First, a sincere Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families! Laura and I are blessed far beyond anything we may deserve and we wish the same to you.
It’s been a month since I last posted. It’s not that we’ve been just sitting around doing nothing, it’s actually that I wanted to wait until a project was complete before I post anything about it. Well, we have lots of “almost done” projects, and until they are done, I don’t have anything to write about them. Hint – solar panels, security bars, batteries, and boat painting.
The last few weeks have all been about Christmas and family. Traditionally, we travel back to Kentucky to spend Christmas with our families. This is a great time to see parents, brothers, (neither Laura nor I have any sisters), aunts, uncles, nephews (we also have no nieces!), and friends. We really enjoy getting back together with everyone and sharing time with them.
We always have our Texas Brown’s Christmas together before heading to Kentucky. This year we met at our daughter Christy’s apartment for dinner and gift exchanges. At 4:30 the next morning, Laura, Christy, her boyfriend Nic, and I headed north in our Four Runner. We arrived at 9:30 pm, a little tired but glad to be out of the car. The next week was filled with family time, eating great food, talking and remembering great times, Mass, exchanging gifts, and celebrating Christmas together. It was a bit of a whirlwind week that we thoroughly enjoyed.
We had a major downer on the Christmas season, however. Karen, our much younger sister in law, was diagnosed with a serious condition the day before we were to drive to Kentucky. Without putting a lot of details here on the internet, let me just say that she and Jay (Laura’s brother) need prayers for support and her healing. We saw her several times while we were in town and her spirits are good, but those prayers of healing are really needed.
Christy and Nic flew home the day after Christmas, leaving some of their packages for us to bring back in the car. Laura and I headed back home on December 28, stopping by Fort Worth to pick up gifts we had left there and to deliver gifts to Cory and Christy. We finally arrived home on Tuesday the 30th.
It is great to be back! The boat is just like we left it, which means we have lots of unpacking and putting away to do. Our Christmas lights stay up until this weekend for Epiphany, and then I’ll take them down and store them until next year. For me, that is always the official end of the Christmas season, and leaves me just a little bit saddened.
Christmas is for families, and we greatly enjoyed our time together with ours in 2014! Again, Merry Christmas to you and all the best in 2015!
Steve and Laura