Here we are at the end of another year spent enjoying the Lord’s blessing and we are, yet again, humbled by the grace and goodness He has lavished on us! We are undeserving of every earthly and spiritual blessing we enjoy; yet, He continues to give. And at Christmas, we are more aware then ever of the many blessings we’ve been given…but none of them more than the Gift of Salvation that was born to us at Christmas.
How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven
No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.
2010 was a busy and wonderful year for us. Though we consider ourselves blessed to still have all three girls living at home with us, we’re definitely at that “revolving door” stage of life with a wide variety of work/school activities keeping everyone hopping! You never know who you’ll find at the dinner table on any given evening! Darcy juggled a crazy mix of teaching (Heritage Homeschool Co-op), tutoring, babysitting, and youth group ministry that kept her coming and going constantly! Janna is just a few months away from graduating with her degree in Social Sciences. Part-time work as a babysitter and doing data entry for Connection Concepts (where Jim also works) kept her busy. Nina just finished her second semester at College of DuPage and also puts in lots of hours at her job at a Plato’s Closet. Jimmy is a busy 1st grader. He spends every Monday at Heritage Co-op with Darcy. He LOVES it, but is always glad to spend the rest of the week learning at home with mom! He loves to read, sing, dance, play soccer, and play with Playmobil!
Jim and I stayed occupied with work, ministry and keeping our home running smoothly. Regular bike rides and lots of weekend trips to Cantigny Park helped fill in the gaps!
We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with a wonderful long weekend trip to Door County, Wisconsin.
Biking the trails of Peninsula Park, watching the waves crash against the rocks at Cave Point, and reading by the fire in our romantic little cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan were among the highlights of our weekend.
But by far the biggest highlight of our year was living the dream of having our beloved Chicago Blackhawks reach and WIN the Stanley Cup Finals! The girls who followed in the footsteps of their Grandpa Difino and their dad, have been die-hard fans since they were little girls! The spring was a time of unbelievable excitement (and nerves!) in our home, culminating on June 9, 2010 with a game-six win in the finals. The picture below captures just a fraction of the emotion that was felt as three generations watched their Hawks hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup!!
Here at the end of 2010, despite fears and uncertainty all around us, we know and trust in the Sovereign grace of our loving Savior. We continue to thank Him for his blessing…knowing that EVERYTHING we have is a gift from His Hand. We are thankful for our family and the many wonderful friends that He has given us. Again…it’s so much more than we deserve!
We wish you a Blessed Christmas!!
Jim & Linda
Darcy, Janna, Nina, and Jimmy