Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Letter 2007!

  • Merry Christmas!

    Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

    The verse listed above was our motto verse of the year. For us, 2007 was a year of working hard, making sacrifices, building a foundation for our entrepreneur future, and completely relying on God’s strength. Even then, to be completely honest, we sometimes wondered if we bit off more than we could chew. However, we serve a Great God and no prayer was left unanswered.

  • Ryan: (written by Ashley) In February Ryan turned 26, and celebrated his second year with Heartland Appraisals. He is still in training (under Keith) until the end of December. He passed the State of Iowa Board exam just a few weeks ago! (his first time, yahoo!) In June he took on a part-time job for Real Estate Service Group managing 70+ apartment units in Boone. When he’s not out appraising or remodeling houses, you can find him playing 6 a.m b-ball with his father-in-law & friends.

    Ashley: (written by Ryan) Ashley probably learned more than she ever wanted to on remodeling houses, putting in long hours and being my little encourager. I couldn’t have done any of it without her optimistic, loving, and “go get it done” spirit. When I stayed busy with my various jobs she was busy mowing lawns & shoveling snow for our duplex’s, not to mention painting, tearing out carpet, and learning how to “do the books.” One of her newest hobbies is online karaoke. You can easily find her singing her little heart out!

    Random things we learned this year: (in no particular order)
    Make sure the paint can lid is on tight before you move it
    At 3:00 a.m. its best to use a flashlight when you use a table saw outside(so your neighbors can’t see where the noise is coming from! :-))
    We have amazing friends & family who we couldn’t have finished the remodeling projects without!
    Ashley is a walking advertisement for “grease lightening” cleaning product which gets ANYTHING OUT
    Ryan can sing every word of the lion king Broadway soundtrack
    Financial Peace University is changing our lives (
    God is faithful
    We went to Lowe’s more than the grocery store in 2007
    If you have a trampoline in your yard you’re a hero to everyone 10 years and younger!
    While Haley lived with us for three months we couldn’t believe how many sandwiches she could pack down!

    Our remodeling Secret Weapon:
    Ceramic tile $0.08, Air gun nailer $40.00, fire place $90.00, having a mom who works at Lowe’s …priceless! :-)

    We would love to hear from all of you, and the blessings you’ve had throughout the year! May God’s grace and love, through His Son Jesus Christ, be with you this holiday season and throughout the New Year.Much Love,

    Ryan & Ashley Houck
    311 South Walnut
    Ames, Iowa 50010

    515-291-7926 Ryan Cell
    515-291-4944 Ashley Cell
    515-233-2748 (Home)


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