"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given...And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace". Isaiah 9:6
Another Christmas is upon us...to once again celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
How quickly the days go by or so it seems. Maybe it is because we are getting older that it seems that way. This year has been a busy year or at least we have managed to stay busy. Gerry continues to ride with his bicycle club and I've been busy at my craft table participating in over 25 card swaps. Most of them have been online swaps on the Splitcoast Stampers web site. I did very little with cards last year so I've been making up for it this year.
The kids and grandkids are all doing well. Grandkids Seth, Ashley and Rebekah-Elizabeth will graduate from high school next year; Seth and Rebekah-Elizabeth have plans to go to college. (Addition: I forgot this in the letter that was mailed with our cards -- Granddaughter Geraldine will also graduate next year and I'm sure she has plans for college). Nathanael is in the Army stationed at Ft. Bragg Army Post in Fayetteville, NC. This is where Stephen was stationed and Nathanael grew up in Fayetteville. He is a combat medic in the 82nd Airborne. Stephen was also in the 82nd Airborne. We've learned recently that Nathanael is engaged to be married. He took Megan Elizabeth home to Enterprise, AL for Thanksgiving and to meet the family. They haven't set a date yet. Denise said in her Facebook status that she's getting the best daughter-in-law. Rebekah-Elizabeth has a special young man in her life.
On November 1st we celebrated our 30th anniversary with a trip to the coast. It was an enjoyable time and we had great weather too.
Last year in May (2009) we drove across country to Enterprise, AL where Denise and Stephen live. Nathanael was graduating from high school. We were gone for 4 weeks stopping along the way to visit family and sightsee. We had a great time visiting Keith in Ft. Worth and ate some yummy BBQ while in Texas. The last day we were in Alabama, we all drove down to the Gulf Coast. We ate at a restaurant that was located right on the beach. The Gulf of Mexico is beautiful, the water a beautiful turquoise blue. Heading back west we spent a couple of days in Louisiana, visited an Acadian village and enjoyed the drive into Texas along the Intracoastal Waterway. While in Louisiana we enjoyed a ferry ride across the Mississippi River. We stayed in Houston for a couple of days visiting the Johnson Space Center and driving down to Galveston. We took a ferry ride there too and saw the destruction left by a hurricane that blew through the area in 2008. The trip was fantastic, however, it was good to get home. Somehow living out of suitcases gets to be a bit much and we just wanted to be able to sleep in our bed again.
In closing, may Christmas be an enjoyable time with family and friends. And 2011 be a year filled with many blessings.
Mele Kalikimaka & Hau'oli Makahiki Hou
(Merry Christmas & Happy New Year)
Gerry & Betty Townsend
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