our time in the states

as we celebrate the new year, we're looking back in thankfulness for 2011. we have seen the Lord deepen and solidify so many of our relationships here, bless us with a home, take us through our German courses, provide for our every need, and most importantly, glorify Himself through His grace and love toward us. 

we are especially thankful for our trip to the States that we were able to take from november to december, to see our family and friends over the holiday season. we celebrated the wedding of our dear friends taylor and david, michael's birthday with his family, marah's birthday with our dear friends nate and alex on a fun getaway, Thanksgiving with marah's family and Christmas three times. we visited our favorite restaurants (seafood! burgers! tapas!), got together as much as possible with our most beloved friends, and soaked in our precious time with family.  

we are overwhelmed, thinking about God's grace toward us through His Son Jesus Christ and that He is willing to bless us above and beyond that, showing us His love and provision in every little way. let's enter into this new year together, knowing He who has called us is faithful!

we love you all & leave you with a handful of pictures from our trip....


  1. Beautifully said and beautifully shown! We love you and miss you, but praise the Lord for His love, grace & provision! Happy New Year!

    Florida Mom :o)

  2. Such an amazing blessing to be with you both for Thanksgiving. We all love you & miss you so much, but know that you are in the Lord's will & are where you are meant to be.

    Melody & Fam