There are two kinds of people in the world:
those who hate annual Christmas letters!
those who love ‘em!
Alas, I fall in the “love ‘em” group.
I know . . . We all live crazy busy lives. We all have the best intentions to write Grandma or our old (and getting older) dear friends. But at Christmas we get inspired and make the time to connect again.
Maybe it’s something about the Christmas spirit or fond memories of Christmas past. Maybe it’s determination to not let a new year begin without some contact with old friends. Whatever it is, and even if it’s just once a year, I love reconnecting if only for a moment.
So here’s the skinny on the Bubna clan . . . .
Laura and I celebrated our 40th engagement anniversary on Thanksgiving, and we’re looking forward to our 40th wedding celebration on July 12, 2015. Any woman who can survive FORTY years with me is a saint. We love each other more today than ever.
Jessica and Nathan are still actively serving and working with me at Eastpoint Church; Jess in administration, Nate as the Family Pastor. Caleb is four and phenomenal! His smile and joy are a gift to all. They also have a baby girl in their world named Abigail who will turn one in January, and it looks like they’ll be able to adopt her sometime in early 2015!
Nathan and Brooke are still in Portland. They’ve recently sold their home and are looking for a new and larger home to house their family of three kids, five chickens, two cats, and a partridge in a pear tree. Adelle is eight and great. Elijah is four and fabulous. Henry Moses is three, and he pretty much gets whatever he wants from Grandpa.
Michelle and Kyle are here in Spokane and both lead very full lives. Kyle is working in accounting for an outpatient surgery center, and Michelle is just one year away from becoming an RN. I’m proud of how hard both of them work. No kids (yet), but they have two cats who think they are kids and get treated as such.
Isaac and Tiffany moved back to Seattle this past summer. Ike is the program director for Street Bean (a coffee business that helps street-involved youth reclaim their lives), and he’s also working on his masters in leadership. Tiffany is busy as ever making people beautiful in the salon she works in full time.
For me, this past year has been filled with new challenges and lots of opportunities to grow (translated: it’s been hard at times, but good). I wrote two more books (Mr. & Mrs. ~ How to Thrive in a Perfectly Imperfect Marriage, and Perfectly Imperfect: A Devotional for Grace-Filled Living). Both books are doing well, they have received extremely favorable reviews and they make great Christmas gifts (hint, hint).
People ask, “How do you find time to write?” I always say, “Sleepless in Spokane! And writing is therapeutic for me, so it doesn’t complicate my life; it seriously benefits it.” Hopefully, my books benefit others as well.
This January we celebrate our 12th anniversary at Eastpoint. Every day I thank God for our church and all He has done and is doing through us. It’s humbling to be called “pastor” by such an amazing community of faith.
In summary, we’re older, wiser, better, and full of joy and hope because we have a Savior, who is and always will be, Emmanuel.
May you and yours have the best Christmas ever!
You are loved,
PS ~ A Christmas Poem for Friends
Friends Like You by Kurt W. Bubna
There are some who come
And some who go
There are some you never really know
There are friends in the fray
And there are friends who stay
But friends like you are rare today
You share our cries
You share our hearts
Your share our joy
Our very lives
And it’s friends like you
That make life a treasure
Full of fun, surprise, and tons of pleasure!