NEW BEGINNINGS was the theme for our family in 2010! As much as we enjoyed our life in beautiful Durango and the wonderful friendships we made there, we decided that it was time to think about being homeowners again — and in the process, to look at what location would work best for our family in the long term.

After much research, evaluation and prayer, we narrowed our home search to the family-friendly community of Castle Rock, just 30 miles south of downtown Denver and less than an hour’s drive from the Denver airport for Kenny. With access to bike trails, hiking and sweeping front-range mountain views — plus urban conveniences just a short drive away — Castle Rock offers a good blend of what we loved about Durango but missed about living in the city.

So we purchased a house in June, moved in July, and spent the rest of the summer making home updates and getting ready for another new beginning… home educating our three daughters! Kenny & I had both benefited from homeschooling while growing up, and our move to Castle Rock provided a great opportunity to get started. Thanks to the support of a fabulous local homeschool group, we were able to get up and running this Fall — and so far, so good! The girls are loving it, and we are loving spending quality time with them and learning as a family.

We feel very blessed to be in a situation where Kenny & I can continue to work from home, and I have the flexibility to work my Mary Kay business alongside my new focus on educating the girls. We’re making new friends, enjoying a new church, and the girls are keeping up their hobbies: Audrey’s in her 3rd year of ballet; she & Claire both ski & mountain bike, play piano and soccer; and 3-yr-old Elise wants to do everything!

New beginnings aren’t always easy, but after a decade of seeing God shape us through the addition of our children, a business, and many new life experiences, we’re grateful for each new chapter of our journey. Although we’re hoping to be settled down for a while now, we look to 2011 with anticipation and hope for the plans He has yet to unfold. We pray that God also fill your heart with His hope and peace — and your new year with His many blessings!

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11

With love,

THE GOTCHER FAMILY

Kenny, Renée, Audrey (10 in Jan), Claire (8), Elise (3) & husky Pinge (10)

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