Christmas pictures

It’s hard to describe the bittersweet feelings we experienced during this Christmas – our last Christmas in the States for a while.  I think Winnie the Pooh says it best: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”  (Although as good Calvinist we would change the “lucky” to “blessed”).  For us, that “something” is family and friends like you!

My sister and I with PapaJohn
Over Christmas with the Furmans we were able to celebrate with my grandfather for his 94th birthday!
We celebrated Christmas Eve (which is also my dad's and my birthday!) and Christmas day with the Furman family in Salem, VA.
We celebrated Christmas Eve (which is also my dad’s and my birthday!)
and Christmas day with the Furman family in Salem, VA.
In Due West with Papa…
…and Grammymama. Papa and Grammamama were missionaries to Japan for 30 years. It’s always encouraging and exciting to spend time with them and hear their stories of ministry in Japan.
All 35 Wallaces
All 35 Wallaces together at Santee State Park for Brooks’ grandmother’s 75th Birthday.
Hula hooping queen!
Buddy, the 75-year-old hula-hooping queen!
Serious corn hole playing.
We spent the whole weekend with the Wallace family in Santee – playing games, spending time as a family, and eating way too much food. There was some serious corn hole playing with the cousins.
Typical open mouth smile/scream.
After New Years, we got together with some of our best friends from seminary at Brooks’ grandfathers’ hunting cabin in the SC low country. It was our last hoorah before the Luptons leave for Bogota to serve with GYFM in Latin America. Hooray! (Click here to see what they’re up to).  This, of course, is the obligatory “open mouth smile” pic.
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busting up some clay pigeons
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riding fourwheelers
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Is Silas DJ’ing, dancing, or just protecting his ears? You choose.
To end our Christmas break we went to our friend's church where we were able to share about our ministry and Brooks preached. During the service Brooks and best bud Sam were able to serve the Lord's Supper together.
To end our Christmas break we went to our friend’s church where we were able to share about our ministry and Brooks preached. During the service Brooks and best bud Sam were able to serve the Lord’s Supper together.

Thanks for being patient with us and our lack of contact over the holidays. We hope that the Lord blessed you with sweet time with family and friends as well!  During this break we went up 2 more percentage points without doing anything, reminding us once again who’s really in charge!  Now, as we begin the travel circuit again, going to several missions conferences and churches over the next two months, please pray that the Lord would get us to Japan by April!

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2 thoughts on “Christmas pictures

  1. I am so glad you had a wonderful Christmas time with family and friends. Thanks for sharing the pictures. It was good to see Benson and Colleen Cain again after all these years. I pray your support will come in rapidly these next few months. Bruce

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  2. Loved seeing these pictures-especially our old friends Benson and Coline. Please give them our love. Cheering you all on here in Atlanta!

    Susan

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