I’ve never been one for resolutions come January 1st…mostly because I will never stick to them. I was watching a news program with my students and they have resolutions like “eat more fruits and veggies”, “wear your seatbelt” and our personal favorite “don’t tease animals.” These are things you should already be doing not resolutions! 

Even before I saw this exciting news story I was thinking of some changes I want to make for real in my life. This idea didn’t stem from the ball dropping in Times Square on New Years Eve. It came from the fact that a week ago a friend of mine died. His name was Danny. He was 27. He was healthy. He was full of life. He went to bed and didn’t wake up. This week I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I came up with some resolutions of my own. 

1. Take more pictures! I knew Danny for like 5 years but I have 1 picture of him. You can’t even really see his face and he is in a Halloween costume. Danny was at my house warming party back in November. It was the last time I saw him. I didn’t take a single picture that night. My new house was full of family and friends. I should have taken pictures of that! I will take more pictures from now on. I want to be able to look back on these years. I always have the mentality that what we are doing isn’t important because we don’t have kids or aren’t doing anything “important” but we should be documenting these times because we will never get them back. 

2. There is more to life than just work. I put everything on hold for my job and I have no idea why! Don’t get me wrong; I love my job but I have passed up a lot of opportunity to do something fun because I didn’t want to take a day off of work. I work in a field where I work extra hours for no additional pay and feel guilty for taking my paid vacation days. If opportunities come up from now on I am going to take them. My job isn’t my life. As much as I LOVE my students they are not actually my children. I can’t sacrifice my life for them all the time. 

3. I am going to spend more time with the people I care about. I have a lot of really great friends and family and I am going to make the time to see them. 


Life is short. We don’t know how much time we have. I am done putting things on hold. 

“Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.”
-Dr. Who


If the Koppelbergers woite a Christmas Letter 2013

This one is a little late this year since Jordan and I kicked 2014 off with the flu!

2013 was an exciting year for us! We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary and 10 years of being together. Can you believe that?

We went on two vacations in 2013. In March we went with Jordan’s mom to visit family in Wisconsin and in July we went to Hocking Hills. This was the most traveling we’ve ever done in one year!

In 2013 Katelyn started grad school working towards a masters degree in instructional technology at the University of Akron. She is not a big fan of the program but has earned all A’s and B’s so far and if everything goes as planned she will be graduating in August. She is still working at Falcon Academy and loving it! In March her Destination Imagination team came in 2nd place at the regional tournament and in May she directed the school musical, Annie Jr. In November she got to present at a state conference with two of her colleagues.

Jordan splits his time between classes at the university and co-op periods at Keithley. His latest co-op was in another department and he absolutely loved it. Katelyn still does not understand what he does all day but he gets nothing but compliments.

In June we welcomed a new member of the family, Sigmund (Siggy, SiggilyPuff, PuffPuff, Mamma’s Sweet Baby Boy, Siggy Stardust.) He came home with us a little baby kitten but he is quickly becoming a BIG boy.

It took Schrodinger a little while to get used to having a little brother but they are best buddies now. Schrodinger still likes to snuggle with his daddy more than anything else but wrestling with Siggy is a close second.

The biggest and most exciting thing to happen in 2013 was buying our new home in Copley! We will be working on it into 2014 and beyond but we couldn’t be happier!