Monday, December 14, 2015

Greetings From Nathaniel Angell

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” - 1 Peter 1:8

This has been a year full of joy. Early in the year, we were grateful to learn that Nate could telecommute from home about 3-4 days a week. This change allowed us to move back home to Bentley Farm! We are loving it – Nate enjoys working around the farm in his free time and Meghan enjoys gardening and hanging out with Janet, Allie, Isabella, and Olivia. We also enjoyed partnering with Isaac and Allie in milking three cows over the summer. A great joy for Meghan has been working with Janet and Allie to host the Morning Glory ladies fellowship on Friday mornings, focusing on seeing God’s goodness all around us.  Nate has enjoyed returning as a leader alongside Jacob to Christian Service Brigade (Battalion), a leadership development program for young men at our local church.
We were blessed to have friends and family help us this spring to complete the perimeter fence project on our 18 acres of land on Bentley Farm and the cows grazed there all summer long! Nate was also blessed with the opportunity to take his Professional Engineering Exam at the end of October. With these projects behind us, we are looking forward to diving into building a house on our land in the next couple years. We are also excited to be getting a Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy we’ve named Rosie just four days after Christmas!
Even though Jesus entered our world many years ago, we know he is still with us.  We have not seen the Child in the manger, the star leading to Bethlehem, the angels announcing his birth, the shepherds and flocks in worship, his mother singing him to sleep. But we are filled with hope and joy because the reality of Christmas has touched a chord in our hearts and despite not seeing these wonders we know the story is true. We experience his presence – rejoicing on the mountaintops we hear his voice, and walking through the valleys he holds our hand.  Most of all, we feel his love.  At Christmas we celebrate Jesus coming down from heaven to rescue humanity because of his overwhelming love for us. Jesus is our Savior, Redeemer and Friend and therefore we have great joy! Merry Christmas!