I hope you have a wonderful New Year, and I look forward to sharing about the many new endeavors God will take me on in 2015. For now, I thought you'd like to see the newsletter and photos we sent out with our Christmas card this year!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Smythe Family!
We trust that you had a wonderful Christmas! We certainly did! We
enjoyed a nice time celebrating as a family, and had our traditional
meal of Christmas goose after opening presents. It was a blessing to
be able to spend time together and re-focus on God's great gift for us,
We were blessed to be able to see most our relatives at least once
this year. In June, We traveled to Florida to visit Erin and his family,
just before he went on a 6 month deployment with the Special Forces.
Then in October - November we took a month long trip to visit Ian and
our other relatives on the East Coast. We also got to visit friends, and
once again volunteer with the National Bible Bee, which we always
enjoy. And for the first time ever, we went to DisneyWorld for five
days, which was an amazing fun experience for all of us.
And now for a quick year in review from our family. Dad
continues to work from home running his telecommunications
business: ItgGroup. He is always a steady leader, and inspiration to
our family. No matter how busy he is, he always seems to find time to
participate in whatever we're doing as a family. A major highlight of
his year was taking us back to his home town in Winter Haven,
Florida, and being able to see his house where he grew up. He also
enjoyed being able to spend time swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. He
is looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us in 2015.
Mom continues to be an amazing organizer and encourager to
our family taking excellent care of all the household duties, and being
a wonderful example of a Proverbs 31 woman. She also does the
accounting for Dad's business, and helps us all stay healthy. One
major highlight of her year was being able to visit her Sister, Brother
and Cousin in New York, and share quality time with them. She looks
forward to seeing how God will use our family for His glory in 2015.
Evan has had a year of great adventures, and growth. He has
continued his successful Camera resale business, spent a few
months studying Real Estate this year, and has also recently coauthored
an online encouragement forum for young men to fight the
good fight of faith. (Check out boldlyfightthegoodfight.wordpress.com
for more information.) He is a steady source of fun and inspiration for
our family, and continues to amaze us with his piano playing and
hymn arranging. A big highlight of his year was being able to get his
driver's license and pass on the first attempt. He is looking forward to
expanding his camera business, and learning more about life in 2015.
Elanee has continued to study the Bible, and enjoyed
memorizing Romans and Ecclesiastes with friends from Bible Bee
this year. She also branched out in some new ways, and began
raising chickens, and started a dog sitting service. One of the best
highlights of her year was being able to play music with Evan for a
friend's wedding. It was such fun to be stretched in new ways as they
practiced and performed on the harp and piano together. She's
looking forward to learning and growing closer to God in 2015. If
you're interested in seeing pictures of our year, check out Elanee's
Of the many great memories we've had together this year,
none of them would have been possible without the sacrifice of Christ
on our behalf. He is the reason we can rejoice, and live each day with
hope in the future. There is nothing too hard for Him, and we know
that with God all things are possible. And so as we move into 2015,
we pray that God would bless you and equip you with a renewed
desire to make this year the best year ever for God's glory. May you
know that your life has purpose and meaning and may you make that
purpose known each and every day!
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that
we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto Him
be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world
without end. Amen." ~ Ephesians 3:20-21~
without end. Amen." ~ Ephesians 3:20-21~
Have a blessed 2015!
Also, I think you all might be encouraged to read Isaiah 49. It has really been blessing me recently!
Special thanks to Mrs. Jennifer Selberg of Capturing Creation Photography for the excellent family pictures!