It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas. The decorations are up; Ted is still wrestling with the outside lights and decorations, trying not to become Mr. Grinch. Why does it have to be so much work? We trim and wrap and bake and decorate because after all, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, isn’t it?
With Cristi and TJ both gone to college in Illinois since August, this Christmas will be especially sweet. I’ll be Home for Christmas is their mantra as they prepare for semester finals. It’s been a good fall for them both at Greenville College. As a freshman, TJ played football, made lots of friends, decided he really appreciated his family (especially Dad), got a new haircut, and has come into a deeper appreciation for The Greatest Gift of All, his relationship with Christ.
Cristi has been on a Sleigh Ride of a semester in this her senior year. She moved into a house with 7 other girls, played fall softball, continued on her teaching course, made more new friends (is that even possible? I thought she already knew everyone at Greenville!), raised money for a softball missions trip to the Dominican Republic in January, and was adopted by a family she regularly nannies for once or twice a week.
On December 17, Cristi and TJ will go Over the River and Through the Woods to Sacramento Airport, and we will be welcoming them with Silver Bells on. Four months is just WAY too long to not see them!
Our youngest, Holli,a junior in high school, has been busy with volleyball, getting her licence, basketball, keeping her grades up, babysitting for our church, and is looking forward to a Holly Jolly Christmas with her older brother and sister coming home.
Life in the Meredith house on Boyle Lane in Palo Cedro, has had its challenges. Many of you know that Ted is no longer teaching after credentialing problems. This change for our family has been very difficult. Not only has he had the job he loved ripped from him, it has stretched our faith to its limits and beyond as we face life without his consistent income. He continues to coach football and softball at the school, substitute teach, and is working on getting his irrigation licence in January as he starts “Meredith Irrigation” here in Redding.
Janis continues working at Neighborhood Church, as assistant to the Community Life Pastor. She got a new boss in August and has enjoyed working with him. She has become much more intentional about her writing and will be writing a series of articles for the local paper on sports parenting in 2010. Let There Be Peace on Earth , she prays as she looks forward to Christmas, and let there be peace in my household as three driving kids share transportation over the holidays!
Gotta be honest, folks. There have been a lot of days this past year when we didn’t exactly feel like singing the Hallelujah Chorus. But friends, we want to Go Tell it on the Mountain……God is faithful, He does provide and we are blessed!!
No news there. God has always been that way and always will be. Most likely, it’s us that’s changed. Like little children who trustingly sing, All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth, we’re learning to trust our Daddy, who loves us and cares for us more than we could ever understand.
Joy to the World,
Ted, Janis, Cristi, TJ, & Holli
(Zak & Rubi too)