Thanks Given

First and foremost I’d like to say Happy Thanksgiving! Blaire and I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s taken the time out to see what we’re up to and what God’s been up to in our lives. We know that none of this would be possible without prayer, friendship and all those who have decided to partner with us! It really is a humbling gift to live with gratitude for so many. That being said this has been an eventful month!

Breakthrough in the city!We were able to visit New York City with our close friends the Lee’s… and we loved it!

Later on in the month the Peviani’s, (our parents on Blaire’s side,) came to visit us! We were able to see Boston, Cap Code and the North Shore as the leaves were changing… which I have not captured a single pictures of.

In other news, Blaire has decided to apply to Gordon-Conwell to begin a degree in Christian Studies! We are both ecstatic about this decision to continue to pursue God’s calling on her life in this way! We would love and appreciate your prayer for this and for survival as the temperature has been around zero degrees this week. You may be able to see our excitement in this picture of the first snow which historically took place in NOVEMBER.

First Snow

Our Favorite Quotes Right Now…

“There is more than one sort of prison, Captain, I sense that you carry yours wherever you go.” – Chirrut Îmwe (Rogue One)

“I Freed a Thousand Slaves. I Could Have Freed a Thousand More If Only They Knew They Were Slaves” – A Book by Dhirubhai Patel on Harriet Tubman

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Phil 4:11). “Paul was not dependent upon any external circumstances. This is the true secret of Christian contentment, wherever it is found. We cannot make our own circumstance; we cannot keep away the sickness, the pain, the sorrow, the misfortune from our life; yet as Christians we are meant to live in any and all experiences in unbroken peace, in sweet restfulness of soul.” Contentment by J.R. Miller

Boston in the Fall

This year will be our first fall together with changing leaves. Massachusetts is an amazing place this time of year. Blaire and I finally found time to go to downtown Boston and see part of the incredible history of our country. We walked down the Liberty Trail; “a 2.5 mile path through downtown Boston, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States.” We got to visit businesses and homes that have been standing for hundreds of years. We feel blessed to live so close to a city with that much history, and we’re thankful for such a great experience. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place to study God’s word than Gordon-Conwell… But then you step outside and have to blame Adam and Eve because the temperature could not have been this cold in the Garden of Eden.

We haven’t had a Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania, at my parents house, in four years. Blaire and I have been living and serving in sunny Mexico (thanks to the generosity and love of our entire support family.) During our time across the border we were privileged to spend the holidays with the fantastic Peviani crew, which includes the loving company of the Davis’, Bisant’s, McGuirks, Hillier’s, Holly’s, and so many more deeply kind families! I have missed having a holiday surrounded by childhood memories, but these past few years God has blessed me with a new selfless and caring family. After our delicious turkey dinner in PA my family took out some old home movies (on VHS) of when we were growing up and causing trouble. As we sat in the same house we saw in the old videos, we laughed and we cried. I am so thankful for all the incredible memories we’ve shared as a family and it felt significant to be able to share them with Blaire for the first time. It seems cliché but I was honored to be thankful on Thanksgiving. Thankful for love, support, Blaire, my family, my friends, and for where God has guided us. Thank you to everyone who has helped us make this possible, and know that we’re praying for you.

Favorite quotes right now…

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything.”  ― Timothy J. Keller, The Meaning of Marriage

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.
― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory