While my family may not look like a Norman Rockwell painting and the world isn't free from want...there is still much to be thankful to God for!

Try to take a minute before you make your wish list and meditate on a few things you're grateful for AND even a few ways you can be a blessing to others as you move to engage the brokenness of this world!

Abiding in Christ can be especially difficult during the holidays...with family stress, travel, lack of routine, and consumerism/materialism ever-present.  We pray that you spend extra time in prayer, live out the gospel in word and deed to your loved ones, walk in the Spirit (remember the fruit of the Spirit?  yeah we all need that extra patience, love, and joy now), rest in the finished work of Christ, be thankful for the little things, and rejoice always again I say Rejoice!

Some things we're thankful for:
  • personal relationships with God: that we can be both fully known and fully loved
  • our families (yep both sides)
  • our friends (old and new)
  • our jobs (not just to pay bills but that we get to impact lives for eternity)
  • each other
  • our soon to be daughter
  • this list is not exhaustive! (it's not an Oscar's acceptance speech people)
  • Oh, and our supporters and prayer champions


Fall Retreat 2011

Here are just a few quick pictures from ministry this fall.  We had 5 students indicate decisions for Christ at our conference this year.  Great time overall, and the students really connected with the Lord and each other.  Thanks for reading and praying for us!

Costume Dance Party (April made the decorations)
Group Shot



Here's a quick pic of us on a family vacation to Savannah, Ga.  It was lovely there and well worth a weekend visit.  I particularly like how it was and is such a planned community, with there being so many public squares (parks) and historic neighborhoods surrounding those (it's very walkable).  Not too mention all of the history of the city from Nathanael Greene to John Wesley to Juliette Gordon Low to Johnny Mercer to Paula Deen.

A few of our favorite things and restaurants were to enjoy a nice tour (carriage or trolley) and a good meal.  Vic's on the River is great for finer dining (especially seafood) as was Local 11ten (where we all had a steak and the executive chef is a NC State grad).  We loved Soho South Cafe (April's fav) and Zunzis (Jeff's fav) for lunch and Leopold's for some "world class" ice cream.  I also really wanted to try the legendary Mrs. Wilke's Dining Room, the Green Truck Pub for a burger, Vinnie Van Go Go's for pizza, Wiley's Championship BBQ for some barbeque, and B. Matthews Eatery for breakfast...but never did.  Also, Tybee Island is worth checking out if it's beach season, visit an art museum or gallery, a historic church, or see a show at the Historic Savannah Theatre, and you can always enjoy the riverfront.

Alas, you can only fit in so much on a weekend!