Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
If you are new to this blog and visiting it as if it were the “Christmas newsletter” that you had hoped Anita would write, WELCOME!
In a nutshell, if you spend a little time on this blog, you’ll see and hear a lot about our year. Consider the following a brief overview of what you’ll find.
John and Anita both still work at WSU which we are grateful for in this economy. Our state cut funding to higher education last year by something like 22% and we’ve all be impacted by budget cuts and staff vacancies. We don’t blog much about work…so if you really want to know more, well, sorry.
The kids are busy:
• Spencer is in soccer, basketball, track and band (alto sax and guitar).
• Camryn is in soccer (first time this year-she loved it),gymnastics & piano.
• Harrison is all about baseball &looks forward to playing soccer this spring!
John competed in his first Spring Triathlon and placed in the top 10 (out of 120ish) overall and 1st in his age group.
Anita realized feeling bummed about turning 40 was silly and we celebrated this year instead.
We road-tripped to the Midwest this summer for a 2+ week vacation and stopped at many random tourist spots during the trip!
Anita’s Mom, Ruth Fritz, suddenly passed away from ALS related issues on July 4th with family around her (God had to have orchestrated the timing!). John’s Grandpa, Ken Wheeler, also passed away in July. He was well over 90 and in failing health.
We live blessed lives!
P.S. Double click on the photo above and it should become full screen:)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
A big decision and a big day for our “big” girl…
About a month ago, after witnessing someone get baptized at church on Sunday morning, Camryn leaned over to John and told him she had accepted Christ as her Savior and wanted to get baptized.
Sidenote – Baptism by immersion is a common practice at many evangelical churches for those who are more familiar with infant baptism. Learn more here: www.baptisthistory.org/pamphlets/baptism.htm or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism).
Camryn and John went to talk to Pastor Mark Bradley after the service and make arrangements for the process of making this public proclamation of her faith. Camryn shared her story of accepting Christ with the Pastor, with a Deacon, and later with her AWANA group (like girl scouts for church kids). She was (and is) so excited about this decision and followed through and was baptized on Sunday, December 13 by Pastor Mark on his last day (of preaching) as our pastor. He will be leaving very soon to another job as a seminary administrator.
Please keep Camryn in your prayers. She is young (almost 11), and undoubtedly the trouble of the teenage years lies ahead. Will you please join us in praying she will stay true to her faith and that she will seek after God in all that she does?
God moves in amazing ways!
Here are a few photos of her baptism and a short video too!