We welcomed Eleanor (Nora) Catherine to our family on August 30th and she's just made our family a bit more complete since she came! Big Sis Ivey is loving her and loving giving kisses and squeezes and helping mommy and daddy. We give thanks to our glorious Father who gave this great gift to us.
Our little family of three...
Will soon be a family of FOUR!
We are excited to welcome "Little Bit 2" in just a few short weeks! Ivey is convinced that she's having a baby brother, but we won't know that until he or she makes her appearance around September 1st!
We had an amazing opportunity to lead a team to the Middle East to work with refugees about a month ago. We had several purposes for our time there - to encourage and support the work of some of our friends living there, as well as to take every opportunity to share Jesus, and encourage those who are struggling and suffering in this region. Many of you have heard about the terrible struggle that refugees are facing right now and the American news really doesn't begin to do it justice! In fact, much of what you hear is sadly not even truth - but that's for another blog...
Their stories are heartbreaking, their losses are simply overwhelming, yet their spirits seemed unbreakable. As refugee families welcomed us into their "homes", they were filled with moments of joy and laughter. They shared their stories openly and listened as we shared scripture to encourage their weary hearts. They not only listened but they were so very open to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was simply amazing and I headed back home with a greater passion to pray for my new friends and the hundreds of thousands they represent. Will you join me and take just a few minutes to pray for refugees around the world who are open to hear the truth right now, yet who are struggling just to live and survive.
I'm not so sure how it happened... time just keeps marching on. Our little fun gal turned TWO! We had a fun little simple party at home with just our family and celebrated the gift that God has given us.
She has brought us much joy these two years. She talks and sings NON-STOP. I'm not quite sure where she got that from. She loves her school, friends, and teachers at First Baptist. She loves reading books and watching Minnie Mouse, thanks to Nana. She loves to take a ride in daddy's car (mommy's car is too big, daddy's car is just right). She loves to eat. She's just a fun silly gal and we thank the Lord for her life!
Our prayer is that she will continue to grow "big and strong", seeking to know the Lord and make Him known!
I can't even begin to come up with a worthy excuse for why it's been so long since we last posted... we've been a wee bit busy around here.
We've settled into our new home. We've had several trips including a trip to Boston, San Francisco, and Baltimore. We celebrated Ivey's 2nd birthday. We've been busy, busy, busy! But life has been good!
We have lots of fun things coming soon so you'll just have to stay tuned to find out all about it!