Καλά Χριστούγεννα! (Merry Christmas) 2013


Almyrides

Almyrides

You’ve heard it said, “The older you get, the faster time flies.”  I’m here to tell you that it is a true statement!  Here we are in Crete for our 5th (yikes!) Christmas .  Where has the time gone?  Our 1st year here we were still in a somewhat “shock” state.  The 2nd year was more of a vacation-honeymoon.  By the third year, the novelty had worn off and the harsh reality of living in a vastly different country/culture loomed over us.  But we made it through, had some wonderful and wacky adventures and are here to tell you that we both agree, our fourth year was a pivotal one and by far , the most enjoyable.  What was the difference?  Acceptance, tolerance,… avoidance?  Maybe a little of all of the above but mostly, it was the discovery of two very important things along this journey.  #1.  It’s not what you do or where you go, it’s WHO you’re with that matters.  #2.  The greatest, most satisfying and exciting journey of all is the one you take with God in the driver’s seat.  He has proven His faithfulness to us over and over again through the beauty of His creation and through the love of people around us.

Cmas 2013

So, this Christmas, it’s our wish that you get a glimpse of the Christmas miracle and know that God is crazy about you.  So much so, in fact, that He gave His love a face and a name – Jesus.  Almighty God wrapped up in a tiny baby.  Defies all logic.  I guess that’s why it’s called a miracle.

mir-a-cle  /’mirikel/ noun: a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.

May we all experience the consequences of His extravagant love this year.

Blessings,

Melanie and Richard

Loutro, Crete 2013

Loutro, Crete 2013

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About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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4 Responses to Καλά Χριστούγεννα! (Merry Christmas) 2013

  1. Matt says:

    Καλά Χριστούγεννα!!! Hope you guys are well – have a very merry Christmas!!! Love you both!!!

  2. Ginger says:

    Merry Christmas to you, as well. The kids are still talking about Mr. Richard’s waffles and kid coffee. Peanut butter on a waffle, pure genius!

  3. Dave & Kristi says:

    Thank you for sharing such an amazing belief with all of us Richard and Mel! There is absolutely no doubt that once we turn our lives totally and completely over to God – trusting Him in everything we do – we will have victory in our lives. So, each day, taking one step at a time, we should pray for God’s Word to guide us, read or listen to God’s Word, and meditate on God’s Word when the problems, worries, and anxieties of life come along.

    And the secret to giving things over to Christ is really no secret at all—it’s simply asking Jesus to take our burdens and be our Savior (John 3:16), as well as submitting to Jesus as our Lord in day-to-day living.

    We wish you both a very blessed and merry Christmas along with a healthy and prosperous 2014!

  4. giovannitedeschini says:

    Hello from Italy… We miss you so much, have a merry Christmas!
    G&J

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