Well, another year has went by without me getting a decent family picture taken. I keep meaning to get that done! However, I am grateful for the many memories that we have made this year. I am grateful for the growth that has taken place in each of our lives. I am grateful that many of you are apart of our lives. Most importantly, I am grateful for my Lord and Savior. He came so we could have life in Him.
Here is alittle about us:
Mark continues to work hard supporting our family. When he is not working or fixing cars, he is busy helping to lead a Financial Peace University class at our church. God has given him a deep passion for helping others to get out of debt and live debt free. It is also not uncommon to hear him running around the house making alot of noise playing with Brandon, which drives me crazy….But, I love it at the same time:) We celebrate 25 years of marriage this coming year!
I (Denise) am still pretty much doing what I have been doing all these years. I am on my 12th year of homeschooling. I continue to mentor women at our church’s MOPs group. When I have time, I write on this blog. I thank God everyday that I am a work in progress, and I am grateful that He is not done with me yet.
Anthony, who is now 23 yrs old, is on his 2nd year in Elko, Nv. He is a pastor in training and the director of family ministries with the Living Stones Church in Elko, Nv. God is using him to touch many lives with the Gospel of Christ. He leads the kids, youth, and the college group at his church. He is currently working at a radio station. He still loves nachos.
Chris is 21 years old now. He moved out to be on his own a year ago. He still manages to come by to visit his mom. He has been working with his current job for about 3yrs. He still loves to mix up his beats. Here is a picture Chris with his mama. My mom and step-dad came to live with us about a year ago.
Cory turned 18 in March and graduated in June of this year. He continues to pursue music with his band called Under Cities. He will be leaving on tour this January. He enjoys singing and playing worship at our church. He and his dad love to spend time in the garage working on his car. It is not unusual to have a group of his friends over playing video games.
Meranda is now 17 yrs old. Most of her time is spent doing school work trying to keep up her grades in her honor classes. She continues to dance. She even did her first solo this year. She sews in her spare time; infact, she entered her first fashion competition this year and won first place. We are already starting to visit some colleges that she wants to hopefully attend come 2015. I guess a lot of time will be put into filling out scholarship applications this coming new year. Where did the time go?
Brandon brings such joy to our family. At 6 years old and being the small person in a house of big people, he holds his own. Imagine a six years old fighting with a teenager; it is possible. Brandon enjoys going to his weekly homeschool co-op where he is taking karate and doing a Lego lab. He mostly loves going to hang out with his buddy, Toby. He loves Wednesday night because he gets to head to Awana. Infact, he won first place in the design category at the Awana Grand Prix. He also loves to play video games, but it is also not uncommon to find him curled up reading a book.
Well that is it for us. I am grateful that you take the time to stop by and read my blog. I pray favor and blessings over your family in the coming new year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!