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where did december go?

Posted by on January 4, 2010

sorry that I haven’t been posting.  Trying to process this month has left me feeling a little numb.  We have, however, had some very good times.  I thought less words and more pictures might help to catch you up.  I expect to be a little more contemplative now that the holidays are over and the baby waiting is really on.  We’re almost to the one-month-to-go stage.  I can’t believe it!

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I can’t, in good conscience, give you the December highlights without mentioning that Dave and I stepped onto this shrine-to-all-that-is-great-about-baseball for the first time ever earlier this month.

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The boys with Dad in their new car bed reading Burt Dow, Deep Water Man- a gift from Aunt Bob and co.

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Sam named this guy Frosty.  And you would too if you were learning how to be an American.

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our driveway, December 23.

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Twas the night before Christmas.

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I love this picture not only because it captures Nata in his Nata-ness, but also because the photo was taken by Sam.

Finally, I want to end with a very large and heart felt thank you.  In some of these shots, you have gotten a glimpse or two of the house we’re staying in.  This house has really become a refuge for us.  So many of our friends in the Richmond/Mechanicsville area have given so generously of their time and money to provide us with this little nest, and we are so full of gratitude to each and every one of you.  We really love being here and appreciate all that went into preparing a home for us in Hanover.  We have been so safe and warm and loved these last few weeks.  Thank you.  And please, ya’ll, stop by.  We love being walking distance to the front door of MCC.

Happy New Year!  We look forward to seeing all that God has in store.

4 Responses to where did december go?

  1. becky

    hope ann, send me your address here in the states so i can mail something to you. or you can facebook it to me….
    loving your pics and posts. love you—
    chin

  2. Rachel

    Are you not returning to Africa? And looks like you guys had a blessed Christmas!

  3. Aunti Lala

    Thanks for posting! I love seeing those pictures. I will try to refrain from giving Sam only artsy/designy gifts from now on… but there is obvious talent there! Marney would be beside herself with delight. 🙂

  4. dawn gallmeyer

    DEAREST HOPE,
    I’M NOT SURE IF YOU REMEMBER ME FROM SEVEN PINES BUT I SAW AND READ YOUR CHRISTMAS LETTER AND IWANTED TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH IT GRIPPED MY HEART TO SEE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN GOD’S MINISTRY GOING THROUGH YOUR LIVES AS GOD IN FIRST PLACE HOW WONDERFUL TO BE USED OF GOD THE WAY YOUR FAMILY IS IT TOUCHED MY HEART SO. WHEN I SAW THE LETTER AND THEN READ IT , IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES BECAUSE IT DID MY HEART SO GOOD TO SEE HOW MUCH YOU LOVE LOVE AND SERVING HIM YOU ARE TRULY BLESSED HOPE. I FOUND MYSELF ACTUALLY TIRED OF HERE AND ENVYING YOU BECAUSE I FEEL THAT I HAVE WAITED MY WHOLE LIFE TO BE USED OF GOD. YOU HAVE MADE ME SO HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO KNOW AND SEE JUST WHAT GOD DOES WITH HIS CHILDREN I PRAY THAT YOUR NEW YEAR WILL BE JUST AS BLESSED AS LAST YEAR WITH YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY AND YOUR NEW ARRIVAL AND YOUR LOVELY FAMILY IN NIGER KNOW THAT MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALWAYS. I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. AGAIN THANK YOU FOR THE BLESSING HOPE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GAVE ME.

    IN HIS LOVE
    DAWN GALLMEYER

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