Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas 2017


Christmas 2017

"Light" is the theme that stands out to me this year. One of my favorite things is to come around the corner in our neighborhood and see our Christmas lights shining a happy welcome. Light contrasted with darkness is just beautiful. I love the word picture of Jesus as light. 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.     ~John 1:1-5 
 
I am so thankful for God's love that "disperse(s) the gloomy clouds of night, and death's dark shadows put(s) to flight." (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel) Emmanuel, God with us.


First day of school~2017
2017 has been a comfortable year for our family. Todd has now been working for a semiconductor manufacturing company here in Nampa for the past year and a half.  Jennifer continues to manage the mailroom at NNU and substitute teach occasionally.
ZooBoise's Penguin Pavillion
Megan and Kyle are both driving now, although Megan still has her permit and is scheduled to solo this coming spring (2018).  

We just finished our fifth year in Nampa. Things feel predictable and familiar. The kids have tried a few new sports this year. Megan (15) did tennis, and Kyle (16) did golf this spring.  They went skiing for the first time this spring. Kyle worked on our friend's farm again this summer, and he and Megan volunteered again at the zoo. They are both involved in the youth group and the puppet team. Megan began learning to silversmith this summer and has taken a Chinese class this fall. Kyle is taking Spanish and an auto tech course at school. 
Flag procession at General Assembly
The Church of the Nazarene held its General Assembly this summer. While the kids were at church camp, Todd and I drove out to Indianapolis. We saw many friends from so many different places (Swaziland, Ecuador, Tennessee, Guatemala, Haiti...and Nampa) :) and met some wonderful new friends. From there, we drove down to visit family in Tennessee, and the kids flew out to meet us...solo. Our Tennessee time was short but very sweet. 
 
Cousins: Susan, Todd, Kent, Laurie & Kevin
Other adventures this year included a quick trip to see my brother
Paul and family in California, camping at City of Rocks,
Setting up the 3-D printer
Carwell kids (friends from Haiti) with K & M
trying out 3-D printing and having several far-away family members and friends visit us. We are very blessed!!


ECUADOR: Before Todd and I were married, he lived in the country of Ecuador for 6 years. During this time, he learned much about life and ministry from some amazing people. We have always wanted to go back and visit, but timing has never been right. Four years ago, Diana from Quito, Ecuador spent a school year with us as an exchange student. That was a special experience that we all shared. When our church announced that they would be taking a mission group to Ecuador this summer, we were so excited! We are planning to be there from July 14-29.  Please pray for us as we prepare for this special trip. 
 While we are so thankful for the fun, happy times, several friends and family members have experienced great loss this year. Whether your year has been characterized by joy or grief, we pray that the God of all comfort would strengthen you and bless you with His peace and His light this year.    Love, The Edgertons

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! (2016)

We want to wish you a 
Merry Christmas 
& Happy New Year!
Christmas Eve
It is always special to receive cards and letters this time of year, to catch up on the news and events of our friends and family from the past year, and to thank the Lord for His amazing grace and care. Each year, it seems that a different Christmas carol is special. This year, my heart is bursting with “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king! Let every heart prepare Him room. And heaven and nature sing.”

Some highlights from this past year:
·      In March, Todd began working for a company called On Semiconductor. He is on the team that maintains and repairs support equipment. He works 12-hour shifts, and every quarter he switches between the day and night shift.

The NNU Bookstore/Mailroom Team
·      In August, I took a job as the mailroom supervisor at NNU. I have a great boss and a wonderful team of students who work with me. It is a half-time position, so I still substitute teach occasionally, as well. 
1st day of school



·      Kyle and Megan are on the puppet team and volunteer in the church nursery once a month. They are both involved in the youth group and are just awesome, helpful, thoughtful teens.

 This summer they volunteered at the Boise Zoo where they were given the opportunity to develop speaking skills giving small group presentations, learn about various animals and habitats, and some basics about being good employees.

Kyle on the 4wheeler, spraying weeds, this summer
·      Kyle is now taller than the rest of us. This summer he worked a couple days a week with a local farmer from our church and learned so much. He is now taking an Ag class in high school (his sophomore year). This fall, he got his driver’s permit, so he drives every chance he can get!!

