Thursday, December 31, 2009

December Vacation

Les/Todd: December tends to be a very crazy month for us. Most nonprofits experience a lot of extra activity in December tied to additional donations and winding down the year - PEER Servants is no exception. The holidays also bring additional activities. In the midst of all this, we try to make December a month where we can catch up on some much-needed rest and relaxation. As much as we love working with PEER Servants, it can be a 24/7 job for much of the year.

That's where our good friends, Dave and Terry Monaghan come in! Thay have a nice house right on the Indian River Lagoon on Hutchinson Island in Florida. They are away for much of December, so last year and this they made their place available to us. What a blessing. What do we do? Nothing!!! Watching the sun set is about as much activity as either of us care to take part in. It's a great place to get away to, and we really thank Dave and Terry for their generosity and thoughtfulness.

This December had an added attraction in that we had visitors from South Africa! Moss Mphaga is the Board Chairman of Aloga Financial Services, our microfinace partner located in Pretoria. He and his wife, Lindi, and children Khutli (age 7) and Titi (age 6) met us in Florida on December 11 and then followed us to Boston and stayed through December 26. We had a wonderful visit with them, complete with some days at one of my favorite places in the world, Walt Disney World!

So, while this December was just as crazy as Decembers typically are, it was a joy-filled month that we will cherish for some time to come.