So Christmas has come and gone, and I missed posting last week. This will be quick, but I felt a need to check in with the blogosphere before the year ends.
The new job continues to go well. I have been “baptized by fire” in starting a job at a large church in the midst of the advent/Christmas season. Then next week, I am heading to New Orleans for a conference with other staff members. I will be there to serve as a helper in registration, etc., but I am sure it will be enjoyable in some ways. I am not looking forward to airport security, though. If at all possible, I might squeeze in a meal with my older sister Sandy who lives 90 minutes from NOLA.
Mark’s parents were here for the Christmas holiday. They came a week before Christmas and left yesterday. It was great to have them here even if I only saw them evenings and weekends. As usual, they were a help to us. I sure did appreciate meals being made while I was on my way home from work, help with the laundry, some babysitting, and even the preparation of Christmas treats for my co-workers. The children enjoyed having them here, and the boys have headed back to Dallas with them for an extended visit. Below is a photo of the 3 younger children with their Granddaddy on his birthday which he was able to celebrate with us. (Calvin was off at basketball practice during the photo op.)
Just to keep life from getting boring, our new-to-us-for-8-months van died a sudden death over the weekend. Mom and the girls and I were out the day after Christmas to fulfill the promise of Build-a-Bears that were under the tree, and the van just stopped in the middle of the road in an upscale St Louis neighborhood. Because we were in the middle of the road, the police had to come. The van was towed, and we awaited news of its diagnosis until Monday. Late Monday morning we were told it would not be fixable as the time belt had broken and took some pistons and valves down with it. So the drama of our life continues to unfold. Perhaps photos of a replacement vehicle will appear sometime soon. We’re praying for that to happen.
Bedtime has come, so I leave you with more pictures from Christmas. Happy New Year!