Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Family Letter

Thanksgiving 2012

Dear Family & Friends,

Greetings and salutations! As this year draws to a close, we hope and pray that this letter finds you all doing well. It has been some time since we last sent an annual Thanksgiving letter, and so much has happened this year in the Lord’s providence, that we wanted to reach out and keep in touch.
In October, we were blessed with a lead from dear friends to find a new home. After six years of living in Warrenton, VA, we moved to a house in rural Culpeper County, VA, next door to a dairy farm. We have found here friendly neighbors, beautiful sunsets and peaceful times.

We also had occasion to rejoin Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church in Beltsville, MD. Though it is a long drive, we are so thankful for our church family. We were members there from 1998-2004, and rejoining Trinity in 2012 has been very much like a homecoming for us. We have been extraordinarily blessed by the love, welcome and kindness there. Truly we can say with the Psalmist, "How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!" (Ps. 84.1).

In August 2011, Andrew ended a period of unemployment by taking a job as a delivery driver for Domino’s Pizza in Warrenton, VA. It was a great provision for our family, and Andrew continues in this job part-time to this day. Meanwhile, he has also accepted a paralegal position at a law firm inCharlottesville, VA, which is also a great answer to prayer. Additionally, he works part-time milking cows at the next-door dairy farm.  The family loves to sit around the table in the evenings to hear about his life in the office, his farm adventures, and his funny pizza delivery stories.  Truly, Andrew has become a jack-of-all-trades and we are very thankful to God for this tremendous blessing of employment. After six years, he ended his tenure as editor of the Matthew Poole Project, but continues to enjoy research and has other editing and typing projects in the works.

Jessica also keeps very busy with her successful home business, Sugar-n-Spice Boutique. With customers all over the world, she takes delight in designing and creating bows for little girls everywhere, including our own little Katie. She has recently branched out into hair accessories for women by becoming an Independent Consultant for Lilla Rose, Inc. Besides her many other responsibilities as a full time homeschool mom, she also enjoys cooking, reading, and photography.

Jackson (11) has a long-abiding interest in animals, and a book of his animal illustrations was published by a dear friend earlier this year. He, like his sister, is an avid reader, and has a great imagination, often writing and illustrating stories.

Katie (10) helps her mother take care of the baby, and holds her own among her three brothers. She reads voraciously, enjoys dancing, and loves to learn about new places.

Sammy (6) loves to take things apart and learn how they work (putting them back together is another story!). He is a bundle of energy, and loves to play with his little brother. He is said to be Henry’s twin – separated by five years!

Henry (14 months) is beginning to take his first steps. His laughter and smiles are contagious, and we are thankful for the Lord’s gift to our family.

As we look back on the year past, we are especially thankful for the love and support of family and friends. We take note with sorrow of the passing of our dear friend Jerry Crick, and with his wife and daughter, we miss him greatly, albeit rejoicing that he is now with his Savior. The last year has not always been easy. It has been full of hardships, sadnesses, and struggles. Yet the Lord has sustained us, provided for us, comforted us, and upheld us in profound ways and as the year comes to a close, we can say with confidence, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes" (Ps. 119.71). We end the year with great thankfulness and joy in our hearts. And as we look to the year(s) ahead, counting each day as a blessing, we echo the words of William Shakespeare, who wrote “O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!”

We are thankful for all of you, dear family and friends, and write to express our love and best wishes to each of you. Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you richly in the New Year!

Love, Andrew, Jessica, Jackson, Katie, Sammy and Henry

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The post I wrote in my head this morning before I realized the baby monitor broke

One Shining Moment

The bed is made
and there you are
been training your whole life
you're a sleeping star

And all the months
no one knows
just how hard you worked
but now it shows

One shining moment, it's all on the line
One shining moment, there frozen in time

But you are small
and the night is long
in the blinking of an eye
ah the quiet's gone

And when it's done
win or snooze
you always did your best
cause inside you knew

One shining moment, you reached deep inside
One shining moment, you knew you were alive

Feel the beat of my heart
feel me caress your face
Sleep until the morning
you can complete the race

Once and for all
Mommy snoozed
You slept all through the night
And Mommy thanks you

One shining moment, you reached for the sky
One shining moment, you knew
One shining moment, you were willing to try
One shining moment

For those who may be unfamiliar with the real lyrics:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

One of Those Moments You'll Never Forget as a Mother

Jackson:  So, in about a year and a half I'll be a teenager.  It seems that in books and on tv, teenagers never listen to their parents and try to break all the rules.  I would never want to do that!

Me:  Yes, that's true about some teenagers sometimes, Jackson.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.  You have such a gentle, kind heart and it makes me happy to hear that you want to do right.

Jackson: Thanks, Mom.  But, I'd probably be a bank robber or a backyard bully if it wasn't for you teaching me the right way. 

Me: unable to speak...  To God be the glory.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day

I have been so blessed today by my family.  Lots of love, sweet gifts, wonderful handmade cards.  I'm feeling very loved and thankful.

But, the best part of my day was Sammy's surprise.  While the family was busy putting away groceries, making lunch, taking care of "stuff", Sammy was setting up his room for a surprise party for me!  He couldn't wait to show me what he had done.  :)

"I decorated my dresser for you with these stickers!"

"This trophy says BEST MOMMY EVER and the snow globe has your name on it.  But, you have to pretend because they don't really say that."

"Daddy bought the balloon."

"This is a mommy dinosaur kissing her baby.  They just look like they're fighting, that's the dinosaur way."

Thank you, Sammy.  It was a great surprise party.  ♥

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fourth and Fifth Month

I'm trying to keep up with Henry's monthly pictures, but I'm not so good at remembering to share them here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Henry Wiatt Myers

So, I'm only a month late announcing his arrival, but here he is...

This is all of us just about 3 hours after his birth.

9/17/11 - 7:21 am
7 lbs. 1 oz.

12 days old.

17 days old

One month old today.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jackson's 10th Birthday!

It's hard to believe my first little baby is now 10 years old.  I'm not sure where the time went or how it happened, but he certainly has become a big guy, but still so sweet and extremely sensitive.  We celebrated on Monday with a Mommy-Son breakfast at McDonalds, where he was pleased to find that he is now too tall for the play place (but, thankfully McD isn't too strict in that regard.)  Then we headed to Target where I let him choose his own gifts this year.  He had so much fun browsing the aisles and trying to get the most bang for his buck.  He had a strict budget and made great choices.  He even picked out a little something for his sister and brother.  We came home and had a little party.  On Tuesday his dad took him bowling and they had a great Dad-Son time together!