This is my favorite time of the year. To be in the states this year is extra special. We are enjoying lots of time with family and friends. I love being in others’ homes and seeing their decorations and trees. This is something I miss in Japan. A special treat this year is a live tree that was purchased as a surprise by the daughter. It is perhaps the most beautiful tree I have every had. Please forgive me for the sporadic posting, but I’m busy soaking in as much as possible and making lots of memories to enjoy and savor when I return to our field of service. Posting will happen as I am able. Thank you for your patience!