Monday, December 11, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
On a side note, don't you love my Silas's new glasses! We knew it was coming soon. That's kid number four for our family to be in glasses. What an expensive trend! But, he does look adorable!
or shall I say all of them!, have more of opinion. So, after much deliberation, we chose the perfect 2017 Gimenez family tree!
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
December 5, 2017
Dear Pastor & Church,
I could have never imagined to be where we are today when we started our journey as missionaries back in 2006. There have been mountains and valleys with each day that has passed. However, we have seen and experienced that God is on the mountaintops and He is also the beautiful Lily of the valleys.
As we were preparing the church plant here in High Springs to be self-sufficient and ready to take on a pastor, a seasoned church planter challenged our family to pray about our next step. As we prayed, we came together as a family with the same answer. God wants our family to remain here at VSIBC and take the Pastorate. The church here is in full agreement and we are excited about what the future holds. Not only has this become home and the precious families here have become our family, but it also allows Kami the opportunity to remain with her current doctors at the University of Florida, Shands. We continue to hope that one day soon will have an answer for Kami’s health difficulties.
In March of 2018, we will be stepping down as missionary church planters and assuming the role of Pastor here at VSIBC. Thusly, we are asking our supporting churches to remain with us until March of 2018. This will give the VSIBC church plant a full three years of growth. We do not know if VSIBC will be able to fully support our family come March, but then again, a life lived for Christ is all about a life of FAITH! A few pastors have already said that they would be willing to support our family beyond March if the church here is not quite able to fully support us at that time. We have always been humbled by the love and faithfulness of our supporting churches throughout these past 11 years.
The home office of MWBM is graciously allowing our family to remain a part of Macedonia beyond March of 2018. This will allow for any of our supporting churches to simply continue supporting our family for as long as they desire, until the church here can fully support our family.
It has also been recommended that I mention the idea of helping VSIBC in a unique way. VSIBC continues to have a great need for a permanent location to meet in. We desperately need a building or land on which to build. But as we all know, finances are always needed in these endeavors. We have already raised $25,000 in the building fund here and our people have proven a desire to give. However, it does take a bit more money than this to begin a building project. If a church so desires to help in this endeavor, you can support VSIBC’s building fund from March through December of 2018. This may be done by simply designating that our monthly personal support be switched to “VSIBC’s Building Fund” starting in March. 100% of the monies received will be directed to VSIBC’s building fund. Then we would ask that all support cease at he end of 2018.
If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at my cell below. We praise the Lord for each and every one of you…
Patrick Gimenez and Family
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017
I have to tell you. I am enjoying this new season of life. Last Thanksgiving was special. It was very sweet. But, it was also quite emotional. We knew this would be Joshua's last Thanksgiving while still living in our home. Wedding plans were in full swing and lots of things were being prepared. But, our minds reflected to the days ahead. And I have to be honest with you...I was scared. I was afraid I would dwell on missing having all 6 of my children under my roof. I put up a quote on my bulletin board where I have my quiet time. It says, "Embrace the journey and the exciting future ahead." I wanted that to be true, but I was already missing my son, and he hadn't even left yet!
Last year, as we sat around the table and we shared what we are thankful for, my Joshua said,
"I'm thankful for my family that I have, and for my family to come."
I remember well, that we all stopped a moment and had a good cry. In my heart I knew that things would never be the same. And, I have some news. They aren't the same. My boy is not living under our roof. He is his own man. Making his own decisions. And has a new girl taking care of him. It's not me anymore. But, do you know what? I'm enjoying it. This season of life has so much excitment and joy! I truly am embracing the journey and the exciting days ahead!
We knew that Joshua and Tabitha had decided to have a sweet, romantic Thanksgiving meal. Just the two of them. In my heart there was joy. I love seeing my boy enjoy his marriage and treasure his wife. And make new family memories and traditions. That's what I want for him.
So, the night before Thanksgiving we invited them over for Sloppy Joes and tater tots. As we sat around the table, Silas said, "Why don't we share what we are thankful for tonight since we're all together!" And we did. Do you know what my Josh said? With a love in his eyes, he looked at Tabitha and said, "I'm thankful for my family." Just like last year, I cried again. But, this time my tears weren't for fear of what was ahead. But, they were joy for what is now. I am so blessed!
Thanksgiving morning we had 2 guests drop in to borrow an extra casserole dish. Aren't they adorable?
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Brenna decided to make a special cake to share.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
A few weeks ago I was having a rough day. My doctors appointments weren't going too well and I was in tears. My Aunt Robin knew it was difficult for me and called and asked if she could arrange a week for me to come to Michigan and visit family. After talking it over with Patrick, we knew this would be a wonderful idea. And the bonus...Callie was able to come along with me!!
So, a few days after getting back from Fort Myers, Callie and I hopped on a plane and flew to Detroit!!
To say that she was excited is an understatement. My girl and I had so much fun and she was a wonderful travelling buddy!!
Callie made Robin a to-do list. I like #5!