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When I wrote the post about Austin, it was late and I kept it short. But I may have left folks wondering why we were looking at Austin to begin with, much less why I’m speaking of moving there. So, I’ll recap a bit about us, where we are, and where we’re heading.

I think most folks here know that my husband is in the Army. He has been attending the Sergeants Major Academy since August (we moved here in July). Unfortunately, though, we learned this month (December) that he was not selected for either of the two Sergeant Major positions open  for his specialty, so will not be promoted. Disappointment and discouragement reigned around here for a few days. But I think he’s over that and is now looking ahead to what’s next.

So, what’s next? I wish I knew! 🙂 He’ll likely be assigned to a reserve unit (he’s AGR), possibly one that will deploy shortly. We were hoping he’d get a position at a unit in Austin, but hear that position is being eliminated. There may be other options in Texas, but we just have to wait and see. It would be ideal to have his last duty station in the state where we plan to retire.

Yes, you’ll find us in Texas. 🙂 I was born and raised in Houston, and G grew up in Houston from about 10 or 12, or so. But, we don’t really want to go back to Houston. It has grown and changed so much, and continues to do so, that it doesn’t feel like home anymore. We have always had our sites set on central Texas – the hill country.

Then there’s that little issue of possible deployment. I’ve been pondering that and wondering where I want to be should G be gone for a year or more. Hopefully we’ll know that little bit of information before we move somewhere – then I can make an informed decision. I’m seriously considering moving somewhere around Austin if that should be the case so I can go ahead and get established in the community.

But, that may be selfish of me. It could be that my place is where G’s unit is so I can be a part of the FRG (family readiness group) to support and encourage the other spouses . . . I have much still to consider, ponder, pray over. But we have a few months, yet. Hopefully we’ll have an idea of where G will be going by the end of January. He’ll then graduate in May and we’ll be heading somewhere in June. So, as it happens . . . 🙂

Happy New Year Everybody!

It will definitely be an interesting one for us.

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Happy Birthday Jesus

Happy Birthday Jesus

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A Very Special Birth

Early in the month I attended a “Walk to Bethlehem” event with my dad & step-mom in NM. It was enjoyable and quite interesting with lots of cultural and political info from the time that Jesus made his entry into the world. It reminded me of visiting Colonial Williamsburg, a sort of Historical Bethlehem. It was all very intellectually interesting – until I got to the manger.

Now I didn’t cry or get all emotional, but I was deeply touched. There was a mom and a dad there dressed as Mary and Joseph with their very own little baby, maybe about 2 months old, on the verge of sitting up. I stood there watching this little baby sitting and waving around a rattle as dad-Joseph propped him up and kept him from falling over. Then mom-Mary picked him up and he snuggled in close to her.

I stood in awe as I realized that the child they were attempting to represent, that little baby snuggling into his mom’s chest, was the very Creator of the universe. The very same God that created the people who were caring for Him as a helpless infant. That was a pretty big thought to wrap my finite little brain around. Not only that, but He lived and grew inside Mary’s womb, and then went through birth right there in a barn full of animals. And His very first bed, his cradle, was a manger built fo feed those animals.

How very much He humbled Himself is beyond my understanding. But there was a very important reason for His coming. After the manger we went through a foggy tunnel – a sort of time-warp. At the other end of that tunnel we found the empty tomb. OK, here I got tears. He knew all along He was heading for that tomb. Christmas is a wonderful story, but it doesn’t end in the manger. The story continues on through childhood, to a man who willingly gives his life for you and me. But the tomb is empty. Death was conquered there.

Yes, that baby in the manger is only the beginning of what we are remembering and celebrating at Christmas. It was a very special birth, indeed.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'”) And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1:14-18 (ESV)

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Here’s a cute version of “The Night Before Christmas” I received from my Spanish instructor:

T’was the Night – Tex/Mex Style

T’was the night before Christmas and all through la casa
Not a creature was stirring, only the masa.
Mama making tamales con mucho cuidado
In hopes old Santa would feel obligado
To bring all the hijos, both buenos y malos
A nice batch of dulces and other regalos
Mis hermanos and I went to sleep in our camas
Some in calsones, some in piyamas
Cuando out in the yard I heard un gran grito
That I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito
And who in the world do you think que era?
El mero mero with his venados estaban afuera
Santa Claus in a sleigh with a big sombrero
Came dashing along like a little bombero
I watched as they came, and this little fat hombre
Was shouting and whistling, and calling by nombre
“Ay PEPE, AY JESSE, AY CUCA, AY BETO
AY PANCHO, AY CHATO, CHUY Y NETO!”
Then standing straight up, with his hands on his pecho,
He flew to the top of our very own techo
With his round little belly like a bowl of jalea
He struggled to squeeze down our old chimenea
Then huffing and puffing, and a little cansado
He picked up a bag that looked so pesado
He filled all the stockings with lovely regalos
for none of the hijos had been very malos
Then chuckling aloud, seeming very contento
He turned like a flash and was gone like the viento
As I heard him exclaim and this is verdad,
“MERRY CHRISTMAS A TODOS! FELIZ NAVIDAD!”

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I’m just passing on a couple of interesting blog posts on Santa:

Both employ an interesting mix of humor and truth regarding our beloved Santa legend. Enjoy.

Oh, does anyone know of a good link to find the true story of Saint Nicholas?

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. . . has stolen my heart.

It’s quite silly, I know. We’ve only been here since late Saturday. Then we spent Monday visiting my cousins in Temple and Kileen. And now I’m feeling sad to be leaving for Houston tomorrow. We have driven and explored as much as we could during the time we had, and I’ve loved every bit of it. We’ve even looked at some houses.

We had an enjoyable dinner with one cousin who lives here. And tonight we caught up with very dear friends we hadn’t seen in ages. After dinner we took B to the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park and had one of those special times you know you’ll always remember. Lot’s of Ooooh’s and Aaaah’s and “Look at that!” We forgot the camera – the following picture is form the Parks & Recreation website.

Trail of Lights

Now, I’m hoping and praying we get to move here sooner rather than later. Of course we could wind up somewhere else, but Austin now has my heart and this is where I want to be. Is it really possible to fall in love with a city?

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Road Trip!

Tomorrow morning we’ll be heading out for the holidays. We’ll be driving east across Texas, stopping to see friends and family along the way. Final destination – the inlaws. I don’t know whether I’ll be able to post here or not while we’re on the road. Just in case – I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.

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