Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!

For all of you who are on my Christmas list, but for whom I don't have addresses, here is the Christmas letter I struggled to write (names have been changed to protect the innocent):

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

I’m having a difficult time coming up with this year’s letter. The year has gone by quickly and it seems like not much has happened, at least not much that is worthy of amplification in the annual report. Maybe it’s the very lack of “excitement” that we should be most thankful for. We need years like that once in awhile.

So if not much has happened, then why do we always feel so busy? Probably because there is always more little stuff to do than there is time available. And not all of the little stuff got done. Here are just a few of the things we did not do this year:

Buy a sailboat
Sail away to a desert island
Repair the cracks in our foundation
Sell our house
Quit my job
Start our new careers as sailboat captain and travel writer/silversmith
Take painting lessons (of the artistic kind)
Take a “big” vacation
Take a vacation, period

MBH's painting work has been incredibly fulfilling and has provided the resources with which to buy the sailboat if and when he finds the perfect vessel. In the meantime, we both continue to slog away at what we know best, awaiting divine intervention. Change is hard.

D1 has been living with her Mom in Salinas, CA all year and is a Junior this year. She vacillates between wanting to be a vet, a physician’s assistant and an actress when she grows up. I still haven’t given up on the possibility of litigator. She can argue better than anyone I know. Her creativity will serve her well regardless of her chosen path.

D2 returned here this summer (having spent her Jr year in CA) and is currently working full time as a hostess, not enrolled in school, but has signed up to return for her Senior year next semester. It’s been an uphill battle for D2 this past couple of rebellious years, but we have seen vast improvement and are encouraged that God has placed her back on the path towards being a responsible adult. She still has her eye on cosmetology school. She will turn 18 on February 1st. Prayers are in order.

What else? Let’s see. Well, I shook hands with Eric Idle, of Monty Python fame. That was a real surprise after seeing Spamalot in Chicago (a fantastic show!) and stumbling upon a signing party at Border’s Books the next day. And we also shook hands with Marcia Ball, blues pianist, and got her autograph at a concert here in Kansas City. And, I received a baseball at a charity event, autographed by the late great Kansas City Monarch’s (Negro League champions) first baseman and manager, Buck O’Neil, who passed away this year. So this was the year for autographs. Who would have guessed?

We hope the year has been full of blessings for you and your family and that the coming year is filled with many more. And in those difficult times, may Peace be with you. God bless.

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