Monday, October 12, 2009

Giving Thanks!

Paul and Steph at the Dicksons !

Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God...(Ephesians5:1-2)...Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus. ( Ephesians 5:20)

Paul and I want to give thanks to our all of you, our friends and family who continue to uphold us in prayer and continue to bear witness in our lives of the TRUE love of Christ. On this week end of Thanksgiving, we acknowledge everyone who has brought so many blessings into our lives! We would not be where we are today if it wasn't for your love and support and of course, our heavenly Father's grace on our lives. Thank you for serving us, thank you for ministering alongside us, thank you for sharing your lives with us, thank you for crying with us and laughing with us. Thank you for sharing meals with us, thank you for taking care of the ones we love so much, thank you for praying for us, thank you for taking time for us and loving us in your own special way, and thank you for speaking truth and wisdom in our lives. You are all very special to us and we are grateful to have been involved in your lives in one way or another.

We want to thank our heavenly father for having provided us with everything we need in Toronto, especially a very unique church family who are already demonstrating God's love to us in many ways! We give him all the praise for equipping us with everything we need to overcome our journey from Thunder Bay to Toronto with Joyful hearts!

I will continue the story of our journey to Toronto at a later date but for now here are a few people among many who have impacted our lives in this past year! Please note that it would be impossible to have a picture of everyone who has been present in our lives... and therefore either from a lack of pictures or out of respect for some individuals who prefer not being seen on camera this display of pictures will surely not portray everyone we are thankful for.

Peter (Paul's brother) and Paul at High Falls, Thunder Bay, Peter we have been so blessed by you! your friendship means so much to us! You would take your shirt off for anyone who needs it! How precious you are!

Trudi, Mackenzie-Skye & Poul-Erik Binderup, you are dear
friends of ours and consider you sisters and bother! Thank you for loving us!

Carla, Trudi, Mona and Shannon (From left to right to bottom). To the women who spoke into my life, who made themselves vulnerable and who gave me courage, thank you!

Paul, Steph, Angie Hedrick, Rod Kapitan, Alicia Hedrick, Justin Hedrick, Sky Hedrick and Richard Lebar. To our friends who minstered alongside us and served the Lord and who invested in our lives, Thank you!

Steph and Michele A.K.A Mom! Merci maman pour ta presence continuelle et ton amour si radiant! Je t'aime!

Mackenzie-Skye and Sarah Vanderleest! Sarah, you have been my friend through thick and thin and I thank you for your valuable friendship even through this move I feel you close to me! Thank you! Mackenzie-Skye, well, you are Paul and I's little sunshine! Keep on shinning for Christ!

Steph Abronzo and Dan Muzzin! Thank you for sharing your lives with us in the past year or so! You are fun to be around and have let us in your lives! Thanks guys!

So thanks to all of you who were not shown in pictures! You mean so very much to both Paul and I!
Have a happy Thanksgiving !

1 comment:

Darlene Koop said...

Great post, Steph! It is so good to give thanks for the people in our lives.
Just wanted to send you and Paul a note that I've been praying daily for Paul's mom - isn't it wonderful to know how many people are praying and that our faithful God has a plan for her life even in the midst of this trial?
I give thanks to God for you as well, for your precious friendship and for the way God is working through your life and has used you to encourage me.
God bless both of you!
Love, Darlene.