Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Cross clan. As ever this year has been a mixture of blessings and trials, as I am sure it has been for you as well. To be honest the blessings far outweigh the trials, and certainly our trials fade away as we watch our TV’s and read the press.

As ever it’s been a busy year full of change. Becky lived away from home for most of this year,as she completes her final year of her degree. Jessie returned from her gap year too, then started her degree in Bath. Then there was Jack who made it into adulthood just a couple of weeks ago, meaning that we are now a household of adults! Well at least numerically anyway. Suzy is doing great, and continues to work as a pre-schools worker for the Church as well as nanny for three young girls. I was ordained a priest in July, and have continued to love this role as curate at St. Mary Magdalen. I just can’t believe that we are eighteen months into curacy, but that is the truth. Suzy and I managed to sneak a trip abroad a few weeks ago, largely due to some generous gifts. It made us feel humble, and extremely grateful and was just what we needed to re-charge. It was during this time that we came up with an insane idea of seventy goals before seventy. Seventy things that we want to do before both of us reach the age of seventy. Twenty for Suzy, twenty for me, and thirty shared. The goals are beginning to form, some simple, but many outlandish, and crazy. More to come on that in the future.

Just a brief rundown on our year, and I hope that we can catch up in person, perhaps over the celebrations. Talking of celebrations as ever the money we would have spent on your Christmas card has gone to one of our favourite charities. This year, as as a nod towards Jessies gap year the cash has gone to Stop the Traffik (http://www.stopthetraffik.org). It’s a charity that campaigns to raise awareness about the world wide trafficking issue. As a family we have had a long relationship with Stop The Traffik and it was part of Jessie’s journey to do the degree she is doing.

So celebrate the Main Mans birthday, and have a great time doing so. He loves fun, just as much as we do.

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