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Christmas News 2018
Wishing all our friends and family a very Merry Christmas. We hope you enjoy our annual news update.
As we head towards Christmas our three granddaughters have just turned 4-years-old and bring us increasing joy and love with every passing day. Amy encourages the twins with an outdoor life
so we often find ourselves walking with them. They also enjoy arts and crafts. Tim’s daughter, Emily, is generally with us every 2nd weekend and equally enjoys craft time with
grandma. Her mother now lives in East Anglia, so we don’t see quite as much of Emily, but she loves being with us and the girls all love playing together.
Victor continues to enjoy his job as Communication and Media director for the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist
Church. It does mean more travel than he would like but new travel experiences this year have included the beautiful city of Tallinn, Estonia; the historic city of Sarajevo in Bosnia
Herzegovina, and Dubrovnik in Croatia.
In the spring he also enjoyed filming two new episodes of Reformation Journey, this time focusing on Mary Jones, the young Welsh girl who, 200 years ago, chose to walk 26 miles barefoot in order to buy the Bible she so much desired. He
also filmed 15 short videos of Israel Reflections – though only 11 are available so far!
Consultations, training, editing and news writing keep him more than busy.
Victor’s busiest time coincided with his 60th birthday as the TED ran a European Pastors Council with 1,200 participants in Belgrade Serbia.
While holiday’s have been difficult due to family circumstances, Victor and Luisa did manage to spend some time in Cornwall and Devon, and to explore with the National Trust closer to home.
‘Family circumstances’ revolve, to a degree, around Luisa’s remarkable mother who turned 97 this year. If you want to cheer her up, show her a great-grandchild – but she did slow down a lot
over the past 12 months including a minor stroke back in the spring. We now have a carer come to help with her every morning which is a big help to Luisa.
Luisa’s relaxation time is very much focused around crafts (as well as the grandchildren). She has joined the newly formed Binfield Craft group.
Our children are all doing well. Steven continues working with youth in Cornwall, while his wife, Jena, has progressed in her career in pharmaceutical sales. If that is not enough,
they have the surprise addition of 3 teenagers in their family. They are lovely kids and will be with them on a long term fostering basis. Tim had to take a short break from his chosen career
plan but hopes to be back in the police full-time next year. While caring for young twins is a full-time career in itself, Amy is getting more engaged with photography and with writing.
Recently she has also started to become more of an advocate for those with special needs – visible or hidden. Her husband, John has had a promotion within Bracknell Forest Council and seems to
be extremely busy keeping the council efficient and running smoothly.
That leaves the dogs – who are not getting old, 12 and 15. Kalie still goes out for walks, depending on her mood, and sets the pace which means dog walking does not provide as much exercise
as it used to – but it is still lovely to be out in nature together.
The best way to keep up, as always, is on one of our various Facebook pages – as equally we enjoy hearing from you and enjoying your exploits.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year,
Victor, Luisa, Manuala, Steven, Jena, Tim, Amy & John, Emily, Erin & Ava.
2018 TED Christmas Video
See also the Christmas video Victor had fun creating with his colleagues at the Trans-European Division. Health warning. It might possibly make you feel hungry! Watch it here.
Christmas News 2017!
Christmas Greetings from the entire Hulbert tribe! It has been an eventful year. Victor has just completed his second year leading the Adventist Church’s Communication and Media department in the Trans-European Division. Once again it has led him to new experiences including first visits to Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Sweden – and return visits to a variety of other countries – training, reporting and advising.
Two highlights: Victor found himself in Italy for World
Refugee day – worshipping with and interviewing migrants who had made the dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean. Listening to those stories touched his heart. He is already
making preparations for 2018 – meeting refugees who are making the best of life in Serbia and elsewhere.
His second significant highlight was filming a series of short social media videos, Reformation 500.
Travelling to significant sites in England, Germany and Italy, his aim was to make the essence of the reformation understandable to a 21st century audience. Working with a great
team, and a superb videographer, it seems he succeeded – but you can judge for yourself!
Luisa continues to juggle the roles of carer for her 96-year-old mother, the joy of assisting with our three grandchildren – who just turned three this December, and looking after the house and
dogs while Victor is travelling. Somehow she manages to pull it all together while at the same time continuing with her crafts, re-designing our home office, developing the garden, and helping
out with the children at church.
July found us in the Lake District, renting a 16th century thatched cottage and delighting Ava and Erin, who with their parents, John and Amy, joined us for the week. The twins rejoiced in greeting the cows morning and evening, exploring castles and rivers, experiencing a thunderstorm in the middle of Lake Windermere and generally running around the cottage and garden at high speed. Victor also got the chance to fly his drone. Some of the footage from his new hobby is getting seen around the world.
Tim started in his chosen career this autumn. He is now a member of Surrey Constabulary – keeping us all safe. Still keen on his motorcycling, he finds that the quickest way to work as
well as a good hobby, and continues to dote on his daughter, Emily.
Jena also started a new job in Pharmaceutical sales while Steven is stimulating his mind and developing his career plan as he has started on an MA (part time) in systematic theology.
John keeps gaining new skills within the management of Bracknell Forest Council while Amy still finds herself full-time hands-on mother to the increasingly active twins. All three
grandchildren start in nursery in January – so that may give parents (and grandparents) a little more free time!
Life has not been without it’s challenges, but we are grateful for family, friends, and God’s leading.
We wish you the very best for you and your families. Have a great 2018.
Victor & Luisa
Manuela (Luisa’s mum)
Steven & Jena
Tim and Emily,
Amy, John, Ava & Erin.