Christmas Letter 2015

Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one more wish to make
A special one for you…

Thus begins The Carpenters’ somewhat sappy, but still loveable, Christmas song entitled, “Merry Christmas, Darling.” This year, however, the Rankins (meaning, Clifton, since I have always been the “Christmas Card Sending Person”) did not find time to complete that task in time for the U. S. Postal Service to complete its rounds before the big day. So, I thought that at least I should take the time to post online some of the goings on in our home during 2015.

It was a very eventful year in many ways. First of all, I, the one who had never planned to retire until I could no longer string several coherent sentences together, retired on May 31st of this year. It was one of those things that we had been praying about for several years, but had put it off for various reasons until we knew that this year the time was “right.” Dixie really needed me around the house, and over the last six months we have seen time and time again that it was the right decision to make.

Dixie has had an up and down year with health issues (with Thyroid stuff as seemingly the main culprit) and because our health insurance policy has been cancelled for the second time in three years (fallout from the Affordable Care Act) we have experienced some anxious moments, but we found a new policy that will start January 1st (It is a good thing that I knew the name, “Rumpelstiltskin,” or we could not have afforded it) so we will see what is just around the healthcare bend. But, fortunately for us, our well-being is not tied to which political party is in office, or what the federal reserve decides to do with interest rates; our “hope is in the Lord.”

Reed has adjusted to a new adventure in his life as he is now employed at Dairy Queen in Sour Lake. It has been a good experience for him and he has learned responsibility, and learned to get along with an often fickle public (after spending 8 years of my own life working for Sears and Roebuck, I can feel his pain…especially when the moon is full).

Caleb also has achieved a milestone this year, as he earned his General Educational Development (GED®) degree in September. He is registered for the spring semester at the Lamar Institute of Technology to pursue a crime scene investigation degree.

We do not know what 2016 holds for us. God never promised us our “best life now,” but we do know that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Merry Christmas from all the Rankins (Clifton, Dixie, Reed, and Caleb)