We missed sending out a Christmas letter last year—life kinda got away from us. So this year’s letter is a brief, illustrated, catch-up on where and how the Self-clan are doing, starting with the youngest.
Jon is in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He’s there for eight months as part of his UW International Development program. We talk on the phone almost every week and he sounds happy, although hot. Daytime temps are above 30 C. Recent political turmoil has not phased him. I guess that’s part of being 22. It does phase us which I suppose is part of us being over 50. (Notice I did not say how far over 50.) Jon will be back in Canada in April.
Jamie came to the cottage last summer (2013) to share a big announcement. Her name was Bec Rodda. As of August 25, 2014, she is Bec Self. Bec is Australian although she is seeking permanent residency in Canada—not an easy process. We attended Jamie & Bec’s beautiful Kelowna outdoor wedding with family and friends from across Canada, the US and, of course, Australia. A wonderful time!
Allan changed jobs in 2013. He is now part of the pastoral team at Niagara Harvest Bible Chapel in St. Catherines, ON. The move has been a positive one for their family. Cameron, now a very tall 7 years, is thriving in the new school. Grace is growing too, a very healthy little girl. You may remember she was born with some heart problems but since a surgical procedure July 2013 she is in perfect health. Allan is enjoying his new church responsibilities. As I write this he is completing the last course for his Masters of Theological Studies. And Natalie is blossoming too—in more ways than one. A third little Self is expected in April 2015.
Harvey never stops it seems. Between church, Presbytery, Legion, community events and walking the dog, he rarely sits still. Add to that our rather hectic travelling schedule in 2014—BC in March to meet Bec, Colorado in April for the sad funeral of brother-in-law David Winn, Thunder Bay in July for niece Sarah Baxter’s wedding, a quick hop to Nova Scotia for some cottage maintenance and BC in August for Jamie’s wedding. We are appreciating a slightly quieter fall. (That’s us at Garden of the Gods in Colorado.)
Jayne, for the time being, is setting aside her serious writing to focus on her duties as director of Write Canada annual Christian writers’ conference. She now has two mysteries published—Murder in Hum Harbour and Death of a Highland Heavyweight—available on Amazon and through links on her website www.jayneself.com. She’d love for you to visit and leave a comment. Commercial finished.
And now you’re all caught up. So from our house (well, houses and apartments) to yours, we extend our love. We pray this Christmas finds you well, secure in our Heavenly Father’s loving care. And no matter how life is treating you, we trust He will be your strength and shield now and in the New Year.