"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|
|ZooBoise's Penguin Pavillion|
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|
Paul and family in California, camping at City of Rocks,
|Setting up the 3-D printer|
|Carwell kids (friends from Haiti) with K & M|
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