In case you saw the Stull family 2016 video and are looking for a little explanation…
“Details, give me details!” Here you go, starting with our oldest:
Dillon – Graduated from Baylor University in May.
Was happy to hold Chris to his promise of a new car for any child who pays their own way through college (he did it on scholarships), so Chris is taking on his first car payment in 10 years.
Started the Christian Pre-Health Fellowship his junior year, and Spring of his senior year it was chosen as the best new student organization of the year at BU.
He and 10 of his BU friends stopped by our house on their way home from a Spring Break trip to California. The garage turned into a cozy bedroom with 8 inflated mattresses and it was such fun.
He was elated to finish his thesis and have it published, then went back to do medical missions on the Kenya Nyakach Plateau with Straw to Bread Ministries from Baylor in May.
Then enjoyed working at Wind River Ranch for the rest of the summer before moving to Duke University to get a one-year master’s degree in medical ethics and theology.
He spent all fall traveling around the country interviewing with some amazing medical schools, has already received some acceptances, and we are prayerful that God makes His will clear… and provides scholarships!
Derek – a junior Music Ed major at Dallas Baptist University.
Highlights from this past year included performing in DBU’s Camelot and An Opera Buffet, being the featured soloist for the Mark Hayes Requiem performed by DBU’s Grand Chorus,
visiting Disney World over fall and Christmas break, where his girlfriend Taylor is in their Disney U. program and working as a performing character.
He wrapped up two years of wonderful service as the worship leader of the contemporary service at Shiloh Terrace BC in Dallas, and began in November as the worship leader at Preston Ridge BC in Frisco.
He and his girlfriend also won second place in a company-wide contest of Plexus Worldwide by creating a music video about their newest clean energy product. It’s super cute! [https://youtu.be/8qJxW-aSXdw]
His band came out and did the music for the second year at Wellspring Church’s youth camp in June.
He’s our BTB (aka BowTie Boy). Almost any day of the week you can find him wearing one of his dozens of bow ties.
Caleb – Graduated from Millennium High School in May.
He was the All-District catcher and was selected for the Div. I All-Star game at Goodyear Ballpark, where he got 3 hits and had a wonderful night.
He was awarded the MHS Spirit award, as he showed up in support at almost every game of every team, leading cheers and organizing theme nights.
He was Prom and Winter Formal King, President of the Fellowship of Christian Students, and such a bright light on his campus.
One highlight was a senior trip with 3 Texas friends up the coast of California and to Yosemite.
He has always been independent, and that really came out in his ability to drive himself to Oklahoma in August and begin at Oklahoma Baptist University in the fall as a freshman International Business major and baseball player.
He is serving on the leadership team of his local church. On the weekends he often makes the 2-hour drive to Nana and Pap’s house outside of Tulsa, where he gets spoiled with banana nut bread, steak dinners and quail hunting.
Micah – A sophomore at MHS and amazing photographer. He purchased a really nice camera this year and has been wow-ing us with his photos.
He is the President of Fellowship of Christian Students, a second-year member of the MHS Scholastic Bowl team, lettered in soccer and tennis his freshman year. He even was honored with the “Tiger Award” by his coach. His tennis team of mostly freshmen had fun going to State and anticipates great years ahead.
His time is pretty tied up with studies for AP classes this year, but he finds time to have fun with photography and his microscope with any free time…and doing pushups! He started at 50 pushups and added one a day for 150 days, getting to where he could do 200 consecutive pushups. We’re talking buff.
With 3 brothers now out of the house, Micah got his own room, which is decorated with canvases of his own photography and serves him well for his studies.
Micah truly lives out his namesake verse: Micah 6:8 – What does the Lord require of you? To love mercy, do justice and walk humbly with your
Karis – A freshman at MHS. She and Micah ran their first half marathon in February.
At 8th grade graduation Karis received the Dolphin Award, the faculty-picked top award of Western Sky MS.
She was selected as MVP of the WSMS basketball team, was the co-President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Her club soccer team won a number of tournaments. And her 4×400 track team absolutely smoked 26 other teams.
