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Well, Santa came across a lone Wii in Target several weeks ago, so our boys got one of the much coveted game systems. They had been asking for one for Christmas, but Jonathan “fainted” when he saw it. Maureen had a good time trying it out. I got some great video that I’d love to post on You Tube, but I really do like being married and want to keep that relationship intact. The cutest part was the end, where Maureen raises h er hands in victory and Jonathan looks up at her and says, “You lost.” (Drop by the house for a private viewing!)I hope that you and yours have had a great day today.

Many blessings for a Happy New Year!


Maureen & Friends at the Grand Canyon

Originally uploaded by claypotparker
Maureen returned home to Albany Monday night with her good friend Irene (Sock Mei) Lee. Needless to say, there is great rejoicing in our household. Click on the photo to see a larger version of Maureen and her friends at the Grand Canyon. Maureen and Irene are on the right, and they are joined by Margaret Goh, also from Singapore, and Peggy Lee, who lives in Albuquerque. I assume that Peggy’s husband, David, took the photo.

Santa’s House

Originally uploaded by claypotparker

Santa was in Albany last night at the home of Red & Shirley Alexander. The boys were mesmerized by the lights that the Alexanders have been putting out for the past sixteen years. Although I had told them to have in mind what they wanted to ask Santa for, they were both a bit tongue tied when they say on lap of the jolly old elf.

Although I know analogies between Santa and God are dangerous, I wonder if there is a comparison in there somewhere with being speechless in the presence of an awesome and holy God, whose dwelling place is far more glorious than any earthly dwelling.

Family Christmas Photo 2007

Originally uploaded by claypotparker

We tried to take our Christmas photo this morning before going to church. We got good expressions on everyone’s faces, but the picture came out unfocused and too dark. So, finally, tonight, after–morning worship, a pot luck fellowship lunch, baby shower, raking leaves, watching some Harry Potter with Jonathan, small group meeting at the church building, “Bible in 90 Days” meeting in town, small group at our house, boys bathed and ready for bed, remembering we still needed to take the photo, getting everyone dressed again (is there a Sabbath in there somewhere?)–we got this photo about 9:30 p.m. tonight.

We needed to get it tonight because Maureen leaves tomorrow morning to join some Singaporean friends in Albuquerque, and they’ll go see the Grand Canyon from there. We guys will just stay at home and batch it for a week. When Maureen returns, she’ll have Irene, her good friend from Singapore, with her for about a 10 day visit here with us.