Mele Kalikimaka from the Haywoods

Makiki-Mele-KalikimakaMerry Christmas from the Haywoods! 2013 has been an incredible year of transition, growth and blessing. Here are some highlights from the Haywood family.

The Diva

DÁndra taught herself to use Photo booth on my Mac.

DÁndra taught herself to use Photo booth on my Mac.

DÁndra started middle school. She also moved up into Blazers, the ministry group for middle school-aged kids. She loves going to church and Blazers! I was apprehensive about DÁndra attending middle school but she is doing really well!

The Singer

Alex leading worship at his school chapel.

Alex leading worship at his school chapel.

Alex is blossoming as a singer and a musician. He wrote several songs that we’re working on getting recorded. Last Friday Alex was part of a team – former X Factor Contestant Rylie Brown, Maddie Watts and Hudson Watts that sang Christmas carols at City Union Mission, a homeless shelter in Kansas City.

Alex is going to Camp Electric in Nashville this summer. We held a concert to help raise money for Camp Electric. Here’s a clip from that concert.

The Artist

Chris, 18, is a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is an incredible musician and actor. I always tell him that he christened me into adulthood.

Chris, 18, is a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is an incredible musician and actor. I always tell him that he christened me into adulthood.

Chris has had an amazing 2014. God blessed him with a great scholarship to attend the Kansas City Art Institute. He helps lead worship at World Revival Church in the Northland.

Chris's self-portrait of being Chris lol!

Chris’s self-portrait of being Chris lol!

Chris graduated valedictorian and was the star of Guys and Dolls, the school musical.

The Beauty

Erin and her husband, Alex Taylor

Erin and her husband, Alex Taylor

Erin, my gorgeous niece who was living with us, married Alexander Taylor. Erin moved to Panama City, Florida where her husband is based. Alexander is a military policeman in the Airforce.

The Boss

Jerome at a party for a friend. (Previn Mingo, Anthony Glasco, Jerome and Harold Mattox)

Jerome at a party for a friend. (Previn Mingo, Anthony Glasco, Jerome and Harold Mattox)

Jerome is in the second year of his catering company, Haywood Catering & Event Management. He celebrated his 10th anniversary at Lowes and was named employee of the year for his store. God has blessed Jerome with favor and wisdom for managing the Haywood ship, his company as well as his volunteer activities.

Jerome prays every week for people at the House of Hope & Healing and serves in the call center and choir. He is a busy man!

And Me

Leilani bundled up for winter in Missouri.

Leilani bundled up for winter in Missouri.

I’ve been amazed at God’s goodness in 2013. I’m in the third year of my business, Haywood Marketing & Communications. I’m also putting the finishing touches on my book, 10 Keys to Raising Kids That Love God. My goal is to get it published late 2014. I’m editor of Spirit Led Woman which has been a dream gig for me. I also continue to manage marketing for several businesses.

I pray that you would know the wonder of His presence and the warmth of who He is with your family during the holidays!

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