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Goodbyes and New Things

  Happy Christmas to you (in Irish). I took this picture on Grafton Street in Dublin on our first trip to Ireland in December 2015. Dear Friends, Like many of you, this has been a challenging year. This year has been a year of goodbyes and new things. Hence, the title of my 2023 year-end newsletter. In February, my father went to be with Jesus. For those who may not know, my mom died in January 2022. In May, per my parent's request, we had a private inurnment ceremony and laid both to rest at Lindenwood Cemetery in my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Throughout the rest of this year, time was spent wrapping up details with closing out of their estate and other things that come when we lose our parents. Many of you know exactly what I am talking about. It still seems surreal that I have come to the end of this chapter of my life. The Lord has taught me so much about myself, others, and Himself during this long journey. And because of that, my walk with Jesus has grown more dear and

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