FC: Bradley Woodward | Carol Woodward | Est. 1974
1: May this book be an encouragement to you both and remind you of God's faithfulness throughout each and every step of your journey in life. Given with love, January 2011
3: Richard and Pauline Woodward
6: David and Betty Schmelzer
7: Brad Woodward
8: Carol Woodward
12: married on June 15, 1974
14: Brad, with my faith and love, Today I take you to be my wedded husband to have and to hold from this day forward, For better or For worse, For richer or poorer, In sickness and in health to love, Cherish and obey until the Lord takes us unto Himself. According to God's holy ordinance and there to I pledge to you my faith.
26: Dad- I’ve learned how to become the man I am because of you. I’ve learned to value relationships above all else, to work hard and play hard, to love my family and God, and to not be afraid to think, plan, and dream. Your example allows me to be moderate in a society that won’t, express my ideas with passion and confidence, and lead others in the way I saw you lead our family. Your thoughtful nature, attention to the Word, and joy for life even amidst the last several difficult years continues to inspire and motivate me to do more and better. From playing catch with me when I was a young boy, to our talks each morning on the way to J.B. Thomas, to this year’s Victory Rally, I appreciate it all and can’t wait for what’s next. Mom- I know how to serve others well because of you. There isn’t a mother or a wife who has done more for their family. I don’t think that I have the spiritual gift of being a “helper” like you, but I feel fortunate to have had your example in front of me as I matured. One could say I’ve made a pretty decent career, up to this point, off of what I learned from you. I also like to think that my “zest for learning” comes from you. I don’t know anyone else who is as intellectually curious as you are, or anyone who is as talented as you are in such a variety of areas. I literally do not know of one thing that I feel is beyond your scope of being able to figure out and do well. Beyond all your talents is a level of graciousness and genuine concern for others that I respect deeply. From making me feel proud when I brought back picked blackberries for a crisp, to helping me with way too many school projects, to having fun with you this summer in AR, I appreciate it all and can’t wait for what’s next. With love from your son Jonathan
29: Mom – When my Mom first met you, she said, “No wonder Jon loves you – you’re just like his mother.” For all of our similarities and differences, I’m humbled by the comparison. The first summer Jon and I were dating, there’s one conversation I hold dear to my heart – having not yet met, we talked for at least an hour – about nothing and about everything. I appreciated your warmth and welcome then as much as I do now. I appreciate that you have always accepted me for who I am, celebrated my strengths, and laughed with me about my weaknesses. You’ve never judged; always encouraged. One of the things I appreciate most is your ability to have just the right words at just the right time – through email, through letters, through a phone call. Your words are always just what I needed to hear. Thank you for accepting me as a daughter; I feel so blessed to count you not as a mother-in-law, but as a Mother and friend. | Dad – Before I met you, I knew what kind of a man you were and are. You are the person Jon most admires, respects, looks to for advice, and emulates. Obviously, all children should feel that way about their fathers – but thank you for being so worthy of his admiration. You live a life worth following – setting an example of what it means to be a Christian, a spouse, and a father. We are currently reading, “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus,” and I want to share one section with you: “The mission of a rabbi was to become a living example of what it means to apply God’s Word to one’s life. A disciple apprenticed himself to a rabbi because the rabbi had saturated his life with Scripture and had become a true follower of God.” Thank you saturating yourself in God’s Word, obeying His call to teach, and giving us all the privilege to see Him through you. With love and admiration, Sarah
31: Mom and Dad, First of all I love you both very much. You've both sacrificed so much for me to be who I am today. Mom- you care very deeply for me and your entire family. Your encouraging words about relationships and God, affect many of my major decisions. Thank you for helping me with home work, scripture memorization, and all of your wonderful cooking. To me, you define a selfless servant. Dad- You are a sage...very wise and a bit of goof ball :) Thank you for your scriptural insight and wisdom regarding how I ought to balance life as a man. I remember fondly all of the trips we made to baseball games, bee shots and for all the hours you worked to provide a nice home for me. I really enjoy the time I spend with you, thank you for staying together all of these years. Love- Luke
36: Thank you for who you are and the example you have set for our family. I have always admired your focus, strength, and desire to be more like Christ. You have been the rock all of our family has looked toward and you have always pointed us back to our Savior. You have been an incredible father and grandfather and your will to carry on in difficult times has been encouraging and inspiring. I have seen in so many ways the amazing leadership and determination you have passed down to your children and the strength to take a stand for what is right. Thank you for all your time, energy, and love you have poured into our family and for the example you have set for us all. I pray the Lord strengthens you and takes away your pain and suffering and I know that one day in some way He will. I look forward to the day we will all be together forever with Him, pain and struggle free. May the Lord bless you and Carol more than you have blessed all of us. We love you Brad and pray you heal quickly. We look forward to seeing you again, and hopefully that will be soon! God'’s blessings on you. Your daughter in Christ, Jessica We love you Papa! Tish and Matt Jr.
