reflecting on another year…

On Friday, I “celebrated” my 36th birthday.  For a year that has had so many big life changes and still seems to be in flux the big day came and went with little to no excitement.

I am thankful though for all that God has done in this past year.  From giving my wife and I a clear vision to join staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, to actually having the courage to move forward and leave the ministry we have been with for the past 11 years and that I grew up in.  Since then it’s been a year of faith and trusting God to take care of our family through the selling of our old house and buying of a new one, moving to a new city, and once again raising support.  Then this fall came the biggest and most unexpected event, when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Through it all God has been faithful.  He has truly kept His word in Hebrews 13:5 where He promises that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.  I don’t know what this next year is going to bring, but hopefully it won’t be quite as eventful.  No matter what I know God is in control.  Maybe #37 will be a bday that is a little more exciting and not weighed down by life.

Don’t forget #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday - FB Image square - option AWe are in the home stretch of #GivingTuesday and it has been great to see God bless today.  Would you please consider making an end of the year donation to our ministry with FCA or better yet becoming a monthly financial partner and member of our Home Team?  Just click on the donate link on this page and you will be take to our myFCA page where you can donate. I hope you will join us today!

#GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday - FB Image square - option EThe next week is going to be a busy time for everyone as Thanksgiving is approaching fast. Over the years the days after Thanksgiving have all been given various consumer/business based names in an attempt to kick off the Christmas buying season. On Friday and in some places Thursday, things get going with Black Friday. On Saturday people are encouraged to shop local and get out for Small Business Saturday. Lastly on Monday, you have Cyber Monday where you can find all those good deals online! However, have you heard of Giving Tuesday?

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is now known as Giving Tuesday. It’s a day designed to move past all the consumerism that takes place right after Thanksgiving and for us to look to various charities, ministries, and other ways we can give to help out. It’s a really great opportunity to give back.

This year we would like to ask you to consider joining in supporting our ministry with FCA on Giving Tuesday. You can click on the link on the right hand side of our page and be taken to our myFCA page where you can set up a one time or automatic monthly gift. As we stated in our previous post we are currently at about 70% of our committed support goal. Please pray about helping us reach full 100% by becoming a monthly partner on our Home Team. Maybe you are unable to join us in a monthly way, would you please pray about becoming an annual donor or at least giving a year end gift on Giving Tuesday? If you would rather not give online, but would like to give please let us know and we will get you that information right away. And the good news is you can join us before and after Giving Tuesday as well!!!

When Giving Tuesday comes next week please consider donating to our family and the ministry of Fellowship of Christian Athletes!

change of plans…

caffe_latteThis morning I was supposed to be at a meeting, but it ended up be rescheduled to tomorrow.  With such late notice about this change of plans I wasn’t able to get any meetings at my school or with potential supporters.  However, with this change of plans I was able to schedule one much needed meeting.  After dropping the kids off at school, I swung back around to my house and picked up my wife for a morning coffee date.

As I have mentioned on here, my wife is currently battling breast cancer.  And while the outlook the doctors have given her is really good, we have been so busy making plans related to surgeries and waiting for appointments and dates from doctors that we have been running around like crazy.  Add to that keeping up with all that’s going on with our kiddos it’s been one hectic mess.  So, to have the opportunity to go out this morning with no rush and no plans and just enjoy come good coffee, conversation, and even a little peach and quiet has been great.

I don’t really know what the next few months are going to hold for our family with surgeries, recovery, and still needing to get our support account full funded, but I do know how blessed I am to have my beautiful wife.  Even though she is scared and nervous her faith has been a blessing to me and those around us.  She is still plugging away being an awesome Mom to our kiddos too.  I pray that in the months ahead we will have many more changes of plans where we get to have quiet time together and maybe some good coffee too!