Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An Update from the Woods: 2014 in Review

 Dear Family and Friends:                                                            December 27, 2014

Woods' Family Highlights of 2014
- John & Jennifer celebrated 20 yr. anniversary on Dec. 17 with a Steven Curtis Chapman Christmas concert & a trip to San Antonio for the Broadway production of The Lion King.  
- Having Joseph & Francisca Akakpo, native missionaries & friends from Togo, West Africa stay in our home (August) & share about their ministry with our FBC church family. 
- Brenna's first piano recital on Dec. 7. 
- Bradley became a teenager (6/26) Brenna went to double-digits (1/21).
- Bethany's profession of faith (7/13); Brenna's baptism (1/12). 
- Refinanced home; purchased new used Yukon XL (in full) :). 
- Maggie, our Chihuahua, turned 16 yrs. old on Dec. 23. 
- Celebrated 10 yr. anniversary of Brandon & Bradley's adoption (10/8), Brenna's Gotcha Day (4/21) and 7 yr. anniversary for Bethany's adoption (11/27).
- Helped facilitate the sell of my dad's house in Marshall.  

- Turned 14 on January 25
- Mission Trip team member with Revolution Student Ministry in June to Litteton, CO. 
- TMEA all-district band member on trumpet as a Freshman & earned letter jacket. 
- Stood alone on his campus at Hutto HS on September 25 for See You at the Pole, the global day of prayer for students. 
- Meritorious Award recipient in Awana

- Celebrated 13th BD (June 26) with a Journey to Manhood Weekend
- Weekend included dinner at Shogun's with some godly men, father/son getaway to Dallas, Medieval Times show, and tour of At&T Stadium. 
- Mission Trip team member with Revolution Student Ministry in June to Litteton, CO. 
- 1st chair Alto-Saxaphone at Farley MS Wind Ensemble. 
- Milestone Award recipient in Awana 
- Farley MS football team member, playing WR & String Safety. 

- Followed Christ in believers' baptism on January 12 at FBC Pflugerville. 
- Recipient of Excellence Award in Awana
- turned 10 yrs. old on January 21 & celebrated with a sleepover, family party, & an annual daddy/daughter trip to Build-A-Bear!  
- Began taking piano lessons in September and doing great!
- LIT (Leader In Training) PreTeen Mission: Ft. Worth mission trip team member in June, sharing Christ & ministering to children & families in FW.
- Enjoyed her 9th season playing soccer, scoring half of her teams' goals in the Fall. 
- 5th Grader at Nadine Johnson Elementary School.

- Turned 9 yrs. old on August 11 & celebrated with her annual Build-A-Bear trip with dad along with a family party. 
- Trusted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior & Lord on July 13 at home. 
- Earned Sparky Award in Awana. 
- Continues to excel in gymnastics; loves music & dance. 
- 3rd Grader at Nadine Johnson Elementary School in Hutto. 

What We Do
- serve at FBC Pflugerville; John - Children's Pastor; Jennifer - Wee Ones Preschool Music Teacher
- parents at Casa de Woods
- Facilitate care for my dad, John H. Woods

What We Enjoy
- Family Devotions, Movie Nights, Family BD parties, reruns of Full House & Cosby Show 
- Our Golden Retriever Belle (2 yrs. old in June). 
- Annual traditions like:  Preteen Camp (July), VBS (June), Mission trips (June), summer vacation, daddy/daughter date night (October) and dance (February), Spring Break (March), summer, & Christmas trips to MawMaw & PawPaw's house in Longview. 

- You can keep up with the happenings of the Woods' family on 
Facebook (John & Jennifer), Instagram (jawoods68), Twitter (@jawoods68), and at 

Remember:  When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4, 5 HCSB)

Hope you & your family had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you God's best & blessings for a Happy New Year in 2015. 

John, Jennifer, Brandon, Bradley, Brenna, and Bethany Woods