Merry Christmas! While December 25 is over for this year, we are still enjoying the holiday spirit and vacation.
Just a few highlights:
-My parents drove from California to spend a few days with us. While they encountered some icy roads, they stayed on schedule. And they had clear roads when they left TN to visit friends in CO on their way home.
-Rachael traveled to Guatemala with her university Ag department. The students were visiting agricultural enterprises – coffee plantation, slaughter facility and new greenhouse projects. They also served the residents there by working with the 12 by 12 project. They installed concrete floors in home or out buildings and painted several other buildings.
-Bethany traveled home from Washington State where she is attending WSU grad school. It has been many months since she has been home, so it is great to spend time with her.
-Hannah is in OK serving at Day Spring Villa, the domestic violence shelter near Tulsa. She has served there two other times, and I visited her there last Christmas. She is working the 11 PM-7 AM shift due to a staff injury. While she does not like working nights, she feels that God has led her there to help as needed. She really enjoys cooking a savory breakfast for the guests each morning before heading to bed.
-As family we served over 1800 meals on Christmas Day to hungry folks in our community. It was a long, hard day of work, but so rewarding. This is a community event that brings together folks from many churches and walks of life.
-We shared gifts with family and friends. We were blessed with thoughtful gifts from our children, parents and brothers.
-There has been a lot of cooking, eating and napping. Plus day trips to Opryland hotel, Dave and Busters, shopping.
Now before the girls head back to college and Tim back to work, we are enjoying family time working around the house and farm. There are always farm chores to do: feed, water, and care for the sheep, llama and chickens. Plus in the winter we need to haul wood for the wood stove (we heat our house with a wood burning stove). We will have our annual shopping trip to the mall 1/1, as Macy’s has a good sale (usually 50% off clearance prices), followed by lunch out- using gift cards we got from points on our visa card.
I trust that the Christmas season has been special for you and your family. I know that it can be a very tough time of year for many. The love of Jesus and His coming to earth to save us all from our sins, is the real reason for this season.