Saturday, December 25

Merry Christmas

Good morning everyone and a Merry Christmas!
I've seen the numbers on this site (well, I do own it...) and I know there are a lot of you that read this. Both in RSS, and on Facebook as well as on the site itself. I hear from a certain number of you every so often but I also know there are a bunch of "silent partners" out there. I want to let you know that I appreciate all of you. I hope that you get something from this blog no matter who you are or where you might live.

I have a Christmas request to make of you, my reader. Could you take the time to go to the website ( and leave a comment on this post? I'd really consider it something like a Christmas card from you to me. Swing by, drop a little note and a signature and let me know you're out there. (EX: "Hey Ben, Merry Christmas. -The Farmers, Tulsa, OK) Facebook readers this means leaving Facebook to leave a comment. Please AND Thank you.

I'd really appreciate it. Thanks everyone and a Merry Christmas to everyone! (Whether I know you by name or not)



  1. Merry Christmas! We're looking forward to seeing you and Lisa in January!

    - The Fergusons, Bothell, WA

  2. Claudia and I continue to pray for you almost every day!!

    - Ted & Claudia Limpic, Malaga, Spain

  3. Miss you tons and can't wait to see you in January. Merry Christmas Ben!

    ~Ryan Palmer
    Kirkland, WA

  4. The Boersmas, La Mirada, CA10:38 AM

    Merry Christmas! Uncle Mick and I are daily readers of your updates and continue to pray for you and Lisa. We love you both very much! - Aunt Rolane

  5. Have a very Merry Christmas! Praying - Steve & Betsy Ercolini

  6. I hope you and Lisa had a wonderful Christmas. We missed having you here and really look forward to January. Praying for you every day.

    Bellevue, WA

  7. Merry Christmas!!!! Skype with you in a minute!

  8. Anonymous8:10 AM

    Ben and Lisa,
    Merry Christmas!
    Leo Ahearn, part of your Prayer Team

  9. Anonymous8:36 AM

    Merry Christmas to you both and glad you were able to visit your loved ones in "Sunny" Washington while we here in "soggy Leisure World" are drying out once again.
    Look for mircles from God in 2011. I am praying for the very best for you and Lisa also.

  10. //begin requested response
    //insert salutation
    Hi Ben!

    //begin response body
    Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a good 2011!

    //insert signature
    Talk to you soon!

    M&A Murakami
    //end req... aww, forget it. Who actually comments their code anymore? ...and if they do, it's all cryptic notes for their own reference or something you coulda figured out just by looking, not the REALLY useful notes, like WHAT DOES THE VARIABLE NAMED "XY" GET USED FOR AND WHERE IS IT INITIALIZED, ANYWAY???



  12. The Graham Family11:15 AM

    A belated Merry Christmas Ben from the Graham family in Seattle. Thank you for your perseverence and hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You and Lisa are in our prayers. Lord bless,

    Karl (Tammy, Katy and John) Graham

  13. Merry Christmas from Seattle. :) (Though I'm actually visiting Mike's family in the Denver area right now.)

  14. Hey Ben and Lisa, Merry Christmas. We follow your blog and are praying for you here in Cyprus.
    David & Sonja Daum

  15. Anonymous1:11 PM

    Merry Christmas Ben and Lisa. I'm probably one of those more "silent partners." I know both of your parents well and we pray for you often in our adult Sunday school class, the Joint Heirs. Praying for God's strength for you to persevere through all He has allowed into your lives. The two of you amaze me with your grace and humility.

    Norm & Barb Eddy

  16. Ben and Lisa,

    Ruth and I wish you both a wonderful Christmas weekend. We hope you enjoyed your first Christmas in Texas. Can't wait to see you when you are in town.

    Merry Christmas,

    Justin and Ruth Soto

  17. Anonymous6:51 PM

    I do read your post and pray for you and Lisa almost every day. I pray for your strength and health and peace; I pray for Lisa for her strength and endurance and love for you. John 14:27
    With love,
    Holly Campbell

  18. Feliz Navidad! We're in Oregon, but will be back home in Texas on Friday and would love to set eyes on you guys before you head to the great NW...we didn't make it happen before Christmas...but there's always 2011!
    We pray for you do the folks in our small group. Love to you both, Marvin and Christine

  19. Christina10:19 AM

    Hi Ben,

    Merry Christmas! I'm definitely a "silent reader", too. Not sure if you remember me - Christina Sjoquist - from Kings, but I stumbled upon your blog one day and it's been good to keep up with how you're doing. We're praying for you, too. Also....I'm in Houston quite often because I play with the Houston Grand Opera orchestra. (I went to grad school at Rice and lived 2 blocks away from the med center.)

    Anyways, merry Christmas!

    -Christina (& Stephen) Medawar

  20. Merry Christmas Ben & Lisa. We hope to see you when we return to Houston next week. Praying for you,
    - the Irbys

  21. Hi Ben and Lisa,

    Merry Christmas! Definitely been a lurker here for awhile. Perhaps you remember me from CBC Crosswalk class a few years ago. Happy New Year.

    Rachelle, Renton, Washington

  22. Anonymous10:32 PM

    Merry Christmas Ben (and Lisa!) It's great to read your blog and keep updated on how you are. I hope the new year brings many wonderful things for you!


  23. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Hi Ben & Lisa!

    I'm a "silent partner" from Newport, Washington: Joel & Shelley's mom! Remember when you came by for a visit before you were married??!!! I check your blog a couple times a month and pray for you two! What a journey God has taken you on, and what insight He is giving you along the way! He is with you through all of it!

    Joel & Heather were with us for a week--the first Christmas they've had with us at our home! Just left this morning (Wednesday) in a snowstorm, hoping to make it to Seattle by this evening for a get-together at Nate & Kate's!

    God's blessings on you in the new year!

    Chris (and Lee) Shaver

  24. Ben,

    We read your blog from time to time, just to keep up with what is going on with you. We appreciate having gotten to know you and Lisa at our Houston home, and how you all helped us out.

  25. Hey Ben and Lisa .... Praying for you! Happy New Year!
    The Blanfords in Thailand

  26. Merry Christmas, and more currently, Happy New Year! We think of you often and we're grateful we get to see you in January. And we still regret you didn't get to visit us in Glasgow when this all started.
    Love, Joel and Heather

  27. Ben and Lisa - I just got around to catching up on the blog, but I do follow it - I'm kind of one of those "silent partners", but as always you guys are in my thoughts and prayers. I know you had kind of a weird Christmas, but you always seem to make the most of your situation - which is great!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and have a great trip to Seattle.

  28. So I'm a little behind on reading your posts, but I wanted to respond to your request. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are currently enjoying your trip to Seattle.

    Sandra Midkiff


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