17 December, 2005

Christmas Time

If some of the recent posts were too whiny, or I complained too much, I sincerely apologize. It is important to be honest about my struggles, I think (and I truly appreciate everyone’s prayers and encouragement), but at the same time there is so very much to be grateful for. This last week was fantastic. Our Christmas party was even better than I hoped for, and as we sat there with a few dozen friends laughing and talking and making plans to hang out again next week and thinking of how we had met each of them and all that God has done here so far, I felt overwhelmingly blessed. I don’t deserve this life and these friends, but by God’s grace He has given them to me.

Our friend/boss Carolyn came all the way from Washington to spend a few days with us this week. She is amazing. Funny and energetic and kind and compassionate and extremely wise, she played a huge part in making this week good for all of us. Thank you to her and her family for sacrificing time and more for her to be able to be here with us.

So, there is this Santa train-type-vehicle that drives around the Korzo (this long plaza thing lined with shops and buildings in the center of the city that everyone walks through all the time) and kids ride on it. There are loud speakers attached that blast Christmas music for all to hear. Well, mainly Christmas music. They also play a few random Johnny Cash songs, and Pete said he heard DMX (!) the other day, too. I’d like to ride on it sometime.

Last night Taylor and Michelle and I watched ‘White Christmas’ – also known as the best Christmas movie of all time. Is anyone with me on this?

Matt, one of our bosses and perhaps the funniest person many of us have ever met, created a blog for John. Hopefully he will keep updating it with increasingly scandalous and bizarre content until, at last, John is motivated enough to start one of his own.

Currently listening to: Christmas music by Nat King Cole


BoomerBlog said...

Thanks for the update - definitely a better vibe than the last few...

Kerri came home last night - great to see her. I dropped her off at home and saw Sunny - VERY happy to see Kerri, with a very full coat and wanted someone to throw a stick... you know the drill.

We are working on scheduling for Kerri, Tobin and the McFerons to view the film Narnia and share a meal afterwards... will send after action report.

Chritmas is an amazing time... we join the heavenly host praising God and saying:

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests."

sarah may said...

Gotta love the spammers...

Alexis, I think I may have to disagree with your assertion that "White Christmas" is the best christmas movie of all time.

My favorite has always been A Christmas Story"...

"You'll shoot your eye out!"

Anonymous said...

hello my dear

oh my goodness- i remember you guys sitting me down to watch White Christmas many moons ago, all of you quite concerned that i had not seen it... i honestly don't remember anything about the movie except your excitement over the whole thing.

and part of me doubts it was even christmas time.

i am sewing and crafting things for people for christmas and i miss you. no matter what great adventure you were involved in, the holidays has been the time that i could reconnect with you and be amazed by how your siblings grow and of course by sunny's amazing tricks.

take care of yourself and know how i am constantly amazed by your strength. i am happy to know that even through much difficulty, you are watching your favorite movies and playing card games.

love always,

Alexis said...

Alison is great! We have known one another for nearly 20 years (!). I'll email you soon...