HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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In a recent sermon, Gil stated that our relationships are the most valuable thing we have:          First, our relationship to God          Second, our relationship with family          Third, our relationship with others We can lose our house, our health, our finances, our reputation… but with the hope and assurance and comfort of these relationships, we can still endure …

A CAUSE TO REJOICE!

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We are extremely excited about the Duggars wonderful news of the new baby God has graciously formed. So many have been helped by the Duggars example of patience, sacrifice, self-less love, and Christian faith (including us!) We rejoice with the family and pray earnestly for the safe pregnancy and delivery of their 20th child! We are challenged by their contagious …

Birthday Surprise

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  Little did I know what a huge surprise my family had in store for my 45th birthday! Gil & I had planned to drive to Chicago to pick up 3 of our girls who had gone on a short mission trip to Romania! Gil took me to the Indiana Dunes State Park and the Holland Michigan State Park for …