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Our Arrows

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Psalm 127:4

As we close on another year, I'd like to share some of the happenings this year amongst our "arrows."

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Zion

Such an energetic, fun-loving boy. He passed the 1 year mark this year. He is now 19 months old, and we all adore him so much. He likes to scream, wrestle, and play with cars. He's also taken an interest in t-ball already.

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[Just one more picture, so you can enjoy his cuteness some more.]

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Nehemiah

He is almost 4 years old. He's intelligent, funny, and particular with the way he likes things to be. He loves bugs and digging in the dirt. He played flag football twice this year and also t-ball. He prefers t-ball, especially when he gets to bat. His awesome smile still melts my heart.

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Eden

Eden will be 6 in a couple of months. (I can't hardly believe that! Where did my LITTLE girl go?) She is a joy to us, even in the struggles. Learning to live life is a journey for any child, and Eden's path is longer than others. We are trying to guide her as she journeys and grows. She has a unique intelligence (there are many https://www.learning-theories.com/gardners-multiple-intelligences-theory.html ), and, as a homeschooling family, we are committed to help each of our children grow in the way that works best for them.

The highlight for Eden this year was surrendering to Jesus as her Lord and Savior. WONDERFUL!!! We continue to have many discussions about loving Jesus as our #1 and what the bible says about various things. (Our girls love to ask questions, which is a great way to discover!)

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Nava

Nava is 7 years old, and she's quite tall. She has learned to read this year, which is a great step for her. Her confidence is still being formed, but there's been so much progress this year, that I know she'll continue forward. She suffered a broken arm this year, but she recovered quickly. A few days after having her cast removed, she was baptized in water. It was her idea and she was very excited before and after. She first said "Yes" to Jesus when we were in India in 2015, but she has continued to make the choice to put down her own ways and live God's way. The process of sanctification isn't easy, but she loves God so much and knows she can trust Him. We continue to read the bible and have discussions about God and the need to let go of our own selfishness. Nava loves deeply and is very mature in many ways. She loves to sing and wants to be a singer someday.

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Thank you for praying for our children. They are so precious to God! As their parents, we need more wisdom and grace to raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. He helps us in our weakness. We also need their cooperation as we daily experience the truth of.... "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." (Proverbs 27:17)

Yes, that verse could sum up our existence as a family. And it's a GOOD thing. We all need it.

God is guiding us to be the parents our kids need, and I still marvel at the fact God as given us FOUR precious eternal souls to raise. It's such a privilege.