about Utah is being so far away from those we love.

Grace and Peace in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Aaron, Stacia, John Caleb, and Lydia Shafovaloff


25 Random Facts About Me

1. I grew up in sunny Southwest Florida able to go to the beach at any time… consequently I don’t really like the beach, and don’t think its a big deal.

2. I went to a Christian college, literally on top of a mountain where we would go “sledding” in 2 inches of snow on… tables, cardboard, anything really, but (because of previous attenders) the cafeteria wouldn’t put out trays on snow days!

3. I traveled to Europe with my best friend for 9 weeks… I think we visited 8 or 9 countries.

4. I’ve been on mission trips to Jamaica and New Zealand. (Have you noticed I like to travel?)

5. My purse was stolen on my honeymoon, as was my mom’s (on her honeymoon) apparently now it’s tradition! 😉

6. I once had a 6’10” guy friend drive in my tiny convertible car with me. He obviously enjoyed driving with the top down, but then his head was above the windshield.

7. I once had a roommate who would blow cigarette smoke under my door because she knew how much I hated the smell and she didn’t like me.

8. My husband forgot my name 3 times the day we met. However, once I told him my middle name was Delicious, he never forgot!

9. I CANNOT fall asleep without reading first.

10. After I first met Aaron I told my friend, “His last name is like snufalufagus or something.”

11. I got beat up (head-butted) by a sheep named Sheep.

12. I taught freshmen and sophomores in high school who are now all in college… yikes!

13. I gave birth to a 10 lb 2 oz baby with no meds.

14. I have a great relationship with and love my adopted daughter’s birthmother. (grandmother and great grandmother too!) 🙂

15. I’m learning how to knit for the 3rd time in my life, but I really think I’ll stick with it this time… it helps to have an in-person teacher and support group.

16. Aaron sent me 18 white roses the summer I was in New Zealand and he was in Salt Lake City.

17. I was a Scottish dancer for my high school marching band… and ironically enough, my high school mascot was a cougar and my college mascot was the Scots!

18. I love to take pictures (both people and scenery) and I secretly (not so much anymore) wish that I
could do so professionally.

19. I would give anything to have a big huge bathtub in my bathroom right now, so I could take a nice long luxurious bath.

20. In college there was a girl ask guy dance, Kilter, I was supposed to be going with a group of the guy’s friends and so I met one of my very good friends by calling her up and saying, “Hi, my name is Stacie and I think we’re going to Kilter together.” She was confused for a minute or so. We ended up being in a bunch of math classes together andgoofing off to the point where we’d annoy my ex-boyfriend. Hehe.

21. I’m off and on addicted to cafemom.com and wish that more of my real friends were on the social networking site.

22. I was some what of a dare devil in my younger years and went bungy jumping… although it was the kind where you’re in a harness and you go feet first instead of head first.

23. My husband and I currently have separate bathrooms… only because he’s too tall for the master bath shower. 🙂

24. I also attended Wright State University where, at a school of about 10,000 there were about 15 math majors graduating between 2002-2004, and I was one of the 5 girls out of the 15.

25. I got married in the underwear capital of the world… Piqua, OH.