Blessings to you and Merry Christmas! It was a great year for our family, filled with many blessings. Ironically, two of the highlights happened during the same time while Gail and I were apart: our 15th wedding anniversary and a family trip to the Philippines (more on that later).
Thus, enjoy our 14th annual Christmas letter, complete with personal highlights (and lowlights), what we’re thankful for, what we’re looking forward to next year, and what you can pray for!
Highlights: receiving my First Communion in May, having Mom as my teacher, swimming in the Philippines, baking with Mom, and getting better at gymnastics
Lowlight: the heat in the Philippines
Thankful for: my parents and my brothers because they take really good care of me, food, toys
Looking forward to 2016: becoming a gymnastics expert
My sons Sean and Jacob were chosen to proclaim the readings at the Christmas Eve Mass at our home parish of St. Paul’s last week. Both of them prepared very diligently – and it was indeed an honour that our pastor asked the two brothers to read at such an important celebration.
We arrived 40 minutes early so the boys could practice everything from their approach to how they would stand behind the microphone. Once Mass started, Jake was first up. For some reason – despite knowing that he was to read from the right side of the book – he proceeded to read from the left page. Thus, he was reading the wrong thing.
A few words in, Jake caught himself, took a deep breath, and simply said, “I’m sorry” before embarking on the correct reading. He completed the reading from Isaiah perfectly, unnerved by the 400-plus people in attendance. As he returned to his seat, I leaned over and whispered to him, “Good job, son.”