Holiday Cheer, and Colds

We’ve been hit with another virus, this one is a cold.  Luckily the boys haven’t gotten it yet.  I hope that yesterday was the worst of it and I can spend the next few days getting my energy levels back up to be back to normal by the weekend.  Mark and I have a get a way planned for our anniversary (9 years!) and we want to learn how to surf.  It should be fun!

We do have a Christmas tree now…


Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s a Nicaraguan Purple Spruce, they are native here. 

Haha, or not. 

It’s the only tree that the store had that wasn’t ridiculously expensive (like $200 expensive for a 4 foot tree!) and it was on closeout clearance (I can’t imagine why!).  We bought some green spray paint and it’s certainly not perfect but it is much better than before, so we’re rolling with it.   We’re pretty excited to have a tree and put our ornaments up.  

These coming weeks it’s a sprint to Christmas!  Today we have a friend coming in last minute…her adoption is going to be finalized in the coming month and she starts fostering her son!  We are so excited for them!  Thursday is graduation, Tate has a Christmas concert, and Friday we head out for our weekend away.  Next week Nana gets back which we are all very happy about, Tate finishes school, and the following week my parents come into town!  We are so blessed to be surrounded by family and friends during our first Christmas away. 

In this season of busy, our prayer is that you are able to carve away time to enjoy some quiet time with Jesus and those you love most. 


About mjstearns

We are Mark, Jenni, Tate and Theo Stearns. We currently live in Beaverton, Oregon, but are planning to move to Nicaragua within the next six months. We'll be serving as missionaries to Verbo Church, a non denominational church with several Nicaraguan locations. Specifically we'll be working at Casa Bernabe, an orphanage run by the church, assisting in vocational training and transition programs for the older boys.
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1 Response to Holiday Cheer, and Colds

  1. Getha Tidrick says:

    Wow, That’s what I call a “bright” tree. Left that color it won’t need any lights! LOL! Can hardly wait to get back to see it. Bringing lots of stuff back, hope that I can get it all in the cases that I have. Jazzy is going to stay with Vicki and Mike. I hope everything is going as planned and that your cold is a short one. Love to everyone. Nana

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