Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm 2 comments

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Dear Family and Friends!

Amazing! Crazy! Emotional! Exciting! Scary! Exhilarating! Anxious! Fun! Wonderful!
What a (insert your word above here) year this has been!

It’s so hard to imagine that the last year has come and gone. But it has. Life is constantly in motion full of many ups and downs. But through it all, our Lord and Savior has been our constant! Providing for us in ways that we would never have imagined when we first started our journey together over 15 years ago! While we can’t write a dissertation on the past year of our life (well we could… but who would want to take the time to read it) we can give you some of the highlights!

2013 in Review:
January – Eric celebrated his 37th birthday! / Jocelyn got her first pair of glasses!

February – Went to Branson MO with the Held/Hulsman Families.

March – Celebrated Hailey’s 9th Birthday! / Celebrated Easter in Ohio with the Ekong’s.

April – Eric was certified for placement!

May – Call Day – May 1 – We found out we were headed Back to Michigan!!!!
Graduation – May 17 – Eric received his Masters of Divinity!

June – Purchased our First Home!
Celebrated Jillian’s 2nd, Jocelyn’s 6th, and Jonathans 11th Birthdays!
Eric was Ordained and Installed as Senior Pastor of Trinity on the 23rd!

July – Getting settled in our new home and enjoying the lazy days of summer.

August – Celebrated 15 years of Marriage!!
Celebrated Hannah’s 13th birthday! (pray for us we have a teenager) 🙂

September – School began for the kids and they were super excited to get to know their new school and their new friends! Hannah played volleyball for the Mustangs!

October – Eric and Linda traveled to Boyne Mountain for their first All Pastors Conference while Linda’s mom and grandma held down the fort at home.

November – Celebrated Linda’s 37th birthday. / Celebrated our First Thanksgiving in Jackson!

December – Celebrating the Amazing Advent Season & Christmas at Trinity complete with yummy soup suppers! / Christmas at Trinity – A combined Adult Choir and School Choir & Band concert which was such a wonderful way to celebrate Christ’s Birth!

I know it may not look like much … but trust me, we are super busy! Eric is enjoying getting into the groove of sermon prep/preaching, doing home visits and hospital visits, teaching religion at the school, confirmation, adult classes/bible studies, meetings, and all the other many duties of a pastor. Linda is spending her days keeping Jillian entertained, volunteering at the church and spending time with the Ladies Groups when she’s able, substitute teaching at the school and subbing when needed at church. And of course keeping up on the kids homework and social activities! The kids have all adjusted well and love our new home and the space we have here to spread out. They love their school, teachers & friends. And they love our new church family!

We can most certainly say that we are “Blessed By the Lord”!

We hope and pray that you are all doing well and that you feel God’s love each and every day and know that you too are truly Blessed by the Lord! May you have a blessed Christmas and a very blessed 2014!

Much love to you all In Christ Jesus,
Eric & Linda Ekong
Hannah, Jonathan, Hailey, Jocelyn & Jillian

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  • 1. Merry Christmas! | Eric Ekong's Blog  |  December 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    […] Merry Christmas!. […]

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  • 2. Mike Martens  |  December 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I hope Christ’s love continues to bless you and your family. Now, Go Get ‘Im.
    Mike Martens

    Reply

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