Our littlest angel, Kelly
We have truly been blessed by the opportunities that we have been given this year; we have had a full plate almost every week in school and at home and Eric and Kathy have been very involved with the girls in their activities.
This year, we actually managed to get our house decorated for the holidays before Thanksgiving! The girls have all enjoyed helping to decorate and enjoy the festivities.
Our Christmas Musical
Our homeschool drama group presented its musical this month. Kathy ran the sound system and Eric recorded the event on video. In the play, Wendy played a reporter, Amy a palace servant to King Herod, Emily was Mary and Kelly was a little angel. (She still runs around the house singing "Angels We Have Heard on High" every day!) The production went very well and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved.
Mommy mans the sound booth
As we shared at the beginning of this letter, this year has been a challenge financially as Eric's business has been severely affected by the post 9/11 economy. While it has been stressful and even nerve racking at times, God has been faithful to provide for us and to help us keep our roof over our heads, and the bills paid; but it has been very difficult. We are grateful for the key clients that Eric still serves on a regular basis.
While Eric receives many client referrals; fewer businesses are able to make the investment in his services at this time. We hope that next year, we will see a recovery in the economy and in business in general.
The details we have shared above tell of some of the highlights of our activities and events this year, but not of the truly important things that we have experienced. We have felt God's presence in our lives so very strongly. He has helped us build a strong marriage over the years; one that could truly be celebrated and enjoyed this past year. He has given us good health - most of Eric's health problems from past years have been absent this year. God has given us a family that loves each other deeply, enjoys encouraging each other, and truly relishes being together.
Our faith has been challenged and we have grown a lot this year as we learn to rely on God, rather than ourselves.
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas this year, we pray that you have the peace of knowing our Lord. May your Christmas be a joyous blessing of His love.
p.s. As I conclude this letter, it is 2:00 am, there is 4" of snow on the ground, the gingerbread is almost ready to pull out of the oven, and the kids will be awake in 5 1/2 hours. Tomorrow is another day.
Since I not employed outside of the home, many have asked "what does a homeschool mom do with all of her free time?"
Now you know. :-)