Dearest Friends and Family,
How good and perfect it is when in unity we praise the Lord, for He is good. What an amazing year 2011 was for us. It was full of blessings, love, joy and even sorrow, and it is to Him we give thanks.
We know that it was in our last letter that we reported that were given a most beautiful gift—our new baby girl, Cailyn. She is four months old now with beautiful brown eyes and a full head of hair. Everyone who sees her can’t believe the amount of hair she has and sometimes need to take a second look to make sure she isn’t a doll. She smiles so much now and is starting to reach out and grab things with wonder in her eyes. She certainly is a doll baby and is loved by everyone, especially her brother and sister.
Aiden has been very protective of his baby sister and will run and tell me that she is crying, even when I am holding her– so cute. He is definitely all boy, though. I can honestly say that I was not ready for this ball of energy and mischief, I don’t think I ever will be. He is 2 1⁄2 years old now and is very solid in build, his smile is cheeky and his eyes are as deep blue as the sea. How can anyone resist such an adorable face, especially when he makes it pout.
Kieley turned five this past year and all we can say is, “where has the time gone?”. She has grown into a lovely blonde hair, blue-eyed girl with so much curiosity about the world around her. She enjoys the school time we do during the day and loves to paint and color. Both kids are doing very well with schooling. Aiden already knows his entire alphabet, which he learned all on his own from playing with magnets and watching the kids show, Super Why. Kieley is enjoying work books and loves the art work that comes with them. We are very proud of them and are looking forward to actually starting the homeschooling program.
November brought a time of sadness to Sharon’s family. On November 6th, Sharon received a phone call that her grandpa in Ohio had passed away. It so happened that both he and her grandma had heart attacks on the same day. Grandma pulled through, but Grandpa didn’t make it. It all happened very quickly and came as quite a shock to us all. Please keep the Cregan Family in your prayers, as this is a very big loss for us. Also, strength for Sharon’s Aunt Denise, as she works out all the paper work and helps take care of Grandma.
After hearing of this, we decided it would be nice to spend Thanksgiving with Sharon’s parents. It was great to spend time with family. The meal that Sharon’s aunt made was amazing, even if it did include whole fried Tilapia (just how Sharon likes it). Sharon also had the opportunity to have a Skype call with her grandparents in the Philippines, whom she hasn’t seen in 20 years.
Christmas was spent in North Carolina and we know that this Christmas will be one to remember forever. The week before Christmas, one of our little nieces caught a very bad tummy bug that began to spread as the days went by. By Christmas morning, nearly everyone had it and the opening of presents was interrupted a few times due to little bouts of the bug taking effect. No need to go into any details, but needless the say, there was quite a bit of cleaning up done. It was very eventful and all we could do was smile and go on.
Now that 2011 is over and gone, it is time to move on to 2012. It began with a move across the street. Some very dear friends of ours moved on from working with Teen Missions to wherever the Lord leads them and moved to North Carolina. It was very sad to see them leave, but we know that the Lord will watch over them and guide their path. Kieley is sad to see them leave, she was very close to their kids; but takes heart in knowing that every time we visit Sean’s family in North Carolina, that we will be visiting with them too. When they left, their trailer became available and we were given permission to move in after the new year. It is a much bigger trailer than we were living in before, which is nice for our growing family. This past Saturday was the big move, and we had about 25 people come and help. Luckily, we were moving right across the street, so there was no need for filling vehicles.
Sean also did a bit of moving himself within the office. He is no longer working in the mail room, but is now in the Computer Department. He says it will take some time to get used to, but he should get the hang of it soon enough. It is fun to say he is now part of the Geek Squad, or as I like to call it, the Nerd Herd.
We are very excited to hear that we will be leading the team to Trinidad again. Sean is excited to head back there and introduce his family to all of his friends in Trinidad. He loves the country and the people so much and is excited for us to love it as well. The project will be to continue work on the pastor’s house, that Sean’s team started last summer. Kieley is excited to go to the place Daddy went so she can finally see what Daddy did while he was gone. Please pray that we will be able to raise the support needed for our kids to come on the team.
We thank you all for the love, support and prayers you have given to us during the year of 2011. We know that it wouldn’t have been the same without them. We ask for your continued support for our family both through prayer and finances for this next year, especially prayer. Please raise these requests to Him as you think of us:
• That we would continue to grow closer to the Lord daily • That we would be the parents the Lord calls us to be for our children • For good health and safety • For our children to accept and yearn to know the Lord as their personal Savior • To be Godly leaders for our team this summer • For strength and wisdom for Sean, as leader of our family • For continued prayer and financial support
Thank you again for everything this past year. May the Lord continue to bless all of you during this next year as well. Thank you again and God bless.