Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Festivus

Festive Holiday Greetings! Although some of you may be getting the following songs via snail mail, I figured I'd post Marah's Annual Christmas Letter online for those of you (COLIN!) for whom I have no mailing address.

My holidays have been very low-key, with no presents yet because we're waiting for Rachel, Wyatt, and the kids to get here next weekend. Yes, that's right, on January 5th, my family will MOVE TO YAKIMA!!! Score!! Wyatt will actually return to OR to finish up his last week at work while Rachel stays at my parents' house with the kids. During the evenings, she'll come up to town to work on the house. Then, on January 12, the big move will take place. Gracious me! Much excitement!!

Other big things, I preach this Sunday! Deep breaths. I really love serving and teaching in this way, but I usually have to talk myself down out of the tree of fear.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, Marah Jean's Christmas Carols of 2007

The First Six Months (to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Dashing through the year, just subbing for my pay
And working with the Boom Boom Crew.
With new friends I did play.
I met them through Link Crew at the conferences I worked
From Minnesota, Missouri, Toronto, and Newark!

Oh! I spent hours on the planes
Flying to and fro.
If the miles were added up,
I'd be in Tokyo!

And all the while I did fly
All over the US,
I was also training for
A legendary quest!

Starting in Januar' with my friend Lisa Ann
I strapped on some new shoes, and then I ran and ran
And ran and ran and ran, and then I ran some more,
And then in June we ran the marathon in old Newport!

Oh! Quite the feat for my feet and the rest of me!
And I've crossed that off the list
Of Things to Do By Thirty!

Now I have the glory of
A finisher's t-shirt
And a metatarsal pain
That sometimes does still hurt!

The Second Six Months (the the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

Once I was done with running,
I spent the summer with my fam.
Bennett and Erin Lindsay
Take lots of space up on my cam.

Let's not forget sweet Jaelynn
Who turned two on December first.
She loves to play, with Auntie,
Tag in "Ready! Set Go!" bursts!

Then this fall, I've filled in as
a sixth grade reading pro.
Middle school is quite the fit
For my crazy antics and my wit.

This job has helped me realize,
Though traveling is quite the kick,
I love being a teacher
And getting paid e'en if I'm sick!

Other Events in 2007
(to the tune of Deck the Halls)

Also in the weeks of this year
Fa la la la la la la la la
I have been a church volunteer
Fa la la la la la la la la
On the worship team I do sing
Fa la la la la la la la la
And the sermon sometimes I bring
Fa la la la la la la la la

One large accomplishment I've had
Fa la la la la la la la la
I am now a Gonzaga grad!
Fa la la la la la la la la
I completed my Masters work
Fa la la la la la la la la
A big raise I hope will be the perk.
Fa la la la la la la la la

That is all that happened with me
Fa la la la la la la la la
Except for one thing that caused much glee
Fa la la la la la la la la
I finally bought a new car
Fa la la la la la la la la
That had not been driven too far.
Fa la la la la la la la la

Lots of love -- marah jean


  1. I sometimes wonder that you are in my life. Bless you, and I am so happy I get to see you.

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We have been in Indiana for the last two weeks, so I just got your card. Thank you! When you asked for my address, my card to you was already on its way, but I got it back in the I guess I don't have the current address for you either :o( Can I have it?

    I LOVED your Carols Christmas Letter!! It is so fun-loving, not to mention inspiring, as I have been contemplating something like that for our annual greetings...way to go and speaking of Congratulations, Kudos on your Masters Degree!! I thought you were finishing this Spring, but I must have lost of few months. You rocked it out!! I hope you get a raise too...