December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Marshall Family

Dear Family & Friends,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Marshall family! This past year has been another year filled with challenges, celebrations, and changes and in the midst of it all, I simply did not make time to write our typical Christmas letter. One of the most significant changes in our lives this year has been our move from Decatur to Peoria. In April, Jeff accepted a new position with Caterpillar and he began working at the Mossville facility (just north of Peoria) at the beginning of June. Ethan and I were able to join Jeff in Peoria in mid-July and it seems like we are just now starting to slow down and settle in to our new life and routines here. We can’t thank you enough for your continued love, support and prayers. They are greatly appreciated.

It is our prayer that in 2015 we would grow closer to God and see Him working in our daily lives. We continue to hold onto His promises and know that He loves us and that we can trust in that love even when we don’t understand and can’t help but wonder “why.” Since we (humans) may never understand the “whys” of so many things in life this side of Heaven (and perhaps not even when we get to Heaven, since I’m not sure it will matter anymore) we are trying to remember to ask simply, “What next Lord?” and “How can we Glorify You?” each and every day.  Some days this is easier than others, but we know that He is with us and we are thankful for the promises and hope we find in Romans 8 and the comfort and encouragement that we find in the words of Jesus recorded in John 10:28-30, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.” 

It is also our prayer that if you do not yet know this type of peace, that this Christmas season, as we celebrate Jesus’ birth, that you would open your heart and accept Him as your Lord and Savior.

With love and hope,

Jeff, Pamela & Ethan

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December 11, 2014

Bass Pro Shop Adventures - December 11, 2014

Ethan's class went to the Bass Pro Shop this morning to see Santa. This was Ethan's first field trip! His first time riding a bus! His first time in Bass Pro! His first time walking around a store! I know I've said it before, but I feel so blessed by Ethan's school experience so far this year and by the amazing teachers, assistants, therapists, and support staff who are part of our team. Thank you so much!

My first time on the bus. All loaded up and ready to go!

We're here! Get me off this bus and out of this chair!

I'm not exactly sure what I think about snow people....
Just walking around, exploring the store. (Ethan had to stop and rest frequently, but he did a TON of walking this morning. It was great. He seemed to really enjoy making choices about where he wanted to go. It was just wonderful to see him explore a completely new environment.)

Hi. I think I might need one of these!

Visiting with Santa.

I'm done, can we go already?

On the bus, headed back to school.