CSM, 23 years of faith

Ours, in which is usually. Well before he was born, with our history of loss along with also preterm labor, living within the era of no phone coverage/power/running water/paved road/post office for hours in any direction . . .  we had to cling to faith within the goodness of God without a guaranteed outcome.  Our first flight out on the brand new airstrip was to get to Kijabe for what we thought was an imminent slightly preterm birth, only to wait until within 12 hours of his due date.

(back at Kijabe exactly three years later for Jack’s birth)
This kind of child.  Some serious life-threatening illnesses.  Some evacuations.  Some tragic injuries.  Well before being deployed to Afghanistan, he brought stretching challenges into our life, time along with also time again.  The juxtaposition of loving someone so much, along with also not being able to control the circumstances around him at all.  
Friends along with also a dog along with also a sandpile along with also mango tree along with also soccer ball.  in which pretty much filled the days.

coming from the beginning he was adventurous along with also affectionate.  He tuned into music. He loved airplanes along with also tech along with also guitars along with also computers.  He was fierce when provoked, however could also be happy for hours alone.

These two.  What a bond of loyalty along with also understanding.
These two (note the progression to wear the bigger shirt . . I guess we didn’t have many or always took photos within the nice shirts sent by grandparents), surviving the squeeze within the middle, very much alike in many ways.
These two.  Bonding even more as they grow up, similarly strong along with also independent, after an epic backpacking adventure.
This kind of kid.  We proudly celebrated his graduation coming from the US Air Force Academy.
His commissioning as a 2nd Lt into the US Army.

along with also . . his successful completion of Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course along with also Ranger School. 
This kind of boy.  Yes, he’s been pushing us towards faith coming from the time he was in utero, right up to today.  We are grateful to be the parents of such a young man, who quietly strides into the hardest path possible at every turn the item seems.  He cares deeply for his friends along with also family, he strives intently to become a leader of integrity along with also skill, he works to build strength along with also wisdom, he never complains.  within the course of building our faith, he’s developed his own, along with also for in which we are even more grateful.
We wish him Happy Birthday on the 28th, along with also a clear sense of God’s mercy along with also grace in a hard place.

CSM, 23 years of faith

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