We had a lovely Christmas with our family. With more of our kids growing up and getting married, I’m thankful for each time that we’re all able to get together. Here are a few of the pictures we took. Light was dim, so there’s lots of blur, but the people are cute anyway. You should be able to click on photos to enlarge them. We’ve had some hard times this year, but we are so blessed by all the precious people in our lives.
John and I are looking forward to some exciting things in the future as well. Our oldest daughter Amanda and her husband Ben are expecting their third baby in April. (They’re the ones in the ‘I Spy’ picture above.) Lidya will be graduating from the dental assisting program in May. Our oldest son is getting married in July! We also have several trips planned this next year, including some time on the beach, and hopefully a homeland trip to Ethiopia this summer with four of our daughters. What an adventure!
To help fund that trip, for the first time in many years I’ve applied to work as a nurse again at a local hospital. Some of you may remember I was an OB nurse for 9 years. That’s what I’m hoping to do again– just 4 or 5 night shifts a month, so I’ll still be home most of the time. Kind of crazy to think of working outside the home again. The last time I worked was in 1998, just before Josh arrived, so it’ll be a job to catch up on the new technology. But it will be a nice boost to our income, and to tell the truth, I’m excited. I love helping women in labor and those first hours after birth.
On the blog/writing front, as I mentioned (I think) last year, I’m working on a couple of e-books. My homeschooling e-book is 80% complete and should be available on Amazon by the end of January. I’m also putting together a supplemental planner for Family Feasts for $75 a Week
with a focus on affordable gluten free food — grocery lists, recipes, and everything else you need to plan gluten free menus a week at a time. I’m excited about that project and will keep you posted!
Do keep praying for my friend Lisa who lost her daughter Kalkidan in a car accident. Lisa broke her hip and suffered nerve damage in the accident, and their van was wrecked. If you’re inclined to support them, there’s a fund to help with their expenses. Money won’t heal their hearts, of course, but it is nice to think of easing their financial burdens at least a little.
Tonight some of us are going to a New Year’s Eve party at church, and others of us will be staying home– we’ve got colds running around the house, and not all of us are up to partying late. I already took down the Christmas tree but the twinkle lights are still up and we won’t start school again til the week after next–so we will hang onto Christmas break for another week or so.
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Happy New Year!