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Happy New Year! We hope everyone has had a fantastic and blessed holiday season! Ours started out with a large get-together of friends for Thanksgiving. Although our original plans had fallen through, we thank the Lord for good friends who were willing and glad to have us join them.

This was our first year to decorate our new home for Christmas. We were able to get a live Christmas tree, and we even had enough ornaments to fill it! Compared to some of our neighbors our outdoor lights were somewhat humble, but I always enjoyed rounding the corner of the street on my way home and seeing them ahead, lighting our house on the hill! It will be a little sad to take the decorations down, but we can still celebrate God’s gift to us, Jesus, all year round!

For vacation this year we went to Minnesota again, to celebrate Christmas with Rachel’s parents. Unlike previous years, however, we were able to fly, which gave us two extra days to enjoy our visit! We tried to take Melissa out to play in the snow, but she was not used to heavy winter clothes, and objected. She was pretty enthralled with the falling snow, though! It was good to see friends that we haven’t seen in a year and to catch up on all the changes in our lives. A year seems to go by so quickly now, but it’s amazing how much can change in that short amount of time!

The one downside to our trip was that we lost our digital camera early in the week. That was a major prayer request for us, that it would be found, since a good digital camera isn’t cheap! Thankfully, Rachel’s mom found it after we left. Since we didn’t have the camera we don’t have a lot of pictures from vacation, but we did have the video camera, so I may be able to get some stills from that for the Photo Albums.

God bless you in 2004!

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