Greetings and God’s blessings from the Ennen family to you this Christmas season! We hope that the season finds you all healthy and happy!
As I look back over 2009, I remember being very busy, but I’m not sure I can tell you exactly what we’ve been busy doing as it has been so many things! We ended 2008 and started off 2009 in Alabama visiting Grammy and Papa Luttrell. The kids got to play in the sand on the beach at the Gulf of Mexico – their first time seeing a body of water that big! We did lots of fun things while down there including mini-golf, the USS Alabama, and even eating at Lambert’s!
Spring brought some family fishing days and a trip to Iowa to visit a new neice/cousin, a trike-a-thon and preschool graduation for Ty, another dance recital, church musical and an appendectomy for Anne.
Camps (2 for Anne, 1 for Ty, and 1 for the family), t-ball and riding on two wheels (Ty), Cardinals and Grizzlies games, the zoo, and visits from Aunt Stephie, Aunt Joy and their families, as well as cousins Patrick and Kym, made for lots of fun times during the summer. Our sweet kitty, Pumpky, passed away in June, but thanks to a friend, Nala and Scuttle have moved in to our home to be our next pets. It has been great fun getting to know and love them.
Kindergarten was Ty’s new destination on the first day of school, and Anne joined ranks with the other third grade students. They are both loving school, and loving that they are there together. When it came time for the first quarter grades, Anne made the honor roll! (Third Grade is when they start getting actual letter grades.) She was also chosen by her class as the student of the month for October – the character trait being emphasized was self-control. Ty has begun reading and it is really fun to watch him sounding out words everywhere he goes. I particularly like it when he reads books to me instead of asking me to read to him. It’s hard to believe that Anne is almost 9 and Ty is 6. Time really does fly by when you are having fun.
Work at the church for me and at Carlisle Syntec for Mike has gone well this year. No major changes – just continued steadiness. Mike got his 5-year award in October, and I have now been at the church for 9 years. God is good and is teaching us much, and we are grateful to have our jobs in what has been a shaky economic climate.
As we bring this year to a close, we offer this prayer for each one of you (from Ephesians 1:15:-19):
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
May 2010 be a year in which your eyes are opened to see the hope that surrounds you each day.