2015 has been an amazing year.
As a family one of the greatest joys we’ve had this year has been joining the Launch Team for Hartford City Church. This is a new church plant of the Evangelical Covenant Church, East Coast Conference. Our mission is to glorify Jesus Christ and bless the city of Hartford. The vision of the church is to participate in and experience God’s Beautiful Restoration in Hartford, CT (and beyond), Isaiah 61:1-4 is our seed verse.
Esther is in 3rd grade and doing great! She loves her friends and is kind and caring. She and Naomi are on the same indoor soccer team this Winter. Her favorite part of this year was taking our various trips to Old Sturbridge Village, with family and friends.
Naomi is in 1st grade and is also doing fabulously! She is more quiet than Esther but just as sweet and kind. She loves playing soccer with her friends from school and town. Her favorite part of 2015 was having a play date with her friend Cam.
Matt has seen a busy year for work but he continues to grow in his position at Aetna and has a great team to work with. He began brewing his first beer in January and made a few more batches over the year. Ever the connoisseur, he was pleased with some and decidedly unpleased with others. May brought knee surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon (it had ripped off his knee cap). Matt’s surgery and recovery have been smooth and better than expected. 2016 will hold a return to running and golf for Matt, as both were put on hold during recovery.
Carey began 2015 by finishing her radiation treatment in January. Over the summer she finished her Herceptin infusions and celebrated one year of having no evidence of cancer (aka remission). There have been some setbacks this Fall with reconstruction, caused by an infection that brought a week at Hartford Hospital and removal of the implant used to reconstruct the right side (cancer side). This means that 2016 will be the year in which Carey finishes reconstruction. In the midst of the Fall’s challenges Carey began serving with MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) as a Ministry Coach, working to support and assist the MOPS groups across CT and into NY. Carey experienced the support and friendships that come from MOPS groups and communities and is very excited to be beginning to give back to this organization.
We have certainly had our challenges this year, but we have seen God’s hand carrying us through each day and challenge. As people seeking to follow Jesus we know that Life will always have challenges, they are what shape us and build our character as well as our hope.
Our prayer for 2016 is that God would continue to draw us close to Him, that He would give us the strength and grace to meet each new challenge. Our world can seem so dark at times, whether it is the individual challenges we face or the broader global challenges facing humanity. We pray that 2016 would be a year that brings Hope, that as we celebrate the birth of Christ we would be reminded of the Hope that He came to give us. As we go into the new year may we love and care for those around us with strength, humility, and grace, just as Christ did.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love the Penneys