Chips off the ‘ol block!
Joshua recently sent some family pictures in, I have chatted with both Joshua and Sara briefly on Facebook and hope some day to meet Sara and the kids. When Joshua was little, I visited them often after Steve (his Dad and my brother) got out of the Marines (see pictures on bottom provided by Tammy), so I have met him and hope to know him better as an adult (Joshua is currently active duty in the Army):
As has become the family custom, again this year we shall gather on Christmas Eve at KNB’s to celebrate our family and our heritage. She sent out an evite so check your email! We will be there (weather permitting), me in Christmas hat, the kids alongside. If I do not see you before then, Have a Very Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring greatness to all.
Betty sent these notes and prayers for all:
Wanted to share this with all of you. Today, during our church’s Sunday service, they featured a Tree of Remembrance. They had a Christmas tree,
Each of the gold balls was in honor of family members serving in the armed forces. We had submitted the names of Gary Swanson, Jr., Joshua Swanson and
It was a beautiful service and wanted each of you to know that our church
Christmas in Heaven
I see the countless Christmas trees, around the world below,
With tiny lights, like Heaven’s stars, reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away the tear,
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas Choir up here.
I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring.
For it is beyond description, to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart,
But I am not so far away, we really aren’t apart.
So be happy for me, dear ones, you know I hold you dear,
And be glad I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
I sent you each a special gift, from my heavenly home above,
I sent you each a memory of my undying love.
After all, love is a gift more precious than pure gold,
It was always more important in the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do,
For I can’t count the blessing or love He has for each of you.
So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear.
Remember, I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.