December - my favorite month!!! A month of celebrating Christ's birth and His sacrifice for us! It's also a time to get together with family and friends! I have applied for a religious visa to be able to stay longer at ALERT and while it's in process I'm not able to leave the States. So the plan was to go with Kendalyn & Robert's for 10 days then spend Christmas back in Texas.
Kendalyn had been in lots of pain with her gall bladder since Thanksgiving but they had been trying to deal with it naturally. When I arrived it continued to get worse so my 10 day vacation turned into 4 1/2 weeks. I was go grateful to be there to help Kendalyn. Little Marilee was my roommate for 3 weeks, which I loved!!! Kendalyn's day surgery turned into a 6 day hospital stay. We were delighted to have her return on Christmas Eve and were further blessed by Mr. Gothard's kind generosity in bringing us a turkey dinner.
It was a wonderful Christmas season though very different from any others.
A symphony concert shared with Joy Burch, Kristin Youngblood and Rebecca Orr
For the Christmas Conference in Chicago they transformed the warehouse into a magical meeting area!!
The annual Christmas skating party!
I enjoyed meeting another Keilen - Alison!
It's been about 3 years since I've seen the Paine family - so happy for this reunion with Brielle, Hannah, Abby and Tabitha
It's always a party when you are with the Keilens and Paines!
My sweet little roommate for 3 weeks!
Sauntina enjoyed opening up her stocking!
What a blessing to have Kendalyn home after her 6 night stay in the hospital.
The amazing Keilen sisters - servants of the Lord with a love for all!
A small ITC (Indianpolis Training Center) reunion!
It was a delight to see the Kelly family from Nashville again!
Katherine Behrens brings a smile to your face whenever you are around her. She loves to bless others and loves children!
Becky and Esther treated me out to Giordanos - the infamous deep dish Chicago pizza!
Mr. Gothard treated us to a Christmas Eve turkey dinner from Boston Market!
It was fun being a mom to Sauntina and Marilee for 6 days! I love my precious nieces!
New Years eve with the Oliverio family!
Laura, Emily, Julie and Mary. Mary went with me several times when I took the girls in to see Kendalyn in the hospital.
Thrift store shopping with the queen!!! Always fun to see Sharon Kelly!
Sauntina showing how you can play the piano when you're short!
Sauntina enjoying her snowfall. Chicago had so much snow this winter, I personally believe the Lord blessed Chicago with lots of snow for me since I was missing my Canadian Christmas!
Great times catching up with Sharon and Brooke!