Pride of place in the EphBlog Holiday Card project must go to Kathy Sharpe Jones ’79. Thanks to Stewart Menking ’79, founder of the AdoptAnAlum and a new author at EphBlog, for passing along this picture.

Kathy writes:

Dear Class of ’79,

It’s Christmas Eve and I must take the time to thank all of you for your care packages, gifts, and messages of support over the course of the past six months. I am especially grateful for the kindness and generosity extended to my mother, sister, and children. Even though he’d rather have me at home, Jonathan really appreciated his birthday gifts. And, from what Stewart has told me about Christmas, the entire family will be showered with your expressions of love. I don’t know if Carmen quite knows what to make of you all. I do know that as a result of your goodwill, she’s actually considering applying to Williams next year. The Williams pennant that I hung over her crib when she was an infant had no impact whatsoever!

If you had asked me a couple of months ago how I was planning to spend the holiday season, I would have said that at Thanksgiving I would zip myself up in my sleeping bag and unzip and emerge at New Year’s. But, I’ve found myself in good spirits because I’m halfway through the deployment, and that much closer to coming home. Our workload has increased as the units we are supporting are preparing to redeploy, and activity, in general, has picked up as the date for the Iraqi elections draws closer.

I’m sending a copy of my “official” Christmas photo. We now have many gifts under the tumbleweed. Last night we went Christmas caroling throughout the camp and there are a variety of activities planned to mark the occasion of this OIF Christmas.

Thank you all again for everything you are doing. Merry Christmas

For all the Ephs (and non-Ephs) in harm’s way this Christmas, we can only pray, “Glod bless them, every one.”

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