What a lot of changes there have been to our expectations for this Christmas holiday! We thought Tim, Heidi and Jadelyn were coming to see us, but due to a combination of things, that didn’t work out. So we planned to have our Ohio friends over for Christmas dinner. That didn’t happen, either, because Larry went to the hospital on Monday and didn’t get out until this afternoon. But you know what? Christmas came anyway! Jesus is still our savior because of Christmas day!
Nakia, our friend in the RV, works two jobs and as luck would have it, she worked one job on Christmas morning and the other on Christmas night. She was off on Christmas eve, though, so we went out to eat at a Chinese buffet and then attended the candlelight service at our church, followed by driving around to see Christmas lights. We came home to read the Christmas story, open presents and eat dessert. What a special time!
Our present to each other this year was to replace our bedroom television set. The old one had been around for a long time and the picture had been dimming from time to time. The area the old set occupied was a very defined space and we couldn’t find a TV that small anymore. In order to use a larger one, LeRoy found a wall mount that would go in front of the closet doors.
Now we can watch TV in style, and LeRoy doesn’t hit his head on it walking around the bed.
When Tim and Heidi got married in 1996, we gained a granddaughter and since she already had a full complement of grandparents and great-grandparents, we had to have names that would distinguish us for her. That’s when we became Granne and Papa. Now think about all the souvenir shops that sell key chains with names on them, but some unusual names are difficult to find, like LeRoy. “Granne” is one of those names, as well. Grandma, Nana, Gigi, all those are found in abundance, but now I have my very own name on a shirt!
We are very thankful for technology this Christmas. We heard from all the kids and grandkids, which is the best gift we could ask for. Via FaceTime, we got to be with the Pohlman family twice on Saturday to open presents. It was almost like being there! Rob and Shelly called from Hawaii and we had a long conversation, partly planning for our trip to visit them for Rob’s retirement celebration in late February, early March. They took a helicopter tour of the island as their Christmas present to each other.
Heidi and Tim went to Ellsworth to Jordan’s house because no one wants to miss out on seeing Rae open presents! We’re very blessed to get to watch, too.
From our house to yours, have a blessed new year. May 2022 be the best one yet!