Christmas has passed, but the tree is still up. We are going to have to get used to the 13 days of Christmas when we go to Spain, letting Christmas ring in the New Year. In Spain, they celebrate King's Day. King's Day is a Spanish holiday and is often the day that children open their presents. It is kind of nice to be able to let Christmas trail into the new year.
2010 was a good year for us, but in terms of getting to Spain, our preparation will be trailing into 2011, and even past King's Day. While we won't be opening up our King's Day presents in Spain this year, we are confident that next King's Day Eliana will be speaking 2-year old Spanish and be opening King's Day presents with her little friends.
We have seen an incredible increase in support in the latter half of 2010, we have been given a city of placement by our organization - Granada, and in two weeks we'll have the paperwork in hand to apply for our residency visas. Eliana has been blessed to spend time at the Book Farm with lots of family, has made numerous trips to Cupertino to spend time with family there too. We've grown deeper with our friendships in Chico, making it harder to leave, but their support launches us well into the new phase of our life.
2010 has seen some big events and the economy still seems to weigh on peoples' minds. Everyday NPR asks some economic analyst whether or not they expect the economy to bounce back or drag. Some people will claim it to be one of the best years of their lives and others, sadly, one of the worst. We have had a good year, but we look expectantly to 2011.
Today is December 31, 2010, and we fight the temptation to be anxious to get to Spain. The Lord tells us not to worry about tomorrow. So today we reflect on the year, let the twinkle of Christmas lights and ornaments gleam on our faces and watch as friends with new babies ponder Christ as a 6-day-old.