Life has been so busy around this time of year, as I know you all can relate. I’m slow, but I’m finally sharing the videos of the kids’ Christmas recital pieces. They played at the local Mall on December 14. It was Lauren’s trumpet debut and Leslie’s piano debut. They both have been playing for six months. Mitchell also got to play, but was unfamiliar with the keyboard, so his piece wasn’t as beautiful as it was at home. Lauren and Leslie were really nervous. I hope our loved ones enjoy hearing them.

I was especially thrilled with Lauren’s trumpet performance, not only because she did a good job, but also because it was the first time my dad’s trumpet has been played publicly since his death. It meant a lot to me.

When it came time to get Christmas cards ready, I realized the best photo of our family was taken at Mt. Rushmore! So, we still live in Oklahoma, but our family photo was taken in Keystone, South Dakota. I appreciate the kind British lady who offered to snap it. (I hope the one I took for her turned out okay, but I doubt I’ll ever know.)

We are enjoying getting to spend Christmas with my mother this year. Lord willing, my in-laws with be with us for New Year’s! We are very blessed indeed.

I have just finished revising my “31 Days of Proverbs 31” Bible study for publication by our church’s printing ministry, the Watchman Press. I hope it will be available soon. It’s not written from the perspective of one who has all the answers, but from a heart searching to be like that great lady of Proverbs. I pray that God can use it for His glory. Because of the hustle and bustle of activity, I have been away from the blog. I hope to be more faithful to write in the New Year. Thank you so much for being here.


From our home to yours,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

With love,


3 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. mrskinsey says:

    They did a great job! I will show my mom when I go to visit her. She loves watching children play music. I loved your Christmas card!


    1. Thank you, Ava! Merry Christmas!


  2. Tori says:

    Bravo guys! Merry Christmas Valerie!


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