Virginia in Winter

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Yes, there is the lightest dusting of snow on the ground this morning. The sky is blue, the air is crisp, and unlike Alaska, the temperature is still at least 40 degrees ABOVE zero . . .

For the first time in I don’t know how many years, the entire Schlomann clan was together for Thanksgiving. Our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter made the long trek from Alaska (4-hr flight to Seattle; 4.5 hr flight to Washington DC;2.5 hr car ride to Midlothian) and we had all 10 of us at the same table! The siblings did some “black Friday” shopping and other site-seeing; we even got some fun pictures of the grandkids!

I’m sitting in my warm house, writing on a laptop; my family is talking in the next room. I had a good lunch, am thinking of starting supper, and I even had Starbucks on the way to church this morning. God has blessed us, materially and spiritually. We are recipients of His grace in redeeming us and choosing us to be His ambassadors, to proclaim His message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Village Church is growing (we have had about 100 people attending for the past 6 weeks) and our small group is not so small anymore! We have 12-14 attending each week; Nate’s small group is running closer to 20. Very soon we expect to divide our two groups into four. I started teaching a young women’s study, just until Christmas, when we will re-evaluate to see if there is sufficient interest. There are already 7 women attending, and several more have expressed interest in starting after the holiday. God is transforming lives here.

I do want to ask that you pray for wisdom regarding some health issues. A test I had recently (myelogram on my back) ruled out a disk problem, but did uncover some problems with compressed nerves in my neck and collarbone area. I’m experiencing numbness in my left hand, and some loss of dexterity and grip strength. The pain in my back/neck/shoulder has become constant, but the headaches are extremely annoying! The neurosurgeon who discovered the problems said I am “far too complicated” for him, so I am in the process of trying to find the appropriate doctor. We are trying to stay here in Virginia, but will go back to Minnesota to the Mayo Clinic if necessary. I am learning patience; I want things to happen now — but am learning to be content with God’s timing. He is good, and He does know best.

Thank you for your prayers for us. Thank you for your support. We love you; we miss our family. Have a blessed holiday season.

beverly (for Tod, too)

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