Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 Christmas Letter

It has been a very busy and blessed year for the Albertson Family!  When we look back at the family blog ( we notice there are only 32 posts to this date in 2014.  This is the least ever, meaning we have been too busy to even post about our busyness! 

January started off with Beth going off to Cincinnati to join Jeffrey and Jason there.  We felt there needed to be another van there along with Jason’s, so Janet drove with Beth and flew home after getting her settled in the dorm.  All three of our collegians enjoyed their classes, teachers, colleagues, ministries, and activities at God’s Bible School and College.  Beth and Jason were home for the summer to work at Ace Hardware, while Jeffrey spent a month in Israel and then worked at GBS the rest of the summer.  Jeffrey plans to graduate in May 2015 with his BA in Intercultural Studies.  Jason is in his Sophomore year, and Beth has completed her Freshman year.  Next week, they will be coming home for Christmas.  Beth has decided to come home and work for eighteen months to save money for the next three years of college, so Janet will fly there to help drive.  (Why does she always get all the fun?) J

In January, we had two boarders: our college-age friend, Nicodemus, and another friend, Augie.  Nicodemus completed his time with us in April, and Augie got out on his own the end of May.  We were glad we could share our home and be a blessing to these two dear friends.

Emily has been an only child this year.  She turned Sweet Sixteen in March and started driver training in June.  Rowen declares she is his best driving student of the six!  We thank the Lord for the safe miles she has driven since then.  She will keep her permit for a year.  Besides her usual homeschool classes for 11th grade, Emily has had the privilege of learning sign language from a dear homeschool mom since June.  We don’t know how the Lord will use that skill in her future, but she is enjoying learning.  She had a booth in Youth Vendor hall at the Christian Home Educators Conference again this year, selling her beautiful photo cards.   (See her photography blog at   She continues to take many pictures and blog more faithfully than her mother.  ( She is a faithful friend, corresponding with at least five other girls.  She kid-watched (they are getting too big to be babysat) this summer and we had a great time doing many fun activities together.

Janet was blessed to work for elections this year: for the town, once, for the fire district, twice, for the county: primary election 7 days, and general election 13 days! 

We gained our fifth grandchild in April.  Jewelyn Alice was born to Randy and Joy.   We have enjoyed seeing Randy’s family every Sunday and often other times in the week.  Quil 7, Micah, 5, and Jonathan, 2 are growing up and learning so many things as their mother homeschools them.  Joanna, Joy’s sister, lives with them and spends time with us every other week to be in Bright Lights Girls’ Bible Study with Emily.  Randy painted our kitchen in August.  It now has one wall that is a red shade, and the rest a cheerful yellow.  It is very nice—come and see!

We went on four trips: Colorado Springs for a weekend missions conference in April, Cincinnati in May for camp meeting and driving Beth home from school, and Kansas State Holiness Association Camp in July.  Thanksgiving week, we first went to Iowa to meet new friends, the M family, and then to Joplin, Missouri to be with Tim, Brenda, and Charissa, since they can’t come home for Christmas this year. While we were there, Jeffrey, Beth, and Jason came.  We also were with Janet’s parents and three of her sisters and their families.  It was a wonderful time.

Janet has completed five quilts this year.  Two of them are small, so they were pretty fast. 

Our family helped with four major fund raisers for the Historical Society this year: tea in March, car show in July, quilt show in October, and Christmas house tour in December. 

Most people exclaim over Janet’s hair growth.  We are thankful for every good checkup that she has had.  This year Rowen started seeing an endocrinologist regularly for his diabetes.  It has meant being on a new shot three times a day and testing before every meal, but he had an excellent A1C because of it.  We are thankful for every blessing of health.

God has been faithful to us this year.  We know, no matter how uncertain things may look around us, God has promised to never leave us or forsake us.   He always keeps His word and we can depend on His faithfulness.  God has a plan for each of our lives, and it includes trusting in the salvation He provided through Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.  Our prayer is that each of our friends find the peace and joy that Jesus brings.  Christmas is a wonderful time to remember that’s why He came.

Merry Christmas from Rowen and Janet Albertson and family!

Thanksgiving Trip

These pictures got out of order as I loaded them, and with 28, I'm not going to change them all around!  This is the Settlers of Catan game at Tim and Brenda's with Jeffrey and Jason.
 Aunt Emily and her niece, Charissa
 Our niece, Rebekah Owens, Janet and Rowen.  Rebekah and Janet had just had a brisk walk in my parents's neighborhood.
 Charissa on Grandma Scoles's porch
 That game again.  It looks like Jason got a special phone call from someone special!
 Grandma Albertson playing a memory game with Charissa that we got her for Christmas.
 Emily and Rowen took some family pictures for Tim and Brenda.

 Charissa had some fun kinetic sand to play with.  It kept her occupied during the times when we were talking and talking, and not playing with her.
 Jeffrey and Jason had saved up their need of haircuts so Janet could do it for them!
 Rowen looking sweet!
 The quilt we gave Charissa for Christmas
 My mother, Wanda Scoles
 My mother and Tim, our son
 My dad, Rex Scoles, explaining something to somebody...
 At my parents' house, Jeffrey was valiantly keeping Charissa out of a Mexican Train dominoes game.
 My parents, Wanda and Rex Scoles
 Beth, making herself useful as well as beautiful.  There are always dishes to do at one of these gatherings.
 Uncle Jason the day before his haircut
 Mother got out a lot of very old picture albums that some people were looking through.
 The aforementioned Mexican Train game!
 Back at Tim and Brenda's.  Charissa had given each of us some kinetic sand to play with while we talked!
                           Tim, enjoying his family being there.
 Another picture of us all playing with the sand while we discussed deep matters!
 Emily entertaining Charissa with her alphabet magnets.
We had a very nice time with all of our family, and were blessed with safe travel for all of the many miles!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Recent pictures of Charissa

Charissa, our Missouri granddaughter, will be three years old on November 12, 2014.  These are pictures from October that her mother sent to us on email.  We are happy we plan to see her and her parents Thanksgiving week!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Quilt Show 2014

We had a good quilt show on October 25.  As always, we are glad it's over; even though we enjoy helping with it, we get worn out.  
 The row my quilts were on.  First one is Jonathan's quilt, 2nd is Charissa's, White one is one my mother made for me, followed by Randy and Joy's quilt which is also below.
 This is Jonathan's, which he will receive for Christmas.
 And Charissa's, which she will receive for Christmas (at Thanksgiving).
 Randy and Joy's has been well used, many times washed, and well loved since 2009.  This was the first time it had been in the quilt show.
 A view of the gym full of quilts.
 A view from the other side.  No way to picture the 157 quilts we had in the show!
 People like our show because they can walk between the rows of quilts and look at the backs as well as the front.  There are papers pinned to each quilt with information about the quilt.  The lady who is reading the paper below, was an election judge with Janet.
The following photos show the work of  a special lady who brought her picture quilts that she makes with tiny hexagons and applique.  She had 20 of them on tables in the quilt room and spent the day explaining to people how she makes the amazing pictures.
 This baby quilt was the first place Viewer's Choice winner.  It was really cute with all the animals and their funny shoes!
 Second place Viewer's Choice winner, called Dakota Star.
 Third place Viewer's Choice winner.  (Great workmanship, but I would not have chosen because of the beer bottles.)
 A new project we did for the quilt show this year was to paint pumpkins for sale.  An area farm donated the pumpkins and mostly Historical Society volunteers, plus some friends and students painted and decorated them.  They sold fairly well, and we made about $350 from the sale.  There were 80 pumpkins!