For most of us, Christmas is a season of joy, for me it is also a time for reflection and remembering.
When I think back about this past year, excitement, challenge, and joy are the words that best describe our lives in 2015.
Excitement . . .
Finalization of the adoption of Abigail Chloe Lorraine Harris into our forever family! Nathan, Jessica, Caleb and Abby are doing great!
Announcement of Isaac and Tiffany’s first child and newest addition into the Bubna clan (a baby girl due in February 2016)!
Birth of our 7th grandchild, Annabelle Bubna, to Brooke and Nathan. (Other kiddos here: Adelle, Elijah, and Henry Moses.)
Celebration in July of forty years of marriage to my best friend (and our anniversary trip to Hawaii in November).
Publication of my fifth book and first children’s book, Pete the Prodigal Pumpkin.
Graduation of our daughter Michelle from nursing school. Kyle provided incredible support and encouragement to Shelly.
Challenge . . .
Record-setting windstorm that left us without power for several days, but thankfully, no serious damage.
Serious issue with “closet shrinkage” (went away on vacation and upon my return I found that most of my clothes mysteriously shrank while I was gone, go figure!).
Joy . . .
A growing family that blesses the socks off this old man.
Thirteen years serving a great church and looking forward to another thirteen or so.
Old friends who remain faithful and loyal. (Pictured here: Kip, Joe, John and Jesus . . . or maybe the longhair dude is Bill!)
And most of all, continued amazement at the grace and goodness of our Father who loved us so much He sent His son to redeem us.
I hope this Christmas you remember our love for you, and I pray this next year you experience all the gifts God has for you and yours.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,