Thursday, December 22, 2016

Our Year in Review!

Dear Family and Friends,                                      December 2016
     Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year to each and everyone of
   How thankful we are that Jesus truly is the Reason for the Season! God is in control of everything that happens in our lives! There is nothing that He doesn't know or care about and there are no surprises with Him. We are so thankful for a God who knows all things even in the uncertainties in our nation and our future ahead...God knows, cares about us and has a plan in all he allows. We can rest assured that NOTHING can come to us unless it first comes past our loving Heavenly Father and if it comes past Him that He allows it for our good in some way or other.
    Our year began in January with a hard blow when we learned that our little one who we were eagerly looking forward to arriving in August was going home to Jesus, when Carissa had a tubal pregnancy and emergency surgery. It was hard to let another little one go Home to Heaven but we saw God's hand leading through it too. It was no surprise to Him and for some reason He allowed it because He sees the bigger picture in our lives.
    Even with everything that happened we were glad we could still make it up to Canada for Conroy's youngest brother's wedding in January.
    Conroy continues to keep busy with EMS work with our local ambulance service. He is doing less yard care and carpentry jobs because our family business Doorpost Vinyl Designs continues to grow and orders keep coming in, which is a blessing. Whether it's a verse for the wall, a 4X8 sign for a business, decals for business trucks, or a canvas for the wall....he keeps busy filling orders.
    I (Carissa) keep busy with homeschooling and keeping up with a busy 2 year old, as well other things that go with running a home. I've been enjoying sewing for the ladies in our family as I have time. Conroy bought me a Silhouette cutter so I'm looking forward to do some scrap booking this winter and hopefully catch up with picture albums again this winter.
    We also enjoyed celebrating our 10th anniversary in September with a relaxing and refreshing time together by going to an overnight get away at a Bed and Breakfast about 1&1/2 hours from here.
    Laticia Faith at 8, is in the third grade and doing well. It's a blessing to seeing her picking up more books and reading them on her own. She likes to help her Daddy with the signs and decals when she can. It's also a great blessing to see her heart open to Jesus and her desire to follow Him!
   Lanae Delight at 2, is a “delight” to our home and family as well. She loves to do what big sister does. If big sister has her hair done, then she needs her hair done. Even though her vocabulary is still quite limited, she understands a lot of what we say and she can communicate her desires.
    We've also had a busy summer and fall with gardening, canning, and going on several trips to Canada to spend time with family, one to Kansas in April for a Troyer Reunion, as well one to Virgina when Carissa's Grandpa Alger passed away. We've also gone to Minnesota a couple of times to help Carissa's sister Monica and Jesse Rensberry who are building a house.
    God has been good to us and we are thankful for His many blessings.  He knows what the future holds and we are so glad that we do not need to fear. As a precious promise out of Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
May God richly bless each of you!
With Love in Christ, ~ The Loewens