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Friday, December 21, 2007

Our Company Christmas Party

We enjoyed hosting our annual Christmas party for our employees last night. We went to Macayos and had a room all to ourselves. This year we had 22 guests including some dates our employees brought. As Dustin looked around the room he told me he was emotional to see all that God had done for our small business since we began out of our house, only the two of us, Oct. of '04. We are blessed beyond words to be able to serve our employees and we thank the Lord continually for each employee He has made a part of our team.

This year has been a tough year in our industry. Many businesses have folded or cut their labor forces dramatically. There was a point when we were wondering if that would be our fate also. We are blessed to have made it through without layoffs. Many of our general contractors weren't paying on time. Some even closed their doors without ever paying what they owed us. This year there have been nights when we were on our knees crying and begging the Lord to bring much needed funds so we could make payroll for our employees and pay our bills. Every time we had a need the LORD supplied. He is so faithful! We have gone without a few paychecks lately but you'd never know it because the Lord has met every need we've had.

This year we have been blessed to be in a position where we have been in need. I know that is a strange thing to say, but it's so true. I have learned so much more this year about giving and faith than I could have ever learned any other way. When everything is said and done we are still the most blessed people on earth and rich in so many more way than merely monetary. This year we don't have much to get the girls gifts (but never fear our faithful Lord had that in His plans too. That's what grandparents are for!!) but we know that our family is in the midst being blessed with so many precious gifts. How could we be anything other than thankful!?

Thank you Lord for being You!!


E said...


I'm so thankful for what you shared! So happy that your family is making it despite all of the challenges this year!!! I hope the Lord will heap blessings on your business next year!

LOVE Macayos, by the way!

Wishing you, Dustin & your girls a Merry Christmas!


Stacey said...

Amen! It's amazing how much more thankful we are when we're learning to trust Him for what we need. I honestly think it's been a tough year for lots of us but I know God has also been teaching us through it. I'll be praying for you guys!!

Corrie H said...

We are self-employed in the construction trade too.
We can relate all too well about a slim Christmas and trusting God for each bill.

If I had never learned what it was to not have or to almost lose something (like water) than I would never know how thankful I am for it!

This year I learned to be thankful that our kids have clothes. Not only that but clean clothes. Thank you Jesus that we have laundry soap. Funny, huh!

Steve and I reflected on our Christmas. We couldn't buy the kids any of the things they asked for but the day came and went anyways and it was a fun day of spending time together.

We chose to help out another family and weren't able to get each other anything. Our joke was that I got him power and he got me water. Hee Hee.

These are the good ol' days!

God will continue to refine us in the firey trials of life, strengthening our character all the way!

Sorry this was long!