Friday, December 24, 2010
For God so loved the
world that he gave his
one and only Son,
that whoever believes
in him shall not
perish but have
(New International Version, ©2010)
Our nativity set is made of olive tree wood from Israel. We purchased it from a woodworkers' outlet store in Bethlehem, Israel. Bethlehem is about 7.5 miles as a crow flies south of Jerusalem.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem but he grew up in Nazareth which is about 80 miles or so to the north.
We visited most there and most of the other areas of Israel on our 1980 Holy Land vacation. It was five nights cruising the Mediterranean, seven nights in Jerusalem, and two nights in Amman, Jordan.
Our Christmas picture for 2010
Mrs. Jim and I wish
you all a very
and a super
Happy New Year!
Our annual Christmas mail-out newsletter:
Hello family and friends,
Merry Christmas! We hope this finds you all in good spirits and ready for 2011.
Our year has been happily consumed with church, kids, grandkids, friends, travel, golf, bridge, dominoes (Texas 42), eating, and pets. We are both healthy and try to pretend that we are a little younger than what we are!! Our biggest newsworthy events are Karen and family have moved to London, Jenna is graduating from the University of Houston December 17th (she has a job!), and Megan and James Valentine are engaged and are getting married September 2011.
Our primary travels have been to London as KP (now 17 months old) has moved there with Karen, Billy, and Bailey. They have a three bedroom flat on Circus Road that runs into Abbey Road of Beatles fame. (Paul McCartney still has a house in the neighborhood, St. John’s Wood.) The best news is that they will be home for Christmas! We also managed a summer Baltic cruise where we visited the capitals of the various countries and a fall trip to Montreal and Quebec City, Canada.
Individually, Jim continues to teach Sunday school. Mrs. Jim is now on the local Board of Directors for Family Promise, a nationwide Christian ministry to homeless families. You can “Google” Family Promise, as it is an organization that you may want in your community. It is so worthwhile and the rewards for the families and volunteers are abundant.
We wish each of you a Blessed Christmas with the Joy of Christ’s birth.
Love, Jim & Mrs. Jim
[Updates since the writing of this letter can be found on my blog, as will all of the above.]
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Grandchildren time — MidWeek Blues — Jenna Graduation and KP has breakfast with Santa
Jenna graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) from the University of Houston last Friday, the 17th of December, 2011.
She now has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with emphasis in supply chain management.
And she has a job! Pretty much in her field. Like I was told it isn't just what you learned in college is why they want you to work for them. It is also that they know you can set your eyes on a rigorous four-year goal and accomplish it.
And more 'breaking news,' Jenna and Sean are engaged. Sean proposed, with a nice pretty diamond ring, on Sunday. Sean is a recent U/H graduate; he also has a job.
Of course Mrs. Jim and I were there for the graduation. Jenna humors us with lots of picture posing. When Jenna was sixteen she went to Europe on a four-week driving trip ending in a mission stint in Spain. She knows us pretty well; we haven 't changed much since then.
We attended breakfast with Santa this Sunday after church. Our time was 1:00 PM. They gave us the table right next to Santa and beside him was the Christmas tree.
KP liked the tree fine but she didn't ever make up to Santa. She did wave at him on the way out to go home. But no way would she sit on his lap.
And to the MidWeek Blues affectionados you will please note that every picture does have a little blue. Some a very little.
We are really enjoying having these kids home for the holidays. It has been August since I saw them although Mrs. Jim did go for a little London jaunt to visit with them. She was so afraid that KP would not remember her if they all waited until Christmas to see each other.
I think she remembered me a little although it took a bit of time for her to feel comfortable with me. Maybe if she'd have been around Santa for a little longer she would have liked him too.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Peter was glad Piggy was coming.
Piggy would keep him warm while sleeping on Grandmother's porch.
Why hadn't he worn long trousers?
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Ancient Christmas Card Picture from Susan's blog, Stony River
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