Merry Christmas Family & Friends,
While it’s hard to believe, another year has passed. In a way, I wish time would slow down. Yet, I know that every season of life is beautiful. This year we’ve embraced it to the fullest. The first of the year Dana started a new career as a Project Analyst at Wal-Mart. We know that when God opens a door it’s wise to walk through it. So, he did and to say it’s been a big change is an understatement. But, we also know that change brings growth. God’s teaching us that ministry comes in all shapes and sizes. Speaking of ministry, Dana celebrated his 5th year as pastor at Cornerstone this summer. It’s been a wonderful 5 years and we’re looking forward to a lifetime more.
Perhaps the biggest change has come for Aaron this year. He also started a new career at the beginning of the year, got engaged in the spring, took over as worship leader at the church, moved out the end of summer and married Alisha in October. We are very proud of this young man and we’re thrilled to have such a wonderful new daughter. Alisha brings out the best in Aaron and has a genuine love for the Lord that shines for all to see.
Abigail celebrated her businesses first year anniversary this spring. She’s been working hard with Night Owl Vinyl and learning a lot. She began her senior year this fall. It’s hard to believe that she will be graduated from high school in a few months. This summer she accompanied me to the annual Ladies Retreat on the coast. We had a wonderful time together and all the ladies (as I knew they would) just loved her! She’s such a joy.
Andrew got to spend a week on vacation with his grandparents. He visited the Ark in Kentucky and a host of other fun activities. He turned 14 this year and began 8th grade in the fall. Both him and Abigail began 3 days of Consortium classes this year. They stay busy and for the first time in their lives they are learning what it’s like to have homework. Andrew has taken up an interest in football and loves hanging out with all his friends. He always brings a smile.
It’s been a wonderful year. Between running the house, ministry with Dana, helping with the wedding, working with Abigail on her business, keeping up with Andrew and overseeing the children’s schooling, I’ve been busy. But I’ve found time to do a little more writing and I have several projects in the works that Lord willing I’ll get to finish up next year.
I think we’re all looking forward to the coming year. We’re eager to see what opportunities God will bring, what new friendships will be made, and what exciting events will take place. There is a world of possibilities before us. But the most exciting thought of all is to see how God will use our family. Our prayer is that He gets glory in and through each of our lives. We fail Him miserably at times, but our hearts desire is to please Him with every thought, action and ounce of breath He gives. That is the least we can give back. As you prepare for Christmas by buying, wrapping and giving gifts to family and friends this year, think about the gift God has given. Jesus was stripped of heavenly glory, born in a manger, despised and rejected by men, placed upon a cross for our sins, and rose 3 days later. The Nativity scene is wonderful and great, but our risen Savior is why we celebrate! May you have a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter and joy and a very happy New Year!