1st Birthday Celebration

Today we are celebrating James and Jerard's first birthday with a come and go birthday party from 2 - 5 this afternoon.

But today's birthday party for James and Jerard is not just a celebration of their first year of life.

In my mind it is also a celebration of all that God has brought
us through as a family this year.

It has not been an easy transition for any of us, growing from a family of 5 to 7. We have each had our own struggles in this process that God has called us in to.

I am thankful to God for Kurt, Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben.
Each of us has grown and been stretched in many ways these past 10 months with the addition of James and Jerard to our family.

But our God, who is rich in mercy and grace has enriched each of us. We are continuing to grow in His way, not only as individuals, but as a family.

Kurt asked Mikayla yesterday if given the choice, would she choose to go back to life the way it was in Michigan, or stay on the field as a missionary family. She said, "stay on the field as a missionary family."

We are thankful to God for His calling us into missions.

We are thankful to God for the ways He is growing us.

We are thankful to God for bringing James and Jerard into our lives. They are sweet little boys.

We will post pictures after today's festivities are done!

Thanks for all your prayers!