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…
We have different versions of exactly when it happened, but, the short version is this: We met in college.We 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 is our sweet, creative, energetic 11-year-old.
Hannah turned 11 in April! Entirely too grown up for my liking. But, it is a joy to watch her grow in to a sweet, creative, beautiful young lady! She is in 6th grade this year. She continues to love animals, and Creation-Science steadfastly remains her favorite subject. She joined a homeschool band this year, and is learning to play the flute. She seems to be a natural, and is absolutely loving it! I never have to remind her to practice. She loves being in the kitchen. She has been learning how to bake, and wants to learn how to do more. She changes diapers like a pro, is helping with potty training, entertains little people, reads stories, makes up games, and is just a wonderful and creative big sister! And, despite their age differences, she adores and genuinely enjoys her brother and sisters!
Our son, Titus Ryle, was born on February 7, 2012! We are so thankful for the precious, unexpected blessing that is this little boy!
Titus turned 4 in February! He has grown up so much this year! Starting with the fact that he is now fully potty-trained! He is in kindergarten this year, and, has eagerly jumped into our school days! He just may be my academic. He asks for more work than I have planned, he is disappointed when his schoolwork is completed for the day, and has been known to cry when I tell him we don’t do school on Saturdays. He is still all boy, and loves to run around outside. I think the back yard may be his favorite part of the house! He still loves his trains, cars, and tools. But, monster trucks are his newest obsession, and he tells me he is going to be a monster truck driver when he grows up. He has also promised to take me for a ride in his monster truck. He is in a unique position as the little-big brother. So, appropriately, he alternates between terrorizing his sisters, and protecting them from the anonymous “bad guys”. He cheerfully entertains his baby sister, and loves to make her smile and laugh with his goofy faces and silly noises.
Our second daughter, Rebekah Ann, was another wonderfully unexpected blessing! She was born on October 10, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and just like her brother and sister before her, measured 21 inches long!
Rebekah will turn 3 years old in October. She is full of energy, curiosity, and stubborn determination. She has only one volume – loud. But, I suppose, that goes with the territory of being a middle child. She has joined her big brother and sister at the school table this year, and is officially in preschool! (We did some preschool work last year, but her attention span was quite short!) She is excited to “do school” each year, and has an incredible memory! She is a sweet big sister, and loves playing with Rachel, and ironically, given how difficult it was to convince her that bed was not an evil place of punishment, she has been a big help in getting Rachel to nap and sleep in her crib! She sings and talks to her as they fall asleep at night and during their afternoon “quiet” time. (Which is rarely quiet.)
Rachel Susannah was born on March 23, 2015, at 2:17 p.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and is the shorty of the group, measuring “only” 20 1/2 inches long.
This little girl turned 1 in March! She is a happy, silly, stubborn little girl. She wants desperately to be a big girl, and to keep up with her older siblings. She stared walking just before her first birthday. She wants to sit at the table, not in her high chair. She loves to climb on to the couch, or someone’s lap with a book. And, pretty much, she just wants to be doing whatever her brother and sisters are doing. Although most people may need a translator, she talks a lot. I love hearing her sing and pray before bed. She was our star sleeper until she started teething. But, now that she has a number of teeth, her sleeping super-powers seem to have returned. (We are all enjoying a little more rest than we’ve had in years!)
We were expecting another little one to join our family in November of 2016, but the Lord had other plans. We miscarried in April of 2016. We are, of course, sad. But, we trust that even in this, God is good and sovereign. It continues to be our prayer that God would give us the family that would best allow us to serve and glorify Him.
They’re my favorites.