Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Greetings, dear family and friends. 

The Mullins family is growing.  We now have 4 grandchildren! What a blessing grandchildren are!  This photo is of John and Lynnette's children,  Ella, age 5 1/2 and Christopher and Jack aged 3 1/2.

John and Lynnette live in Houston and are enjoying their life there.  Sure wish it wasn't so darn far away though! 

November 14 little Spencer Andrew was born to Andy and Stephanie in Boston.

We celebrated our 40th anniversary this year.

We are happy that at  least we have two of our children living in Charlotte.  Here is Dave enjoying a birthday dinner at our house.

Barb holding little Spencer when he is just two weeks old.

We traveled half way around the globe this year too. Nothing exotic, that's just the number of miles we traveled this year! We made three trips to see Lynnette and John in Houston and three to see Stephanie and Andy in Boston. Barbara and I also did a girl's trip to Canada to visit my sister and for me to attend a weekend pajama party with some friends I've had since I've been 7 years old. We also went to Florida twice, once to visit John's sister and just recently to Longboat Key where we have a timeshare. Phew, that's a lot of traveling!

The economy has not been kind to us this year and John has been very stressed at work but he continues to retain his positive attitude.  I am still enjoying making quilts and writing my blog.  We love being involved at church and are constantly amazed to see what God is doing in our lives.
We hope that this email finds you well and joyful.  Our door is always open if you ever come to Charlotte.   This little poem seems to say it all.

I have a list of people
All written in a book -
And every year at Christmas time
I go and take a look.

And that is when I realise
That those names are all a part -
Not of the book they're written in
But of my very heart.

For each name stands for someone
Who has crossed my path some time -
And in that meeting they've become
A treasured friend of mine.

And once you've met some people
The years can not erase -
The memory of a pleasant word
Or of a friendly face.

So when I send an email
That is addressed to you -
It's because you're on that 'Special list'
Of folk that I'm indebted to.

And you are one of several folk
In times past that I've met -
And happen to be one of those
I don't want ever to forget.

And whether I have known you
For many years or few -
In some way you have had a part
In shaping things I do.

So this the Spirit of Christmas
That forever still endures -
May it leave its richest blessing
In the hearts of you and yours.

With love and warm hugs,
Rhondi & John


Mary said...

Rhondi, this is such a delightful and warm post about you and your awesome family - thank you so much for sharing it with us. Love seeing your grandchildren and can understand why you visited Boston twice recently to see that sweet little baby Spencer!

We are having a quiet Christmas here in wet Raleigh after the excitement of our recent snowy days in NYC.

It was such a pleasure to meet you, John and Barb this year and I hope to get back to Charlotte again soon............we must go treasure hunting together!!

We send you best wishes for good health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year dear.
Hugs - Mary & Bob

Pondside said...

Dear Rhondi
I opened my computer for the first time in two days to find your lovely Christmas letter. Your growing family is beautiful!
We have had lots of fun this Christmas morning and the grandchildren are now playing with their parents while Sigurd and I relax and plan supper.
I look forward to reading your blog regularly - always feel uplifted afterwards and am very grateful for the gift that is to me!
All the best to you and your husband and family for 2010. It has been a hard year for so many of us - a challenge here too, but we keep on moving forward and give thanks for one another and all the blessings of this good life.

Marie said...

Rhondi thanks so very much for inviting me over here to read this special Christmas Newsletter of yours. I feel honoured to be included as one of your "friends" as far away as I may be. What a lovely family you have. Your love for them shines through in every word. It has been a rough year for quite a few of us, but here's to 2010, may it be chock full of blessings for us all! Love and hugs from across the pond. XXOO

bonham's blog said...

Thanks for the update, Rhondi. Well done indeed!

Tell John, "The boys are back in town! Wendell, David, Pat and Glen are meeting for lunch on Wednesday. Wish you could join us!"

In the meantime, Ina and I wish you a wildly prosperous 2010.

Blessings from our house to yours...


CES Canada said...

Dear Rhondi and John
How grateful we are that your door is always open. Even a quick pass through Charlotte is a time we look forward to renewing our friendship. We loved the Christmas news about your now growing family. You are loved and blessed. In 2010 stay strong in the Lord.
Isaiah 55:12
Love from Michael and Linda