Saturday, December 31, 2016

Recap 2016

2016 has been a year of healing and new experiences.

1. In January, my left eye was practically blind due to vitreous hemorrhage. God graciously gave me back my sight.
2. After living with intense (sometimes excruciating) pain for approximately 10 years (or more) due to Adenomyosis, I decided to have a partial hysterectomy (keeping my ovaries and cervix) on March 8th. God blessed me with a successful surgery and a quick recovery. Life with no chronic pain is such a blessing that I never want to take for granted.
3. Alyssa got her driving license on March 25th.
4. On April 9th, Eric, Josiah, and I hiked at Silver Falls.
5. This year, Isaiah raised $2,242 for Steps for Life and won third place in his age group.
6. On May 29th, we (except Alyssa) visited Mirror Lake and Trillium Lake.
7. On June 9th, Josiah had his first job interview with Wendy's and got the job.
8. In June, I had my first jury process experience (although I wasn't selected).
9. Alyssa did an internship as a videographer with OM in El Salvador from June 16 to July 15.
10.  This summer, we painted our house blue with white trim and red door.
11. Eric and I celebrated our 25th anniversary at the beach. We stayed at Esther Lee. We enjoyed our first tandem-kayaking.
12. God saved Eric from a major accident on the highway coming home from work on September 27th.
13. We (except Josiah) went through our first corn maze on October 29th.
14. In December, our whole family started playing Words With Friends on our iphones and ipad. We are quite competitive :).
15. Alyssa got her ears pierced and got contact lens.
16. Alyssa attended Cru Winter Conference in Portland from December 28 to January 1.

P.S. This is also a year of replacements and additions: new refrigerator, washing machine (used), new TV (50" Samsung...smart one), 2 new electric heaters, (used) Xbox, camera (used Nikon D3200), (used) china hutch, and (used) two green flowery chairs.

Note: Check out Josiah's YouTube channel. This year, he has added 10 videos. Some of his piano covers include Someone Like You (Adele)Yesterday (The Beatles)Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles)Kindergarten Cop ThemeGod Help the Outcasts (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Billy Jean (Michael Jackson), and New York State of Mind (Billy Joel)This one is one of his original compositions.

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As another year draws to an end, we reflect upon God's goodness and faithfulness. We're thankful for all the blessings He has given us and for all our family and friends near and far. May you all have a bright, beautiful, & blessed year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Review and Giveaway: The JESUS Film

Did you know that The JESUS Film is the most watched (having been viewed billions of times) and most translated film (available in 1,197 languages)? It was made in 1979. In honor of its 35th anniversary (in 2014), The JESUS Film has been fully restored and remastered in high-definition with a complete new musical score in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. And for the first time in history, the film has been available on streaming. Our family has been long-time supporters of CRU's The JESUS Film ministries.  They have been doing a wonderful job reaching the unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through this amazing film. One of the greatest evangelical tools ever!

I watched The JESUS Film once a long time ago and I just watched it again. In my opinion, it's the most impactful film of all time because it tells the greatest story of all time. More than 200 million people worldwide have come to faith in Jesus Christ after viewing The JESUS Film! The JESUS Film covers the creation, the curse, the foreshadowing of Christ's sacrifice through the account of Abraham and Isaac, the prophecies regarding Jesus Christ, and Christ's birth, ministry, death, & resurrection as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. It's Biblically accurate and culturally accurate. I highly recommend this classic film to everyone! The JESUS Film DVD also includes bonus features: The Making of 'The JESUS Film' and The Impact of 'The JESUS Film'. The DVD has subtitles in 9 languages: English, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, German, and Japanese.

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