Showing posts from December, 2011

Advent: God With Us

O Holy Night

In a lowly manger lay
A child small and helpless Surrounded by the stink of barn And old and dampened hay.
Wrapped in clothes to keep him warm The infant rarely stirred The silent night on David's town Enveloped Bethlehem.
Yet one cannot imagine  The energy that night The static in the air; the stink of demon's fright  The Deliverer has come!
If you've seen Jesus, you've seen the Father And even as he lay A newborn helpless in the dark The Light had come that day
To be rejected and despised  Smitten and rejected Pierced and beaten near to death And still they'd call Him Lord
Did He hold back the angels then, As the baby cried? Keeping them from rushing in An army to defend Him
God transcends the thoughts of man; Surpasses understanding And as the baby cried that night Did He know I would find Him?

And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. (John 12:44-45 ESV)

Our Christmas Letter

Friends and Family,

We're looking forward to Patrick's first Christmas! We'll remain in Oxford to spend time with Jonathan's family, but this also enables us to create our own Christmas traditions. We're up to any suggestions!

With it being Patrick's first Christmas, it makes me look at the many first of 2011 and all the wonderful God has led us this year.
We ushered in 2011 with a trip to Hawaii with my family. It was so much fun and a "babymoon" for us right before the baby. Jonathan enjoyed the snorkeling, and I enjoyed my time as a "beached whale." We were also able to visit the Mighty Mo- a highlight for the both of us.
February brought us the greatest joy as we welcomed Patrick David into our  lives on the 18th. We also celebrated the start of our 2nd year of marriage. Patrick is almost 10 months old! I just know he'll be one too soon. He's crawling almost faster then we can get things out of his reach. He likes to live life o…

A Thanksgiving-To-Now Update

On Tuesday, November 21, we made the long trek down to Duluth, GA to visit Maggie's family for Thanksgiving. It took ten hours driving through Cincinnati rush hour and some rain in the dark, but we made it in three pieces (Maggie, Patrick, and me, respectively). On Wednesday night we enjoyed an amazing Thanksgiving meal put on by Maggie's great aunt Kathryn. I enjoyed meeting new family I didn't know she even had, and catching up with some good friends, Tara and Joel Beauchamp. They are heavily involved with a halfway house for men struggling with addictions. Find out more about their faith based support ministry at It's really neat stuff.
Speaking of stuff, we stuffed ourselves that night, and then had to work it off playing some four square. My Culby 4 experience came in handy, and I dare say that a couple times I was singled out and every move (sometimes wrongly) scrutinized. But I showed them what C4 can nurture in a pe…