As 2017 comes to a close I look back at how blessed I have been wih wonderful experiences. The best way for me to share with you is through my love for photography. When you have so many photos, it is equally hard to cut them down to a shareable amount.


With snow on the ground and temperatures below freezing itโ€™s hard not to notice that itโ€™s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. If my memory serves me well, I think this is the first time in four years that Iโ€™ve needed to wear boots!


A picture is worth 1000 words. Because time is so precious these days, and since I love photography, I am sending you the year in pictures. My wish this season is for you to find joy and peace amidst all the chaos and remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! Christmas blessings to each and every one of you.


It has been a difficult and exhausting year and that is my excuse for the late Christmas mail. ย By now you will all have had time to digest a wonderful Christmas meal with friends and family and can find some time to relax during this somewhat hectic season and join me on the journey that 2014 brought me.


2012 has been a year filled with momentous events. Alexander was awarded his high school diploma, Paulo made it to 50, lost his job and is now semi- retired. The cold and wet weather is typical for December in Vancouver but today we had a few moments of sunshine. They are indeed special at this time of the year.


I just can't get motivated this year. We are well into our second week of advent and I would do anything to make the clock stop for a while. Some snow would be nice; but only on the days I'm not working.


What an exciting 2010 we had! This past year was especially interesting, particularly during the winter olympics. The city of Vancouver was having a perpetual party. The venues for the events were amazing and we welcomed the world with Canadian style. The only issue was the lack of snow. In spite of trucking it in from many kilometers away our ski runs were built from bales of hay! El Niรฑo caused the weather to be unusually warm. We, the people of Vancouver have never been the same. Since our world guests have left we are somewhat lonely. Many wish it would happen again. Alexander has the best memory of all as he participated in the closing ceremony. He was one of 1200 snow boarders doing choreographed patterns.


Today the sun fills the sky. Paulo is outside putting up our Christmas lights and I have the festive tunes playing, trying to get the writing inspiration for this years letter...