December 16, 2011


We have been home from Colorado Springs now for about two weeks. It has been about a month since my last blog. The past two weeks were busy with getting our life back together in our home and preparing for Christmas.

Between the cruise and the trip to Glen Eyrie we had been gone from here for about 6 weeks. So, we needed to restock our larder and prepare for the upcoming holidays. We celebrated Thanksgiving Day with a dinner at the Pink House. The kitchen / dining staff supplied us with a large turkey and a great minced meat pie. Together we supplied all the other “necessities for a great Thanksgiving meal. We had invited another volunteer couple as well as a staff couple to enjoy this day with us. The Pink House was occupied with guests; a family celebrating this holiday together with local relatives. Our dinner was held in the Board Room, since our guests used the whole rest of the pink House. While we were there, I also conducted three tours of the Castle. We helped decorating and with preparations for the upcoming Madrigals and were on our way home on November 30.

Today, December 16, is the birthday of our first born, he is 45 years old. I still remember the day he was born at Madigan General Hospital near Tacoma, Washington, like yesterday. I was scheduled to go to Vietnam but had been allowed to remain at Fort Lewis until after our expected baby had been born. To see him and hold him at that time is still precious to me today. When I returned from the war he was 14 months old.

For many years, while our family was growing up, we would not put up the Christmas tree until after his birthday. The Christmas season is so hectic, that a birthday could easily get lost in the busy-ness of this time of the year. Birthdays are important, especially to children! And, although this time of the year seems to focus on shopping, giving, and getting; the reason for the season is the Christmas Child.

His name is above all other names, His reign is above all other rulers, His Lordship is above all other authorities His words are above all other voices, His truth is above all other opinions, His love is above all other affections, May Jesus’ blessings be upon you
this Christmas season.