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Friday, December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends and Family,
Liz has fun with Christmas. She has a lot of fun with it, enjoys giving gifts, and sending out Christmas Cards. We have had an exciting year, and we'd love to share with you what has been going on. However, this year, in particular, there seems to be something missing. So, before we continue with the usual news, we would like to share part of the story surrounding the birth of our Savior, through the gospel of Luke:
Luke 2:1-20 (NIV)
"In those days Ceaser Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who he was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'
"Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest,
And peace on earth to men on whom his favor rests.'
"When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'
"So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told."

Well, the tree is up the temperature has fallen and Liz’s favorite music is on. All we need now is some of that white stuff and we would be in business. They are forecasting some SNOW for Thursday and Saturday, so we will wait and see.
This year has had some ups and downs. Liz and I visited my mom in South Dakota on her birthday, and spent Thanksgiving in California with my dads’ side of the family. While we were there we visited with my Godparents and with some friends of Liz’s dad. We went to the beach with my siblings and enjoyed the warm California sun. We also took in the Reagan library while we were out there and found out tons of people in California have no idea how to drive when a few drops of water fall from the sky.
Liz and I were asked to read scripture at Liz’s friend, Mistys’ wedding. I was asked to introduce the couple and read a Psalm. As we were sitting in the pew I was trying to focus on who to introduce and who to introduce the scripture. As I looked across the church I saw another friend of ours named Brad and I went back to rehearsing what I wanted to say. However I started to mix Brads’ name into my introduction. So it went from Nathan and Misty to Brad and Misty, then to Brad and Nathan, than back to what it was suppose to be Nathan and Misty. However, when I got up to introduce the scripture I said “Nathan….” and looking at Misty went totally blank. I forgot her name for a brief second, it seemed like it was longer than that. I played it off and said “Misty if this is the only mistake that happens today you are in good shape.” She let out a long sigh of relief and I read the scripture.

We also celebrated our first wedding anniversey in May. It’s been fun, interesting and at times challenging. Liz is still with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and enjoys it very much. I left my job as a store manager on a convenient store as the stress was just getting to be too much. When I was at home I was still mentally at work and just never had a time where I wasn’t worrying about the store. The good thing that came out of me leaving was that I received a job offer today from Citibank as an auto loan processor. God has provided far more than we could ever have hoped imagined.

The hardest part of this year was Liz’s grandfather died over the Memorial Day weekend. It has been very hard on everyone. This will be the first Christmas without him. Last year he was unable to read the story of Jesus’ birth, which Liz shared on the first page. It will be somewhat sad but we all know he is in Heaven with his savior Jesus celebrating the birth of Jesus. He is up there singing “Holy! Holy! Holy! is the Lord God almighty! Who was and is and is to come!” We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and pray that God blesses you in the New Year.

Liz and Josh


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