Cheers to a New Year!

Marc & Medina's 2013 Recap

Hello from Durham, with Love |

We loved 2013 and characterize it as being full of lots of new things. Because we got married in June, our first family newsletter is mostly about what happens when two people come together: milestones and adventures.

We call Durham, NC home and have made friends with a group of people at City Well Church, enjoyed the food and beer scene, and thrown ourselves into the flourishing entrepreneurial community. Marc is consulting on a web enabled lighting experience for hospital patients, was a panelist for discussions on project management in his industry, and guest lectured at UNC Chapel Hill. His lecture is titled "Story Telling on the Web: Building Brands int he 21st Century." Medina has spent her time creating and designing a non-profit called Project Hello World, an organization that teaches low-income people how to code and places them in high-growth jobs with a network of hiring partners.

Thank you for being a friend to us in 2013. Cheers to a lovely new year of adventures. Love, Marc and Medina

The Holidays |

We saw Mom & Dad Napier in November before they jetted off to the Philippines | We spent Halloween playing scary songs and feeding kids sugar from our front porch | We were nomads in December: California and New York City | We rounded off the holiday with the original Mr. & Mrs. Minor at their home in Kinnelon, NJ | We ring in the New Year with the possibility of moving back to SF Bay Area for a job (Marc) at Apple, Inc.

Milestones |

I love yous | Medina said yes | Marc designed a ring | We exchanged vows | Medina snowboarded | Marc did yoga | First Thanksgiving and Christmas together | Apple-picking | Pottery Painting | Motorcycle trip from NYC to Durham (ouch) | Moving out of our NJ Home (thanks Mom Cindy) | Moving into our Durham Home (thanks Mom Jane)

Lots of Babies |

We became an Auntie & Uncle to twin boys Eli & Jonah Minor (January), Sela Khan (June) and Autumn Jane Gagliardo (October).

Adventures |

Snowboarding in Vermont | Breakneck Ridge Hike | SXSW in Austin | The Catskills | Honeymoon in the Smokey Mountains | Crossfit | Rock Climbing | Lots of Board Games | Santa Cruz Mountains mini-vacation | Appalachian Trail | Eno River | Zip-lining | Kayaking the Nantahala River | Snorkeling in the Florida Keys | Swimming in Falls Lake | Being Tourists in Old Town Alexandria, Greensboro, Woodstock, Asheville and Winston Salem

Books We Read Together |

Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God | Boundaries in Marriage | How People Grow | Unlocking Your Family Patterns | The Divine Conspiracy

... we also discovered a mutually liked show, Grimm.

Family Values & Beliefs |

In true Medina-Marc fashion, we decided to agree on a set of family values and beliefs. Because our family consists of two people and one God, our beliefs and values revolve around those relationships. So, here goes:

Our family believes in the Power of the Holy Spirit to Intercede in our attempt to live our values, we believe in the Purposes of Marriage as opportunities to love and grow closer to seeing the face of God, and we believe in the Holy Covenant of Our Vows to each other and between us and our God.

Our family values truth, love and grace in marriage (and all our relationships): "In all humility with truth, love and grace, we should be able to say to our spouse, I see your sin but cover it with forgiveness because Jesus saw my sin and covered it."