I’m writing this blog from Clear Lake, SD. We took a 4.5 hour drive in my Uncle’s borrowed Pacifica, all the while dealing with the smell of a mouse who crawled up the heater and built a next and probably stole the air freshener from the cabin to build it. It smelled rank. We tried to crank the heat and burn the smell out, but it pretty much just left us cold AND smelly from having the windows down.
My favorite part about Christmas is, of course, family. This year, I’ve already enjoyed- a lot- helping my cousin Dayton learn a bit more guitar. You know, I feel so much better about myself and life in general when I’m giving. It may be just taking time away from the tube to teach guitar, or whatever the case may be, but when I invest into people, especially younger than myself, I get a great sense of accomplishment and I feel proud.
This week I got to worship with Rachel Ranfranz a lot as well. There is nobody alive whom I have more of a connection with in worship than her. Worship is my #1 priority in life, and if God ever allows, I would love to do it more often.
Tomorrow my cousin Amy will be back from the military for Christmas! Yay! I am also excited because for the first time in 20 years I’m going with my grandparents to the Hutterite colony for duck soup!!!! I remember VERY clearly eating that soup when I was little. But I haven’t been back sense. Man, I’m eager!! I’m also excited because it is such a different, arguably better prioritized culture. (Hutterites are like the Amish). I really, really am looking forward to it!!
The plans to visit Peru are coming along nicely! It now looks like Steve, myself, and maybe one or two other people will be going. Steve and I decided on a pretty rigid schedule the first week, but at the end of that week we will be crossing over by catamaran into Bolivia and then will have a week to bum and decide what to do. I may even end up taking a flight to Chile, Argentina, or Paraguay if I have enough money and time. Talk about COOL!! The first week we will be doing Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu (YAY!!), train to Puno and Lake Titicaca (no joke, that’s it’s name!) and then over to Bolivia. I’m considering seeing the floating islands and the tribe with knitting men while I’m down there. Could score some cool gifts I imagine.
Anyway, I didn’t get a chance to send out my famous Christmas e-mail this year. Perhaps later, but regardless I wish everyone I know and who reads this a very, very merry Christmas and a blessed new year! Love in Jesus, Justin.