Blessed…That is the word that has been on my heart and mind the past six weeks. Kevin and I are blessed. We are blessed with two fun-loving, silly, sometimes stubborn children that we both adore. We are blessed with an amazing family and encouraging friends, and we have been blessed in our ministry lives. As most of you know, Kevin has taken a position with the Lewisville church of Christ as the Education and Worship minister. After 14 years in youth and family ministry and with much prayer, Kevin knew it was time for a change in his ministry. New challenges, new opportunities, new learning curves, and new relationships that our family is ready to face. This does not mean that after almost ten years with Keller church of Christ (www.kellercofc.org) it was an easy decision. In fact, it was far from it. The Keller church has seen Kevin and I through so many life changing moments these past ten years. They have been part of our lives as we entered their lives as an engaged couple to a young married couple, through the deaths of my mom, Kevin’s dad, and our dear friend; Tony Hall, the birth of our son, Connor in 09′ and then the birth of our daughter, Kenzie last year. These were life changing, life transforming moments in which the Keller church loved us vigorously, prayed for us fervently, fed us, supported us, and showed us what being a church family means.
“Thank you” are two simple words, which by no means covers my thoughts and emotions as I type these words with tears in my eyes. It has been a blessing to spend these past 10 years worshiping and working with each one of you. So I did not see this past Sunday (3/3/13) as saying “good-bye.” You never say “good-bye” to family. You say “see you later,” “so long,” or “I will call you soon.” No, our family will be not be there every Sunday and Wednesday, but when your brothers and sisters in Christ, you are only a phone call, text message, or Facebook comment away from each other. That is what is so tremendously special about the Lord’s Church.
Now, our adventure begins with the Lewisville church. As most of you know, the Lewisville church was my church home before Kevin and I were married. Kevin and I were actually married in their church building. The Lewisville congregation saw me personally through a time of transition in my life as a 24 year old young woman. The Lewisville brothers and sisters taught me an incredible amount about love, faith, and the Gospel. That foundation has seen me through the many life changes God has allowed me to experience these past several years. I must say “thank you” to the Lewisville church for over a decade ago welcoming me into God’s family and loving, teaching, and mentoring me in more ways then you can imagine. I must say “thank you” again now for giving Kevin and our family this new opportunity. We are truly excited to begin this journey with you. For me personally, I sit here reflecting on these two congregations and once again the word….”blessed” comes to the forefront of my mind. The Keller and Lewisville congregations are based on God’s love and His Word. They are grounded in Truth and grounded in Christ’s example of compassion. For Kevin and I to have had the privilege to worship, associate, and fellowship with these two congregations is a gift. “Transition” is the word Kevin and I choose to use at this time.
To our Keller church family, we love you, appreciate you, and we thank you for encouraging us and supporting us.
To our Lewisville church family, we are excited to serve with you and grow closer to you. We looked forward to see God’s plan unfold with you.