Shalom, Greetings from Durham, and Merry Christmas,
We hope that all is well in your world and that it is well with your soul. In case you are interested at all in what has gone on in the life of the Reyners in 2015 then here is somewhat of a summary.
For Linda and I it has been a rather uneventful year for the most part. At 57 years of age this is not a bad thing to say. No dramatic health issues, no deaths in our family, no crises that we have had to work through. We consider ourselves blessed beyond measure. Some of the 2015 blessings include: 1) the birth of our 2nd grandson (see C and C below), 2) Jobs that are stable and enjoyable and rewarding, 3) A great church community to grow and worship and serve in, 4) The opportunity to go to Poland as a part of a church mission trip and minister to many of our Southern Baptist missionaries and their families, 5) The chance to travel following said trip to Amsterdam, Brussels, Normandy, and Paris with good friends, 6) The joy of living in Durham NC with all its great restaurants and cultural opportunities.
Christy and Chad – They are still living in Clemson, SC where Chad serves as the Director of Missions and Small Groups at Crosspoint Church. Christy works 120 hours/week as a stay at home mom – her dream job. They love their community and the Upper State. They welcomed their 2nd child into the world in January. Bowen John is now 11 months and on the verge of walking. He loves playing with his big brother and destroying anything that G builds. Grayson just turned 3 years old. He loves to read and play basketball and root for his Tiger paws (The Clemson Tigers who incidentally are having a pretty good year.) he also loves “Chick-a-lay” just like his Pop Pop.
Scott and Mary – Living in Durham. We love having them in the same town with us and we frequently get together for a meal. They celebrated their first anniversary in November. Mary works as an Occupational Therapist at Duke Regional and Scott teaches 7th grade Math at a middle school, works part-time in the Kid’s Ministry at Summit Church and does contract work for pastors who need help with sermon prep. They lead a small group at their church and enjoy the faith community that they are a part of.
Tucker and Danielle – Living in Wilmington, NC. Danielle works at an Eye Center as an assistant to one of the doctors. Tucker is a full time student at Southeastern Seminary, works an almost a full time schedule at Port City Java Coffee Shop. and works part time at The Bridge Church overseeing their Guest Services. They also lead a Community Group and enjoy having people in their home each week where they can share their loveable pups Charlie and Bodie with others
Much grace and peace,
Shay and Linda
(Here is a pdf version of the post – 2015XmasLetter)