Sunday, January 01, 2012

Reflections on 2011 ...

As the new year has begun I find myself doing some reflecting the year that just ended.

Good things:
Grandchild #7 arrived in July. A 5 year old boy that my son and daughter-in-law adopted from Ethiopia. He makes 5 for them, their house is full of joy, and sometimes noise. I am enjoying getting to know him.
A new son-in-law arrived in October. Our oldest daughter was married in October. It was a fun wedding with a beautiful bride. Very proud of her for doing it right and waiting for the one God had for her. I am blessed with 2 great sons-in-law and a great daughter-in-law.
Found out that grandchild #8 is on the way and she is scheduled to arrive in early February to our youngest daughter and son-in-law. She will be their 3rd. I feel the need to reveal that their son is fervently praying that the baby will be a boy. In the face of scientific evidence he said "but Jesus can change that if he wants to, can't he?". Gotta love that kind of faith.
My volleyball team had a very good season and after graduating 6 very good seniors last year no one outside of our team expected much from us this year. They were a real joy to coach.
We had a great outdoor baptism service with our church this summer. Great testimonies and wonderful time of fellowship with our picnic that followed.
A new prayer group started. The focus of this group is praying for our local schools. I am very encouraged by this group. One reason I am excited is that someone else asked to start the group. They approached my wife and asked if we would help get the group going.
Jody and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary this year. I love her more today than the day I married her.

I will add some more things in the next few days. Hope you some great things to reflect on from 2011.


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