To start things off though, this is our "Bag of Blessings", thanks to our dear friend Karen Major. She made this for us as a Christmas present last year, and we have been filling it with things we are thankful for. At Thanksgiving each year, we are supposed to open it up and be reminded of the Lord's goodness... so here goes our first year!
*Note: there are SO many things to be thankful for that we couldn't possibly write them all down in one go, so please don't be offended if we don't have a photo of you...know that we are thankful for you all :)
|The Bag of Blessings is full of reminders of how the Lord has|
been faithful to us over the past year.
|Giving Verity a job here...|
|...and here, and at Riverbend Bible Church,|
|giving Reuben a job at New World grocery store (this |
was his photo when he was cashier of the month!).
|The Lord helped Reuben to finish his Diploma at |
The Shepherd's Bible College,
|and Verity was very blessed to receive |
a certificate of her own, the "PHT".
|During the whole year we have been surrounded by friends,|
(please note: Karen & I called ahead to make sure we would
both close our eyes in this picture. It's actually quite a stylish
thing to show off your eyelids, or so I'm told)
|out of town friends,|
|sisters in Canada,|
|and sisters in New Zealand.|
|Then, we waved goodbye as we stepped out in faith |
on a new journey to a land far, far away...
|with a short stop along the way :)|
|and we arrived to our new home in Burbank, CA!|
|///Another Flashback/// |
Just for fun, had to include this photo.
Same trip from 2009. Sigh... we were so young!!
|Verity drives this one ("Carl") for her many weekly events: |
volunteering, choir practice, babysitting, Bible studies,
grocery shopping, etc, and being the tour guide for:
|We are very thankful to be a part of Grace Community Church. It is a real privilege to be here...and we find ourselves here quite a bit! In case you didn't know, the church campus is where Reuben goes to school everyday, and where he works. It's quite a big campus, including a seminary, elementary school, bookstore, tons of offices, and (of course) the church! We would love to show you around if you ever come and visit :)|
|We are thankful for how the Lord has been helping us to grow in our marriage.|
|We are thankful for our new home, which includes us three girls (me, Steph and Polly),|
|and the two boys (Reuben and Sailor).|
|Even this Thanksgiving Dinner which we will enjoy on |
Thursday night is a blessing from the Lord.
We pray that you also will give thanks to God our Creator for all His provisions. The greatest thing He has given us was the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. More than 2,000 years ago the Lord Jesus died on the cross as a punishment for sin... this is the most gracious and generous gift anyone could ever receive! God made Christ (who knew no sin) to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God (from 2 Cor 5:21). He paid the penalty for us, so that we could be made right with God. Have you thanked Him for this gift?