A couple weeks ago, I suggested sending juicy Christmas letters as a way to connect during the pandemic shutdowns. Click here to read more ideas to overcome the isolation blues. Today I’m practicing what I preach!
Good Riddance 2020
Our year started out with such promise! We had a full calendar of ministry opportunities from Arizona to Florida, but when Covid hit in March, we had one cancellation after another.
Dave made the most of our downtime, revamping our website – which is beautiful now and you should definitely go look at it. robyndykstra.com
He also decided to revisit his past as a carpenter so he could become a gardener.
He did some hunting and fishing, too.
Robyn’s sweet spot
Early on, I did a lot of baking. Not so great on the waistline. Then I tried puzzles. Well, I tried one puzzle. It wasn’t pretty. It took forever and it did NOT relax me.
I got back to doing what does light me up. Speaking and writing. By this time next year, you’ll be using my new devotional to connect with Jesus. Read more about it here.
I’m thrilled to tell you new bookings for 2021-2022 are trickling in. I’m praying for a full calendar of events! Do you know anyone who’s hosting a retreat, conference, seminar or Christmas program who needs a captivating speaker? Have them call me! Here’s my number 616 363 4608.
About our offspring
Jake (32) lives and works as a mechanical engineer here in Grand Rapids. He shares a domicile with Nala – his 4 year old pup. Projects at work and at home kept him busy this year.
A quick joy ride at the end of summer landed Jake in the hospital with nerve damage in his leg. He’s fine now but I have to tell you, he’s hilarious on morphine.
And, no, he did not sell the motorcycle. It’s taking a long winter nap in his garage, waiting for warmer temps.
Eli (28) lives in Charleston, S.C. I know it’s a great place to visit, but it’s a loooong way from this mama. I don’t get to see him nearly enough.
In addition to his job as a firefighter for the City of Charleston, he in the Air Force Reserves. His work as a loadmaster takes him all over the world, picking up and dropping off cargo. He loves the adventure and I hope that cable doesn’t break!
Like you, we suffered some losses – lots of ministry events cancelled and my dad died. Though very active golfing and biking and beating me at every single card game we played, he succumbed to a heart attack in Oct. We all miss him like crazy, but are thankful he didn’t suffer and that he’s with Jesus. He was 88.
Our hopeful future
We praise God for His provision and protection. We face the future with hope and all the courage we can muster.
Well, that’s the skinny on us from 2020.
How are you? I’d love to hear how your family is, what you’re working on, or what you’re looking forward to in the year to come. Leave me a comment below. I read every single one.
Much love from us to you,
Robyn and Dave
Verse for today: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27 NIV
Prayer: Lord God, we look expectantly to you for the future as we trust you with our present circumstances. Be noisy and visible in our lives. In Jesus Name amen.