Megan, always creating
·      Megan ran track in the spring and played basketball in the fall for her school team. She is in eighth grade and enjoys working with a school leadership team called Rising Stars. Her cat, Slush, has now been with us for a year and is still very loved! Megan has done some babysitting for friends and neighbors. I still call her my "creative cookie" since she always has new ideas for things to do or create.
Kyle, Diana, Megan & MariaJose

·      We have been in Nampa for four years now. 
Cousin Jordan, now an NNU student
Although we miss family and friends who live far away, we are thankful to live so close to Todd’s parents, his oldest brother and family, various aunts, uncles and cousins. We enjoy seeing them as often as busy schedules allow. This year, we also enjoyed visits from my parents, brother & family, a college friend & family at Yellowstone, several of Todd's cousins, aunts & uncles and even our former "daughter" (exchange student) from Ecuador & her sister!

We send our love and are thankful for the part that each of you has played in our lives. May God bless you with His incredible peace during these holidays and in the coming new year.

Love,

Todd, Jennifer, Kyle and Megan Edgerton

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas 2015

December 2015
Merry Christmas! 


As this year comes to an end, we are reminded of the many blessings God has given.

Todd is still working at Skyline Aircraft Maintenance as a mechanic. He enjoys the variety of airplanes in general aviation. He is always fixing things or doing home improvement projects in his spare time. We just love having his parents, brother/family, cousin and now his aunt and uncle in town!
I enjoy substitute teaching during the school year. It offers flexibility and variety, but it also gives me something to do while Todd and the kids are gone to school/work. In July, the kids and I were able to travel out to TN to visit family/friends for a couple weeks. This year, I made some strawberry & raspberry jam from berries we picked; we grew tomatoes, peppers and a few raspberries; and we went to the orchards for fruits like peaches, apples and pears.

Megan (13) is a fantastic sweetheart. She is now in seventh grade, the middle of her middle school years. ;) She still is crafty and loves reading. This year her homework has become more challenging, and she is involved in more school and church activities. Megan especially enjoys her yearbook and math classes. She plays forward on her school’s basketball team, and plans to do track in the spring. She and Kyle are on the puppet team at church and have the same leaders that Todd had when he was a teen! 

Kyle (14) is still a great kid. He has had a great start to his high school career this year. He played soccer earlier in the fall, and is now old enough to start thinking about driving. Yikes! He and Megan are both on the honor roll. Kyle’s favorite classes are theater and science.

Slush is a new member of our family. She is a mostly loving, sometimes attacking, little kitten. ;) She is technically Megan’s cat, and Megan has done a great job of taking care of her most of the time. But all of us love her and claim her.

We know that life gets busy, but we just want you to know how much we love hearing from you!! May God bless you as we look forward to a new year and thank Him for the gift of life…..and especially for the full, rich life He gives.

Love,
The Edgertons

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas 2014


The first snow
Chilly weather came early to Nampa this year. While pumpkins still decorated our porch and leaves were still stubbornly clinging to trees, about five inches of snow descended on us unexpectedly. We are all anticipating Christmas! Our manger scenes have emerged from their boxes, and our tree has been trimmed since the beginning of November. Maybe part of our anticipation is due to the cold snap, but also my soul stirs and my heart longs for "good"....for the wrong to be made right. "Come thou long expected Jesus." 


Diana's graduation
As we conclude this year and anticipate turning the calendar page to "2015," I am so thankful for the blessings we have enjoyed during the past 12 months. For the 2013-14 school year, we had an extra daughter....Diana Flores from Ecuador...living with us. This encouraged us to get out and experience more of the community events/attractions and taught us a bit more about Ecuador. 
At the cabin with the Kahles, Diana & her mom

Her mom, Patricia, came to visit for her "graduation" in May.  This sweet, gentle little lady is fearless! Such a trooper! Besides shopping and packing like a pro, she rode the biggest rides at the water park, went white water rafting and even drove her little rental car up through the dirt, mountain roads to "the cabin".  

Aunt Jen with niece Savannah :)
My parents, brother Paul and his family, and sister Hannah with her daughter Lillianna came around the same time to cheer Paul on to victory as he participated in an Ironman half-marathon in Boise. Impressive!! 

Being together during that time was certainly a highlight for the year. Todd's Nashville brother & family visited a little later this summer. Lots of late night games and chatting were enjoyed by all!
Nashville Edgertons with us at the County Fair

Kyle and Jen watching the hot air balloons in Boise

At the beach during our trip to the OR coast over Spring Break
At OR's shortest lighthouse

Todd with Kyle & his mom
Although the special occasions are the memorable landmarks, we spend the most time in our day-to-day activities. Todd has now been working at Skyline Aircraft maintenance for over a year and a half. He also helps out with some of the technical responsibilities at church. I am substitute teaching several days a week and enjoy helping in the 1st/2nd grade girls Sunday School class a couple times a month. We all enjoy being involved in several of the missions groups and activities at church. Kyle and Megan are attending the same school this year....both in middle school! 

