Four years ago, Curt and I met Jeremy and Christy at a small church event. We knew right away that we could be friends. They laughed and joked freely, prayed with passion, and were open and real. We got together a few times over the next couple of years - always enjoying each interaction - but distance between our homes, time, and life got in the way of developing a deeper friendship with them.
This year they moved closer to us when they bought an overgrown Christmas tree farm on Chehalem Mountain. They invited us to come to their house this year to get our Christmas tree. What could easily have just been a drop and dash turned into an afternoon of family fun. Christy insisted on feeding our entire family (something that doesn't happen often when you bring six hungry mouths to the table) and we all reconnected over fresh air, good food, and great conversation.
Yesterday we received their Christmas card and letter. I sat down to read it and was instantly drawn in. Jeremy writes with passion and conviction about the journey their family has been on this year. I finished the letter with tears in my eyes and knew I had to share it with you. So with Jeremy and Christy's permission, here is their Christmas letter 2012. I know you'll be encouraged by it.