It has been three years since we moved to Kyneton. Each day we enjoy the beauty as well as learning to deal with some of the challenges of this part of the world. We feel very blessed being retired, and being able to invest our energy into activities that we believe are important.
From time to time we have a special and memorable opportunity that brings our family together. Recently we have enjoyed several such gatherings—on the occasions of Paul’s marriage to Emily; Noel’s 70th birthday; and an afternoon of Christmas carols for family and friends at our home, followed by a festive supper.
It is a wonderful blessing to be able to give and receive love and trust with young children. We continue to enjoy opportunities to participate in the lives of our seven precious grand-children. We are delighted to receive pictures that they have drawn, messages they have written, playing with them in a tree house or jumping on the trampoline (they jump—we don’t) , or using the digger in the sand pit.
We are also blessed in the close and trusting relationship we share with Miriam and Neville, Rebecca and Alistair, Paul and Emily, and Josh and Anna.
As we reflect on the year 2017, we are encouraged to pursue and value gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, and other precious fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
With love, and best wishes for a happy Christmas, and God’s continued blessing in the New Year.
Noel and Joy Johnston