Well! I’m falling in the ranks of many by sending out an electronic Christmas greeting. I’ve seen some fancy e-letters come my way, so I won’t even try to compete with all that. My computer talents will only take me so far.
As I look ahead to yet another year coming to an end, I can’t help but look back and marvel at the journey 2010 has brought us as a family. God continues to bless us beyond what we think we deserve. God’s mercy is made new each and every day, and I could not imagine what life would be like without His grace and love to carry through every circumstance this life may bring.
Here is a glimpse of what 2010 has brought each of us:
Mark- Continues to be the best father, husband, provider that I could have ever wished for. He is still driving big rigs over the mountain at least three times a week. And he is still following his hearts desire to help lead others out of financial dept. As I look at my husband, I am still amazed at how God has transformed him into a man of godly character and strength. God only knew that after 20 something years of marriage, it could have turned into such a beautiful thing. Nothing is wasted!!!!
Anthony- My oldest son is turning into a young man that any mother would be proud of. Almost 21 years old, he is stepping out into the world with his feet firmly rooted in God’s word. He moved out with some friends this summer, and boy it was hard for this mom to let go of her first child, but it didn’t take long for me to realize the hold my Lord had on him. In spite of all my short-comings as a mother, God held my son tight in His loving grip. I’m so glad God is so much bigger than me and the fact He can accomplish far more in my children than I ever could. Anthony is still pursuing his degree in English. He just became an associate at the Macy’s men department, and he is starting to co-lead a young adult’s bible study. He tries to come by and visit his mom at least once a week.
Chris- If you live here in Reno, you probably can hear the loud boom of music coming down the road. I have to admit that would by my son. And if you knew my husband in his younger days, you would know that this is a classic father-like-son situation. At 18, Chris is still taking his auto classes and learning more and more about fixing up cars. He is still playing bass along side his brother in their band. He is working up to 30 hrs. a week and loves seeing his bank account grow. He is in the transition of life, and I’m proud to say my son is still hanging in there. He continues to enjoy going to the youth bible studies. I’m so thankful for the young pastors and teachers who continue to pour God’s love and truth into our young adults.
Cory- My third oldest boy is one that keeps us on our toes. At 15, he is so full of life. Who would have thought that a quiet, shy boy could turn into an energetic, passionate boy? If there was a day when he was not singing or playing music, it would be a miracle. He has the joy of music in him. Cory continues to do his schooling at home using an online virtual school; however, he still enjoys the typical teenage pleasures of playing in his band, and playing Call of Duty. What can I say… his dad is a Marine? Cory still volunteers babysitting for our MOPS group, and he is a leader in training in our Awana group. He got his driving learners permit a few months ago, so here we go again. I don’t know if my nerves can take anymore teen drivers.
Meranda– What can I say about my one and only little girl? She is turning into a beautiful young lady. She just turned 14 on the 8th of Dec. I can’t believe that the years have gone by so fast. The words I would use to describe my girl are….loving, giving, strong-willed, passionate, and full of life. She loves to bake, sew, and has been dancing for 9 years now. She also loves spending time with her new baby, Leslie, a little Cockapoo who came to live with us this year. She joined a girls’ bible study this past year and loves attending the Jr. high Sunday group at church. Like her brother, she does her school work at home, volunteers at MOPS and Awanas. Meranda and I truly enjoy our girls’ night out. God knew I needed someone to enjoy those sad, sappy Hallmark movies with. I’m thankful for my “little girl”.
Brandon- Oh, my baby boy! All I can say is… He’s Three! Our little guy is so full of life. I would have never seen myself the mother of a three year old in my forties. I really think he keeps me young. As I write this he is running back and forth through out the house. Oh, how I wish I had that kind of energy. You can often find Brandon trying to negotiate his time on the computer, so he can play his PBS games. The joy of his life is his daddy. Mark is definitely a big kid again running around with Brandon driving “mom” crazy on most days from all the noise. Brandon continues to grow and thrive as the newest Crosby member. He started his first year as a Cubbie in the Awana program. Yes, that means I am officially an Awana cubbie leader again, since my little one won’t go into the class without me.J We are so grateful for our little guy. We could not imagine life without him.
Well, that leaves me. All I can say is I feel like I’m the most blessed person in this world. I have had the awesome privilege of seeing my children grow-up and continue to grow into young adults. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be the wife of an awesome man. I love walking along side him as he leads a financial group. I’ve always had the desire to walk along side other women as they journey through wifehood, motherhood, and lifehood. God has answered the desires of my heart by giving me the opportunity to mentor and walk with some amazing women in our MOPS group. I also enjoy attending the women’s weekly bible study, and I am thankful for the many friendships I’ve made through that study. As I mentioned prior, I have started another round of leadership in the Awana program. I’ve spent many years in this ministry with my children, and I envision I will be there with my future grandchildren as well.
I really didn’t set out to write so much. If you read this far thank you, it’s a joy to share our lives with you. I pray that this Christmas season you will find yourselves looking back unto the past year with joy and delight, even if it’s just the realization that God’s love and grace was with you every step of the way. And if the past year brought you hardship and heartache, I pray you would let the remembrance of Jesus and what He came in this world to do fill you with the joy that only He can bring.
I’m so thankful for new beginnings. Over 16 years ago, I asked Christ to come into my life. I could not begin to imagine the transformation that was going to take place in my life. My life has been changed forever by the hand of God. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” 2011 can be a year of a new beginning for you. Why not let it begin in Christ.
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call His man Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
We wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy Blessed New Year!!!!!!