On this Pearl Harbor remembrance day I am struck that the resolve to remember that infamous day is faltering. I hope that the sacrifices made both then and now are never taken for granted.
Nathan's sentence is now another month closer. In fact, I had to reset the countdown calendar, because he got another release date - another day sooner! We are under the 3 month mark, friends!
We have been able to visit Nate at the fire camp a couple of times now, and his older brother was able to spend part of the morning with him on Thanksgiving. Although it's farther for us to travel, it's not as bad as when he was out of state! It really is a more relaxing setting, in a work camp that was built in the 1940's. It's a beautiful location in the mountains near Kings Canyon National Park, although I'm sure it was quite cold this weekend with snow in the forecast. He says the beds are more comfortable, the food is better, and there is more of it. When we have visited there has been a level of common sense among the correctional officers that has been noticeably missing in other facilities. Because it's a minimum security facility, there are no bars or wires. That alone has been a huge relief and made our visits much easier. We are allowed to bring in our own food (actually, we have to!) so we have brought Nate KFC, McDonald's breakfast, and Thanksgiving leftovers. He enjoyed his grandma's pumpkin pie even though he wasn't very happy about the diet soda I brought.
Nate is assigned to work in the warehouse, but he says he has plenty of time to study for his classes. He is taking 2 additional classes that he was interested in this semester, even though he doesn't need them for his degree. He is also doing a lot of reading, and we have also completed his application to two CSU campuses (his first choice and a backup choice, although the backup campus choice would require a parole change).
Once again we thank you for your support. We hope that you have a beautiful Christmas and that you may know the Christ of Christmas and His love.