Gratitude is a carefully calculated (often moment-by-moment) decision to see and express thanks for the good in the midst of every situation.
1. I am grateful for the health of our family, including two beautiful kids. Given the ordeal Lisa experienced after delivering our second baby, her improving health is no small thing (you can watch the birth story video here if you missed it)! I attribute our family’s health to God’s power and your prayers for us.
2. I am grateful for the amazing wife/mom Lisa is. I fall more in love with her every day when I see her interacting with our littles. The kids adore her and she is such a great mom. I landed a good one! Proverbs 31:10 says “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” That is my Lisa in a nutshell. By the way, this Thursday (yes Thanksgiving Day the 22nd) is Lisa’s birthday so send her some love! Happy birthday babe. You are my forever “smoochy.”
3. I am grateful that Nygel is adapting so well to being a big brother. He dotes upon his little sister, always wanting to “rock” her (and is learning to do it slowly/gently). He is not jealous at all. He seems to have embraced his new role as an older sibling and is genuinely enjoying it. I am also grateful that he already has a clear love for Jesus and likes church.
4. I am grateful for baby Emersyn! She is such a sweet, smiley, grunty, and even somewhat feisty little bundle of joy. She is healthy as a horse, loves mama’s milk, and is already growing like crazy. What a joy and blessing she is.
5. I am grateful for this church. Simply put, you guys have been nothing but supportive, sensitive, generous, accepting, and prayerful towards us during this life season. Thank you for giving us space this year to transition into two kids. It’s been a challenge but we are starting to get the hang of it (I think?).
6. I am grateful for the lessons God has taught me this year. It’s been a great year for us as a ministry in terms of Kingdom impact but (as always) there have been new challenges. In the midst of them, I feel God has grown me as a person, a husband, a dad, and as a pastor. I don’t feel like the same person I was at the end of 2017. God will use challenges to transform us. I’m learning to be present and thankful in the midst of them (rather than just after they’re done and over).
7. I am grateful for YOU. Seriously, you took the time to read this note. Even something as small as opening an email in your inbox shows me that you care. Send me a note back if you want to with some things you are grateful for. I’d love to hear.
Well, I could go on and on but I know you probably have a lot of stuff to do. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Kyle, Lisa, Nygel, and Baby Emersyn
P.S. All of our Christmas service info is now up! Check it out here.