Itís been a while since Iíve had a mainly uneventful year, so this past year has been different for me in that respect. This November finds me celebrating my first year of being a homeowner and living by myself for the first time in over a decade. Yes, I still enjoy it.
While this last year has been Ďmainlyí uneventful, that doesnít mean there havenít been any events Ė many including visits with family and friends, starting with my friend Lourenda as my first houseguest right before last yearís annual trip to Kansas for Christmas.
In April, my friend Rachel Martin came to visit and help us launch GlobalFingerprints at First Evangelical Free Church (FEFC) here in Austin. If you want more information about this sponsorship program for children in the Congo (DRC) who have lost one or both parents to Aids, you can visit their website at http://www.globalfingerprints.org/. It was great seeing Rachel again and getting to spend some time with her while she was here.
Memorial Day weekend was spent with my friend Kathy Sackett, who I havenít seen in several (?) years. Sheís a linguist who works in Eurasia. It was a last minute trip for her, but I was more than happy to change plans to spend time with her.
The last Saturday in May was the 3rd annual Tandala 5K Fun Run at FEFC to support the ongoing work of the Tandala Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Yes, I still have a heart for these people, and would love to share that with you if you want. And to answer the question before itís asked, yes, I would love to go back to the Congo again if God allows.
July was kind of interesting as I spent a week doing jury duty. It was the first time I ever had to actually serve on a jury; and was quite educational. Right after that Brenda & Scott came to Austin for a long weekend. I got to show them around. Sites included the Texas History Museum, followed by dinner at the Salt Lick and a hike up Mount Bonnell to burn it off. We spent a day at Sea World, where of course I got sunburned.
My friends Laura & Al Lawless also welcomed their daughter, Breeze, to this world in July, while living in Germany. I look forward to meeting her in person.
In September I got to have dinner with the Seals family while in Amarillo for work. Chris, Laura & the girls took me to one of their favorite pizza places. Then the singles at FEFC spent a weekend in the Hill Country for our annual retreat at T Bar M - Lake Travis. I had fun Kanakuk flashbacks because itís very similar, including the outdoor restrooms and showers (yes, kamp friends, they have mutts).
In between all of this, Iíve enjoyed being in a new Community Group through IMPACT and continuing to work with Touch Global at FEFC. I donít know what 2009 will bring, but I hope that it brings health and happiness for all of you.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, & Happy New Year! (Did I cover them all?)