(Me, Ruth, Mom (Deb), Dad (Clyde), Rachel, Noa, and Chris - on our family trip to Myrtle Beach this summer)
Friends, Family, and Family friends,
Merry Christmas to each of you and to your sweet families.
If you are new to this blog this year either because you've come into my life in 2012 or because you read the address on the bottom of this years Christmas card - welcome! I have been blogging less than ever this year but I hope with more direction, clearer vision, and a more open dialog than in years past.
As I reread my 2011 Christmas letter I was so humbled to think of all the Lord has done in 2012. I expected this year to be easier than the last but it has brought with it more challenges than any year before. But as it draws to an end I am most grateful to report that I have never felt stronger in the my relationship with the Lord than I do as I close 2012 and this year was a year of being faithful in my time and my commitment to Him. Through that He has used a tough year for good in me and I hope in a few small ways - through me.
In April of 2012 I went to Port Au Prince, Haiti where along with a team of strangers that became friends I worked hard to lay the foundation of a church. We met the physical need of a church that already existed and is serving there by giving them a building and we were able to encourage the pastor and the congregation of our fellow Christians there.
(Haiti - April 2012.)
I worked a concrete mixer along with a fellow church member and it was the dirtiest heaviest work I've done to date. I will share that I came back from that trip of 4am-4pm workdays more rested than I could have from any vacation and I announced to my Dad from the Miami airport 'that was better than any trip I've ever been on'. My world was rocked but I came back ready to serve again, which I will do in January of 2013 on a trip to Togo in West Africa.
This year had it's fair share of travels which included a May trip to Washington DC to spend time with my family there as well as explore a city that now holds a big piece of my heart.
(Washington DC - May 2012)
I completed my first home renovation project in the summer of 2012 which involved a new paint job, new bathroom counters, sinks, and faucets. When people tell you that home projects are always more work and more money than you expect? Listen to them! But I'm pleased to say that all went well and I've enjoyed the rest of the year with the results.
(Summer Remodel Project - July 2012)
(Amber & I - October 2012)
(Jared, me, Candy, and Jason - Colts All Pro Dad Event, November 2012)
All that has happened in 2012 makes me excited to begin 2013 as I look forward to welcoming a second brother-in-law into the family this coming summer. My excitement (and nerves) continue to grow as my first trip literally around the world to build at Aquaponics center in Africa quickly approaches. I have determined my 2013 exploration trip to be Seattle, Washington. And despite much goading from friends, I have not determined my goals for 2013 but I do promise they will not include doubling my current reading goal.
Thank you thank you to all who have made this year special - I am grateful for each of you and I look forward to continuing to do life with you on the blog and in person in 2013. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Go Colts!
All My Love,
'She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future' - Proverbs 31:25