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Merry everything.

30 Dec

I have some catching up to do so let’s just do that right now – Merry Christmas!  I hope yours was wonderful and filled with joy and all that good stuff.

Mine was all that and life has just been crazy since then.  Christmas Eve service was beautiful in all its candlelight splendor.  Afterwards, I drove in the snow to meet my fellow Christmas eve misfits.  This year, because Paige had to get back to Waseca to lead a late night service, we met at Applebees for dinner out.  It was low stress and great fun for the misfit pastors unable to be with family that night.

Christmas morning was greeted by somewhat icky roads but a service we still had.  Afterwards, Mabel and I were Wisconsin-bound.  It took a bit of extra time on icy roads and in falling snow but we made it safe and sound AND in time to play the traditional holiday card game.  We spent a few nights in Wisconsin, catching up with family and friends alike and booking an apartment for the stay in Dublin in a couple months.  [Woot!]

Mabel and I drove back to Austin on Saturday with an additional passenger. Cousin Molly decided she would come along and spend a few days of her winter break at the parsonage.  We’ve been watching movies, going to the Mall of America & IKEA, and chilling.

Molly was able to come along because, alas, I’m driving home again tomorrow afternoon.  Alaskan brother Ben is coming home for a visit and sister Emma flies out for Dublin in a few short days.  It’s important for me to be home to say my hellos and goodbyes.  [It’s just a lot of driving!]

So that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to.  Here are some photos to prove it:

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