Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (The Rankin 2014 Christmas Letter)

(Every year we send out an info letter in our Christmas cards and I thought it might be good to post this on my blog…since I haven’t posted anything since October.)

December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas to all of our family and friends:

As one who enjoys getting informational Christmas letters in the Christmas cards that I receive (Inquiring minds want to know), I try to take the time every year to let everyone know some of the events that have happened in the Rankin household over the last year. It has been a year to remember!

Clifton turned 60 on October 27th and I must say that I am probably in the best physical shape that I have been in since I was in high school. In January I was told that my LDL levels were at 206 so instead of agreeing to start on a statin medication I decided to change my eating habits and exercise. Since January 1 have lost between 35-40 lbs., got my triglycerides down to 92, my HDL up to 52, my blood pressure down to 100/55, and in October my LDL was down to…206. C’est la vie. I am still the Associate Pastor at Reformed Presbyterian Church in Beaumont, Texas, (9 years in March) and appreciate the love and acceptance we have always experienced from that great group of God’s people.

Dixie will turn ___ in January (I didn’t just fall off a turnip truck, I know not to put an age there) and is busy being Mom to Reed and Caleb. She is the “official CPAP administrator” for Reed and all around psychiatrist, physician, counselor, and drill instructor of the household. Now, when I have a health question; I no longer “Google” to get the answer, I simply “Dixie.” “Ain’t no woman like the one I got…”

Reed turned 19 this year and has had his ups and downs in 2014. He has battled gout, high blood pressure, and other physical issues, but “keeps on keeping on.” He enjoys Minecraft and chatting with friends online and looks forward to worshiping the Lord every Lord’s Day.

Caleb started a new adventure this year in the educational world. He began work on his Graduate Equivalency Degree and is one math test away from achieving that goal. He has worked diligently at it and has made new friends in the process. By the way, if you need any help playing Assassin’s Creed Unity, he’s your man (he can also tell you all you need to know about the French Revolution).

Josh also had an eventful year. He married Kristi Wright in July of this year and she is a “keeper.” We are thrilled for him and pray for many years of happiness for them and for Kesh (13), Koen (11), and Kya (9). He is still the defensive coordinator (football), math teacher, and track coach at Texas High in Texarkana, Texas. She is a Dental Assistant at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Northeast Texas, P.A., and also is fulfilling the very high calling of “coach’s wife.”

As we enter this Christmas season, always remember, that the most important “holidays” every year are not Christmas and Easter, but those 52 “holy-days” every year with which God has blessed us to worship Him with His people every week. “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy…”

May the Lord bless each of you with His marvelous grace and may 2015 be a year when you will be molded even more into the image of Jesus Christ!

Soli Deo Gloria,
Clifton, Dixie, and the Boys