For many years, Wendy made, as part of our Christmas tradition, the buying and sending of Christmas cards to friends and family. We didn’t do a great mailing – I think at the most we sent our 40 or 50 cards. I did, however, enjoy putting together a letter of such – a newsletter it might better be described as, to give friends and families an update on our family and the past year. I would include a few photos – usually of holiday or special event. In time the cost of doing so, and the few responses brought me to a point of deciding to forgo that tradition. In some ways, this blog and its predecessor (www.rvcalgary.blogspot.com) took over some of that.
Of course, this also includes pictures and videos that could never be referenced in a note.
Time marches on and as 2018 comes to a close soon, and Christmas will soon be upon us, I am looking at cards and notes that are being received, mostly at the office but some here and some by email. It was so nice to hear from the Lutterells this week and to remember their kindness to us. A note from Ray Harris also landed in my inbox when he bumped into a session mate of ours who, though having left officership, has lived in Winnipeg for many years. Having chatted with her he thought of some of us and sent off notes. How very kind to hear his encouraging words.
Of course, it’s time for our annual Christmas dinner at THQ and this past week we gathered for food and fun. Below is a quick look at the music and the room.
We also did some serenading down the street at our Thrift Store which is very close to THQ. We took staff, employees, and officers for two days and went caroling. Below is a short clip of that event!
When I joined Facebook there were about 70 million users. Seems like a lot of people. Today there are approximately 1.86 billion. Now that’s a lot of users! More than half of Canadians log on and the number keeps growing. The calculation is that there are 10 to 20 million users who died since they created their accounts and their accounts are still active.
I’ve already told Wendy – if something happens to me – don’t let me live on-line! I don’t want a happy birthday Fred message showing up after my funeral! (yes there will be a funeral).
But you may not have to wait until my death to see my profile disappear. Apparently someone trying hacking my account, and the amount of rude political debate has almost got me to cancel my fb account. Now you need to know there are two accounts that are mine on fb. I have one with a gazillion friends…well people who know my name. I don’t use it like I once did and frankly I’m losing interest. Secondly I have a family account – 23 members only and all family. Sorry friends – no one but no one gets in this group who isn’t family. This account will likely stay…so I know what you’re doing.
Which raises the question for me – are people still really interested in connecting on fb? Am I the only one who rather have a conversation – or go for ccoffee or send a card?
When our good friend Cheryl was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago we were very worried – we all were. What would be outcome for this wonderful woman with two daughters in high school? But through the marvel of modern medicine, lots of prayer and Cheryl’s own positive attitude she’s healthy today with her first grandchild.
Recently we’ve had a few more friends diagnosed with cancer. It is still a devastating diagnosis but I wonder if we’re turning the corner on this horrific disease? We’ve sure poured a great deal of money into research!
I’m praying for our friends that their outcome will be as positive as Cheryl’s and that the Lord will be their constant companion.