. . . and not just in our dreams ~ we are home! To each of you, our family and friends, we send our love and warm wishes for a wonderful Holiday season and a sacred time to remember the Savior of all the world.
Now we have gone from our Fijian Christmas tree . . .
. . . back to a Noble Fir harvested just up from our home and now nestled in our living room in Corvallis.
From a hot and steamy Christmas season in the islands . . .
And before we knew it, all 33 of us were gathered for a family reunion (seven children, six spouses, and 18 grand children - two born while we were gone).
On the island of Taveuni, we lived in the middle of two worlds positioned between "yesterday, and today" . . .
. . . with our yesterdays being filled with missionary life and living in a third-world island culture where we taught beautiful people about the Savior Jesus Christ, and the "plan of salvation" made possible by His love, life, and sacrifice on our behalf.
Our todays are filled with family and projects, of service in church and community, of life in the familiar and comfortable surroundings of home. We will always remember you for your help and support while we were gone, and hold dear our missionary opportunity amongst those beautiful brown skinned and happy people. How could we not love them?
Annie & Tom
And now, for those of you who know our kids and would like to see an updated picture, here 'ya go -- from oldest to youngest:
|Our son Matt with his wife Jessica, Sofia, and Lizzie Jane|
|Nate, Tyler, our daughter Sara with husband Birch, Alex|
Chloe, Cooper, and Alysee
|Our daughter Emily with her husband Ryan|
Mila, Hazel, and Sage
|Daughter Leah and husband Geoff|
Isaac, Lucy, and Kate
|Our son Seth and wife Caroline|
Tommy and Cali
(this is the family who were in the auto accident in Africa --
doing so well now and we love having them live near in Corvallis)
|Our daughter Laura with husband Jared|
Isla and Sawyer
|Our son Luke, with sisters Emily and Sara|