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neighborly love

Yesterday morning we went to a Christmas brunch at the clubhouse in our community. They had everyone bring an ornament to put on the tree. We all decorated it together, had some breakfast and coffee and met our neighbors! We've owned our house for almost 2 years and we know 5 out of the 10 houses on our culd a sac. It ended up being a great time. Met the nicest people, one family who lives on our same street! We see and wave to them daily but never officially met until yesterday. It was a blessing. They are the sweetest family who moved here 3 years ago from New Zealand. (beautiful accents!) The husband uprooted his wife, two boys and a girl here to study ministry at Talbot. We love them. The husband is a big fishermen who has been looking for someone to fish with. He found his buddy yesterday in Chris. His wife is darling and the kids and so fun! Who knew that 2 houses down would be a family who loves Jesus and is living to serve Him! The Lord is so good in providing fellowship and little blessings like this one. Chris has been begging me to make cookies for the neighbors for Christmas and I wasn't inspired to do so until yesterday. He loves that my mom and dad make 30 cookie plates for their neighbors and wants us to do the same. So, this morning we did! We got up and baked up a storm. Can't tell you how much fun we had doing it. There is nothing like doing things for others. We have found so much joy in that this season.
Go and do something nice for someone today!!

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