So, I know we’ve been a bit absent on our blog over the past few months. Part of that is because we’ve been really busy with trying to keep water out of our crawl space in the new house, we traveled to Ohio for an extra-long weekend in December to celebrate Christmas with my family, we’ve been planning, attending and just “doing” all the holiday stuff; but part of it is we just haven’t made blogging a priority. Hopefully, we can change that going forward, but I know there is a good chance that may not happen. Thanks for sticking with us and reading our infrequent posts anyway.
So, enough of all that. I thought I would share with you what we’ve been up to over the past two or three months through photos.
Early in November, the Compass family gathered at a friend of the mission’s for a bonfire evening. We had food, fellowship, music, laughter, and a short devotional thought. It was a blessing for all of us to get to be together for the evening.
Also, November found us back at Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the same cabin we had rented in April when we went with Andy’s parents. This time, my family met us there, and our good friends, Mark and Tina went with us. We had a great time exploring Gatlinburg, seeing Dollywood at Christmas, and enjoying good food and fun!
Thanksgiving was spent with friends from church and a family that they are good friends with. We had only met those friends once, but they invited us in and shared Thanksgiving with us. We had a delicious dinner and enjoyed pouring over the “Black Friday” ads as well as playing a game together.
We had a fabulous time playing in the snow while we were in Ohio mid-December. We were glad to have enough snow to play in (even though our snowman looks sad).
We shared gifts with my parents while we were there, dad got his traditional TastyKakes, they got new luggage, and we got the start of a new aquarium for our new house (pictures of that will happen soon).
We went to visit my brother, Mike. We had pizza (of course – it’s the only thing he ever wants when we see him), and we had even more gifts!
Christmas Eve, we celebrated in North Carolina, with the traditional evening of Christmas Eve service and pizza for dinner. Some things will probably never change.
Christmas day was pretty relaxed. We had a few small gifts for each other (and one from Andy’s parents even arrived with a little help from an elf or two), and then worked together to prepare our first turkey! It was a bit strange just being on our own for Christmas, but we really did enjoy a little “down-time” as I had to work every other day that week.
We rang 2014 in in style. We celebrated the New Year at 7pm our time, as it would be the New Year in the UK (and we did not really want to stay up til midnight). New Year’s Day, Andy cooked a roast for us after I got off work and once again, the Christmas Crackers made an appearance.
Finally, we had a great visit with friends following the New Year. We hadn’t seen them much in 2013, even though they’re about an hour and a half away, so our visit was extra special. They are a wonderful family and we enjoyed our time together, though it was WAY too short!
Wow. Looking back, we really did get up to quite a lot over the past couple of months. I didn’t have any photos from the Compass Christmas Celebration, but that was in December as well.
Thank you all for continuing to pray for us, to encourage us, and to bless us with your friendship. We are so thankful for each of you. We are looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings for us personally, as well as for us here in Shelby and at Compass Aviation.