Christmas 2014


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2014 been a wonderfully beautiful year for us. We found out we were expecting in January, which prompted us to make the very most of our summer while it was still just us two. We celebrated with my sister as she got married in the spring, and then were able to celebrate our own first year of marriage by flying back to the Bahamas in April. We filled our summer with cookouts, camping, photo shoots, traveling, guard drills, picnics, Bible studies, and all the ordinary in between.

In June, we found out our little growing baby was a boy, and held a fun gender reveal party at our apartment with some of our friends. I kept up a regular routine of exercise and learned what I could about pregnancy and birth, while experiencing for the first time all kinds of little reminders that a new life was being formed inside of me.


We shared some losses, like the passing of Ben’s sister, and of my darling grandmother. Meanwhile, I got bigger and bigger, until finally as fall came to a close, I went into labor just three hours after Ben returned from a weekend away with the military. We welcomed our firstborn son into the world, Cedric Paul, the next evening. “Cedric” means Battle Chieftain, and “Paul”, humble. We pray our dear little boy will grow into a mighty warrior for the Kingdom of Heaven, and a strong leader for those on earth. We recognize, though, that the best leaders must know how to follow as well, hence the name “Paul”. We pray he would be emptied of pride, humble before the Lord in all things and throughout his whole life.

As we look into this new year, we truly feel that our cup is filled to overflowing. We have clothes in our closets, food in our kitchen, a roof over our heads, a good job, each other, a new son, and most of all, our Lord God, who has given us all things richly to enjoy.


Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35, 37-39



  1. Camille K.

    December 24th, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Now I know who made the delicious cookies we had at potluck tonight!

  2. Emily Mitton

    December 26th, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Ben said they were all gone by the time he went through the line! Guess I’ll HAVE to make another batch…

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