Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Happy Valentines Day from HLR...
...that is: Hot Love Ranch.
We think that Arizona is the state for lovers, not Virginia. Not only are Travis and I more in love than we were when we got married, but for the Shanks and Jansens, romance is always in the air. Our parents have set such a wonderful example of staying and growing in love every day of their marriage. We are seeking to emulate them.
We also want to give thanks to God for the gift of His love this morning. As we sat around the fireplace last night listening to our new Australian friends' stories, we were reminded of God's great kindness and mercy to us to have this "extra grace", as Mike so wisely put it. Travis and I have a love that is the direct blessing of God's love for us and the indirect result of Sovereign Grace Ministries. Without this church life, we wouldn't have been born (our parents met through Covenant Life), we wouldn't have been raised to love God, we wouldn't have the family life we enjoy, and we wouldn't have found eachother, nor fallen in love, nor actually made it to the altar without help from our pastors and families. We hope that you are reminded as well to "seek first his kingdom and righteousness and all this will be added to you"


Anonymous said...

I've just been introduced to your site and find it lovely. I look forward to reading it daily.

God bless you both. Maggie

Carolyn McCulley said...

So glad you had the opportunity to experience Mike's enthusiasm for all the grace God had given our family of churches. It does stimulate renewed appreciation, does it not?

Enjoying your blog, though I have to admit I never thought to read so much about chickens!