“Christmas is coming! The goose is getting fat…
pleased to put a penny in an old man’s hat;
if you haven’t got a penny, a half-penny will do,
if you haven’t got a half-penny, God bless you!”


We sang this as a warm-up song in high school singers choir around Christmas time. It always floats to the forefront of my mind around Christmas time, and stays there for weeks…

Christmas is coming! That’s for sure…but most likely without any snow. I can’t believe this has been the third warmest winter in the history of the US. Some people blame global warming. It would be nice to move to a mountainous region of the world. I prefer cold weather and snow over hot weather and sweating, I think.

I’m looking forward to seeing family and to introducing Jambo (our puppy) to the fam! She’s great preparation for a little kid: she needs a ton of attention, she’s funny and cute, puts practically anything in her mouth (her favorite is already chewed gum off of the pavement), and I’m taking her to the vet for the second round of booster shots on Wednesday! She’s also still learning the word “No!” Ben and I love her. We’re so thankful for Brook and Jeremy’s willingness to take care of her for the time being.

Christmas is coming! And we’re still waiting to hear about a move-in date for Prairie Lea…It’s been over two months of being in limbo and we were hoping to be in and at least half-way unpacked by Christmas. Currently we’re about half-way packed at Green Ave. and praying that they call us with a move-in date before January 1. We’ve put up a few decorations, but this Christmas, it will be about transition and change…

In this season of gratitude and celebration, Ben and I are grateful for big things and little things:

  • Our supporters and their generosity and commitment
  • The prayers of supporters, family and friends alike
  • our puppy, Jambo:)
  • low gas bill (since the weather has been so mild)
  • dear friends that we haven’t seen in a while
  • the rec center being open over winter break
  • The Geri’s and other American friends who helped us with our Bible Class Sunday nights
  • mom’s good holiday cooking (both Ben’s mom and Maris’s mom)
  • quality coffee at an employee discount price
  • Christmas cards and updates from friends and family
  • a reliable vehicle to get us to and from home and family over the holidays
  • the Salvation Army volunteers standing in front of Dillon’s and Walmart
  • our life group: Krause’s, Dillon’s, LeMoine’s, Ugolini’s and others!
  • freed up time over break to spend with friends
  • rest, Harney & Sons tea, good fiction books (Manhattan Public Library)
  • God’s greatest gift to us, the birth, life, death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ

Merry Christmas to all….love and blessings to you!

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