Kyle (13 yrs old, 8th grade) is on the puppet team at church and is involved in boy scouts and the youth group. 

 
Megan (12 yrs old, 6th grade) enjoys painting lessons and being on the kids' video team at church. We have loved living in the same town as Todd's parents and other brother. We especially cherish the time with them during family celebrations and holidays. We are so thankful for all of the friends who have influenced our lives in one way or another over the years. Whether your friends and family are near or far away during this Christmas time, we pray that you will know Immanuel….God with us…and that you will know His peace.
Love and joy,
The Edgertons

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas 2013

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”    -Matthew 11:28-30



December 2013



Well, we have officially been in our own Nampa home for a year. I realize that nearly any place on earth can feel like home, but it has been nice to settle into our new nest. This year has been characterized by so much “new” for us as a family.

Kyle and Megan attended an online charter school program from home last year. It was a great transition time to prepare them for public school this year. Megan completed her second semester at the local elementary school, and Kyle began 7th grade at the middle school this fall (both very close to our house). Outside of school, Kyle has faithfully attended Boy Scouts nearly every Tuesday night & Megan has been a part of some art, drama and even gymnastics.

We finished our time with MAF at the end of last year, and in April Todd began working as a mechanic for small planes in a shop at the local airport. He enjoys the work and the guys he works with there. I have been substitute teaching since the spring. The kids and I took the summer off and just enjoyed being together while discovering new things to do in the area and spending time with friends. Our “staycation” was season passes to the local water park where we spent many a hot day. 

When we moved back to Nampa we were looking forward to having family close. Todd’s parents, oldest brother and family and some extended family live here in town. Although it is not as often as we would like, it has been wonderful to see the cousins enjoy each other and to spend special days all together.  

Another blessing during all of our transitions has been our church family. We are so thankful for the various adults who have really taken time and interest in our kids in particular and for the clear examples of those who faithfully and selflessly serve in creative ways. Kyle is now part of the youth group! (involved in puppets and some drama). Megan is on the leadership team (5th & 6th grade) and helps out with sound/tech for kids’ church.

Diana Flores from Ecuador joined our family on August 25th of this year. J She is spending the school year with us as an exchange student. Since Todd spent six years in Quito back before we met/married it has been fun hearing about the different traditions, ways the country & city have changed since he left and now sharing our community with her.  We have already learned so much and look forward to the rest of the year.

We are so thankful for God’s amazing goodness. Thanks to all who are so good about sending annual updates about their families. It helps us feel closer even if there are miles between us. This year we are planning to spend Christmas & New Years with our TN family. Pray for us as we spend 30+ hours in the car together……each way! It should be a sleepless but wonderful time. 

Love and prayers,
The Edgertons

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wisdom

The theme of last year's MAF Haiti retreat was the book of Philippians.....packed full of inspiring tidbits which can be applied to many areas of life. This year's retreat dug a bit more into the nitty-gritty of the soul. We were poked and prodded and wriggled under the truth that was shared. This year's theme was .........WISDOM. Not unity, or standing strong, or marriage/family, or renewing our strength. Wisdom.
Dr. Lee Heyward came and spoke to us from the books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. He began with an introduction of wisdom taken from Proverbs. Wisdom is the ability to see and respond to a situation from God's perspective. A fool ignores God's standard of justice/leadership and ignores wisdom. (Prov. 14:12, 15:24) Calvin said, "We cannot know God without knowing ourselves, and we cannot know ourselves without knowing God." Wisdom pays, protects and prepares. Even a fool is considered wise when he holds his tongue. (Prov. 17:28) Instead of making declarations, ask questions. Make wisdom your life goal. Associate with wise people.
The next section was about taming the tongue. To master your mouth is to monitor maturity. If you want to control your tongue you must correct your nature. If you want to correct your nature you must change your heart. If you want to change your heart you must surrender to Christ. If you want to control your tongue, talk less. :) Think before you speak. (Prov. 16:23) This is a tricky one.... Choose truth-telling over peace-keeping. Prov. 27:6--Faithful are the words of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. Try these checkpoints before you confront someone...... Check your relationship. Check your attitude. Check your lifestyle. Also consider the timing and ask God for help. Ps. 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.