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Dec 8th, 2011
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Over the week of Thanksgiving Mohan, Elias and I traveled to Minnesota!

Elias is practically a professional when it comes to flying, he doesn’t even get uptight when they take his stroller at TSA. He loves all the attention, I’m pretty sure. His parents on the other hand, can get a little nervous, but we’ve never had any problems flying with a squirley babychild yet, so there’s really nothing to backup those jitters, it’s just a lot more to coordinate! Upon arriving in Minnesota we were full on for 5 days. Not to mention the preparation before arriving. It was nonstop family, and eating once we got to my parents house. It was also a special weekend to celebrate my parents marriage of 35 years. All six of my brothers, 3 sister-in-laws and all the neices and nephews were there. Some from far away, others from the next small Minnesota town. It was a joy, and a full house. Uncle Paul was there too, sleeping on the futon. Random.

Elias was like a kid in a candy store. So many people to give him attention, and so many new places to explore. He had been experimenting with walking some, but as soon as he saw his cousin, he just took off wobbling all over the place on his own. It felt like we were watching him change right in front of us, probably because we had no distractions of home, work, or responsibility (almost). That’s the joy of getting away, you get to just BE with each other.

Before we went i mentioned that preparations were made. Yes, there were details and work, like Mohan collecting and editing a video as a surprise for my parents. And making sure all the details of the big Anniversary Celebration were taken care of. There was almost a last minute cake fiasco, and in the rush to get to the airport I forgot to bring a coat!

Anyway, all of these things are small details in the big scope of life. The biggest preparations are these -  How do we approach this Holiday Season differently? What do we really want God to accomplish in us and through us?  How can we make sure we don’t have regrets on the other side of the Holidays. What big things are we expecting God to do? At Real Church Pastor Chilly has been sharing messages about this in a series called Holidaze: Overcoming the 2 Month Coma. And each week with our RCUnited group we get to discuss and share with each other.  Preparing our hearts is the best thing we can do for the Holidays.

I am certain that we can make the most of every moment, even if the days and weeks are flying by.  The best part about Minnesota was the people. Spending time as a family, catching up since we don’t get to be together much, laughing, playing together, hugs, meals, encouraging words, prayer. The list goes on. I’m thankful for my parents example to us. It was so great to be able to honor them for the years they have been faithful to God and to each other. As we landed in Detroit Mo asked me what my takeaway was from this trip. I think for me it’s the encouragement that so many people need. The opportunity to speak courage into my sister-in-laws, and share my life with them was powerful. Also, I think both of us have a new commitment to simplicity, in all areas of life.

How was your Thanksgiving? What will Christmas be like for you? More to come about celebrations and birthdays, and such as!


Here is epic family photo! Take by the wonderful Mohan Karulkar.





  • Jess Lancaster

    That is awesome that you got to spend time with the whole family! I am sure Elias had fun with his cousins! My Thanksgiving was wonderful. It was nice having my parents come from Minnesota and spend time with Jake and I. Now for Christmas, we will be heading home to Minnesota. I am hoping there will be snow there. :) Christmas break is going to be great. Lots and lots of time with family! I am looking forward to spending time with all of them before I come back to Detroit. I am excited to tell them all about how God is working in Detroit and Hamtramck! Thanks for sharing your holiday fun!

  • Margie

    That is so awesome!!! glad you had a great time!

  • Ruth

    Love the picture! I’m glad you guys had a great time!

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