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Sunday, January 4, 2015

December in Review

Mercedes, TX

Here we are in cool Mercedes in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas expecting warmer weather. WRONG!   We start our 6 weeks of volunteering here tomorrow.  More on that later......

But for now......our December.

We arrived in Vinton, LA on December 5 and settled into a local absolutely no-frills RV park.  During our time in the land of Leonard's childhood we visited with friends and family.

We first visited his oldest brother Royce and sister-in-law Susie bringing them a cabbage and cauliflower from Amish country in Pennsylvania.  Susie took the hint and invited us back for cabbage rolls.   Thank you Susie.

December 11  -  We met up with Jim and Nadine.  This is a couple we met in Tok, Alaska.  How cool when we found they lived in the next town to where Leonard had grown up.   In addition Jim and Len worked at the same time in the 70's at a shipyard in MS and lived in the same small town.  They treated us to a fabulous Mexican dinner over in Beaumont, TX

December 12 -  Keeping up the trend, Lens best friend in school Ron and his lovely wife Nona took us to dinner.   Great seafood!  Even better company

December 13 -  We visited with Len's cousin Russell and his wife Margie.   Always good to see them

December 17 - Treated to lunch and the company of Roger Templeton the new pastor of the Vinton church and also Christy who is associate pastor of Maplewood United Methodist Church in Sulphur, LA   Great people.

December 20 - The annual East siblings Christmas Party at his sister Sissy's house.  Niece Brittany holding niece Charli's new baby, sister-in-law Charlotte and sister Sissy.  Standing in the back is brother Bobby.  The house was full.

December 22 -  Dinner at our dear friends Diana and Toto.  As always when in the area, we see them often.   (Twice out for lunch).

December 23 -  Visited with Len's cousin Jake who lives on Houston Lake.  These cousins hadn't seen each other in over 15 years.  Nice visit and another lunch treat.   We could really get used to this.

December 21 - Children's program at Vinton United Methodist Church

December 25 -  Spending time with daughter D'Juana and family in Pearland, TX  Especially nice was that grandson Jared was home from Marine Corps.    We attended midnight Mass at Co Cathedral in Houston with them.

December 28 - Dinner at Len's cousin David and wife Mary in Port Neches, TX

We cherish our dear friends and family in SW Louisiana and various part of Texas and appreciate their hospitality.  We hope your Christmas season was as special.


  1. Geesh...you two are such social butterflies. Looks like a ton of happy times with family and friends. Happy New Year!

  2. Lots of visiting and good food. How wonderful to see everyone just in time for the holidays. Happy New Year!

  3. Wow, you guys were certainly busy in December! Nice to have lots of family around.

  4. You were just as busy as we were! Christmas with family is always the BEST!
    God Bless!

  5. Len and his cousin Russell sure look a like.
    Isnt it odd sometimes how we run into people that had a parallel life to ours
    Sam ran into a cop in Nashville that went to Sam high school in Pa.