This video was taken last year on Christmas Eve. Craig and I had been at sea 27 days. You wouldn’t know by watching how beaten down we were..27 days of mostly bad weather, high seas and near death experiences .  But on this day (Christmas Eve), the sun came out and the seas calmed. I celebrated by decorating the boat. We were almost out of food and water. We had lost massive weight and were sleep deprived (evident by my slip up in the video). Our sails were torn and our fuel nearly gone.  We were days away from calling the coast guard and about 800 miles from land. Extremely discouraged,  Craig had just apologized for not getting us home for Christmas. He was sorry he did not have  a Christmas gift for me. I replied that the best gift was life and that the only gift I wanted from him today was the gift of ‘joy’. Would he put on a smile and laugh with me? He agreed to try. I suggested we make a video to show our grandkids one day . I wrote a Christmas poem reenacting our predicament and we read it together . Then we stuffed each other’s stockings with items that represented what we wish we had . The next  morning I pretended Santa game. Craig gave me an empty water bottle, and an empty massage oil bottle. I gave him a torn page from my cookbook (of a turkey) and a map of the USA ! I read a ‘letter’ from Santa encouraging us to hang in there and thanking us for the good deeds done on islands in the past .   We had two glorious days of sunny weather before things turned from bad to worse (you’ll have to read my blog to get those details)! On THIS day, Christmas Day 2016,  we focused on the true meaning of Christmas and how lucky we were to be alive and to be with each other. It was a Christmas we will never forget.  I share it with you in hopes that if you find yourself in less then perfect conditions this Christmas ,  you too can pause and find  joy in your life . See the good things that money can not buy.  This Christmas, remember that the  best gift does not come wrapped in a pretty box. It’s the person sitting next to  you. If you are alone,  it is our God in heaven who gave you life.  Don’t waste a minute if it. Have a very Merry Christmas! PS We’ve been on the move since returning to the USA and I’ve laxed at blogging! I’ll try to do better in the future! Iam working on a novel about our 2016 Pacific Ocean crossing ! I’ll keep you posted ! Hugs! Carol 

3 thoughts on “This video was taken last year on Christmas Eve. Craig and I had been at sea 27 days. You wouldn’t know by watching how beaten down we were..27 days of mostly bad weather, high seas and near death experiences .  But on this day (Christmas Eve), the sun came out and the seas calmed. I celebrated by decorating the boat. We were almost out of food and water. We had lost massive weight and were sleep deprived (evident by my slip up in the video). Our sails were torn and our fuel nearly gone.  We were days away from calling the coast guard and about 800 miles from land. Extremely discouraged,  Craig had just apologized for not getting us home for Christmas. He was sorry he did not have  a Christmas gift for me. I replied that the best gift was life and that the only gift I wanted from him today was the gift of ‘joy’. Would he put on a smile and laugh with me? He agreed to try. I suggested we make a video to show our grandkids one day . I wrote a Christmas poem reenacting our predicament and we read it together . Then we stuffed each other’s stockings with items that represented what we wish we had . The next  morning I pretended Santa game. Craig gave me an empty water bottle, and an empty massage oil bottle. I gave him a torn page from my cookbook (of a turkey) and a map of the USA ! I read a ‘letter’ from Santa encouraging us to hang in there and thanking us for the good deeds done on islands in the past .   We had two glorious days of sunny weather before things turned from bad to worse (you’ll have to read my blog to get those details)! On THIS day, Christmas Day 2016,  we focused on the true meaning of Christmas and how lucky we were to be alive and to be with each other. It was a Christmas we will never forget.  I share it with you in hopes that if you find yourself in less then perfect conditions this Christmas ,  you too can pause and find  joy in your life . See the good things that money can not buy.  This Christmas, remember that the  best gift does not come wrapped in a pretty box. It’s the person sitting next to  you. If you are alone,  it is our God in heaven who gave you life.  Don’t waste a minute if it. Have a very Merry Christmas! PS We’ve been on the move since returning to the USA and I’ve laxed at blogging! I’ll try to do better in the future! Iam working on a novel about our 2016 Pacific Ocean crossing ! I’ll keep you posted ! Hugs! Carol 

  1. Hola you two!! We seem to keep passing each other! I am still in Portland, OR.. Ernie is in Santa Barbara, CA with kids for a week for the holidays… Friends Jan & Chuck on Windwatcher in Cruiseport marina are on kitty duty, checking our fur babies every other day while Ernie is gone.. sure miss it all!! What marina are you guys in??

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  2. Well it’s Christmas again a year later and you are aboard Windcutter again! Thats a great gift! Are you spending the holiday on board or going to North? Feliz Navidad!!! Here’s a story for you….. On Monday morning Corinne seems to have feinted while standing at the kitchen sink. She says she tried to sit down on the floor but in doing so passed out and smacked her head on the cabinet so hard that she received an occipital skull fracture and a brain bleed! When I came downstairs she had cleaned the blood (a lot ) from the floor and was seated in the family room holding a blood soaked towel behind her head to stop the bleeding. Took her to the ER and they brought her in as soon as we walked in the door. she’s been in the hospital since, and my Christmas/Hanukkah present is taking her home today! Doc says the headache will subside over days, possibly weeks, but most importantly, her injuries are “inconsequential” and she will be fine. Never a dull moment!!

    PS-we will not be moving the boat toroth this season and will stay put in La Paz. We will be aboard with another couple January 24 – feb1. Sail south! Love you guys.

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