Sunday, July 10, 2005

These Are the People in My Neighborhood...

Food For bar-b-que......................$50
Cost of Fireworks...................... $75
Memories made with great Neighbors..... Priceless

We didn't find this neighborhood because I just happened to pick up a paper one Sunday, or because our house had been discounted to dip into our price range, or because I spent countless hours diligently looking for just the right place, or because of any other coincidence. We are in this place because God saw fit to bring our family and dozens like us together to form a unique community.

These are the people in my neighborhood, the people we play with, eat with, laugh with, cry with, celebrate with, swim with, go to school with, pray with, etc. etc. etc.

For you, We are thankful.

Dave, Brandy, Mason and Holly
Bryan, Teri, and JT
Kelly, Linda, Alec, Evan, and Savannah
Mark, Angelica, Connor and Clarissa
Jeff, Tiffany, and Jacob
Erik, Magdalena, Chloe, Ivy, and Sofia
James, Shannon, Tristan, Tanner, and Peyton
Anthony, Tawney, and Kayla
Johnny, Betty, Bethany, and Dylan
Mark, Christina, Natalie, and ?
Cindy and Austin

What a blessing you are to us and we pray that God will work all things together for good for you who are called according to His purpose.

Becky, Kevin, Mikaela, Morgan, and Makenzie

Friday, July 08, 2005

Paint and Ponder

I've recently taken on the task of painting the downstairs of our house. As I roll the color on and cover up dirty handprints, food stains, a smooshed bug or two, and various other blemishes, I think about how God gives me a "fresh coat" just about every day. It is hard for my little mind to imagine that God loves me enough to wipe away my blemishes and stains, forgetting they ever existed. May we continue to soak up the colors of his love, and may we be as generous with others as He is with us.