Many of you will have come to this site after receiving our Christmas Card. We chose not to do a letter this year and hope that you will come back to this site often to see what is happening in our lives. I decided to do this blog to keep family and friends up to date on our comings and goings. It is also a way for me to keep up to date with Elizabeth and Erik when I am so far behind in my scrapbooking, hopefully these posts will be my memory joggers. If not, I guess I can always rely on Erik. He doesn’t seem to forget anything. I hope to figure out the video editing in the new year so you will be able to see Erik and Elizabeth actually singing or playing their instruments.
As we prepare for Jesus’ birth, we have taken time to sing at Kansas Christian Home with our Church. Whenever we do this activity, I feel overwhelmed that just singing to residents at a retirement/care facility can actually make their day. It seems that many may not get visitors on a regular basis and this becomes a joy for them. This is an activity that has become a tradition with our family.
Another tradition is one of giving to another family. From the time, Elizabeth and Erik were little we have helped them to purchase gifts for a little boy or girl that is less fortunate. This year we also purchased water for families in Africa that do not have clean drinking water.
In a time, when we as a society seem to think more is better, I want my family (me included) to remember the real meaning of Christmas and share that with others throughout the new year. I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. Psalm 89:1-2
Wishing you the Merriest of Christmas’s and much Joy in 2010! Love: Jim, Jonni, Elizabeth (13) and Erik (9)