Well, we survived our first Christmas by ourselves, away from family... and a nice surprise was SNOW on Christmas Eve and we still had a white Christmas Day! There was actually quite a bit more that settled after I took this picture. It was beautiful! Daniel and I had fun throwing snowballs at Jackson. He wasn't too sure about the snow at first but then loved it.
I cooked a ham on Christmas eve with the Bray family recipe for cornbread dressing, hashbrown casserole, broccoli salad, and our sweet neighbor next door made a pecan pie which was delicious! That night, our other neighbors across the street invited us over for tortilla soup and desserts. It was nice to spend time getting to know them. They have a son our age who just graduated from a tech school and they are all very nice. The man that made the pecan pie came too. He lives by himself and has a dog named Molly that terrorizes Jackson and barks all the time. Literally, all the time. He is a very sweet man and I ask that you keep him in your prayers as he is awaiting a kidney transplant. He has a friend who is willing to donate and on January 5th, both will go through a series of tests to see if they are compatible. We are so glad to have nice neighbors.
We have visited two churches now, but both are very different at this time with the holiday season in affect. We still haven't met any younger couples our age, so we continue to just spend time together. It's actually kind of nice. :)
We've been running around town getting acquainted with our surrounding, checking out new restaurants, and organizing the house. (We still aren't getting very far.) I did get the living room finished. All the decorations are on the wall and all the Christmas is put up. I just had to have one room that was complete. Our bedroom is almost finished.
I cooked my first turkey today. It was supposed to be for Christmas day, but we had so much ham left that we decided to wait and cook the turkey later. It was actually very good! It stayed moist and has lots of flavor. I have been very proud of myself in the cooking department lately. :)
Hope you had a Merry Christmas and hope you have a happy new year!!! Love, Jackson