Dear Friends and Family,
Our hearts are full today as we remember six months ago today, June 25th, the day of Amos’ first brain surgery. Words cannot describe the joy of seeing Amos and Luke together this morning as we celebrate so many things but especially Jesus’ Birthday. Mary said it best when she says, in Luke’s gospel,
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
We want to thank all of you for the many ways that you have stood with us in prayer, sorrow, and thanksgiving this year. Christmas has never held such significance as we’ve seen the weight of the world and the glorious gift of our Savior with new eyes.
Thank you for the cards and gifts from SO many of you. It has been a delight to hear from family, friends, and neighbors and to receive gifts from those far (Cambridge!) and near and even from many whom we have never met before. Your generosity is a testament to the love of Christ.
While we were not able to get Christmas cards out this year, we wanted to share some photos that were taken by Katie, a new friend who was referred to us by a friend from Grove City College, Autumn. Both are fabulous photographers and collaborated to give us the gift of this photo shoot. We are so grateful!
Merry Christmas from Will, Kelli, Amos, and Lucas. May Christ fill your hearts and homes this year and always.
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Gorgeous pictures, Kelli! Everyone looks wonderful. Love you guys- Merry Christmas!
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Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family–giving Glory to God and trusting in Him while on a hard road! So thankful you were able to celebrate Christmas with your two boys and your family. Thankful for the reminders that you are loved by our Heavenly Father as shown by His people on this earth who love you! Praying in NC for His continued protection, leading and healing in the New Year!
I am blessed by your message and these wonderful photos that show how wonderfully God is working to heal Amos. Your strength and faith is so uplifting and encouraging. May He continue to bless all, especially Amos with total healing. Merry Christmas and a very blessed 2016.
Lynn Auten (Friends with your grandparents, Jerry and Patty)
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Oh my goodness. Seeing your joyous bright sweet faces all together as a family was my favorite Christmas gift this year. Maybe my favorite for many Christmases.
A very merry Christmas to all of you… The photos of the wiggling and giggling made my day..may god bless
Merry Christmas! Beautiful family, beautiful pictures!!
Continued love and prayers to you all.
Beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas to you all🎄
Thank you Ross’ for the photos they are beautiful, but most especially thank you for allowing our family to walk with you in this journey of yours. God is an awesome God. Blessings to you all!
Merry Christmas! Beautiful pictures. Looking forward to seeing what Great plans God has for you in the New Year.
Wonderful pictures, beautiful family! I’m deeply blessed by your steadfast love for God and His Word during this difficult trial. My name is Lydia Hsu. I’m a member of MnM and got an email from Jen Oei about Amos. Since receiving the email my family and I have been praying for Amos multiple times daily. I love receiving the updates and I love Amos so dearly. God is with you and He will heal powerfully. Please keep updating us about Amos and how everyone is doing.
What great pictures these are. We r so glad to be able to keep track of the progress of your family through email and Grandma Patty and Grandpa Jerry. We had pizza with them tonight. We will keep up,our prayers and look forward to more good news in the coming NewYear. We had a wonderful Christmas Season celebrating the birth of our Savior as I’m sure you all did. May God keep blessing your family.
Beautiful pictures! Beautiful family! God bless you all!