Seems like we’ve been traveling on the highway lately with the fast paced life of partnership meetings and preparing to leave our home for the Gospel. But the Christmas season slow-down has given us a much needed detour. It’s like pulling off the highway for a trip to Santa’s Wonderland and marveling at the refreshing lights and warmth of time spent with family, which we is exactly what we did when my parents visited from Japan last week.
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Breaking from the traditional format, here are some updates on each of us:
Ellen: won several writing competitions this year and continues to query her YA novel to agents and editors. Homeschooling our two boys and preparing for the big move to Japan. So much to plan!
Patrick: Things are starting to wrap up quickly at my job as I approach the final month at Briaud Financial. It will be hard to say goodbye to my dear friends and coworkers here, they have been such a significant part of my life. It has been a blessing to have their support and encouragement. I’m enjoying a few good books right now: 31 days of prayer for Japan (published by OMF), Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian life (by Donald Whitney), and You Got to Have Wa (by Robert Whiting).
Rowan: is super excited about his four-year-old ninja birthday party coming up soon. It’s been a joy to watch Rowan’s faith develop as he prays for others, especially the people of Japan. Recently he woke up early and joined me for devotions and asked if he could pray for the Japanese. Right now he’s getting a lot of mileage out of a fantastic Christmas present from my parents. Marble run!
Jasper: Potty training, need I say more? Two years old and moved into a full size bed! He’s very proud of this. He loves to wrestle, and has more energy than a scurry of caffeinated chipmunks! [fun fact: scurry is the actual word for a group of chipmunks. How appropriate!]
I’m sure you’re wondering, did we make the 50% pledge goal? We’re waiting for the final year-end tally, which we will release next time. . .!
Merry Christmas to all of you,
Patrick & Ellen