2018 Christmas Card

28 ”Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (The Bible)

We are growing.

The kids are getting older.  Evelyn started preschool this year.  She’s my last baby.  The last little three year old I’ll have to push on the swings at the park, her blond hair floating back and forth in the sunshine, accompanied by giggles from a blue rain jacket covered in tiny pink hearts.  None of us can get enough of her.  She is full of life, smiles and silliness and by far the smartest and most clever three year old around.

Eli loves soccer and basketball – if he’s not doing homework, reading a book or helping out with chores, we will find him with a ball in his hands.  The boy is active.  He loves spending time with his friends and he loves to play.

Dani also loves her friends and has really taken to reading.  She also loves to play by herself.  We find her sitting for hours with books, crafts and toys.  She has written quite a few books and loves to tell stories.  She’s also developing a sense of humor and is actually quite funny – which we all enjoy.

Ellie continues to show sparkles of young lady maturity.  We’ve marveled watching her be so kind to her little sister or sitting so still when we’ve gone out to dinner.  She loves to sing, and dance – she loves to perform.  She also loves her friends.

This year we tried out ballet, swim team and soccer.  We visited Disneyland and listened to Evelyn pray, “to go to Disneyland and the Jungle and Santa Cruz” for three months straight during dinner prayers.  Girl likes her vacations.

Davin and I have been stretched quite a bit this year.  Building a house is obviously an example of that, but even more importantly, we’ve discovered each in our own ways, how to rely on the Lord even more.  We’ve hit many a moment where we realized this thing – whatever it was in our life was bigger than we were.  We realized we don’t have to be tall and strong and brave – because we know the one who is.  The one who loves us.  The one who made the world.  God has shown up more in our lives this last year than I can ever remember, it’s been a huge blessing being so aware of his presence.

Here’s a picture recap of some of the highlights.  For some reason I don’t tend to snap photos of my lowlights.  I did get one actually, I’ll put that on my part of the card;-)

Even though all of our pictures look pretty and fun – and they were and are.  There were a lot of really tough moments this year.  I’ve had a lot of health issues.  I finally have some relief from the back pain I’ve had for over a year and a half from flying over the handlebars of my mountain bike the year prior.  Here’s a “lowlight” moment, of me waiting to get two injections into my spine…

Even though the idea of needles going deep into my spine wasn’t my favorite, God met me there and I felt his presence and truly felt like God the Father was holding my hand through it.

He was there in moments where we were laboring and heaven laden.  And we found that if we cried out to God for help – had family and friends praying for us and went back to what the word of God says, we ended up finding him right there – walking and carrying us through it.  All the stuff I feared never happened, at least not in the way I was afraid it would.

If I may encourage you in anything- anything at all.  Give this scripture to Jesus and tell him you want it to be true of your life also.  He’s taught me so much, that even though this year has been really tough, really challenging and really exciting – I’d do it all over again if just to have the understanding that I am starting to grasp that we’re not meant to carry it all.

He means what he says, 28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (The Bible)

He can make the yucky stuff not so bad after all.  It’s been a great year actually because of him.

To God be all glory and all praise.

Much love,

The Anthonys