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Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Due to the busy holiday season and other events, and after much thought, anxiety, and consternation, our family has decided to cancel our Christmas letter this year.  

John has little enough time to read all his Facebook page and watch the Eagles lose, let alone write a Christmas letter.  And then there is all that time he spends being pastorly, grading papers for his Messiah College students, and counseling at Grace Like a River, so he definitely does not have time.

Andrew, a junior at Asbury University, is finding his way as an excellent screen writer but time and motivation to write a Christmas letter? Probably not. All of his free time is spent either dreaming up the next film he’s going to create or working on said film. And his summer was filled with an internship in NYC and a quick trip to Kentucky to accept a student Emmy for his documentary, Hedgehog USA.
Jesse went off to Eastern University this fall as a freshman studying middle education with an emphasis in science and math. He’s having way too much fun to write our Christmas letter. Being elected to student council, playing intramural soccer on his team the Tight-ans, and drawing pictures with the ink sac from a squid in biology class are keeping him too busy to write our annual letter.

Mariana, a senior at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High, is feeling stressed about college auditions for the musical theater departments of various colleges, mostly in the NYC area. She’s been flying high since playing Peter Pan in her high school’s spring musical last year and then when she was chosen as one of only twelve students for a summer musical theater intensive at Wagner University (her first choice for college) and I don’t think she’ll come down long enough to get something written.

Shoun is a freshman at MASH. He was too busy this summer to get a head start on our Christmas card. While he could have been writing he was hard at work at a nearby farm. He definitely learned the value of hard work (and a great paycheck) but knows that he doesn’t want to go into farming for a living. And now that he joined the school’s swim team, well, he just can’t write even a single paragraph.

Isaac is also a freshman at MASH. He could have written our letter for us if he didn’t spend so much time with his viola instead. He enjoyed music camp at Messiah College this summer, plays in their orchestra during the school year, made 2nd chair at County Orchestra, and auditioned for and is heading to District Orchestra. There’s always orchestra at school and King’s Strings concerts, too.
Eden loves to write so we thought maybe she could do the honors this year but instead she decided to go off and go to real school for 5th grade. She is at a charter school in Harrisburg which is just right for her; lots of field trips, hands-on learning, and small group instruction. She writes a lot of stories and enjoys her writing assignments in history but didn’t want to write our Christmas letter.

HopeAnne, 9, is the lone homeschool representative this year so I could have forced her to write our letter but that didn’t seem fair. Besides, she spends all of her time running and wouldn’t really enjoy stopping to write. Healthy Kids Running Series keeps her running each fall and spring (where she’s come in 1st place each season this year) and Girls on the Run was another outlet this fall which culminated in a 5K around Hershey Park where she came in 15th out of 428 girls ages 10 and under.

Victor, who will be 3 in April, would probably love to write the Christmas letter, because it would mean he could pound on the keyboard, and he loves pounding on everything and with everything.  He is extremely verbal so it would be worth a shot except that he’s too busy spending all of his time getting in trouble.  If it can be climbed on or over, he’s there. If it involves water, he’s soaking wet.

And as for me, well, I love to write but since writing so much for The King Zoo and Funny Farm blog, I didn’t know what else to put into a Christmas letter. And if I do find any spare time I try to fill it with sewing or reading or planning for the Bible study I lead at church. And of course there are all the usual jobs for a family of ten (eleven if you count the 16 year old foster child we had for a few months this year) - laundry, cleaning, cooking, taxiing, you get the picture.

So there you have it, the reasons we couldn’t write a Christmas letter this year. We knew you’d all be expecting a card so we had to at least write something to explain the absence of our annual update. We needed to let you know that even though we would love to tell you about our lives, about how grateful we are for all God’s blessings and lessons of the year, and how we’d love to wish you a Merry Christmas, we just didn’t have time this year. Perhaps next year…

Cindy for all of us

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