Elliot's 1 Month old & Life Lately

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Things have certainly been busy this first month of Elliot's life.  He has been such a little blessing to our family. We are so happy to finally have him to hold and love on!  Ethan is such a wonderful Big brother.  It's sad that I now look at him as my big boy, but forever I will have two babies.  Elliot is making so much progress and reminds me not to blink too long on a daily basis for this precious time with my toddler and infant is fleeting.  Enjoying the moment is how I would describe life lately.  God has been so good to our family and continues to prove himself time and again.  What a privilege it is to be a child of God! 

Bro. Jimmy's Ordination & Elliot's first service
Just a quick update on what's been going on at First Church of Carthage lately:  Elliot went to his first church service at three weeks old last week.  And that same day, we were given the honor to participate in the Ordination service of one of our church members Bro. Jimmy Pyers who was called into the ministry of preaching about two years ago.  He and his wife Lesia have have two daughters and three grandchildren.  We don't know how much longer God will allow them to attend our church in Carthage since he has already been preaching at a few churches and had one ask him about becoming their pastor.  But what a blessing it is to see God work in the lives of His people.  We participated in Mission Carthage's Back to School Bash yesterday.  What an eye opener to see the needs of our community.  The purpose of the outreach was to distribute school supplies to needy families.  We were able to set up a booth and pass out bags of supplies, notebooks, paper, candy, and animal balloons.  Joshua's lungs definitely got a workout as he blew up and made over 200 animal balloons or swords yesterday.  The look on the children's faces (and their parents relief) was priceless.

Today, we had the first baptism service since our arrival in November.  McKayla Curry has been riding our van route and after being saved has been asking to be baptized for almost two months.  After ironing out the details with her family, and rescheduling twice because of family emergencies she was finally baptized this morning and what a glorious service it was.  Besides the fact that the water heater was not turned on (due to our not knowing we had a hot water heater), this will be a day that we (and she) will remember. *Note to self: wouldn't it be nice if churches had a manual for the new pastor with information where stuff like that is locates?  LOL  The Lord brought in five visitors from McKayla's family this morning for her baptism.  And were also excited about some of our van parents attending with their children this morning!

The verse I Peter 5:7 keeps ringing in my mind, "Casting all your cares upon Him for He careth for you."  Amen!


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