BI: Other memorable happenings from 2011 include: our summer road trip to Washington DC and visiting close friends and family along the way; saying goodbye to dear friends who moved to Texas this past October and May; Heather going from three jobs to two and making the decision to stop working for Eastern Iowa FCA; spending time with Heather’s grandparents (all of them); Ryan finding an assistant coach to help with the 20+ girls on his volleyball team; and continuing on our journey to start a family through more advanced infertility treatments. Many of the memorable events from this year have been challenging and we are so grateful to have had the support and prayer of our friends and family. We are incredibly blessed to have you in our lives (even if you do move away eventually!). It is our prayer that God would also be at work in your lives and hearts to confirm the truths that He is good, enough, and in control in this upcoming year.
FI: We hope you are doing well and have enjoyed 2011! This advent season our church has been going through a sermon series called, “Fear Not!” The principal truths that “God is good, God is enough, and God is in control” have been transforming for us. At first it seems so basic and yet as we start to work through those truths we are reminded that God really IS good even when challenging things happen or God really IS enough even when we long to start a family, etc. The peace God has given us through these messages has been an incredible blessing. It has meant enough to us that we would like to share them with you. If you’re interested, visit www.newcovenantbible.org and navigate to the “media” section to find recent messages online. (We promise this is not a biased review, even though Heather’s dad is the pastor!). One of the things we will remember most about 2011 is mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Ryan’s grandfather, Bob Hickerson. He was a truly wonderful man and remains an inspiration to us both to choose each day to have a positive attitude and to live a life of service and joy. His common greeting was, “Happy Day!” regardless of the circumstances of that particular day. It is our prayer that his legacy would continue for generations to come. Though we miss him dearly, we rejoice in knowing that he is enjoying the rest of his “happy days” in heaven with his Savior.
BC: Ryan and Hoo Dad (his grandpa)