Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

What a wonderful time of year. A time to be with family and friends. A time to remember the true meaning of Christmas as we reflect on the birth of our Saviour Jesus.
We are so thankful that there is no deployment this holiday for us. That, although we won't be with our family this year, we are surrounded by our adopted family. That we are all well, have a roof over our heads and food in our pantry. Thankful for memories of those we love who are no longer with us. Thankful for the daily blessings.
May your Christmas be filled with love and joy. As you take part in the festivities be sure to remember the reason for celebration!
Much love to you all!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What's Up?

Good question for the Smith Family! We've been traveling and just plain busy when we are here at home. There are some things that never change:)
We just returned from our trip to Italy. More to follow (along with the pics once I put them on the computer) about that adventure. It was wonderful and we were able to do part of it with great friends.
The boys want to get in a couple of days of skiing so they will probably head out this week or next. I don't ski so it's not on my agenda.
Now here we are in the final approach to Christmas. Still no tree up. The attempt to do so yesterday failed so I think that the boys will be working that issue today. All of the presents are here however, wrapped and piled up in the middle of the room.
Each of the boys got an advent calendar this year. One is a Playmobil theme and the other is Lego. They have had a great time opening it each day and finding a new part to the collection.
I've started back into a running routine. Going for a half-marathon in March in Praque and then I will attempt another marathon later in the year. Don't know exactly when yet, trying to figure that one out with the other things scheduled!
That's it in a nutshell and at least bringing everyone up to speed a bit. I'll get back to writing more.......