our Christmas letter

Merry Christmas, Family and Friends!
We pray this finds you well and enjoying God’s many good gifts and blessings.

In January, we savored a week of lovely weather in Florida, while home was hit with an ice storm. We were glad to get reports from friends that all was well at our house, though we did lose a redbud tree due to ice damage.

feeding the gulls

lilacs bowing under the ice

In April, we visited our older son and his family. We had a great time. The twins took up with us as though we lived next door and not half way across the country.

thanks for the rolls, Pa!

We celebrated our granddaughter’s thirteenth birthday while we were there.

happy birthday!

During April and May, we watched seven baby foxes grow and play in our back yard. The parents decided our garage made a good den. The little ones were really cute, though they chewed on everything in sight! We’re hoping they won’t revisit the garage next spring! Once was fun, but also enough of a good thing.

baby fox

In June, we rescued a tiny kitten after finding her on the back porch. She was skinny and dehydrated, but perked up quickly. After a week or so, she was looking much better. She has fit in well and we’re glad Amy is now part of the family.

Amy, the kitten Amy

Our older son and family came for a visit in July. While here, they asked us about the possibility of their moving to the family farm. That was easy! Yes!

modeling new dresses

When our oldest daughter returned home from her summer job in New York, she brought Cedar with her. Cedar is an orange kitten about the same age as Amy. It’s been all fun and games since. They have a great time chasing each other and wrestling. Their antics keep us laughing.

teasing each other

In September, our younger son was offered a great job opportunity with Woot.com, and he and his wife moved to Seattle, WA. We miss having them nearby. My thanks to them for the use of this great picture.

Daniel and Julie 2011

On the other hand, our older son told us his wife had a job with Whole Foods in St. Louis, and they planned to move to Illinois! In October, they moved to the family farm and now live only fourteen miles away. Which meant we were able to celebrate the twins’ fourth birthday with them.

it's a BIG book! read it to me!

It’s been an exciting fall for us! With frequent visits from the grands, we get help in the kitchen…

making rolls with Ma helping Pa make pancakes

…help in the garden…

wagon ride

…and help with Christmas decorating! Not to mention all the other perks!

snowflake for the ceiling

We look forward to more fun, visits and overnights with our three granddaughters!

We thank God for His goodness and grace throughout the past year and look forward to what He has for us in the coming year. Have a wonderful Christmas!

~~Rhonda and all


  1. Posted November 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Seems like you’ve had a wonderful year Rhonda. I hope 2012 will be as great.

  2. Barbara R Sletmoe
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Lovely Christmas letter and photos. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Linda Beck
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Loved reading your letter and all the wonderful news. If only I could get ours written. 🙂

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