A Blessed Time

5 01 2011

A year ago, we were blessed to have all three of our children with us over the Christmas holidays.  We were halfway through our year of home assignment back in North America, and all three of them – Nathan, Ryan & Janelle – made their way from different parts of the USA to where we were living at the time – Salem, OR.  We exchanged gifts, shopped, played and ate together, but the best part was that we were together again as a family.

Twelve months later, and we are back in Hong Kong. While our three kids (and new daughter-in-law) are still living at various locations in the USA, we were excited to hear that Ryan & Janelle would be able to join us in Hong Kong for Christmas.

We have tried to make the most of our time together during the past two weeks.  Of course, Ryan and Janelle had to get reacquainted with all of the sights, sounds and smells of “home” including the crowds, the snacks and their friends.  But we were also able to spend some ‘quieter’ times at home – eating holiday food, playing games and catching up on one another’s lives.

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But as with all holidays, they all come to an end sooner or later. The time has come for our kids to return to the USA – Ryan to his teaching job in Lakewood, WA and Janelle to continue her studies at Asuza Pacific University in LA.  It’s never easy saying goodbye to your kids, especially when the closest one is 6,500 miles away, but we’re looking forward to this spring, when Nathan & Jasmine will visit Hong Kong.

Being able to spend time together with family is always special especially when these opportunities are rare. As someone once said, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family”.  As for us, when we have those moments, those days together with family, it is one of life’s greatest blessings.

We trust that your Christmas was an equally blessed time.

Until next week,

Joel & Debbie

Twelve months later, and we are back in Hong Kong. While our three kids (and new daughter-in-law) are still living at various locations in the USA, we were excited to hear that Ryan & Janelle would be able to join us in Hong Kong for Christmas.
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