My favorite time of year has finally arrived! It’s November and I couldn’t be more excited! Besides the cool weather, and cheesy holiday songs, I seem to always get refocused on what really matters. Because my birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all happen around the same time, I am constantly celebrating/reflecting for 2 months straight. So with my birthday just hours away, I will start this new year of life with a renewed appreciation for community. Over the past year, Cody and I have experienced deep pain, loss, and uncertainty. And of course with that, deep joy and laughter. I truly believe it’s because of our community that we are thankful, steadfast, and hopeful. What a gift it is to be with people, to share trials and burdens with close friends, and to be light hearted about silly, ridiculous things. We are thankful. And we have experienced God’s Kingdom more than ever through the people that continue to walk along side us.
So what better way to start this 2 month stretch of gratitude than with one of our favorite couples. These two love each other deeply and really understand what it means to care for others. Jay is a worship pastor and Erin is an elementary school teacher. They are both wise and unwilling to compromise their relationship with the Lord. Thank you, Howards, for being in community with Cody and me. Thank you for loving us, laughing with us, and praying for us. Can’t wait for you two to come out of California and stay for good!!! : )