Wednesday, December 26, 2007

CHRISTmas 2007


Well, it's that time of year where I sit down to write the "Greenwood Family Christmas Letter." Chris and I have had some major events happen in the year of 2007, and we continue to praise God for all of our blessings.

Chris finished his schooling at Campbell University just a few weeks ago. The Divinity School has one graduation a year, so he is waiting until May to get his diploma. He will still be able to apply for a position at a church and will receive his transcripts, but won't get his diploma to hang on the wall until May. He hopes to have his written exams with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) taken by the middle of January. After the written exams, he will have to take his oral exams, but will need to be called to a church before that can happen. We have our moments of being antsy and wanting to start our full time ministry, but we continue to try to wait patiently for God's timing. God has shown Himself faithful to us time and time again, and we know this won't be any different. During this time of waiting, Chris will continue to work at Eddie Bauer.

I am still working at Eastern Wayne Elementary School. I'm no longer and Initially Licensed Teacher (ILT), which means I completed a three year provisionary period. I exited out of the program in May and found out in June that the ILT program could no longer protect me from added responsibilities at the school. This year I was chosen to be the grade chair for the Kindergarten grade level. At first I wasn't overly happy with being chosen, but God worked on me and changed my heart on the situation. Again this year, I became a combination class. This time with Transition 1st students and 1st grade students. The Lord continues to give me the strength to deal with each child and situation in the classroom. I don't think I could do it without Him.

Chris and I have recently moved out of our little townhouse to move in with his dad and step-mom. They have been so gracious to open their home so we can save money for our big move in the coming months. We don't know where it will be, but we know that God has a place in mind that will be perfect for the Greenwoods. It will be hard to leave, but we knew when we moved to Goldsboro in July of 2004 that this was just a stop on our journey together as a couple. We have enjoyed living near some of Chris' family and building relationships with them.

As many of you have already heard, Chris and I found out in October that Baby Greenwood will be joining our family in June 2008. Chris and I went to a marriage conference in October called "A Weekend to Remember"--and it will be a weekend to remember for the rest of our lives. While we were there, I took a pregnancy test and found out that we were pregnant! Chris and I are looking forward to being parents and consider it a great blessing to be called into this special ministry. I will be in my 13th week by the time Christmas gets here, so I will be close to finishing the first trimester. We hope that Baby G will co-operate at my January appointment, so we can find out the sex.

Well, I can't believe that I've already written 2 pages. We hope that everyone has a Merry CHRISTmas and will take the time to remember why we celebrate this holiday--the coming of a baby many years ago that changed the world. What a wonderful SAVIOR!

Love,

Chris and Sara Greenwood

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Graduated


Well, Chris has officially finished his schooling at Campbell University! He won't graduate until May because the Divinity School is small that they only do one graduation ceremony in the spring. He will still be able to apply for a position at a church because the school will send transcripts saying he has completed his course work. He just won't get his degree to hang on the wall until the graduation ceremony. The next few weeks he will be working at Eddie Bauer and studying to take his written ordination exams. He hopes to have them taken by the middle of January, but knows this is a busy time of year for churches. We will just wait patiently for the Lord's timing and will continue to faithful pray for His will in our lives.

Baby Greenwood has done a little graduating himself. He is no longer in the embryo stage, but is now in the fetal stage. I don't really understand the difference, but that is what all the books/websites are saying. I've still got morning sickness, but had about four good days last week where I could eat real meals and didn't have to eat something before I got out of bed. This morning was not one of those days and I spent some time just hanging out in the bathroom. It looks like it will be soup and crackers for me today. I hope to do a little graduating myself in the next few weeks--graduating from morning sicknes. In the mean time, I will continue to give thanks for the life God has given us.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18