This is our opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and every best wish for 2014. Leta and I have lots of plans for visiting and hosting friends and family at this time of year. Everything is subject to “roads and weather,” however, and plans get changed with short notice sometimes.
We are richly blessed with four children, who are all good friends, and are the parents of 13 wonderful grandchildren. I don’t even buy lottery tickets because nothing could be better than a good family life.
Over the years, many traditions get established around family events. Leta likes to do something different and new once in a while and the kids often give her the dickens if they think she is messing with tradition. We try and explain that maybe a new tradition is being established, but they are hard to convince.
Now that there is no livestock on this farm, we have no “chores” to tie us down and are free to move to the homes of our children for family events.
I’m writing this on Dec. 17 and the sun is shining between snow squalls and plans now for the whole family to be here on Saturday look good. We had to cancel church last Sunday and the WINS Christmas party last night, so maybe we’ll get a break next weekend, despite the long-range forecast. By the looks of things, there could be a surplus of leftovers if the roads are bad on Saturday.
Some of you may be aware that a group of us formed a community church last spring. We had been holding Sunday services in the Sheffield Mills Community Centre since then. If we get our Christmas wish, we will start renting from the buyer of the former Canard-Trinity United Church and hold services there in 2014. Watch this paper for a January announcement of a reopening of that historic building as a house of worship, which the 1858 deed stipulated as its reason for being built and its future use.