Thursday, November 25, 2010

On a day in which we are to reflect, be grateful, and give praise to the Almighty God, we thought it would be appropriate to finally post the testimony of how we have come to be homeowners. So for those of you who have been waiting to read this, sorry it took so long. We wanted to wait until we closed on the house to do this, and then time has just slipped away as it always does with a newborn in the house.

The fact that we have this home to live in is a miracle in itself, and we can take no credit whatsoever for the way that the Lord has provided. In July
, we had no idea what the Lord had planned for us regarding our living situation. We had no money. We could no longer live in the place we were in. And we had not found anything affordable at all to move into...all of this while Jess is dealing with being pregnant, taking care of 2 little ones, and seemingly constant sickness.

We got to the point where we were so broken and discouraged we were on our knees and quite emotional. We had reached a breaking point and knew only a miracle could get us where we needed to be before the baby was born in September. One day at work, Matt just happened to ask a guy if he knew of a place to rent, and he offered to sell his home to us which wasn't even on the market! Matt told him we didn't have the money to do such a thing but that we'd keep it in mind. About a week later, for some unknown reason, (aka the leading of the Holy Spirit) we looked at the home without having any money...and loved it. We had no idea where any money would come from.
Then, 4 days later, The Lord miraculously provided a significant amount for a down payment. While this was a huge blessing, and we started shopping for mortgages, we were still hoping and praying that we would be able to get 20% to avoid paying expensive mortgage insurance. By the time any mortgage guys were able to give us any answers, our situation had changed dramatically, and we amazingly had 20% plus even more to help with closing costs. Seriously, it seemed as if money was falling from the sky. We went from no downpayment to more than 20% in a matter of three weeks!

Then there was this whole thing with moving...we needed to be out of our apartment immediately, and the thought of the baby coming was looming on the horizon, but we could not close on the house for several months. The Lord provided once again. A prospective first floor tenant fell through in the house we were buying, and we were able to rent the apartment until we closed on the house. It provided us the opportunity to get out of our place right away, and also have to move only once.

On top of that, since we were renting temporarily, we were unable to keep our two dogs with us. Once again the Lord took care of us, and our dogs. A wonderful family from church took our dogs in and have become quite attached and enjoyed them so much so that they still have them! This is a huge blessing because it allows Jess to handle three little ones without the added responsibility of 2 dogs...such a blessing!

Throughout all of this, we tried to encourage each other with the fact that if the Lord created the universe in a week, He is more than able to find us a home in a week. And that's pretty much what He did! We went from no money one week, to 10% the next week, to 20% the next, to moved in the week after. God is amazing! We were able to finally close on the house on October 22nd.

Please understand that we are not subscribing to some sort of prosperity teaching that says this is the norm, or that we were entitled this blessing because we were such great people...in fact, we weren't. Our hearts were often filled with plenty of discouragement and doubt along the way. We write all of this to remind you that God is amazingly faithful...don't ever forget it...even when we are faithless, He is faithful. While the deed for the house may have our name on it, we absolutely cannot take any credit for it. It is not because of anything that we have said or done. It is the Lord's house that He chose to provide for us to live in. I pray that we are good stewards of what He has provided for us.

I pray that the Lord blesses and encourages whoever may read this, and that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving! We have much to be thankful for!

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!"


Friday, March 26, 2010

NYC with our students.


Mara and Martha, two students of ourse from OCSI came to visit NYC for their spring break and we were able to take them around NYC for a day. We did upper Manhattan and ended up at Lombardi's, the first registered pizza place in NYC. My brother Joey and his girlfriend Julie came to chow down with us.
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Paterson Falls





Who knew we had such beautiful waterfalls only 10 minutes from our house! The massive amount of rain made the level of water rise and added to the beauty. The kids loved getting soaked with mist as we walked over the falls.
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Friday, January 01, 2010

Please pray for us as we are starting a Bible Study in Fair Lawn, N.J. on Sunday January 10th. Below is a picture of the front of the flyer that we are handing out at our church, and in the surrounding neighborhoods in Fair Lawn.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Gang

Hangin with the wise guys.
Reverence.
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An early Merry Christmas

Loved the cross shaped by light on the tip of the angel's wing. Perfect! Ella cradled baby Jesus as she has never cradled a baby before. She just stared into his eyes, took care of him, and just loved him. I had to walk away because I was getting teary eyed watching it take place. What a beautiful gift we have in Christ.
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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Costume Cuties


Thanks Jenn for the cow costume!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Yankee Daddy-Daughter Date

Our friend Gina from church blessed us with a pair of tickets and so Matt and Ella went on their first Yankees date. Ella loved throwing peanuts shells on the floor as she munched away at the peanuts and her favorite part of the game was the "clapping". (I can so see the resemblance between the two of them in the pix on the top right--very cute).
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A Taste of Japan


In Edgewater, NJ there is a Japanese market so we headed up there to pick up some rice and other tasty treats. It was so refreshing to eat sushi and drink Georgia coffee!!!
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Edgewater and Palisades Interstate Park




Asleep after a busy day.
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33 years and many more to come! Happy Birthday, Babe.




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Hayrides with "Nani"

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Bathtime Fun



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Thursday, September 03, 2009