Friday, December 24, 2010

~ Christmas Letter 2010 ~


We hope this finds you in the midst of a great Holiday!  2010 was a big year for us in many ways.  We are in Year Two of our RV adventures and travels.  We can't think of anything else we'd rather be doing.

Well, maybe we can ~ like being in a little warmer weather!  We have been in the Virginia Beach area since the first part of October.  We decided we’d stay in one place for a while and we like this part of the country.

Kelly was living in Dallas and working for a Design firm until she was laid off in February.  She looked for a new job for months.  Ugh!  That was hard, but the great news is she landed a job as a Marketing Coordinator for a building/construction firm in Newport News.  She now lives in Norfolk and likes being back in this area.  After three months at her job she is enjoying it and we are very thankful.

Adam now lives in Brooklyn.  As you many know, he was living near Meghan when her breast cancer returned in January.  They were married in March but she died in April.  Meghan had a long list of goals and Adam decided he would take those on as his own.  One goal was to India and volunteer/work with kids.  Adam spent three months in Jaisalmer, India, working with kids teaching English and computer. He returned in time for us to spend Thanksgiving together where our latest family photo was taken.
Pam and I spent a few weeks in Quartzsite, Arizona in January learning we love ‘boondocking’.  Then we moved on to Tucson, which we loved.  In March, we worked on houses with NOMADS in Galveston doing Disaster Recovery work.  After that we headed up to Michigan near the Canada border to be with Adam.  Then when Meghan died in April, we stayed around the area before spending a month traveling in Canada.  When Kelly found a job  in August, we moved south for Texas, helped pack her up, and ended up here for the last 2 ½ months in Virginia Beach.

One of the neat things about this area is the great Habitat for Humanity affiliate here.  We have been able to plug in and work on two houses.  They have a good thing going here and we have made some great Habitat friends.  We love them and working with them.
It has been an up and down year but we are thankful to God’s grace to us and to our kids and we look forward to a great 2011.  We plan to spend time in Moss Point, MS with NOMADS, in south Texas with friends, a couple of months in Tucson and are scheduled for a Habitat build in Santa Fe in May.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday!  Please keep in touch!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

~ Randy and Pam

28 comments:

  1. merry christmas to you and your family!..happy holidays!!

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  2. May 2011 hold all your dreams and may they all magnificently bloom into your life!

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  3. The story about your son and Meghan gave me goosebumps! How wonderful that he took on her list of things to do! Amazing! And obviously he learned his thoughtfulness from you...helping with Habitat etc. I can tell you are wonderful folks that are salt of the earth people. While I am envious of your ability to travel, you are making the world a wonderful place while doing it!! Merry Christmas to you from Ohio!!!

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  4. Tucson! We are scheduled there on Jan 10 for a NOMADS project. Then we go to Tombstone area to visit a cousin and a friend until Feb 18 when we need to be in Phoenix for NOMADS project leader training. We do hope to can catch up with you. Keep in touch!

    Have a Blessed Christmas.

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  5. A great year for sure!...Hope you have another great one 2011! Happy holidays...and be safe on the road!

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  6. Wishing you and Pam a very Merry Christmas! We will "hit the road" in January from NC. I think we're experiencing similar weather recently. It will be nice to get somewhere a little warmer :)

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  7. Merry Christmas, Randy and Pam. May you have a blessed 2011!

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  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family, all the best for 2011!

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  9. A great summary of your past year! Merry Christmas to you and Pam as well as Adam and Kelly!!

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  10. Loved reading your Christmas letter, Randy. I send one out even if people have been in on everything all along, and I love getting them as well.

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  11. We wish you and all of your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2011! It sounds like you have a lot planned for the next year. Enjoy your holidays!

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  12. Have a blessed Christmas! Your blog is one of my favorites...and this 2010 letter was wonderful! Keep enjoying your life and travels...

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  13. A nice recap of the events in your lives this past year. Though not always positive, you have changed everything for the better, and make the most from life. That is to be admired!

    Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

    Rod and Loyce

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  14. Happy Holidays to you and to yours!

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  15. Merry Christmas! Christ is the Reason and you share that with your readers - thank you!

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  16. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Randy and Pam!

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  17. A busy year indeed, and 2011 will probably follow suit, won't it? Merry Christmas.

    And, oh by the way, yes Pohick does have a few sites that will accommodate a 40 footer, though it might take a bit of maneuvering to get into them. We're going back in April to start the 2011 Phaeton season.

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  18. Merry Christmas Randy, Pam, and family!

    John
    http://relaxedrush.blogspot.com

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  19. Merry Christmas Randy and Pam, have a wonderful holiday with the family.

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  20. Randy & Pam,
    We hope you guys have a very Merry Christmas and your family enjoys the time together. May we always remember the origination of God's love.
    Take care and be safe.
    Mike & Gerri

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  21. Enjoyed reading your re-cap.
    It was nice meeting you & Pam when you passed through Bayfield.

    All the best for 2011.

    Kelly & Al

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  22. Merry Christmas to you, Pam and your family. I am sure their are many families that are having a better Christmas and life thanks to all your work on the homes that you have help build over the past couple of years. God Bless all of you!

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  23. Merry Christmas and may all your travels be filled with wonder

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  24. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas with your family - isn't it great to have them close by and this special time of year. Did the big snow event affect you there? We've had our share here in MN.

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  25. Thanks for sharing yourselves out on the road and your family. I love seeing photos of family. I will definitely be back.

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