Though we are coming close to the deadline, we wanted to write our holiday letter to you. In our usual effort to save a few trees, we are using electronic media, with the hopes of also reaching as many of our friends as possible. Thank you for being one of them and for reading this post!
What a year it has been! Every year brings new adventure and this one has been no different. Our family has been active in school, work, exploration and fun and now we are looking into increasing the population in the Johnson-Pierson house. (More on that later).
Our children continue to grow in exciting ways and participate in lots of learning experiences. Roland completed his first year of Cub Scouts and having left behind the status of Tiger Cub is now active in his Wolf Den. He has rekindled his love of trains and we have been spending a lot of our time lately at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia.
Vivian has startled us all by entering her “tween” years. (Who could have seen that coming!) She has rediscovered her interest in horses and art, and makes horse drawings and paintings for all her friends and family.
Both kids are having a great time in school. They have been commended by both teachers for the progress they are making and they have enjoyed making new friends.
Todd continues to do great work in our growing youth program at Christ Church. He led them on their first trip this year to Disney World as they took part in the YES – Youth Educational Series – program. This helped the group not only bond with each other, but grow personally from all that they experienced. He continued to work with them through the fall even as he battled kidney stones and related health issues. Todd continues to use his talents as a percussionist in our worship at Christ.
Nancy continues to pastor Christ United Methodist Church in Roswell, Georgia. The congregation is filled with wonderful people and wonderful things are happening there. She continues to look for ways to worship God and serve others both inside and outside of our walls. Nancy has been blessed through both this and her previous appointment to remember that she can sing, and she has become a loyal soprano in the choir.
This year, Nancy has also had several devotionals printed in the Upper Room magazine. (The next one is in the upcoming edition, on January 4.) She is praying for the time and energy to continue to devote to her writing and her blog (as well as her cooking), and praying for God’s direction as she moves forward.
An interesting new addition to our family this year has been our new camper. Back in April, we bought a pop-up camper (the largest we could pull with our mini-van), and have had some great trips and some of our best family time in it. So far, we have visited locales around Georgia and Florida and we hope that it will help us explore many new destinations.
By far the most exciting thing we have done this year is our application to become foster parents. It was, for us, nearly a year’s process to take the classes, complete the forms, and have the home study visits. We have now accomplished all of this and are waiting for our final approval. We don’t know when we will have a child placed into our home, but we pray that it will be God’s timing and that we are able to share God’s love in this new endeavor.
In this season, we fight the common battle to keep our hearts trained in the right spirit; to set aside the stress and busyness of the season and remember the miraculous grace and love of our savior. We live in that grace every day. The trick is to be mindful; to be reminded in each day and each moment of the love of our God that infuses our lives, and to remain thankful.
May God bless you in this holy season of new birth. May you, like the shepherds, perceive the presence of angels awakening you to the light of Christ, and may you live in that love throughout the year.
Nancy, Todd, Vivian and Roland