DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS,
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” (I John 4:7)
Ever try writing a Christmas letter in one evening? Well, that is what I’ll have to do. You see, I volunteered to write it a while back, but procrastinated. I said I’ll work on it tonight. Lori said I’ll need to finish it tonight so we can get working on getting it out. Well, here goes my best shot. I know how Christmas letters can be: too long, too dry, and never make you smile or laugh. So, I’ll begin with a joke and hope to crack a smile. For all of you first time homeowners: “What do you call a cow grazing on your front yard?” Read on to find out!
In late April, we moved from an apartment to a house. Lori and I really fell in love with it. One of the biggest pluses is our great neighbors. They have really made us feel welcome. They are really friendly and we’re getting to know most of them. We had 30+ neighbors come to our housewarming party in October. For Lori and Amy, it has been great with many stay-at-home moms and a park within walking distance. Also, four babies have been born on our block since we moved in.
Being a homeowner hasn’t been without its frustrations. Our basement flooded three times: twice because our gutters came apart and once through a previous repaired crack. A few screws in the gutter pipes, repatched crack and drainage pipes hopefully will remedy the problem. I love yard work and we even got a garden in this year. A fair crop of tomatoes, beans, and zucchini and green onions, even though we got a late start.
Lori has chosen one of the most selfless occupations – being a wife, mother, and homemaker all in one. She truly does a great job in all three areas. I appreciate her sacrifice, and the love and support she gives me. Lori has taken up a new craft – quilting. She took a class for three months. The quilt she is making sure is a work of art – many long hours, but she loves it.
Amy is 19 months old and doing new things everyday. She surprises us on how much she understands. She loves to copy also. Today I lifted my bowl to get the last drop and guess what? So did Amy! Kind of scary?!
Work for me has been good, yet busy. We are still short staffed with physicians. This has been difficult but I’m trying to be thankful and patient.
In June we went to a Tanak Family Reunion in the San Jose area. It was great. Everyone came except my sister, Liz and her husband. They had a good excuse though, they had a baby less than two weeks after that. We really enjoyed seeing our family and relatives. We enjoyed seeing my brother Ed’s antique shop in the L.A. area. I wish we weren’t so far apart.
Lori and I are thankful for our Friday night Bible Study group. Besides a good time studying the Bible, it gets us out of the house and gives us a good time with friends.
Lori and I are expecting our second baby in February. We are excited! The baby is quite active and kicking away (probably wants to get out). Well, I hope he or she waits. We’re trying to get Amy ready. We also need to prepare ourselves. Not looking forward to the crying in the middle of the night. It really takes teamwork!
Each of you is special to us in some way. I hope this Christmas season helps you also to reflect on all you are thankful for and all that Jesus has done for you. Jesus was born into this world, lived a perfect life, died for each of us and offers us a special plan for our lives. Now that’s something to be truly thankful for! Thanks for bearing with my wordiness.
And now for the punch line: A lawn-mooer!! Sorry, next year I’ll get a better joke.
RICH, LORI, & AMY
WHAT DO YOU CALL A COW GRAZING ON YOUR FRONT LAWN?
OUR BASEMENT FLOODED THREE TIMES
BEING A WIFE, MOTHER AND HOMEMAKER ALL IN ONE
WE REALLY ENJOYED SEEING OUR FAMILY AND RELATIVES
LORI AND I ARE EXPECTING OUR SECOND BABY IN FEBRUARY