Friday, December 6, 2013

Sad but thankful goodbyes...

We said "good-bye" to our home of 15 years this evening with a prayer of thankfulness and for blessings to the new family. We walked through each room and talked about our memories. It amazes me how much life was lived there. Joe led us and it was good for all our hearts. We talked about the many colors Emily's bedroom had been painted, the time her friend Shelby ran straight into the sliding glass doors... times spent with friends and family... the kitchen stove where we found a 18 month old Nate asleep one night... memories of our dog Bella... if I closed my eyes and listened, I'm sure the walls could talk and I'm sure I heard the faint echos of my newborn babies cries...
This is the longest Joe or I have lived in any one any one address in our whole lives.  Of course, this is the only corner of the world the kids have ever called home.
We all cried until we got about 20 minutes away, to Pinebluff, actually.
For the moment we can be found in a rental house... we'll keep looking as more houses come on the market-- the right one must just not be ready yet!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

School Pictures

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It's official!  Joe's ordination trials were passed yesterday and his call to
Covenant Presbyterian Church has been approved by the Central Carolina Presbytery. 
Ordination Service has been planned
by the session for this coming Sunday night
June 2 at 6pm
at Covenant Presbyterian Church
217 Midway Rd  Rockingham, NC 28379
(910) 817-9556
Refreshments will follow in the church fellowship hall

We are excited to begin serving at Covenant and appreciate all prayers as we continue to see the Lord at work!

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Monday, May 20, 2013

Joe's graduation from Reformed Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity is May 25th!!!
We are very excited and would feel priviledged if you could join us...
for a Graduation Celebration party that evening,

May 25th at 6pm at Thagard Park

located at 12 South Lakeshore Drive in Whispering Pines
Life is soon to change for us as Joe has accepted a call to pastor Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Rockingham, NC!
We hope to get our house up for sale in the next few weeks and move to Rockingham and start getting involved in the community there this summer!!!
It is with bittersweetness that we say goodbye to our time here in Moore county but look forward with anticipation to all the Lord has in store for us.
(and those of you who know me well, know that as usual, I have ran out of time to get ALL the invitations in the mail... I tried and made a good attempt, but want to make sure you know YOU have been a blessing to us on this journey-- every prayer said has been appreciated and every act of service a reminder to us of God's goodness!!! So please join us if you can, in celebrating ALL of these good things!)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Saturday...

Quietness fills our home this Saturday evening.  I can almost hear the walls sighing.  We had such a wonderful weekend last week with family visiting from Tennessee.  Our house was filled with lots of laughter, smells of good food and sweet fellowship, it was nourishment for our souls.  For that we are so thankful.

We've had a few weeks of constant noise with constant studying for the written portion of Joe's licensure exams.  Those are finished, now he waits for the date to meet with the exams committee, then the final examination by presbytery February 23.  In a few weeks we will know if he is licensed to preach or if he goes back to study more and re-take exams.

Each day this week has brought it's own to-do list.  Today included being an overnight refuge for Aunt Judi from paint fumes, Nate's basketball game, a friend's birthday party, and helping Emily shave her legs for the first time.
In the morning we will be at the church whose search committee is working to call their next pastor... it's an exciting time, but for today we live here and wait.  Graduation is three + months away, nothing will be certain for a couple of months, I'm sure.  We never do anything the proper easy way. 

We are praying for our nephew Sam, who is still in the hospital having a very rough time with painful Colitis.  The Lord is working, several days of IV medication, a few procedures and he seems to be improving.  Our hearts are heavy for all that they go through and the weariness that threatens their hearts. 

Today, I am thankful for quiet conversation, stolen moments pondering the future and sipping good coffee.  I am thankful for the ability to pray for our family and friends.  I am thankful for living right where we are with friends who will miss us, friends who share good coffee, friends who drop by to bring me my favorite green beans, friends who text to ask if we need anything while they are out, friends who share their hearts and tears with us... and the new friends who will be brought to us in the future.  This is a good place to be, this in-between and I plan to savor every moment.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Merry Christmas 2012 & a very Happy New Year!!

