Merry Christmas!

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted something, anything, on this site.  It’s not that I’ve forgotten about this blog, which is now, what–nine years old?  This Christmas season has just been a little busy, and in the hustle it seemed that the world could manage without my opinions for a while.

Over the last three weeks, our barbershop chorus has sung at over a dozen retirement communities and nursing homes in Charleston and Mattoon, and we raised over $3,700 for local food banks and homeless/domestic abuse shelters through our annual Christmas benefit concerts.  I’m truly proud to be a part of this group, and thankful that our move this year brought us to this community.

Meanwhile, my quartet, RingTime, sang at a Christmas art show in Sullivan and at churches in Sullivan and Taylorville, in addition to performing two pieces during the chorus concerts.

And our church choir, an intrepid band of a dozen or so, sang a cantata for Christmas, and then joined with another local choir to sing it again at several area retirement communities.

While we’ll see a green Christmas in east central Illinois this year (no snow, but the lawn looks great!), singing so much wonderful music that focuses on the true reason we Christians celebrate has helped to put Sharon and me in the mood for the season.

And yes, we know Jesus wasn’t actually born at this time of year.  Leave that discussion for an episode of P.I.D. Radio.  (His birth date was–oddly enough–very possibly 9/11 of the year 3 B.C.)

So with all of that singing and preparation thereof, something had to give, and it was this blog.  You know what?  It’s been good to shift to the analog side of life for a while.

This has been another year of big changes for Sharon and me.

  • We’ve relocated to our third state, fourth town, and seventh home in the last five years.  We bought this one, so we hope to stay in it for a bit.
  • I started a new job, a promotion with the company I’ve worked for since 2007.  The position is rewarding, challenging, and enjoyable.
  • We spoke and webcast live from the Future Congress in Branson in July, and it appears we’ll have more opportunities to travel and speak in 2012.
  • The Lord led us to a wonderful home church and we’ve come to know some great friends in the time we’ve been in Illinois.
  • Our daughter struck out on her own and is making her way in the world, and we are tremendously proud of the young woman she has become.

We look forward to 2012, regardless of what comes.  And we pray that you and your family enjoy a blessed holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.

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