2009 brought many changes! As always, the hand of God was always faithful. We praise him for his much undeserved kindness to us this past year.
THE BIG ONES
>Feb. - our most precious boy was born
>April - Andrew graduated from seminary
>July - moved to Pittsburgh and our landlord rented to us without having a job
>August - Andrew got a job! only had to go one month without income, praise the Lord.
>October - Andrew got a better job! a much better fit for our needs & desires.
>November - survived this month being between insurances with no medical expenses!
>Not one, not two, but five amazing neighbors who have showered us with everything from vegetables from their gardens, to clothes for Graham, baked goodies, & Christmas presents for Graham as well. We love Little Italy. :)
>a new church family and new friends in our new home city
>given a dryer, stove, and refrigerator for our new home!
>given almost a complete wardrobe for graham's 12-18 month stage!
>over $50 worth of free Happy Baby organic baby food through a special coupon!
>recently found a $50 grocery gift card that someone had slipped in our diaper bag IN JULY! (I guess the Lord felt it would be more beneficial to us now!)
We praise God for His sovereignty here as well!
>Still looking for some piano students
>not been able to have a regular date night without a big swap pool :)
> that Andrew can get off at 5 pm to give us a little more family time each day
We are so thankful for God's kindness every day. Not one day this year did we go without food, clothing, or shelter. That in itself is enough to praise God for. We thank Him for giving us an abundance of grace & blessings every day. We are thankful for the gift of God's son who took our wrath on His head that we might stand in righteousness before a holy God. ________________________________
I talked about my idea of goals in this post, but here are:
Some goals I have for 2010............
>have devotions before Graham gets up in the morning
I have not been very consistent with this as those with young kids know what a roller coaster that first year can be and so unpredictable from month to month sometimes! And sometimes you just want to sleep.............! But especially now that Graham is sleeping till almost 8, this is making it much easier to attain!
>limit computer time to specified, written-down times.
a "quick check" on the computer too often turns into an "extended stay".
>continue regular meetings with an older, godly woman
>talk Scripture & prayers to Graham (and not just when he's in trouble) :)
>Scripture memorization with my sister
>make regular visits to our 5 neighbors
>continue to grow our Momtourage group