Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to each of you!  As 2017 comes to a close we have much to give thanks for!

Luke and Paige:  Luke and Paige got married on November 4, 2017.  What a great day! Luke graduated from the University of Toledo with honors in Mechanical Engineering on December 17th.  They currently reside in Toledo.

Abi:  Abi is commuting to Eastern Michigan University full time, nannying, helping with the youth group, and dating a guy named Matt she met at Knox who also works with the youth group.

Kaiti:  Kaiti is also commuting to Eastern Michigan University majoring in Art and minoring in Children’s literature.  She worked at Busch’s this past summer.

Josh:  Josh is a freshmen in High School, he played Soccer and is currently playing basketball. Josh is very active in his youth group.

Robenson:  Robenson is in 8th grade and is working hard on getting caught up in his school work.  He played soccer in the spring on a travel team and would like to play for the school in the fall.

Anna:  Anna is in 6th grade and played soccer in the spring and fall, and does running with the Polar bear club.

Samson:  Samson is in 5th grade, played soccer in the spring, and got baptized in December.

Jimmy:  Jimmy is in third grade, played soccer in the spring and also got baptized in December.

Ally:  Ally is in second grade, played soccer in the Spring and loves to draw.

Ricardo:  Ricardo is in first grade and played soccer in the Spring .

Ella:  Ella is four now and loves to do :”homework when her siblings are doing theirs.  She loves to be read to and loves to play with whatever sibling is currently availiable.

To say the past year has been hard would be an understatement.  Ron and I both agree it has probably been one of the hardest, if not the the hardest year of our lives.  We have had to dig deep in our walks with the Lord to find the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual strength to make it through the days.  That having been said it has also been a year of extreme joy.  Kaiti graduating, Luke and Paige getting married, the boys each stating how they want to “go with God”, the love that the children are learning in hard days, the peace that comes when you know it is the Lord that has given you the right perspective or attitude.  And many days feeling His unconditional love when we fail.   We both agree we would not want to have to redo this past year, but we are thankful that somehow we made it through.

We continue to covet your prayers for perspective, wisdom and discernment.

Jesus came to become one of us….

Luke 4:16-19

16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Blessings, The Schaffner Family

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