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Christmas 2015

Posted by rocoblogger on December 23, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Can you believe that another year has come and gone! It seems as if I was just writing last year’s holiday letter and here it is time to do it again!

Not a lot has changed since the last writing …and I see the last time I posted on this blog was LAST Christmas!  Oh my!!

Our year in review:

Russ is still up all night stocking shelves at Walmart and I'm still an office manager at a local church.   He is always on the look out for a day job, but now that he’s been at W for 3 years it’s hard to find a job that won’t result in a cut in pay and working weekends—so he tarries on.   And yes, he still does send out his resume to a church now and again … the hope that never dies. I am still very involved with a local women’s ministry as their Communication Manager.  I love it!

Bon, Casey, and the Buds moved back to California last December (insert sad face here) so Casey could get on as a security guard with the prison there. As of this writing, he is still going through the process—not sure when he will actually start?  The state of California screwed up the boys home schooling so bad causing the Buds to get so far behind that Bon decided to put them in public school. They transitioned easily and are doing very well.  This allows Bon to be a stay-at-home mom now. She and a friend just launched an e-commerce business called Stitch Craft, selling all things crocheted/knitted.  You can find them at etsy and at ... go check them out.

Kel and Traves got married in May.   No hoopla—just a visit to the court house.  It was really cute ... Kel got a case of the giggles during the ceremony and Annalee kept saying "we're going to a wedding." Kel is a stay-at-home mom too. The majority of her time is spent home schooling Annalee.  School isn't Annalee's favorite thing to do, but she's doing well too.  She has as ferocious a reading appetite as her momma and grandpa!  Traves has a worked his way up to assistant manager at a lube shop in Boise and they can finally afford to get out of the shoe box they’d been living in.  So they moved in with us to save up for moving cost. We are so grateful that we have this house and the space to share with them.

The Grandkiddos are all 7 1/2 now and in the second grade. They are just growing up way too fast! It’s been hard not having the Buds near by.  Even though it's been a year, we all still miss them all so very much.  Annalee especially misses "her boys".   We try to keep in touch via social media, but it’s easy for weeks to pass. We did get to see Bon and the Buds in June when we went to California for a family reunion.  Annalee is always saying "just tell them to move back."  Yeah, I agree.

Everyone has been blessed with good health.  I do struggle with various health issues, but the Lord keeps me upright and moving forward. Russ never gets enough rest working a grave yard and we don't get to spend a lot of time together, so our awake time is usually spent just hanging out at home.

Russ and I are attending a small church in Boise that we’ve been connected to through friends for years. Last March they asked if he would be interested in speaking every six weeks and of course he said “yes”. So we felt like we needed to attend there for the time being.  Check it out at

So that’s a year in review for the Ogren Clan.   God has been so good to us all and we look forward to the coming year.  Our thoughts an prayers are with each and everyone of you.   May blessings, and health, and happiness, and peace abound in your lives!

Love you all, Russ & Carol ...

... and Bonnie, Casey, Colby, Lucas, Kelly, Traves, and Annalee

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