At MHS she is enjoying being on the Scholastic Bowl Team, playing soccer, and leading in the Fellowship of Christian Students.
Most groups she is in end up calling her Kare-bear. Her caring ways come through in all that she does.
John – A 7th grader at WSMS. Has progressed amazingly with his studies, and is now making straight A’s in honors classes.
He has also grown 12 inches in the past 2 years!
He has become a force on both his middle school and club soccer teams, and he made the basketball team this year.
John earned the “full of life” award at Sky Ranch camp last summer, due to his abounding energy.
He saved up and bought his own Xbox.
Both he and Mariama were baptized this last year.
He loves being around people, is caring and helpful, and Mom loves all the hugs he gives. He also whips up a great breakfast. Buttermilk pancakes, fancy omelets, and bacon? No problem!
Mariama – a 4th grader at Litchfield Elementary School.
With this girl’s over-the-top passion and creativity, we never know what a day will bring and she definitely keeps us on our toes!
Her highlights were her red carpet birthday party, getting her own room, and going on a trip with Mom to Plexus convention this summer.
We remodeled our former dining room into a bedroom for her, complete with the requested chandelier and canopy with lights.
Drama is her life. If its not there, she finds a way to create it. We look forward to when she can put this drama to good use on the stage. Watch for her either on Broadway or rising as a Youtube celebrity when we allow her to start posting the hundreds of videos she has created.
She is gifted with working with small children – she adores them and they adore her. Truly a Pied Piper. Put her in a room with 3 preschoolers and she immediately becomes an adult!
She took some sewing classes this year, crafting a few pillow cases and a bag.
She also played soccer and ran in two 5k’s through the Girls on the Run Program at her school.
Brenna has never flown more in a year. This past year the Stulls had lots of celebrations, with 3 graduations (college, high school and middle school) within 6 days…in two states!
Summer was blessed to have time with family and friends in Colorado at Wind River Ranch again. Our kids enjoyed quality time with each set of grandparents, and the youngest 4 were blessed with a week at Sky Ranch Camp while Chris and Brenna visited friends in Laguna Beach, CA, to celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary.
Fall trips visiting Dillon at Duke University, seeing Derek in his fall musical at DBU, getting to speak at an OBU alumni event and see Caleb and many Oklahoma friends, earning a 3-day trip with Plexus to Leader’s Retreat and being able to take her Mom as a guest, flying into Dallas with Chris to do a wedding and enjoying time as a couple and special life moments with extended family.
Excited to win first place in the 2016 Shamrock Farms Thanksgiving Triathlon in Goodyear, AZ.
She is finding great joy in her work — continuing to speak for women’s retreats, conferences, and moms groups occasionally. She is spending the bulk of her time as a health coach sharing products that have been life-changing for her health, and it is her joy to see other people’s lives also change as people gain new freedoms to live out their God-given passions and purposes.
Chris – the long-suffering father dealing with a plethora of car troubles that started in May with all 6 of our cars. In spite of doing everything that could be done with having all cars tuned up, between May and October the cars were in mechanic shops in Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Sedona, Tucson, Phoenix, Amarillo, and Dallas…at least one or more times. Chris has proven to be a patient and steadfast leader to just do the next thing that needs to be done to fix the latest problem.
Highlights: Easter at Wellspring Church, heading up a Good Friday Breakfast at the Wigwam Resort that included 61 pastors. It sold out at 750 seats 8 days before the event. Adding staff at Wellspring Church and rallying area pastors to unite for the Kingdom.
Serving as chaplain for the Royals and writing papers and studying for seminary classes keep him busy.
Found time to take kids out to fish, hunt dove, went deer hunting in TX.
This fall, he and Brenna had the opportunity to lead a marriage conference for a wonderful church in Texas.
And over Fall break he took the family to the beautiful California coast! Micah captured our time with his new camera and put together a video: https://youtu.be/vRjX-SZVX0I
Our lives are full and we thank God for His many blessings. Our greatest gift of all is our deep, abiding and eternal relationship with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We pray you and yours know that same joy.
Now here’s to 2017! “Teach us to number our days aright, O Lord, that we might gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12