Friday, December 31, 2010

Flashback Friday: Our Wedding Reception

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing all of the pictures from our wedding over the last few weeks. This is a fun little series and a great way for me to share a lot of pictures with you at once.

This Friday, I posted some of my favorite pictures from our Wedding Reception. We have such a fun time at our reception. The theme for our wedding was China. Anyone wanting a Chinese wedding needs to make sure that they have Chinese food at the reception. Jon made lots of amazing Chinese food for the reception.

This was a great way for us to celebrate with our wedding with our friends and family.


Just Married!



Our Rings



Jon and his roommate Nate, who was also our photographer.



Signing our Marriage License



Jon's Best Man, Josh giving his toast.



My Maid of Honor, Michelle giving her toast. It was funny.



Cutting the cake



Dancing with my Daddy



Our first dance as Man and Wife



The Mother/Son dance



The garter toss



The bouquet toss



Jon, Nate, and Weston


Family and friends signed our picture frame.



Leaving for our Honeymoon



The end of a wonderful day!


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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from China!




God Bless You!
Jon and Jen

Friday, December 24, 2010

Flashback Friday: Our Wedding Portraits

Merry Christmas Eve!!


I hope that you have gotten all your Christmas shopping done and that you are spending the day with friends and family.

For the second week in our Wedding Picture Flashback series, I have gotten together my favorite Wedding Portraits.



































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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jen's 2010 Song of the Year

There is one song that has been especially close to my heart this year. It was with me through the good times and bad. I have sung it to myself and sung aloud in the car while this song played on KLOVE. God has used this song so many times to comfort me, when I needed a reminder that I was safe in His arms. I am so thankful that God uses music in such a powerful way to minister to my soul.



Safe
By, Phil Wickham

(Feat. Bart Millard)

Verse:
To the one who's dreams are falling all apart
And all you're left with is a tired and broken heart
I can tell by your eyes you think your on your own
but you're not all alone

Have you heard of the One who can calm the raging seas
Give sight to the blind, pull the lame up to their feet
With a love so strong he'll never let you go
oh you're not alone

Chorus:
You will be safe in His arms
You will be safe in His arms
'Cause the hands that hold the world are holding your heart
This is the promise He made
He will be with You always
When everything is falling apart
You will be safe in His arms

Verse 2:
Did you know that the voice that brings the dead to life
Is the very same voice that calls you to rise
So hear Him now He's calling you home
You will never be alone

Bridge:
These are the hands that built the mountains
the hands that calm the seas
These are the arms that hold the heavens
they are holding you and me

These are hands that healed the leper
Pulled the lame up to their feet
These are the arms that were nailed to a cross
to break our chains and set us free

Monday, December 20, 2010

2010 Christmas Letter


I think most everyone who would want to read this got it, but just in case you did not read our Christmas letter and want to, here it is. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your address to beautifulservant@gmail.com.

Dear Family and Friends,

We are humbled by how blessed we have been this year. God has been doing a lot in our lives and we want to take this time to play a little catch up. This past year we reached some huge milestones. We have been involved in ministry at our church in numerous ways. Jon and I are the Directors of our Sunday school class and we have been leading Bible studies throughout the year. I (Jen) have continued to be involved with Weight Watchers and have been at my goal weight for over a year. We hope that you take time to read the rest of our letter to see what else we have been up to this year.

In January 2010, Jen’s sister, Vivian and her finance, Daniel, announced that they were expecting. We were excited to be an Uncle and Aunt. Vivian was good about sending us texts and pictures throughout her pregnancy. It was so exciting to follow along as her body changed and adapted to the baby growing inside her. Kenneth’s due date was September 9, 2010, however he was on his own time frame. Vivian even went as far as offering him bribes to try to get him to come out, but nothing worked. Finally, on September 17th, 2010, 8 days late, he made his big debut into the world. It was love at first sight!! We were not able to be there, but we are so thankful for technology that has allowed us to see Kenneth. He wasn’t even 24 hours old and we were Skyping with him.

On May 8th, 2010, Jon graduated from LeTourneau University with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science. Jon worked so hard to earn his Bachelor’s degree. We were so blessed to have Jon’s family with us for graduation. We also had a few friends; Mike Wiley and Michelle McMartin fly down to join in the celebration. God has provided so much for us along the way that we want to share some of those things with you.

1. Tuition Breaks – LeTourneau’s flight program is incredibly expensive. However after much prayer the Lord provided me (Jen) with a full-time job at LeTourneau in 2008. This meant that starting in June 2009, Jon did not have to pay tuition for his classes. Praise the Lord that we do not have even more to pay back in student loans.

2. Campus Housing – Thankfully we were able to live on campus in Married Housing for 3 ½ years! This saved us so much money.

3. A Flight Job – Before graduation, God provided Jon a job at LeTourneau, as a full-time flight instructor.

4. Your Prayers – We are so thankful to all of you who lifted us up in prayer during this time!

I (Jon) was given a great opportunity to help a friend ferry his Cessna 182 up to Alaska. Our trip from Longview to Kingdom Air Corp would take about a week. However, it ended up only taking us four days. I was able to help my friend fly the plane up before I had to come back to the lower 48 for a mission’s trip to New Orleans that our Sunday school did. If I had the opportunity to fly up to Alaska again I would do it in a heartbeat! From Alaska I got on a plane and headed to New Orleans to meet up with some of the men in our Sunday school class. We decided to go work with Samaritan’s Purse for a week, trying to help rebuild a community, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Our group of 4 guys joined several other groups from different churches. When I got there we hit the ground running. The first day I was there we ended up nailing the floorboards onto the base of the elevated house. During the week when we were working we had the privilege of meeting the couple that was going to be moving into that house. Two of the guys on our trip were also able to minister to a guy that stopped by; they ended up sharing their testimony with him and praying for him. One of the highlights of the trip was getting to listen to the all men’s choir of Franklin Baptist Church practice every night, and then getting to go to the concert the night before we left. Overall this summer I was able to travel much more than I have in the past, and God taught me a lot.

This Christmas Jon and I are traveling to Chengdu, China, to be with Jon’s family. We will also have an opportunity to connect with several friends while we are in China. We will be sure to give you an update after we return to the states. We are leaving on December 16th, 2010 and will return January 7th, 2011. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel this holiday season.

Finally, we want to ask that you would be praying for us throughout this coming year.
This December 2010, we began to payback Jon’s student loans. This is an incredible burden. We do not know how these student loans will all be paid off. However, we know that God will continue to provide for our every need.
1. Pray that we would have the financial resources necessary to pay off our student loans.
2. Pray that God will give us wisdom about jobs and where He wants us to be, because we want to be in His will.
3. Pray that we will persevere during this time that we are trying to get on the Mission field.
4. Pray that we would continue to be involved with ministry at our church. We want our relationships with God to grow.

God Bless,
Jonathan and Jennifer

Friday, December 17, 2010

Flashback Friday: Our Wedding Ceremony

As we speak, Jon and I are on an airplane, flying to China for the next three weeks.

Today is our Four Year Anniversary!!

I thought it would be fun to make a little series out of this. Over the next several Fridays I want to share our wedding pictures with you. They will be pictures from the ceremony, family pictures, the reception, and our honeymoon.

Today, I am going to start by sharing our wedding ceremony pictures with you all. I love these pictures so much!! Hope you enjoy them.




































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