Saturday, December 25

Christmas Letter

It’s time for the De Jong’s not so annual Christmas letter. Christmas 07 we were newly married- what was the point. Christmas 08 I thought –“The only thing that changed is that we both have jobs now.” Christmas 09- I made Christmas cards. Some of them got passed out. A few got mailed. Most have made it into the recycle bin over the last 12 months.  
Christmas 2010- A lot has changed. January through April passed without much ado though Justin and I both celebrated birthdays. May brought Tulip Time. Below is a picture of me riding a bike in the parade with the school (Peoria Christian).  I also helped serve lunches at the food booth.
        In June my mom came out to visit and Jonathan was born on the 13th. He weighed in at 8lbs 5oz and 20in of perfection.  We also took a trip to Chicago. Justin and Nathan Blunck went to the Cubs game while Jonathan and I spent time with my cousin Christina.
            In July we spent a week at Brooke’s Lake with my family, the Van Zanens, the Jensens, and Uncle Dave.  We had a great time relaxing and playing. It was also fun to introduce Jonathan to many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as have them share in caring for him while I relaxed. When we got back to Pella, Jonathan was baptized. Peter and Heather visited in August between weddings before Dordt was back in session and spent a little more time with us. I also returned to teaching part time in August. I am really enjoying it and Jonathan enjoys playing with Jozana Carter and her family while I am busy.  September was spent adjusting to our new life during the school year. Justin also began a new season as a Cadet counselor. 
         November  started with Justin bringing Gunner home. He’d been wanting a hunting dog for a while and finally found the right one. Now I have the challenge of teaching him the house rules! Daniel (below with Jonathan), Peter, and Heather visited during their Thanksgiving holiday. We really enjoyed having them and joined in teasing my parents that they need to come to the Midwest for holidays now since so manyof us live here.  We also spent much of Thursday and Friday with Justin’s family hanging out and playing games. We are privileged to live near his family and enjoy eating Sunday dinner with them most weeks.  In December we (I) am trying to figure out life with a baby and a puppy and freezing weather!  We are eagerly anticipating Christmas and look forward to each day and the changes God brings us.
 We thank you for your prayers and support. We especially covet our prayers that God will give Justin and I wisdom as we seek to love and obey our wonderful God and teach Jonathan to do the same.
Justin, Rachel, and Jonathan De Jong

Sorry that the pictures didn't copy too. I'll try to post them soon.

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