Monday, December 17, 2007

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Here is a copy of our Christmas letter FYI!
The Andersons wish you God’s blessings for the Holy-day season and throughout the New Year. It certainly has been a whirlwind of a year! We did not travel last Christmas but enjoyed the quieter pace of Christmas and look forward to having a busy fun time with family and friends.

Winter 2007 was FUN. We had lots of fun snow and time to play in it! Collin and Hans participated in Basketball clinics and Erin did gymnastics. Alan has not chosen an activity or sport yet. Collin continues in piano and got to learn some fun songs like the theme to STAR WARS and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Spring 2007 came too early and then left. A beautiful wheat crop came out of dormancy and then got frozen Easter weekend. It was predicted to be the best crop in years and yet it was so badly damaged that it ended up being the worst crop in decades. On top of that there was such a shortage of “good wheat” that many scrambled to get seed good enough to plant for 2008. Then it rained and rained and the farmers had a hard time getting the summer crops into the ground! Sigh, the farm year stunk, BUT GOD is so amazingly faithful that there is just nothing to do, but TRUST HIM! The willingness to do so, pleases HIM and He blessed our guys with the strength to endure the adversity. Sometimes the slow insidious trials can stretch us in different ways than the catastrophic. Is it really ironic that we are participating in 2 different Bible studies: Trusting God (Jerry Bridges) and Believing God (Beth Moore)??? Both are excellent and I highly recommend them! Praise His name!

Summer 2007: We had a slow lazy summer, well the kids and I did! Chris worked his tail off! We went to the pool, the park, the ball field, the library and worked the vegetable garden. Mostly we just goofed off! Hans played baseball and loved it. He did a great job and was a natural batter. We had a lovely trip to Colorado for a family vacation. Went on our first camping trip with Uncle Bob and Aunt Marlene, who were so awesome and patient with us!!! (for details check out the blog!) School came way too fast, even for Mom who kept dreaming of all the scrapbooking she’d do when all the children were in school. NOPE

Fall 2007: All 4 children head to school. Alan is in all day kindergarten, Hans in 2nd, Erin 4th and Collin is in 5th grade. We make it through all the Open Houses and get all the school supplies bought. So why is mom not scrapbooking? A part time counseling position opened up at Sterling College. Long story short, I recertify, get my license back and head off to my first out of the house paid job in 7 years! It’s been an adjustment, but I am amazed at God’s timing! His sovereignty is more than we can ever fathom. Remember those summer crops we had a hard time getting in the ground well the corn was not good, the milo was great. Somehow, we managed to make it with enough to see us through another year. I don’t know how God does it! I am so thankful for a husband that just does not give up & a God who has mercifully chosen to bless his hard work!!

Year’s End: As we come to the close of the year we are enjoying some wintery weather, deer hunting, Christmas music and caroling. Chris got 2 deer this year and he is still in the midst of processing it. For more updates on our lives check us out on the web at: my scrapbook website will move to I will continue custom Scrapbooking in the new year, but on a limited scale.

That is our lives in a nutshell, well a big nutshell.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Hhim who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

Merry Christmas to you and yours!
In Christ’s Love,


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