Monday, December 15, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Wow, I can't believe it's December already!! I recently realized that we haven't posted anything for a while. I also realized I tend to go a long time without posting and then post a lot of things. So, in keeping with that trend, here goes! I think these will be short.

Winter is coming but from what I've heard from the locals, it seems to be coming a little slower this year. Apparently, it's been warmer than it normally is! That being said, said this morning felt like -2 degrees out. But to be fair, other than that it hasn't been too bad so far. It's actually been enjoyable. It's beautiful when it snows here.


November started with Christin joining other single women who are Nav Reps in Florida for a conference. The day after she left, it snowed here! I texted her a picture and she replied by telling me she was laying on the beach! She had a wonderful time connecting with old friends and making new ones. She came back refreshed and encouraged.

The week before Thanksgiving, we went with our staff friend, Marilyn, to visit the staff team at Minnesota State University in Mankato. Last year, the Navigators invited a volunteer staff couple and an EDGE team to start the ministry again. The campus has not had a Nav ministry there for a while. It is so exciting to see what God has done in the last year and a half. The staff's faithful "sowing" is very evident. Many people have come to know the Lord and they are now sharing their faith with their friends! There are several Bible studies going in the dorms. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with the extremely delightful and fun staff team!

On the way to Mankato, we drove through the Valley of the Green Giant!

I got to go back to Colorado for Thanksgiving and it was so wonderful!! We had dinner at my sister's house in Sterling. My parents, grandparents, brother and his girlfriend drove over. It was a very special time to be all together and relax.

We joined Marilyn's mom, brother and sister-in-law for Thanksgiving at her mom's nursing home the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Christin joined staff friends from CSU, who now live in IA and were spending the day with Heidi's family in MN. It was a special time for her to be with Khoa and Heidi and their family.


We will both be spending two weeks at our homes for Christmas and New Year's. We're both very excited!!

I went to the UofMN Nav student Christmas party last night and we had a time of "Christmas Worship." It hit me that I usually just sing Christmas songs and don't take the time to think about the words. Last night, we sang the songs as worship songs. I wanted to share one verse of O Holy Night that really made me think about the birth of Christ and its eternal effects. I hope it is a blessing too for you as you reflect on the words.

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born; O night, O Holy Night , O night divine! O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Big News!!

One last post for now, but it's an important one. Things have been going so well this fall and the staff have asked us to consider staying longer in Minneapolis. Through much praying and conversations, we have decided to stay. Our plan is to be in New York City the first of March. We are very excited about continuing the work here and further developing the friendships we have started here.

Please pray for us as we brave the Minnesota winter! (and send coats, hats, gloves, etc!)

As always, thank you for your continued support and prayers. We hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

All our love-Aimee and Christin

(More in 2009!!)