Christmas Letter 2009

(This entry was originally written in December 2009.)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

As I look back on 2009 I am reminded of those verses… God knew, even back in Bible times, that we would find comfort in knowing that He designed our lives to have seasons.

A time to be born: Benjamyn Henry Ebling was born on July 14th. Even after having eight babies, the wonder of a new little one amazes me. Benjamyn is a miracle and an awesome blessing to our family.

A time to die: Grandma Maday and Grandma Spinks both went to heaven this year. Though the loss has been nearly unbearable, I will forever be thankful to God for giving me so many wonderful memories with each of them. I know that I am a better woman for having known them.

A time to mourn, and a time to dance: As we continue to mourn the loss of our grandmas, we know that they are dancing with Jesus. We can take comfort in knowing that we, too, will on day dance alongside them.

A time to get, and a time to lose: Our house in Winthrop was bought out by the city just over a year ago. Grandpa Maday blessed us with the opportunity to move into the “Maday House” in Minneapolis, where we relived memories of yesteryear and created new memories. In June we moved, once again; this time to a house in New Prague. The house in Minneapolis was a wonderful bridge for us, gently taking us from our old house to our new house. I am so thankful to Grandpa for offering us security when we felt like the rug had been pulled out from beneath us.

A time to love: I have so much to be thankful for. Adrian has a stable job in a time where many people are unsure of their positions. I have eight adorable children – Iszak is 12 and a fabulous big brother to all of his siblings; Gabryel is 10 and continues to be the clown of our family; Abbigayle is 9 and very strong and sure; Phoebie is 7 and has a sweet naivety that makes everyone smile; Malakai is 5 and continues to beat all of the odds as he learns and accomplishes things that the doctors said he never would; Chloie is 3 and enjoys taking on responsibilities and helping with the babies; Ayden is nearly 2 and full of moxie; Benjamyn is 5 months and has already found a special place all of his own; I am home with all of my littles, home schooling and taking part in all of their activities.

As we prepare to start a new year, I want to share the verse that I am standing on for 2010: Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Wishing you all blessings that’ll knock your socks off!!

In Him Always,
The Eblings Adrian, Beckie, Iszak, Gabryel, Abbigayle, Phoebie, Malakai, Chloie, Ayden, and Benjamyn

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