Tom and I married on June 15, 2002, in Burlington, IA, my hometown. And 8 years and three four kids later, here we are. We met through my brother and sister-in-law and started dating after being in a bible study together.
It was a great beginning.
Four months later we were engaged. We married after my junior year at Bethel and little did I know that when I graduated I was newly pregnant with our oldest daughter Eliza. Tom is God’s perfect match for me…the evidence of that mounts each year (or day) we’re together. He is kind, smart, and a good provider. Never has someone known my faults so well and still valued me and my opinion so much. He inspires me to go hard after God. Life is a great adventure that I love being on with him.
Eliza means “Consecrated to God.”
At age 7, she brings much joy to our lives. She is much the opposite of me, which provides great entertainment each day. She is very artistic, organized, and helpful. She likes to try new things. She does well with her school work and wants to be the best at things. We are praying that God will continue to cultivate her tender heart to love Him and others.
“You make known to me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
Seth means “Appointed of God.”
At age 5, Seth is funny and fast. His sense of humor is well-developed for his young age and his love of cars is arguably unmatched. Once his affection is earned, it is very loyal and strong. We are praying that God would make him loyal and obedient to Christ the Savior in all things.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16
Elianna means “The Lord has Answered.”
At 3 years old, Elianna is (still) a smiling machine. We often find ourselves wondering, “Did we have this much fun with the other two?” I guess there’s a level of comfort with the third. She likes other people and, is a very social little girl. She loves to talk and twirl and does so with gusto. We pray God will one day take her words and use them for the spread of His Gospel.
“By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.” Psalm 65:5
Evangeline means “Messenger of Good News.”
Evangeline, 1-year-old, is a silly, sweet, babbling machine! She’s a blessing day after day after day. She is doted on by her three older siblings. We love watching her develop and grow. God’s handiwork in creating new life is beautiful and amazing!
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16a