• Melanie Vespestad

2016 Christmas letter

As the year comes to a close, we thank God for all the blessings that he has provided us in our first six months of marriage.

In May, my sister and brother-in-law were blessed with a son, Keaton Jedediah Ogle. We were lucky enough to make the trip out and it was an intense few hours of suspense before we were able to see them. Even in these first seven months, it’s been pretty fun to see him grow and become social. He loves to FaceTime.

It was a year full of weddings!

On June 18th, Erick and I got to celebrate our marriage with many family and friends. We had an outdoor ceremony and it was perfect weather for the day. We didn’t take a honeymoon, but we enjoyed two nights in a hotel downtown and were fortunate enough to have made several weekend trips this fall to visit friends and family.

In July, August and December, Erick and I were in weddings of our friends. Rachel and Israel Lopez were married on July 15th, and I was able to celebrate with them. Erick got to switch roles with Peter Rietgraf in August as they traded groom for best man when he married Michelle. The ceremony was in Albert Lea, Minnesota, so Erick and I were able to enjoy our first weekend away. Lastly, just this past weekend, Erick and I were able to celebrate with Anthony and Lauren Burriola as they tied the knot. All these events included bachelor and bachelorette parties and celebrating God’s beautiful gift of marriage.

In August we took a trip to the state fair, and while we were there, we got to see one of my photographs that was chosen for exhibit in the photography salon. It was fun to look at all of the other work, and I hope to next year submit several more photos. We were also able to visit Peter, Michelle, Beth and Cory in Nebraska for a few days in between Erick finishing school and when I had to start again.

My stud muffin husband had a very exciting few weeks in August when he accepted a RN position in the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital. He graduated from Mercy College of Health Sciences in mid-August, took his boards early in September and then began training for his position. He just finished his training this past week, so he’ll be on his own now! He’s working nights, so life is very busy. We like to describe it as a volleyball substitution because there have been times where I’ve left to go to class, and he’s just come home from work.

As a Vespestad family, we were able to spend a weekend in Galena, Illinois. It was a great time of fellowship and walking around, enjoying the little shops and the country fair that they host there.

As for myself, the past few months have been a lot of change. I moved out of my dorm room in April, and once we were married, we moved into the downstairs apartment at my grandparents’ house. This has provided us a great opportunity to spend time with them, but it’s also been great for us to have our own little space, which we’ve enjoyed slowly decorating.

At Grand View University, I've been involved in the choir and been on the magazine staff. My collegiate choir career concluded (haha, alliteration) at Julefest in early December. In August, I took on the role of Editor-In-Chief and held that position for the three issues that we produced this fall. Being in this role greatly increased my comfort in all areas of communication, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

I finished school on December 16th and am now looking for a job. Since GV is a small college, there isn’t a separate graduation ceremony for Fall grads, so I will walk in April with the rest of my class. As of now, I don’t have a full-time job in my career, but I will continue to work part-time at Hy-Vee as a server and continue to grow my photography business.

We wish you all peace and blessings as we celebrate the birth of our Savior this Christmas.


The Vespestads

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