Bacon Christmas Epistle
Dear Family and Friends,
Every year I sit down to write our Christmas letter and wonder where the year has gone. It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year and wondering what 2016 would hold for us.
In January we were blessed with a visit up to VT to see Christine, Mark, Evelyn (6), Miles (4) and meet little Elyanah(1) who was just over a month old. Mark still works for Cabot Cheese making yogurt; but has started back to college for his IT degree at the local community college. Christine is still working part time for Union Baptist Church as a secretary and homeschools Evie (1st grade) and Miles (Preschool). She also is a teacher for Classical Conversations… their home school group. We had a wonderful visit from them this past week when they came down to NC. It is much too far between visits for our druthers; but that is the hand life has given us for now.
Carolyn, Cameron, Hayden(10) and Chloe (1) live about ten minutes or so down the road in Winston, NC. Carolyn has been working as a Customer Service Representative for Nederman; but just gave her notice in the last couple of weeks. She has a new job with Dedon, a company in Greensboro where they make high end lawn furniture. She is excited to be working for a company that is growing and healthy. Cameron works at Green Resource still although the company has changed hands so it is no longer owned by his stepdad. Hayden is in fourth grade. He changed schools this year due to their move late last year; but he seems to be doing great despite the move. Chloe is doing well after her rough start. She’s a little behind physically (she can’t eat things most children her age can because of her having to learn how to swallow the food to make it go through the right tube). She is very close to walking and is ahead verbally and with her fine motor skills. It’s been fun to have a little one around again.
Benjamin, Amanda, Noah (5) and Caleb (2) live in Oley, PA. Ben changed jobs after he received his Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst and is now working for Hogan Learning Academy with autistic children and their families. He loves his new position and it affords him opportunities for advancement and personal enrichment. Ben also preaches from time to time in his church and heads up the small group ministry there as well. He continues to train and run as many Spartan races as he can get to. Amanda continues with her online business Measurements By Amanda and taking care of the home and the boys as a stay at home mom. Noah is in his 2nd year of preschool and loves it. Caleb is potty training and following brother around. They just adopted a puppy named Chase (much to the chagrin of Zoe the cat) which makes this season extra special for two little boys. We had the wonderful blessing of going to Disney with Ben’s family in September for three days. We hadn’t been there since we sang in 1980 in the Collegians at the park. I think we spent ½ a day back then so this was a special treat to share with them.
Daniel, Sonya, Arianna (almost 3) and our newest grandbaby, Maya (born July 12th) live in Armagh, Northern Ireland. Dan is in his 2nd level of internship with The Cake Shop learning how to be a master baker. We don’t get to Skype as much as we’d like to with Dan’s family; but they are never far from our minds. We are hoping that someday we will be able to meet Arianna and Maya.
Candy and Joe also live about 10 or 15 minutes from us. They moved into their home last year and have enjoyed having everyone over to entertain different times throughout the year. Candy works from home selling used items on Ebay. She makes a pretty good living going to all the Goodwills and thrift shops around to find what she can to make a profit on. Joe helps her on the off season with the Ebay business and they both continue with their Landscaping business “The Yard Nerd” during Spring-Fall months. They adopted two kitties this year, Pollyanna and Penny, which has been a joy to both of them. Candy still sings at church and has also started singing with a rock band in the area. She is active as a youth leader with her church as well.
Jon has had a rough year in that his college, ITT Tech, was closed down by the DOE just six months before he would have graduated. He has taken some time off to regroup and has had a stellar attitude throughout it all considering most if not all of his credits he took while he was there will probably not transfer to his next school. He is currently working for the County of Forsyth at the Parks Department. He is working maintenance and hosting groups for the Union Cross Park just down the road from Carolyn’s home. Jon continues to go to church with me (Darleen) which I am so thankful for. We have a lot of discussions as a family as to what God has for him and how He is working in his life. We are so thankful to have had this time with him on the other end of parenting since he often got the short end of the stick when we were so busy with the teenagers during his formative years.
As for Allen, he had sinus surgery last spring and saw some improvement. It’s been a rough fall, but so far no prednisone so that is definitely a plus. He continues selling AFLAC and leading the choir at Rankin Baptist Church. This fall he made a huge leap into the adventure of starting on his Master’s Degree in counseling online with Liberty University. We truly wondered if he would get through his first semester which included 3 courses (one of which was statistics); but God was faithful and he finished with a wonderful GPA. He is now just finishing up his second semester with Ethics in Counseling and has close to a perfect score. I am so proud of him for going for something at this time in our lives. We had talked about this when we were in VT…the possibility of him going back to school; but in the transition of the move and reinventing our lives we thought it was just a pipedream. Now, God is bringing it into reality.
I still work at Texwipe as a CS Rep. I attend church off and on with Allen at Rankin Baptist, but in order to continue to lay counsel I keep up my attendance at The Summit Church. I have been so blessed to counsel many ladies this year in many different areas of struggle.
Allen and I celebrated our 35th anniversary in May and Carolyn threw us a surprise party bringing in Al’s folks, Allen’s sister Cindy and her husband, Brian, my sister and brother-in-law, Faith and Walt, and Allen’s cousin’s family who live in NC. It was an 80’s theme which was fun and we truly enjoyed the surprise. I didn’t know my children could lie to me so readily without remorse. Lol
For those of you who actually made it to the end of this letter, congratulations. It is truly an epistle. Lol We love you and think of all of you often. We don’t see or hear from you enough…but you are in our hearts…especially during the holidays. One thing I am continually being reminded of in my counseling is that there are so many hurting people out there. Be a blessing. If you are hurting, find someone to talk to…don’t try to go it alone. People really do care and you really do have a purpose. We all need each other.
May God bless you and yours with the holiest of Christmases and the brightest of New Years in 2017.
We love you all,
Allen, Darleen and Jon Bacon
1366 Claxton Ridge Drive
Kernersville, NC 27284