Well, it’s that time of the year again. Once again we find ourselves busy with decorating, family visits, and shopping for gifts while trying to keep the focus on the reason for it all – the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This year has just flown by. My how time flies when you are having fun and boy have we had some fun and adventure this year. Here is a quick recap. We spent the first 5 months of the year living with Jeneson’s parents in India. We left the frigid Illinois weather for the warmth of Mumbai the beginning of January and really were not sad to miss the bone chilling weather that those in the Midwest experienced during this past winter. We had a great time living with Jeneson’s parents and the kids got to know their Appachan & Ammachi (Grandpa & Grandma), Minie Aunty and cousins Jenny & Jonnathan. Jeneson also had a wonderful time spending time and catching up with his family; he hadn’t spent this much time with them in more than 20 years. While there were some difficult times, overall it was an amazing experience. We got to do a little travelling while in India. We spent some time in Kerala, which is in southwest India where Jeneson’s parents are originally from and where Jeneson was born. Despite all four of us sleeping in a double bed and lots of time driving, we enjoyed meeting all the relatives and the beautiful scenery and backwaters of Kerala. We also took a family vacation, just the four of us, to Goa, a sunny beach tourist area. It was incredibly relaxing playing in the sand and taking sunset walks on the beach every day.
We returned to reality the end of May. God is awesome and provided in every way for us. When Jeneson left for India, he had told his practice that he was quitting, but they value him and wanted to treat January – May as a leave of absence. He restarted working for Metro Infectious Disease Consultants on June 1st. He was very grateful to not have to start a job search and has been quite busy at work recently.
June also brought us more clarity to what God has for our future. Jeneson and I spent a couple of days in Buffalo, NY with the staff of Global Outreach Mission (www.missiongo.org) and were officially accepted as missionary candidates to Sierra Leone. We are excited about where God is taking us and are currently support raising with a goal to be there in about a year. Hopefully, you have received a support letter that details where we are going and why, but if you haven’t please let us know and we will be happy to get one to you.
The rest of this year has been fairly uneventful. The kids are growing like weeds; Josiah celebrated his 3rd birthday and Lydia had her 1st birthday in September. We had a cozy party at my parent’s house on what seemed to be the last 70 degree day of the year. Josiah talks nonstop and has more questions in a day than I can answer. Lydia runs and climbs all over the place and is trying to keep up with her big brother in the talking category. My goal for this winter is to keep my sanity while staying warm inside with 2 very active kids. We might have to start Josiah in Awana and see what classes the park district offers as a way to burn off some of their abundant energy.
We know that God will show Himself faithful in the upcoming year and are anxious to see what He will reveal for our future as we know there are many more adventures ahead. We pray as this year comes to a close that all is well with everybody and would love to hear from you all.
Jeneson, Sandy, Josiah, & Lydia Abraham
7449 Washington St #307
Forest Park, IL 60130