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Exciting News

On Thanksgiving our kids said they wanted to skype with us.  They were all in Florida visiting their grandparents (my mom and dad).  Suzanne said she was also sending us an email but to not open the email.  

The Skype connection was terrible.  Yep, that's what skype looks like on our end!  Kind of like an impressionistic painting.  Not only could we barely see anything recognizable as a human face, their voices sounded like aliens speaking through a tube.  We seemed to be hearing something about "baby", but who could be sure?  Then Suz said to open the message from her and there we found this picture.
 (OK, this is just weird.  This picture is right side up in my album but comes up sideways on blogger.  I don't get it!)
Anyway, the point was pretty clear in this picture.  It's a baby!

But then they told us we couldn't tell anybody for awhile yet.  Finally the 2nd week of January we told a few people that we wanted to hear it directly from us and then they went…

Highlights of 2013

Suzanne did a post on the Highlights of 2013, so I thought I'd do the same....before we get too much further into 2014.

January 2013.....The highlight of January is almost always our Spiritual Life Conference in which all the SIM missionaries in our country of service come together for four days of spiritual feeding, fellowship, and fun together.  It's like a big family reunion.  Last year we couldn't meet at our usual location since it had been flooded so we met in three different adjoining campuses owned by sister missions.
 I was involved in planning conference and John organized the music.

February 2013....We traveled to a location in the center of the country and had a two-day orientation with new missionaries.

March 2013....John went to Oxford, England for his annual six-week doctoral studies visit but I couldn't go along.  Flood clean-up got under way with the first of numerous teams coming to work hard to restore our two campuses.
April 2013...My turn to travel.  I…

My Top 10 Books from 2013

I enjoy reading and do quite a bit of it since there isn't really any TV here and not many other diversions.  This past year I worked my way through 35 books.  I'll let you know my top 10 and why I enjoyed or was challenged by them and then just list the others.

1.  One Thousand Gifts by Anne Voskamp.
 This book was the book that was most influential in my spiritual life this year. I'm not terribly fond of Mrs. Voskamp's writing style.  It's very poetic and overly descriptive, but, I don't know, it kind of grew on me.  The message she gave was so important for me.  She challenges us to make eucharisteo, a Greek word meaning thankful, part of our lives.  I took on her challenge of keeping a gratitude list and aiming to, in a year, write down 1000 things I am thankful for.  By writing three a day you easily come up with more than 1,000 by the end of the year.  I can't guarantee that I didn't repeat things, but that's ok because we often forget to be th…