Meet My Family

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{Christmas 2016}

In this season of life, my most important ministry is my family and my home.  Yes, I am a “pastor’s wife.” And, although I love our church family dearly, I am wife and mom to my husband and my children first. 

And, I would love to introduce you to them…

Jason

We have different versions of exactly when it happened, but, the short version is this: We met in college.img_9056cfm-copyWe were married in 2001.

When we got married, we made a commitment before God and to each other, to be in it “for better, or for worse.”  In other words, for life.

We are very different from each other…but we balance each other well:
He is easy-going…I am, well, not. He sees the big picture…I focus on the details.  He sees the glass as half-full…I see it as half-empty.  He is a people person…I am more task-oriented.  He is early-to-bed…I am a night owl.

We challenge each other, we sharpen each other, we encourage each other, and we learn from each other.  And, despite the differences…or maybe because of them…I can honestly say that I am married to my best friend.

I am so thankful to be married to a man who loves the Lord far more than he loves me. (Which means he loves me very well!) He loves people, is a diligent student of God’s Word, and works hard to lead, support, and disciple his family.

He is the pastor at our church…preaching, teaching, counseling, discipling. But, he also understands that “ministry” does not start only when he walks through the doors of the church.

I know I don’t deserve him…but I am so glad that he picked me!  It is an incredible and undeserved privilege to share life and ministry with this man!

Hannah Elisabeth

Hannah Elisabeth is our sweet, creative, energetic 12-year-old.

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It is hard to believe that she is in 7th grade this year. She plays the flute in a homeschool band, and seems to be a natural. I think band practice is the highlight of her week! She is creative and artistic. She can almost always be found drawing pictures, or dreaming up stories. And, she loves being in the kitchen! She has been learning how to bake, and can’t wait to learn how to do more. And, she is an amazing big sister who entertains her little siblings, reads stories, makes up games, and changes diapers like a pro!

Titus Ryle

In God’s gracious sovereignty and perfect timing, after a miscarriage and 6 years of secondary infertility, our son, Titus Ryle, was born.img_9030cfm-copyToday, my sweet boy, is 5! He is a bundle of energy from the moment he wakes up, until (after!) his head hits the pillow at night. At home, he is one of my louder children. But, in groups (even people he is familiar with), he can be shy and quiet. He is serious and thoughtful, but completely hilarious too. He is stubborn, and strong-willed (has been from birth!). But, he also has a sweet, tender heart. He spends a good amount of time terrorizing his sisters, but he is their biggest protector. He loves trucks, dinosaurs, and reading books. He is in 1st grade this year, and has completely surprised me with his eagerness to learn. 

Rebekah Ann

Our second daughter, Rebekah Ann, just turned 4!img_9022cfm-copy

She is loud, energetic, dramatic, and silly. And, she doesn’t do anything halfway! Her favorite place to be is outside…riding her bike, kicking a soccer ball, or climbing up the slide. She has her own spunky style. She has only one volume – loud. But, I suppose, that goes with the territory of being a middle child. She is officially in Pre-K this year, and loves her school time. She is a sweet big sister, and loves playing with Rachel. They are the best of friends. It is so fun to hear them talk and sing as they fall asleep each night…and when they wake up in the mornings. She has such a sweet, tender heart, and is our family cheerleader…always so quick to encourage everyone in our family.

Rachel Susannah

Rachel Susannah is the baby of our family. She is 2 years old.

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She is a happy, silly, stubborn little girl. She has a contagious little giggle, and loves to make people laugh. She wants desperately to be a big girl, and tries so hard to keep up with her older siblings, doing whatever they are doing. She loves kitties, playing dress-up, going to church, and all things Minnie Mouse. And, she gives the best hugs.

We were expecting another little one to join our family in November of 2016, but we miscarried in April of 2016. We are sad, of course. But, we trust that even in this, God is good and sovereign. And, it continues to be our prayer that God would give us the family that would best allow us to serve and glorify Him.

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{Resurrection Sunday 2016}

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