Dear Friends –
Happy New Year!!!
First off giving glory to God as He is the head of my household and has been an awesome God this past year, as He is each and every year, every month, every week, and every day.
Over the course of 2009, God has truly shown me that He is in our midst, both directly and indirectly. For starters, my job has grown from a simple Administrative Assistant to both a trainer and a sort of a technical manager if you will. Currently I still am an Administrative Assistant to the Chicago Region, but I am also now the webinar trainer and a SharePoint site owner! With the addition of these duties, and of course by the grace of God, there have also been tons of kudos, and two—count them, two---pay increases! Know that He is faithful to those that look up to Him and believe in Him!
Now, on to the story of Chris.
Chris, if you don’t know, is my other half, my life partner, and as of June 2, 2009, my husband. Yes, we went to Las Vegas, stood before a minister with our closest friends in attendance, and pledged our lives to each other. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, and the City of Las Vegas, the Mon Bel Ami Wedding Chapel, and the Bellagio Hotel and Casino could not have been more welcoming and accommodating, and I want to publically thank them for that.
As far as the family front goes, needless to say that with an increase in your finances means an increase in the headaches. My mother, upon finding out of my good fortune, showed a bad streak towards Chris and said some things that should not have been said. We have since worked it out – somewhat - however I am afraid that the relationship between my mother, me and Chris has been somewhat harmed because of this. I am disappointed, because I wanted nothing more than my mother to accept Chris for who he is and be happy for both of us—and to share in the blessing with all of us. As for my father, I have not heard anything from him in regards to anything as I type this letter. I did give both of my parents a substantial amount; I can only hope that it is being used wisely.
Well, that is 2009 in a nutshell. Please continue to pray for me and my family, as well as for each other. May God continue to bless all of you in 2010, may He keep you all safe, and may He give you the desires of your heart!