Thursday, April 03, 2008


My cousins Riley & Conner (Thompson) on New Year's Eve
[Riley is the lanky smiler on the left]

Ryan & I love you, and we are SO proud of the young man you are becoming! You have a tender, kind heart-- we see this especially when you play with little bitty kids like Collin and Caroline. We love the heart God has given you to pray; please keep praying for us, and for God's kingdom to get bigger, all around the world!

We are so thankful that our Lord has already called you His Own, and that you are following and loving Him! Never stop doing that! We pray that you "bear much fruit" as you grow up, so that everyone can see that you really are a branch that's been planted in our Vine, Jesus Christ. God has made you just the way you are, on purpose... and we love you that way. :) The best birthday (or any day) message anyone could give you:

"For [you] are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. [...] Remember that you were at [one] time separated from Christ, [...] having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. [...] For through him we [...] have access in one Spirit to the Father." (Eph. 2:10-18)

Live a life of obedience, remembering who you used to be and who you are now: love Jesus, pray LOTS, and serve His church.

We love you, Riley Bear!

~Christina & Ryan

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