As many of you already know, we welcomed Josiah Potter Greenwood into our family on June 28th – our BIGGEST blessing of the year! We are truly honored and blessed to be called his parents. Each day is new and exciting as Josiah learns how to do something new or as God reveals his unique personality to us. We still have his website for you to visit (Go to www.babysites.com, type in Josiah Greenwood to read our journal entries and see pictures of our family), which might be better than filling up our entire Christmas letter with stories about Josiah! We do want to say that when he laughs and smiles it seems as if the room grows brighter and the stresses of living in a busy culture fade away. We wish all of you could experience the joy he has brought into our lives.
Well, I’ve finally “retired” from the public school system to be a stay-at-home-mom! When Chris and I went on our first date back in December 2000, he asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I told him I wanted to be a stay-at-home-wife and mom. I felt like my calling was to raise children in a Christ-centered home and to support my husband in his calling. Well, eight years later I am FINALLY able to start my ministry! One of the hardest things I had to do this year was to step back into the classroom. Things had not been finalized with RPC, so Chris and I thought it would be foolish for me to quit my job and try to live off his part-time job at Target. Chris quit his job to be a stay-at-home-dad while I went back to teaching. The first day back, I cried the whole way to work and kept asking God, “Why?” A few days later, when I was willing to listen to God, He revealed to me that situations in my life aren’t done in vain. He helped me realize I will be able to minister to other women who have to go back to work after having a baby, and FULLY know what they are feeling. On September 26th, I taught my last lesson at Eastern Wayne Elementary School. I traded in my lesson plan book for some cook books, work clothes for some blue jeans, and washing hands because of germy kids to washing hands because of dirty diapers, and I’m thankful for it! I’ve enjoyed setting up our home here in Centreville, VA. The most exciting room to set up was Josiah’s nursery. It brought my heart great joy to finally “nest.” We made sure to have a guest room for any who would like to visit us. We are about 30 minutes from Washington, DC, so there is LOTS to do!
We could write tons more but we realize you have more to do than read all about the Greenwoods. May the Lord grant you a wonderful Christmas season and a wonderful New Year!