19 already….

While I was taking my 31 days of rest my oldest niece Janneke turned 19….

Janneke has always been a creative, joyful, musical kind of kid….

Janneke has always been engaging with her eyes, her personality and her conversation…

Janneke has always been gifted in drama and music….from Mary Poppins to Dr Seuss….using her gifts for entertainment and the arts and leading worship…

Janneke has always been passionate about travel and more in the last number of years, about Missions….

Janneke has never lacked in friendships, opinions, or the ability to have a conversation….

Janneke has taken big risks in the last 18 months, spending a semester in London England and Ghana.

Janneke has grown in her maturity, spirituality, understanding of herself and others. She has embraced a vision for the woman she wants to be and the impact she wants to have on her world. She has found a handsome, delightful, kind Englishman to be in relationship with for now (and maybe longer) and I can honestly say, Janneke Ruth, you make my heart proud!

Continue to live with boldness, kindness and delighting in the moment….

Continue to use the gifts God has given you to engage others and serve others….

Continue to deepen your faith, increase your capacity to love and always remember that Jesus is your Redeemer, Savior and Friend!

I love you tons and tons forever and ever Janneke Ruth….

May your 19th year be filled with wonder, delight, rest, risk, contentment and God’s presence, provision and protection!

Love,

Aunt Trish

Celebrating Life…

I am often surprised when I hear someone say that their family doesn’t really celebrate birthdays anymore. In my family we have always done birthdays well. It is not marked by big gifts or annual parties. Our celebrations are marked by family gatherings, the birthday person special and celebrating the journey being traveled.

Today we celebrated my brother-in-law Andy with his favorite pizza and a small office party. I appreciate him for the husband he is to my sister Suzi, the father he is to Peter, Isaiah and Johanna, the great accountant he is for Visiting Angels and the friendship and support he offers me.  I hope this year holds many blessings and lots of glorious moments with those you hold dear to your heart!