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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Goshorns!

As I began this newsletter I was reminded of the quote from Home Alone 2 where Kevin McCallister says, “Another year in the trenches.” Jan & I have survived another hot summer in the “trenches” otherwise known as Macon, Georgia! If you take a left turn at Mercury and keep going, you’ll run into the Sun or Macon, Georgia—they’re the same! Days upon days of high 90s and often into the triple digits keeps us running from air conditioning to air conditioning. You’d think we’d be used to this, having lived in Georgia for almost 30 years, but Macon is different from Rome, Georgia!

Dennis at work

Dennis at work

Dennis received a promotion at work. He’s now the Senior Sales Consultant—and no, it has nothing to do with his age! He serves as part of the management team for the store, opening, closing and generally running the sales floor and the store. Simply Mac is a growing chain of stores and Dennis hopes to move up in chain-of-command and relocate as well to somewhere further away from the surface of the sun! Simply Mac has stores in Virginia, Ohio and New Jersey—hoping for a new store to open in Pennsylvania or New York state.

Pappy with Jack doing something we both love!

Pappy with Jack doing something we both love!

Dennis’ day consists of selling Macintosh computers, iPads and iPhones. He also trouble-shoots with customers who are having problems with their iPhones or Macs. Every week brings interesting interactions and anecdotes. For instance, there was the customer who sales Lincoln automobiles for a living. He dickered with  Dennis on everything he bought, “Is that the best price you can give me?” At the end of the sale, he told Dennis to look him up if he wanted to buy a Lincoln. Dennis replied, “Sir, I work retail. I wear a t-shirt to work. I don’t think I’m going to be buying a Lincoln.” He laughed.

Jan with Connie of the Goshcarmleys

Jan with Connie

God is providing for our needs and everyday His blessing are renewed. Even so, some days  are tough. Sometimes that provision comes in more ways than funds. We have wonderful neighbors on both sides of our abode. We frequently get together for dinners, s’mores around the fire–ring or to watch the most recent presidential debate. Recently, when the power went out we met up next door, with food in hand and ate until the lights came back on!

Jan keeps busy throughout the day with research and webinar training on essential oils, walking Padmé, making Advent ornaments, picking Jack up from school in the afternoons or just catching up on her favorite TV shows.

We hope to move more North sometime in the coming summer. It will be God’s will that prevails however. We had an opportunity to move to the Philadelphia area, as Dennis had a job offer, but the pay was not sufficient to live on in that area—Philadelphia is expensive!

Goshcarmleys at this year's Mt. Day—Berry College

Goshcarmleys at this year’s Mt. Day—Berry College

The Goshcarmley merged family continues to  be a big part of our lives—composed of the Goshorns, Carmony’s (Brian, Connie, Cori & Andrew) and the Conley’s (Jason, Jennifer, Carsyn & Riley). We’ve been together for more than twenty years. Brian, Connie and Jennifer are former resident assistants who worked under Dennis at Berry.

Carter Arlen's baptism

Carter Arlen’s baptism

Our son, Ted, became provisionally ordained in the United Methodist Church—he will be fully ordained if he behaves himself for three years! He’s the Associate Pastor at a Methodist Church here in Macon. He and Dana had our 2nd grandson, Carter Arlen, in September. He’s just starting to smile & coo!

Chris (center, second row) at his graduation

Chris (center, second row) at his graduation

Chris graduated from his program with Volkswagen and is now working for an independent contractor within the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

That’s about it from this branch of the Goshorn family-tree. We hope all is well with you and yours and to quote Tiny Tim, “God bless us, everyone!”

Dennis & Jan