“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 While this is a beautiful verse for Christmas, these attributes of our sweet Savior, Jesus, are the very living hope we cling to each day throughout the year. As we reflect on the year, we humbly give God the glory for our joys as well as thank Him for His faithfulness in times where our posture brought us to our knees at the foot of the cross in complete dependence on Him.
We rejoiced in celebrating 15 wonderful years of marriage this year (19 years together); the fruits of hard work! Thank you, Jesus, for your faithful presence in our lives and for your Word, which gives direction and life to marriage. Joe continues to work for Kettering University as Facilities Architect & Planner and Angie continues to enjoy most days at home while also working as an occupational therapist 1 day/week for Rainbow Rehabilitation with traumatic brain injured clients.
Our 6-pack of blessings continue to fill our lives with great joy and purpose! We continue to home educate and started a Faith Community Homeschool this year with 13 other families. We have been blessed beyond measure by this journey! We spend 2 full days per week together learning history, literature, writing, church history and science through the lens of biblical worldview. We are very proud of the spiritual and academic accomplishments of each of the kids.
Muaz is nearly 11 years old, 5’2”, 95# and wearing a size 9 shoe. He is a constant reminder to us that God is quickly growing our boys into young men. He picked up his soccer cleats again this year after taking a year to explore other sports. The Lord has gifted him with great skills and as we watch his passion, dedication and drive mature, we praise the Lord for His work in Muaz’s life. Ethan is nearly 11 and quickly catching up to his mama in height as well. He has a competitive and hard working spirit and channels his athletic and leadership talents into football and baseball. Aiden is nearly 9 and enjoys baking with mom, writing notes and playing baseball. He has a sweet spirit and is a wonderful helper. As the boys’ passion for athletics increases, so does their dependence on the Lord as the giver of their athletic gifts. The Lord honors that which we commit to Him, and it was a blessing to pray the very same scriptures over them that they had committed to memory during their sports seasons this year.
Eliana continues to enjoy American Heritage Girls, is a gifted reader and does very well in school. Bereket has made great gains emotionally and developmentally this year – all glory to God for his progress. He is doing well with his eye prosthesis and wearing glasses now as well. Sweet Joey is the family comedian and is growing up way too fast. The Asperger house is officially without diapers for the first time in 10 years…. (tear in mommy’s eye).
Life is good. God is good. Life is good because God is good. We have been gifted with 6 precious children from 3 very different beginnings, which keeps us on our knees daily before a faithful Lord. You can follow our journey at: faith4thejourney.blogspot.com My New Year’s Resolution is to be a faithful blogger again, so subscribe to keep me accountable! :o)
May the love of Jesus fill your hearts and homes this year…
In His Grip-
The Asperger 8