Hello Family & Friends
Joe and I are doing well. The weather has turned very cold and has brought St. Petersburg snow. The Neva river that flows in front of our apartments now carry large chunks of ice. We count our blessings everyday which include living right next to the mission office we serve at so we don't have to walk to long in the cold bitter wind.
Packages are coming into the mission office for the missionaries from home. We are all excited to open them on Christmas. Several parents from America have sent packages to the Russian missionaries that wouldn't otherwise have Christmas gifts. Plans are in the works for a nice Christmas meal at our next zone conference with a White Elephant exchange and special Christmas messages.
Our days are pretty routine now with working in the office and settling in each night in our warm apartment. Not too many adventures planned until the weather warms up.
We wish eveyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.