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Well, here we are at the last installment in Volume 1 of the Tredeau family story. To catch you up in case you’ve missed some chapters, we’ve covered our days as a new couple, as newlyweds and as new parents—the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly. This October, we’ll celebrate our 20th anniversary. A lot has changed in two decades. After our daughter Fern was born, we packed up and left Decatur behind to put down roots in Newton County. Since then, we’ve grown to be a family of five, plus two fluffy, furry buddies. We’ve changed jobs, churches, schools, cars and dentists multiple times. We now have two teenagers at Eastside High School, and our youngest, Wyatt, is in his last year at Mansfield Elementary. Life continues to keep us on our toes as we help the kids navigate their new worlds of recreation baseball, high school cheerleading, AP classes and driving, all while balancing work, the home front and the occasional date night (grocery shopping counts, right?). 

We imagine some of your stories are similar to ours, and some are very different. You’ll probably see parts of yourselves in this issue’s stories of love and loss, triumph and tragedy. That’s what we love about the power of storytelling. Being able to put ourselves in the shoes of the characters and feeling emotionally connected to them helps us understand ourselves and the world around us. All of our stories are still being written, of course. The cast of characters and setting will probably change and we can all expect a plot twist or two, but we’re excited to turn the page and see what’s next.

May the Lord bless and keep you.
Scott and Meredith Tredeau

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