I am back from a lovely Christmas with my family in Chicago hosted by my oldest granddaughter and her husband, Norah and Chad. The trips down and back were just great - good roads and not a lot of traffic. What a difference in weather from the east coast. There was a lot of snow fall in Chicago over the time we were there, but going and coming was not affected. In the picture above of the kid's beautiful tree, you can see the snow through the window of their condo.
The entire family, of course, was not present at least in person. Here we are all sitting around talking to Hannah in Africa. We talked to her three times over the holiday and she sounds just wonderful. She was with some of her Peace Corps friends and had had vegetable lasagna for dinner. There was also pheasant but she is vegetarian so didn't partake of that. And she said it was very, very hot there. She has so much to tell us and it is so sweet to listen to her. Also there were Molly and Doug, the newlyweds from Portland. And Bill and Ann from Kansas City completed the family circle.