Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Letter 2011

"The greatest gift you will ever receive will never be found under a Christmas tree.
It is far too valuable to be stored in any other place but in the depths of your heart." ~Anonymous

Don’t you just love the daily excitement of never knowing for sure what will happen during the day? I am always amazed at the crazy things that actually do happen.

My Christmas vacation started off with just such an event and my trip to Omaha was not without incident. The plane was an hour and a half late taking off and I had nothing to eat and my stomach was turning. When I am on a plane I always order water, but this time because I was hungry I ordered tomato juice to see if it would curb by appetite. The plane was not full and there was no one in the seat beside me and no one across the isle from me. The attendant pulled down the tray next too me and I just left my tomato juice there. I had my hand around the glass so it wouldn't slide off. I had been awake since 4:00 a.m. - I fell asleep. The pilot came over the intercom with a booming voice - I jumped - tomato juice flew all over the place, in my lap, down my pant legs, even down the side of the plane. I tried to clean up as well as I could but can’t do with a little handy-wipe. I walked off the plane looking like a street person. The tomato juice dried in an ugly dark red color. When Johanna picked me up she wanted to go to lunch, I said "no way" I have to get these clothes off. We put my coat and jeans in the washing machine and my coat turned out very well (thank goodness).

I was very anxious to see Johanna since I had not seen her since her back operation two months before. She was doing surprisingly well. Through this last series of events that took place for her she wound up with drop foot on the left. She now wears a brace and special shoes. She does well when she wears the brace. The thing that is most disturbing to her is her lack of energy. I tried to tell her that it was not going to come back over night. Her body has been through major surgery and it will take at least a year. She does want to keep her part-time/full-time job that requires much traveling. She is no longer in a position to lift anything, let alone a suitcase. We will just have to wait and see what takes place in the near future.

We did go out to lunch a couple of times. There were guest for dinner several evenings and someone was dropping by all of the time. They both keep a very hectic schedule. We of course were able to do lots of shopping. All in all I had a wonderful time. Johanna and I were able to have a fast lunch with a couple of my cousins, so good to see people from home.

Update on my special prayer requests:
On Friday morning, December 30th, Jeanne’s great-great niece, Chloe, passed away. She was only 4 years old…now she is in the loving arms of Jesus and she is out of pain.
Katy just had a birthday and she is 4 years old now. She was back in the hospital in December and this will probably continue monthly until she gets a new heart.

Continue to pray for Chloe’s family and continue praying for Katy to get a new heart. We are not ready to lose another precious child.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."                                          
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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