I am thankful for:

  • my loving husband who challenges me and encourages me to be better than I am
  • my son who is an absolute gift from God
  • the Christian heritage my grandparents started for our family
  • the ladies in my discipleship group who are becoming increasingly hungry for God
  • godly parents who showed that Holiness can be a reality in our lives
  • a sister who makes me laugh
  • being cancer free
  • my cozy home
  • food in my fridge and on my table
  • clothes on my back
  • a church family whose strength is love
  • the youth Sunday School class
  • a loving Heavenly Father is who faithful to me when I am not so faithful to Him, who cares for me and chastises me, is patient with me and rejoices over me with singing, to You O Father do I offer up my thanksgiving and praise for you are the giver of all good things.


Unseen Photos

So I realized that there were lots of older photos that we hadn't shared!! Most of these are from about 2-3 months ago but still worth showing. Enjoy!

He is such a little cutie!!! I just love this pic!

Yes, he is a thumb sucker.

I am still not quite sure how he got stuck underneath the couch, but rest assured he wasn't hurt.

His smile brightens my day :)

He was helping me fold towels...actually he was unfolding while I was trying to fold.

Isaac's first football game. He is being held by one of the ladies from our church, Wanda Hill. This year Aaron is the chaplain for our high school football team. He has really been enjoying that.

All the excitement just wore him out :)

The cheerleaders throw miniature footballs into the stands. The fella behind us caught one and gave it to Isaac. He still loves to play with it.

Aunt Hollie with Isaac.

I just love the look on his face in this pic. :)

Isaac and mommy.

Isaac and daddy playing :)


Where is that crazy cord?

Well, here I am, an evening along at home... sorta.... Isaac's already to bed... to it's about as close to an evening alone I'm going to get for a while.... but anyway... Aaron's at the football game and I was excited that I had the computer that works all to myself for a few hours. I had every intention to download the most recent pics of our family and get to posting! but low and behold I brought the wrong cord from Aaron's office. So...sorry new pictures for now. We have got some great pics now especially since Isaac is crawling like crazy and pulling himself up all the time. His new found freedom has him exploring EVERYTHING! He has within the past few weeks mastered getting around in his walker which has been amazing to see him maneuver his way around to get to what he wants...his most favorite's plants, the spices on the middle shelf of the kitchen island, any books on the piano bench, and on the list goes. It is fun to have him follow you from room to room and at a very quick pace! So even though this evening is already not quite going how I planned, I will enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasts :)


From Summer to Fall

So as I am sitting here and my computer has successfully been running for more than 10 min. (Yippeee!) I'm wondering if I should post on what all we have been up to this summer or just start from here and go forward. We have had an exciting summer and now we are already smack dab in the middle of fall. I love this time of year with the cooler weather, fall colors, football and soup :) and can't forget the sweaters and mittens. So as we look forward to the good things the Lord has in store, here is just a quick glance back over the warmer days of summer.

The summer got into full swing with our Jr. and Sr. camps. Isaac was such a trooper and we had two blessed weeks. From there I started teaching the youth Sunday School class beginning in July. I have had a burden on my heart for the youth for some time and there came an opening to teach their sunday school class. So after praying I felt like it was right to take that position. It has been a good few months of teaching and I feel like the youth are growing and beginning to have daily quiet time with the Lord. Along those same lines, the Lord has placed women's ministry on my heart for a few years now along with discipliship, so this year I have had the opportunity to combine the two! After more prayer, Aaron and I felt it was time to start a ladies discipleship group and we prayed about which ladies to ask. The first 4 that I asked all said yes and it has been a great journey. The Lord has knit the hearts of these ladies together as we have cried and shared life together and are growing in Him. It has been amazing to see the Lord working in our midst.

Home Missions Project
Later this summer we had the fun opportunity to host the Atlantic District Home Missions Project at our church. We had close to 20 youth come in from PA, WV, and VA along with our own youth. Each day they had evangelism training, went door to door inviting people to church, and helped to plan a carnival for Saturday. The youth stayed in the homes of our church members and each evening we had supper at a different ethnic restaurant from Mexican, Thai, and Nepali. It was a great week and the Lord really blessed through that time and has added numbers to the church.

Week of Giggles
After that week was up we had two special ladies (preacher's kids :) who stayed with us for another week. We loved having Amber and Delaney with us and our house was filled with lots of laughter.

The Williamson's
Later this summer we had BJ and Andrea Williamson in to visit and minister at the church. They are OMS missionaries to Ecuador and are here in the states for a few months to riase support so they can back to Ecuador. It was lots of fun to have them and their two adorable children with us for a few days.

