Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CHRISTmas Letter 2012

 Joy to the world; the Savior has come! It's the most wonderful time of the year because people around the world join one another in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, our Immanuel. We hope and pray that you and your family will savor the season of worship and fellowship as the year draws to an end. Please keep in your prayers those who are grieving and mourning during this time as we cannot imagine how hard it must be for them.

How thankful we are that God is always in control and that He is good and loving all the time! 2012 has been a memorable year in many ways.

Alyssa is now 19 and will be majoring in Digital Communication Arts (with an emphasis in video production) at Oregon State University in Fall 2013 while going through AFROTC there. A third generation Beaver :)! She has received the Academic Achievement Award so far and is waiting to hear if she gets the Presidential Scholarship or not. Alyssa's short story, "Deadly Delirium" was published as an e-book by Musa Publishing. It's available on Amazon.com and on Musa Publishing's website. Alyssa has been working as an on-call technical writer/editor for a local mechanical engineering firm. She also continues to volunteer in the preschool class at our church. In addition, she is an online missionary through Global Media Outreach. Alyssa enjoys Krav Maga (Israeli self-defense), videography, photography, music, and movies/TV shows.

Josiah is now 14 and is in 9th grade. We're so thrilled that Josiah finally decided to be baptized. Eric baptized him at Ramona Falls on Sept. 14th. This year Josiah enjoyed being part of a football team. His team, the Newberg Tigers, went to the championship game and got second place and silver medals. He also still enjoys playing basketball. On Dec. 13th, Eric took Josiah to the Blazers vs. Spurs game (Josiah's birthday gift). They had a blast. Josiah's favorite team is the Blazers and his second favorite team is the Spurs.

Isaiah is now 11 and is in 6th grade. This year Alyssa passed the baton to Isaiah in being a fundraiser for Steps for Life. We're so proud of him for raising $1,500 for Pregnancy Resource Centers; he got 2nd place in his age group. Isaiah enjoys playing basketball, Wii, and games on his laptop.

Eric is still working for the City of Woodburn. He took our family to Wallowa Lake for vacation in September. We had a wonderful time fishing, motor-boating, paddle-boating, hiking, tram-riding (up to Mt. Howard), scenic driving (to Hat Point), miniature golfing, playing games, and just chilling out together.

"A" still homeschools Josiah and Isaiah. In June, she took a trip to Thailand (after being away for 20 years) to visit her ailing dad. He passed away while she was there. She was extremely grateful that God allowed her the opportunity to see and share the Gospel with her dad for the last time. You can read her testimony of God's amazing work throughout her trip on her blog. She enjoys spending time with her family, putting Scriptures on the photos she has taken, reviewing Christian books & DVDs, and serving God in any way she can. By the way, this year she had the coolest birthday date on 12/12/12 :).

We thank God for giving us opportunities to serve Him in LJ fellowship (LJ stands for Love in Jesus/Loving J.O.Y.--Jesus.Others.You.), an outreach to the international students who attend George Fox University. We just hosted a Christmas party for them last Friday. It was so much fun! We're excitedly looking forward to participating in a Christmas Flashmob this Saturday at Washington Square Mall. Let's continue to be bright lights in this world of darkness and spread the Good News of Great Joy to all!

May the Lord bless you and fill your heart with peace, joy, hope, and love now and always! Have a very Merry CHRISTmas and a wonder-filled New Year!

Living in love with the Lord of our lives,
Eric, A, Alyssa, Josiah, & Isaiah

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