Sunday, December 31, 2006

At Least It's Not Cantalope!

Final gratuitous picture of the kids for this year!

Hello All,

This is my last post of the year. Thank you all so much for your support and love as we have been here in Spain, and now from many who have dropped an email to support us in returning to the states. It is very encouraging and of course, welcomed. We hope that you all have a wonderful New Year in the Lord and are blessed by Him in fantastic ways this year. All who hope in the Lord can know that the Lord desires to bless His people.

For many of you that will be celebrating tonight, I bet you won't be eating a grape for every chime of the clock past 12! That's the deal here in Spain. If you can successfully down a grape for every chime, then you will have good luck for the coming year. (Of course, that means that if you weren't lucky last year, then the odds of you choking on a grape tonight are pretty good!) Stark traditionalists also hold that you are supposed to be wearing a certain color of underwear as well! We won't get into that and it's likely that we won't "grape" either, as we are not likely to make it past 11:30! (Gosh, we're getting old!) Actually, I think I will try it, but I am afraid of getting too psyched out and choking on a grape! Hopefully, I will live through this to blog again next year! If I make it past the grape ceremony, then I hope I will live through the inevitable gunfire that is sure to erupt from various sources all over Jerez. We have heard people "practicing" all week!

Don McClure, founding Pastor of the Packinghouse, used to end his messages with this blessing from Numbers 6:24-26. I repeat it here to all of our family and friends who frequent this site.

"May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May He make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious to you
May He lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace."

A blessed New Years to all of you.

To The Friends Of Spain,
Frank, Lela, Renae, Caleb & Elizabeth Sanchez


Patty said...

Happy New Year to you guys too. We are excited to see you soon. Hopefully we'll talk with you sometime before your arrival. Do they have any Spanish language Coke bottles over there? If so, can you bring me one? Preferably glass but I'll take whatever. Johnny brought one from Morroco. It's pretty cool. Anyway, no pressure. Just if you see one and don't worry about my heart being broken if you don't. Can we still blog after you get back? This is fun!


Frank & Lela Sanchez said...


Actually, we had brought you back two cans of coke last time, but we lost them in transit somehow. No, I did'nt drink them! So, we'll see if there are bottles to be found.

As far as the future of this blog site, I am pretty sure that we are going to keep on blogging and make this the primary page for all the other stuff, like a separate Spain page with updates on Carlos, Ivan & Eunice, etc. I too am enjoying doing it.

Thanks for checking in with us.


Patty said...

Yeh didn't drink them. Canned soda is cool too. I just found that some plastic bottles implode after a time. I had one from Hungary that I had to through away, so I'm hoping for glass or cans. I still have the can you brought for me from Israel. So sorry I missed your call this morning. We will talk soon. I have a TV for you if your interested.

hasta la pasta,

Frank & Lela Sanchez said...


Yeah, sorry we missed everyone except poor sick Isy! Isy did a pretty good job getting us caught up though on current Nievents! Talk to you soon.