Isaac's Dedication

Isaac James Withrow was dedicated to the Lord on August .....Our family came in for the special occassion with Annette's dad helping during the dedication ceremony. Both of Aaron's grandma's came from Pennsylvania with his parents and it was great having them here for a few days. It was a special time remembering that Isaac is not ours but the Lord's child and we have been entrusted with his care and teaching him the ways of the Lord.
As you can tell we have had lots of visitors this summer and loved every one of them! We counted and we had people staying with us almost 6 full weeks this summer. So this was just a quick look back to see what all has gone on this summer. It has been a very busy one but we are thankful to the Lord for his graciousness and our growth through it.


A Few Quick Pics



Computer Problems

Hello friends and family. You may have wondered what has happened to us these last few weeks since we have not done very well posting. To put it in a nutshell, we're having computer problems with Annette's computer. So, hopefully it won't shut down before we get this bog posted! We are hoping to get it all worked out in the weeks ahead and be posting more regularly again. So until next time....


A Week of Special Friends

Sometimes I don't realize how long it's been since I last posted. As different things happen, I always think, I should post that! But I never write it down and so many things have flown out of my memory and most likely you will not see it on here. So let's see what all I can recapture for you.

It has been a whirlwind recently with activities at the church and lots of company at the house. (I may have to get my calendar out :) We had a wonderful VBS that started off our busy streak. This year we used the Veggie Tale pirates as our theme. It was lots of fun to see everyone dressed up. We had some special friends with us during that time. (Two families actually) Shawn and Donna Bupp and their three beautiful girls are missionaries with Harvest Aviation. ( They are a wonderful family and the Lord allowed us to share our home with them during that week. It was a refreshing time and we enjoyed getting to know them better. During this time we also had some friends from Kentucky, John and Karen Nealis, come for a visit. Yes, we had quite a house full and loved every minute of it!! There was lots of laughter and joy that week and we are very thankful to the Lord for his timing and provision. Our VBS went very well and we had a very large attendence that week. Praise the Lord!! We took a small retreat one day during the VBS week and went to the Asheboro Zoo with the Nealis's, Donna and the girls, and Isaac and me. Do not fear, this turtle wasn't real :) We all had a good time and made it back just in time for VBS that night. Needless to say we were all exhausted that night and ready when bedtime rolled around.

I think this will be the end of this post. There is lots more to tell so check in soon :)


The Last few months in Pictures

Our vacation this year was over the Memorial Day Holiday. In our travelings we had the opportunity to stop in Washington DC the Saturday of that weekend. We met up with a friend of ours, John Tilley, who is one of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington. Unforuntely we were just "passing through" and were only in DC for a few hours. We spent all of that time in Arlington and walked almost the whole way around the cemetary. It was a very special day to be there and quite sobering. We appreciate all of our men and women in uniform that give their life for our country.

The Outer Banks
Our vacation started off heading to Corolla, NC on the Outer Banks. We had a wonderful time visiting with Annette's family. Here are some pics from the first leg of our journey.

My cousin Ben's son David was absolutely fascinated by Isaac. He sat there for quite some time that day just watching him sleep. He was constantly asking for him. It was really fun.

Here is Isaac being held by Annette's mom and played with by Grandma Williamson. He got alot of extra attention that week!

Isaac looks quite cozy here being held by his daddy. I love this pic.

Isaac and my cousin Ty playing.

My cousin Nathan and his newphew David.

My cousin Nate and his wife Leah. They are expecting a little baby girl in just a few weeks!

Grandpa (Annette's dad) and his little buddy.

Aunt Loretta and her grandson David playing Go Fish

New Castle, PA
The last leg of our trip was in New Castle. It was great to see alot of Aaron's family in such a short amount of time. This was the first time that Aaron's grandma's and sister had gotten to see Isaac. His parents hosted a Memorial Day picnic with all the family invited and to also celebrate Gram West's 80th birthday. She knew about the gathering, but the surprise was on Gram for it was in honor of her birthday :) We had a wonderful time and we glad we could make it for the special occassion.

Isaac and Papaw Withrow playing. I'm not sure who's having the most fun: Isaac or Papaw :)

We were busy picking up last minutes things for the picnic, including balloons for Gram's birthday. Thankfully we had taken our van, otherwise I don't think they would have ever gotten those balloons in a car. As it was, Rebecca rode like that the whole way home. Thankfully we didn't have too far to go!

Aaron and his cousin with her little baby boy. Him and Isaac were born only a few days apart.

Part of the gang playing a few games of Canasta after the crowd dwindled down. Gram West, Gary, and Uncle Larry all played while Aunt Carrie looked on.

Aaron's sister Rebecca with her son Colson and Isaac.

Uncle Aaron bought some fireworks and firecrackers. Here the kids are having a blast running around the yard with their sparklers. This made me slightly nervous, but they had a great time and it made some really neat pictures.

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