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To My FBCNB Family…

On December 5, 2010, you welcomed us into your family and the relationship has been one of happiness and joy, with a few tests and trials sprinkled in, but we wouldn’t change a thing about these ten years that we’ve been together.

December 2010

Here are ten things that I want you to know:

1. We love you. We hope that you feel it and know it.

2. We pray for you. We hope that you feel it and know it.

3. We try to represent you well. We always want to make you proud to have us represent our church in whatever setting we find ourselves in.

Preaching in Haiti
Lott Carey Foreign Missions Convention
Leading and Loving It
Progressive National Baptist Convention

4. We are your biggest cheerleaders. We love seeing you win in your walk with God, your personal lives, families, and careers. We also love when you cheer us on.

5. We hurt when you hurt.

6. We love your hugs and smiles. Your radical hospitality is exceptional and you display it without even having to work at it. Amazing!

7. We love that you party like no other church family we’ve had! You’ve taught us how to celebrate and still get up and at church on time the next morning. Haha!

8. You’re always willing to “give it a try” and willing to make ministry happen in new and creative ways. Thank you!

Missions Blitz
Trunk or Treat

9. We both have (1) met expectations, (2) not met expectations, and (3) exceeded expectations. However, it’s in the process of being content (met expectations), being frustrated and angry (unmet expectations), and being surprised (exceeded expectations), that we all learn to grow together as the “capital C” Church.

10. We miss you! We cannot wait to gather together again when it’s safe to do so. Stay safe and keep practicing those Covid guidelines until we meet again. ❤️

Happy 10th Anniversary to our wonderful FBCNB Family!

December 2020

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Dad Reflections

I couldn’t let the night end without recognizing my Poppa Bear’s birthday today. He would’ve been 75 years old. That is worthy of a party for any other 75 year old, but not my PB. He was super shy and would have stopped breathing if we did anything to bring attention to him. He would be loving this pandemic just because he would have mandated permission to stay inside and away from people! Lol! Man, do I miss him!

Normally, the girl cubs and I would release a few balloons on his birthday, but that’s no longer allowed in our state. Cub 3 suggested that we write a prayer on a rocket and let it blast off up to God. Well, that didn’t happen.

Instead, it’s just been a day thinking about him. Seeing him in Cub 2. Staring at the one good picture we have of him. Texting with my Mama Bear and sister cubs about him. Imagining how much joy he would have from interacting with the grand and great grand cubs that have been added to our growing family. I miss him.

My Poppa Bear

Thanks, Poppa Bear, for the sacrifices you made for us.

Thanks, Poppa Bear, for providing for my needs and wants for 29 years.

Thanks, Poppa Bear, for loving me like only you could.

Happy Birthday. I love you.

Mickey Mouse

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Uncertainty is Certain

We have a new law student in the family!

Poppa Bear will officially begin his first week of classes at Mitchell-Hamline School of Law on Monday. Due to coronacation, his first week won’t be on campus in Minnesota as planned; instead he will be locked in his office all day every day until Saturday in virtual classes. Pray for the rest of us!

Speaking of virtual classes, the cubs have about two weeks before they begin their new school year. They weren’t too excited to learn that their school schedules will require them to wake up like a real school day. Cub 2’s day begins at 7:30 and Cub 3’s day starts at 8:30. I’m going to start Cub 4’s day at 9:00, I think. We are setting up desks and planning for each cub to have their own workspace. Having all three working at the kitchen table together was a nightmare. The teacher in me LOVES getting everything and everyone organized and ready for a successful year!

In other news, we had another quarantine birthday in the Party of Six. Cub 3 turned twelve years old on the 31st! She had a great day! We bought her an artist’s desk for her room and we took her to her favorite craft store for a shopping spree. She has been painting, drawing, crocheting, and making pottery daily.

Our new 12 year old!
Searching for something to draw or paint.
Twelve candles in her Cinnabons

Well, we’ve hit the five month mark of our coronacation here in Maryland and all is as well as can be expected, I guess. Are we at the point in this pandemic where we all know at least one person who has had the virus? Each time I hear about someone having the virus and the many different reactions to it, I have to admit that I get a little anxious. I sneeze or sniff and automatically wonder if I should take my temperature. In addition to those battling the virus, there are those who are suffering with restrictions and mandates. We see this every time there’s another news story about someone losing it over having to wear a mask in public. I read about a library having to close after reopening because a man went up and down the aisles coughing and spitting on books after being asked to wear his mask. Or what about the lady who filmed herself destroying a mask display at Target? Can we say mental breakdown? I have a feeling that the longer our coronacation lasts, the more we’ll read similar stories. I read Psalm 91 on a nightly basis and I thought I’d share some of God’s promises with you all just in case you need to be reassured some nights, too.

The Lord is my refuge, my place of safety, he is my God, and I trust him. (verse 2)

He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. (verse 3)

Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. (verse 7)

He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. (verse 11)

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. (verses 14-15)

So good, right? God’s word always brings a sense of peace and comfort to my mind and spirit. Especially in this season of uncertainty. You should read the entire Psalm when you get a chance.

Be blessed, blog family!

Mama Bear