We love the way each of you comes to mind, with the memories of times spent together and the expectancy of times to be shared in the future. Even in this busy time of seminary, work, and school there have been some wonderful opportunities! We spent some time in Washington DC with friends (Loretta's & the kids first visit), spent a summer with a wonderful sitter for the kids and lots of pool time, and took a quick trip to the beach in September. We had visits with cousins, hosted our niece Kayla's high school graduation party, and had a terrific trip to Williamsburg, VA area in the spring, with time for visiting with family. We have also had some visitors to our house, and especially love those times. We look forward to more visits with all of you!

Nate seems to literally grow daily, he is seven and in first grade. For him, life is about eating, sleeping and playing. He is enjoying being able to read, but not the process so much. He seems to be a whiz at Math, loves art, recess and...LUNCH. His easy going, caring spirit warms our hearts, makes us laugh, and brightens our lives. He is playing basketball now and is planning what sport will be next. His gross motor skills still amaze us, he says he is the best jump roper in first grade. We BELIEVE him. His “best day ever” is when he and Daddy get to cut wood, pound nails, shoot hoops, play catch, play light sabers or his Wii Lego Star Wars game- he likes boy time! But, he still LOVES his sister and works hard to try to beat her at Chess or his most recent favorite game, Battleship. He says his biggest memory from 2012 is our trip to Myrtle Beach and getting to play putt-putt and go bowling. He gave up his life long dream of being a scuba diver, and now wants to be an A-10 Warthog pilot. We tell him he needs to get more specific.

Emily is in 6th grade! We still have to pinch ourselves to actually believe this. She discovered she enjoys tennis, is in demand for sleepovers and time with well-loved friends, is reading voraciously (any suggestions of good books appreciated!), and is quickly becoming a good piano player. She is struggling through 6th grade Latin, wonders why studying History is important...and seems to excel at Math and Writing. She has become a part of our church youth group, enjoyed a summer Middle School Bible study and recently went to her first Beach Blast Retreat in November. When asked, she said her biggest memory of 2012 will be, “becoming a preacher's daughter”. She considers the grown up possibilities of a professional Momma, teacher, artist and writer. Unfortunately, she will probably have to give up anyone's idea of having a pediatric cardiologist in the family as she has come to realize that she literally gets pale and clammy at the site of blood. As we move through all the changes that 2013 will have for our family, Emily is learning what it means to truly trust and serve the God who loves her and is drawing her heart to be more like Christ.

Loretta is working at the Cardiology office and is blessed to be in such a great workplace. She is always looking for new recipes for the crock pot, shortcuts for housework and a strategy for using coupons. She got to be a chaperone at Emily's recent youth group trip. Giggly 6th & 7th graders = no sleep! She tries not to let her security rest in the number of pairs of clean underwear everyone has to spare or how together everyone may seem. God is bigger than all her fears, and as the Lord leads she is trying to follow joyfully. 

Joe has finished his fall class work. Graduation is ONLY FIVE months away! Mark your calendars, May 25th is the day. He has been helping with the Lego Robotics Club and a few chapel services at the kids' school. He looks forward to dusting off his running shoes in May (his words!) and reading what he would like to read. He has had the wonderful opportunity to occasionally fill the pulpit of Ellerbe Presbyterian Church whose pastor retired in February. This congregation along with our own Sandhills Presbyterian Church have blessed and encouraged us in astonishing ways. We are beginning to get a glimpse of the possibilities of a call to pastor a church, and what lies ahead is very humbling and exciting! 

We are ever so grateful for the prayers, support, love and encouragement that you have showered upon us. It continues to be humbling and overwhelming what God has done for us in 2012...and it onlymakes us even more thrilled to see what is next!
 In this coming year, our family will be praying for your family...

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your
whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. 

May the Lord bless you richly,
Joe, Loretta, Emily, Nate