Sunday, January 20, 2008

Christmas Newsletter

OK. I didn't get Christmas cards out last year and I have been feeling kind of bad about it. I did write one of those Christmas Newsletters that pastors always seem to send out. I swear it is not something they teach at seminary. There is no such thing as "Christmas Newsletters 101" .   I decided to post the newsletter here on my blog and then send out an email to those I would have sent a card to. So here it is. Our Christmas Newsletter. 

Happy New Year from the Amlin Family

P is in the midst of his internship year for seminary. He commutes daily to a 2 point parish in rural Iowa. A 2 point parish is where one pastor serves two separate congregations. The churches are located in L N and OJ, Iowa. Small town living at it’s best. It is a very different life and landscape than what we are use to. P has been discovering his preaching style and learning to lead worship. This year P initiated an attempt at a larger garden. We tilled the earth and planted the seeds and much to our surprise we had great success. You can look at the ground and grow things here. We grew tomatoes, green beans, peppers and carrots. Not one rabbit got in our garden!

I have learned more about country living, corn and livestock then I thought I ever would. Did you know that the color of a chicken’s egg is determined by the color of their ears? Who knew they had colored ears!? I have learned how to make a great blueberry pie, knit (You would be proud of me Mrs. Mathre), and hope to try my hand at quilting. Hey, the winter’s are long here. The people of L N and OJ are very kind and patient. They are eager to share with us their way of life with us. It has been a great experience being immersed in rural life.

T graduates from High School this coming year and plans to attend college in the South. He wants to pursue a degree in the filmmaking and is still interested in aviation. His dream job would be working for National Geographic while traveling the world.  This fall he started working as a “Petcare Specialist”. A fancy title for the guy who cleans out the cages. He enjoys working with the animals and so far he hasn’t brought any work home with him.

Uncle S is doing great. He has a very busy schedule. Monday he heads to school to sharpen his skills at reading and math. He works two mornings a week and the other two days are spent making friends and working on “life skills” with his caseworker. This past summer he attended a week long camp. He came home exhausted!