Photo Revelry

Generosity--for God so loved ... He gave.

Patience--made a 3000 mile trip a great and enjoyable adventure.

 Sensitivity--Even a laptop could hardly repay Esther for the gifts she gave to us because she knew how to meet specific needs.

Creativity--Our first every manger scene cookie.

Harmony--Living in step with what God has written. 

As time goes by, the web site has grown into a kind of album. Since there were so many pictures from our trip that still didn’t make it into our posts we decided to devote one more post to pictures! We hope you will share in our joy both for what the Lord has done in our families and for the promise of what He has yet to do this year developing the character of Jesus Christ in us.

Our first stop other than at relatives' was here at the Stelzls: Hospitality--Cheerfully sharing food, shelter and spiritual refreshment with those God brings into my life.

Reunion in Georgia: Security--Structuring my life around what is eternal and cannot be destroyed or taken away.

Catching up with Duong and Lisa: Truthfulness--added power to many stories.

 Walking around the lake in Lakeland: Fellowship--joining with others in a united direction.Cousin Ted, Bekky and Anna: Dependability--counting on friendships that stand the test of time.

 Christmas Eve: Unity--the result of one accord, looking on the things of others.Contentment--Realizing that God has given everything I need for my present happiness. Reverence--Michael's gift to Robert displays the verse: "In Thy presence is fullness of joy".








Mangroves in Sanibel: Worship--the natural response of knowing why I am created.Pecan orchards near Tallahassee: Faith--confidence that God's will done in God's time produces the most fruit.Heading north: Leadership--Seeing further down the road than those around me.


Surprise apple pie at the McEntires': Gratefulness--remembering that my portion is from God.Unforgettable cinnamon rolls from the Hicks' kitchen: Compassion--Seeing the needs of others as a chance to share the goodness of God.Welcome to the Neelys': Wisdom--exchanging my thoughts for God's thoughts so that I can partake of His abundant blessings.Love--giving to others' basic needs without having as my motive personal rewards.

 Thriftiness/Orderliness--Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve their greatest efficiency.Robert and Samuel: Sociability--Acknowledging that God orchestrates every relationship. Row of blueberry bushes: Diligence--Viewing a task as God's special assignment.The gingerbread house: Punctuality--Not creating suspense for others.

 Enthusiasm--Letting Christ within be my expression of encouragement to others.Rook with the Bates: Discretion/Cautiousness--right actions with right timing.

Responsibility--Holding the ropes for those behine me!


A bit of mail there was at our return: Joyfulness--Carrying fellowship with the Lord into my daily routine.


  1. Robert January 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    Donald, I really enjoyed the wonderful pictures and clever captions. They brought back so many fun memories from the trip. Thank you so much for posting this and providing a new perspective on these character qualities!

  2. Daniel January 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    James and I could not stop laughing when we saw that one picture of the van! Excellent illustration of resourcefulness!

  3. Esther Staddon January 17, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    Wow! Great ways to define those words, Don! I enjoyed them and the pictures so much!

  4. Michael January 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I’d say that truck is a classic example of false leadership: “seeing further” by blocking everyone else’s view! 🙂

  5. Donald January 28, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    You’re right; that’s interesting Michael–and creative. Thank you all for your enthusiastic comments! God bless us to be energy-givers this year.

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