Even though Christmas letters get a bad rap, I love hearing from friends and family at Christmas. Quite often, it’s the only connection we have through the year. Yes, your children and grandchildren are smarter and more beautiful than any others. So are ours! Hearing about where your year started and where it ended makes me feel involved, so keep telling me!
LeRoy has always said that we like to winter in Arizona, summer in Colorado and visit our kids during allergy season and that proved true this year. Our year 2014 began and is ending in Tucson, AZ but in between we’ve done a few things that were new and different for us. Our favorite part of Colorado is Teller County and we spent the entire summer as camp hosts at the Golden Bell Nazarene Camp RV park with Pikes Peak as our view on our morning walk. One of the joys of the experience was getting to know the college-aged summer staffers as well as the adult volunteers. We have new people to visit all over the country.
Robert is still in San Angelo, TX and is looking forward to having Alma with him for Christmas. She is a junior in high school in Duluth, GA and is active in the flag corps. I think her sights are set on drum and bugle corps next.
Heidi and Tim are busy with jobs and three quickly growing kids still at home. Ben and Bailey are freshmen at Sedgwick High School. Last spring was their last year in Bible quiz and we are proud of their achievements there. We were able to attend their 8th grade graduation at which Bailey was honored as valedictorian of the class. We stayed around for Jadelyn’s 10th birthday party in November. She’s currently the only one in that household who is shorter than I am, but I’m resigned to having to look up at her very soon, just as I do Ben and Bailey. The older girls are busy with jobs and life. Jordan is still in the Wichita area and helps with the youth group at Northridge Friends Church, our home church there. Katrina has moved to Miami, OK where she is a pharmacy tech and is finishing up her college hours. I’ve always said about our children that my favorite age for them was the one they are currently and I think the same can be said for our grandchildren.
We did a little hiking this year and while we were in Colorado, LeRoy even had a chance to do a zip line. The only way up was a 40′ climbing wall, so I chose to pass on that experience!
This winter, my sister Florence Marie Walter came with us to Arizona and we will have Christmas together for the first time in years. So while we aren’t with our kids and grandkids this season, we are enjoying family.
I hope your holiday season is a time to remember Christ in the world, all the way from his birth to his death and resurrection. Every year is blessed because of him!