38: Dad and Mom, I just wanted to write you a quick note to tell you how much you mean to me. Now that I am a father and I am dealing with issues that I can only imagine pale in comparison to some of the stunts I pulled when I was growing up. I do want to thank you for giving me a chance to grow older, I am sure there were days that made you pray extra fervently to our Lord! Dad, thank you for the things that you taught me in Church, on the field, in the garage and during the course of a day. That time that you shared with me has helped mold my character into what it is today. Ultimately I want to thank you for introducing me to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at a young age. Continually stumbling through life up to this day knowing that He has His hands out to catch me is the most blessed assurance that we can have on this earth. To understand that no matter what Church you are a part of, you are always a part of the Body of Christ. Please know that I am praying for you always. Your continued guidance, support and prayers for my family and I are greatly appreciated. I pray that this note finds you well every time you read it. Mom, the days of 8FT and 4SE&H are gone for me, but soon they will enter again into my life. Your grandchildren at 6 & 7 already have a large appetite and I am sure it will surpass even mine soon. I want to thank you for feeding me, clothing me, washing me and in general caring for me! Those things were the basic necessities that I would not have had without the loving care and guidance from you on a daily basis. I am sorry for the days you lost sleep and sometimes hair because of me, I know that your patience was continually tried because of me and of course the 3 other rascals that you continually cared for throughout your tiresome days at our home. I continually pray for a restful day to come your way, I know that you guys have many things that require continual supervision on both of your behalf’s. Thank you for raising me the way you did and redirecting my thoughts and vision towards God on a minute to minute basis! Thank you both for showing me a relationship that is loving and is full of respect for each other. The example you continually give to me reinforces that I still have much to learn not only about my relationship with Jessica but also with my children Patricia Ann and Matthew Jr. I know I still have many things to learn especially when it comes to my temper but please be patient with me and continue to help me even when the situation is uncomfortable. Please know that I love you and I pray for God to do His will in all of our lives! His Grace and Mercy abounds! All my love, Your son Matthew David
41: Dad and Mom- I am so blessed to be a part of the Woodward family, God in his goodness allowed me to be born into our family. Thank you so much for nurturing me in my walk with the Lord. My foundation in Christ began through you both at an early age. Dad, I am astonished by your determination to live out each day as an adventure and gift bestowed upon you by the Lord. This attitude of thankfulness and joy in living has given me resolve to live in a likewise manner. I also know that Christ in his kindness has granted to us an incredible blessing, not only are we family in flesh and blood but in Christ as well. Thank you for leading us in your walk with Him and through your example set forth in loving each one of us. Mom, I remember you teaching me through the many everyday instances of how Christ is to be a part of all we are in life. Thank you for teaching me how God really intended a woman to be a helpmate to her husband and love her children. I cannot express how thankful I am for the selflessness and kindness you had for us in the many years of our youth. You have been steadfast in your love for dad and I am so thankful for this example in how to love my husband as well. Thank you for your love and commitment to each other, Love, Ann
43: Brad & Carol, Thank you so much for raising such a wonderful daughter. What I see in her from you two, aside from stubbornness that puts a mule to shame, is her love for the Lord, her devotion to her family and her unwavering resolve in matters of right & wrong. My children could not be more blessed, aside from salvation, to have your child be their mother. Proverbs tells us that a wise man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. I believe that to be true not only in Ann but in your other children as well. When I look at your family, the inheritance I see from you is in your grandchildren being brought up in the Lord. Though not all have children, I know the inheritance would not decrease but further increase if all were to have children. My prayer and belief, though God only knows, is that one day when we are all rejoicing at the throne of grace, you will continue to meet more descendents who have been brought up by your grandchildren and their children. Though you may never meet them on earth, you will rejoice with them in knowing that God used you to leave an inheritance to them all by telling and showing them the love of Christ. Love, Donny