May 31, 2016
Most of our family traveled to Big Sandy, Texas to attend Jeremiah's graduation from basic training at the International ALERT Academy (Air, Land, Emergency, Resource Team). Alert is an excellent program for young men ages 17-26 that teaches search and rescue, dive training, survival techniques, EMT training, high angle rescue and a host of other skills. Alert inspires young men to draw close to God and to become diligent, conquer laziness, anger and to set goals for the future. Alert men have become first responders to natural disasters around the world, teaching young men to have servants hearts. Many ALERT graduates have gone on to become firemen, policemen or joined the military. Jeremiah loved ALERT, and the disciplines that were engrained in him are priceless.
We were so surprised and thrilled that Jeremiah was awarded the 1 Timothy 4:12 award for being an encourager and example to the other recruits. ( 1 Timothy 4:12 states, Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.)
We heard several reports that on the long 12 & 24 hour hikes Jeremiah helped others who were struggling and spoke encouraging words to them motivating them to keep on going and for them to do their best.
Jedidiah, Jeremiah's twin brother, did not attend the Alert training, but sent inspiring daily emails to his brother and prayed for him every day. The Alert Academy is life changing by pushing young men to accomplish things that are challenging and building confidence that with God's help, all things are possible. We highly recommend it. Joseph and Josiah have also attended the ALERT basic training and have helped in the Alert Cadet program (which is similar to a Christian boy scouts) and Quest program for younger boys ages 14-17.
For more info about Alert, please go to http://www.alertacademy.com/iaa/
May 27, 2016
As we enter into a long family weekend together, we want to thank each of you for the prayers, love and encouragement you’ve sent our way. Since the residential treatment program ended, we have been working with a professional marriage and family counselor to take important steps toward healing. It isn’t easy and some days are very difficult. It is a long road to rebuild trust and a truly healthy relationship. We are very thankful for God’s forgiveness, grace and help, as it is our strength and guide to rebuilding our lives. As the future unfolds, we are taking one day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of us and our sweet children.
With Gratitude, Josh and Anna
May 26, 2016
Happy 75th Birthday Mom,
I am so thankful that you are my mom! You are such a spiritual encouragement to me and my family.You & Dad sacrificed to send me to a Christian school which instilled in me a solid foundation for life.You consistently took me to church and you & Dad saved up and sent me to church camps where I made a lot of my commitments to the Lord.You have faithfully followed the Lord yourself which has given me an example to follow.You have taught me how to share my faith with others and have given me a passion to help others. You have always believed in me and supported my hopes and dreams, whether it was high school basketball, starting my own business, or real estate investing. You have blessed Michelle & me in so many ways! We are so thankful for your prayers. You have stood by us and you have invested in each one of their lives, you have become "Super Grandma". You have babysat for us many times so we could have our "Date Night" and you have helped to keep our family running smoothly. You are a mentor to Michelle and our daughters. Growing up I remember many families you reached out to in love. God has used your example to show us the importance of loving and helping others around us. You have endured a lot of trials through life, and you have grown stronger in your faith through them. You are a Proverbs 31 woman, your life has impacted not only our lives, but also the lives of those that know & love you!
We love you so much!
Happy 75th birthday!
Jim Bob ♥ Michelle and family
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May 19, 2016
Happy birthday to Ben! We are so excited that you are part of our family!!