'Twas the Night Before

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... except for the sound of me gently typing away on my laptop. I would like to send a thousand apologies for not updating the blog more often. Its one of my New Years Resolutions. Blog more. The last month or so has been crazy and wonderful all at the same time. For now, I'll just focus on the present instead of back-tracking.

As most of you already know, I'm in the States for the Holiday season. I fly back to El Salvador on January 13th. It has been such a blessing to be here with family and friends, but I also miss being with my family in El Salvador.
My family all got together for our Christmas celebration last weekend, so this weekend is going to be fairly low key. Tonight, Im staying at my brothers house. Everyone, except me, is already asleep and I can see the beautiful glow of the Christmas tree from the pull out sofa. With Tim not being home last Christmas and with me being out of the country for half the year, it has been such a blessing to have both of us home. Tomorrow, Tim and I will be getting up at 5:00 am (quite a feat for us, we are not morning people) to go Christmas caroling with family and friends. This has been my favorite Christmas tradition. Its the only thing we still do at Christmas that I remember doing with my Dad when he was alive.

I want to thank all of you for your love and support this year. I wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a very blessed New Year!

Also, we are in the process of getting together a Let's Start Talking team for next year. If you are interested or know anyone who is, let me know. If you would like to help with one of our quarterly mission teams, we'd love to have you. We especially need doctors for our medical mission in March. If you want to just come visit and see the great things happening in La Palma first hand, come on down! And after you've opened all your presents and gifts, try to think of some of the other items in your house that would make a great donation to either a local charity or to a family in La Palma. Sorry for the long La Palma sales pitch, but while you are approaching the new year, I hope you take a minute to consider all the different ways you can make a difference. :)

Love to you all and Merry Christmas,