Sunday, December 6, 2009

Macfarlane News 2009

Dear Friends and Family:
Blessings and best wishes for you and your family as you celebrate Christmas and the New Year. May your home be filled with peace, joy and the love of God. May this be a time to reflect back with thankfulness on all that He has done and continues to do in each of your lives.

We have much to be thankful for in 2009. Topping the list is the latest addition to our family: Ava Elizabeth. Ava was born to our daughter Heather and Matthew on October 25th, weighing in at 8.9 lbs.

David continues to travel much of the time, mostly to our western provinces, speaking at different conferences, conventions, seminars and churches. He did get to enjoy 3 weeks in Florida once again over the summer, which is always the highlight of his year. This year we had Tyler, Susan and Abby join us for one of the weeks which added to the fun of our vacation.

We did have a visit from his brother Peter for a few days in the summer. This always makes for an interesting and boisterous time!

He also visited with his Uncle Chris, who turned 101 last July! Uncle Chris took a plane trip from Lt. Louis, MI to stay at his eldest daugher Cathy's home in Michigan! It was such a lovely day that he came with us for a walk down the road with his walker stopping a couple of times to rest.

I have cut back on my work hours. I am now only working Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This gives me more time to spend visiting my girls, and especially my granddaughters!! Hopefully, in 2010 I will be able to travel with David on some of his out west trips (more than likely stopping in Lethbridge to visit Tyler, Susan and Abby!) I also wanted to spend more time with my Mum. She turned 89 last September. She is still very active for someone her age, but finds herself with less energy than she would like!

David and I are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary next year, so we have booked a bus tour of Europe for next June. We are excited to see parts of Europe that we have not visited before (Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Prague).

Abby turned 1 year old on September 3rd. Wow! Where does time go! She is now walking everywhere and is a very busy girl! They are not able to be with us this Christmas, but Susan and Abby came to visit us in Ontario on Dec. 7th for a week. What a busy household it becomes having a little one around!!

As you can imagine, their lives have changed forever! Heather is on a mat leave for a year. It's so much fun to have them living close by so David and I can babysit whenever Heather needs to do some grocery shopping! As you can tell from the photo, Matthew is a hockey fan!! Kind of cute!

Tory continues her 3rd year Global Studies degree at WLU. Amid the studies, she has a part-time job at Chapters (she goes to work for 5:00AM!). Of all the places to work, this suits Tory the most as she is an avid book reader. Once a week she also teaches dance (hip hop) to young girls as well as participating in a class herself. Put that together with her social life and, as you can imagine, she is one busy girl.
This puts you up to date with what is going on in the Macfarlane household.

Thanks for allowing us to share our lives with you. We would love to hear from you when you have a minute. Family and friends are very dear to us.

David and Diana
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway

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