Tuesday, December 25, 2007

If a boy has been chosen, a boy shall be King!

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12, ESV)

Merry Christmas from the Hartman family to yours!

2007 has come and gone in the twinkling of an eye and it was a relatively smooth year.

One of the greatest joys in our life has been Providence Church. We’re blessed to be a part of such a great church family, but church planting is not for the faint of heart. It can be exhausting for all involved, but it’s one of the most rewarding experiences to be a part of a new work of God’s grace. We have great people working with the kids, and our “Pot Providence” fellowship meals every two months help us better connect with each other as a church family.

Sarah Beth (8-1/2) dabbled in softball, dance, and gymnastics, but her passion was her art classes. She enjoys 3rd grade and even signed up to take Spanish after school. She has a great collection of “Littlest Pet Shops” and would devote her every waking hour to Webkins if we’d allow it.

Rachel (6-1/2) also had a busy year, being involved in t-ball, dance, and soccer. But there is no doubt that soccer is still her favorite. She still has a great affection for monkeys and has started a pretty extensive Mark McGwire collection. She’s enjoying 1st grade as a “Hunt Hound.”

Eric Jr. (4-1/2) enjoyed his first season of t-ball and still likes Lightning McQueen and Batman. His favorite activity, however, is sitting next to his dad (after bedtime) on the couch, as they eat chips and “watch Cardinals” or “watch Cowboys.” Growing up in the era of TiVo he has never yet wondered how sports can be ready for our viewing at a moment’s notice.

(2-1/2) has really become demonstrative and loves to boss her brother around, cutting him no slack at all. She’s picked up the nickname “Hopscotch” and is a big fan of the Doodlebops and Rocky, the boxer, not the squirrel. She cannot go to sleep without her stuffed cat, Sophie (whom she calls “Soph”) and her blanket (whom she calls “Blank”). Every night it seems we’re all scouring the house to “find Soph & Blank” for her.

Mary Ellen was an assistant teacher at a church’s preschool and did some substitute teaching. She also started a “Keepers of the Home” group for young girls to become resourceful and godly women. She continues to play her violin at church each week and helps write the children’s church curriculum.

Gunny celebrated 10 years as an ordained minister and the 1 year anniversary of Providence Church. He coached Rachel’s soccer team, which was perhaps the highlight of his year, and he also got to speak on “The Holiness of God and His People” at the Fellowship of Reformed Churches' annual conference. He regrets neglecting his Harley and his PhD studies this year.

Life is good because we serve an amazing God. He is so worthy of our praise and service. We are thankful for His daily mercy, grace, and providential care.

At Christmas, of course, we’re thankful for the incarnation, where God took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ.


At 25 December, 2007 06:16, Anonymous NCguy said...

Looks like the guys are severely out numbered . . .

At 25 December, 2007 10:17, Anonymous Kyle said...

ah good post,
Merry Christmas.

At 25 December, 2007 10:44, Blogger GUNNY said...

NCGuy ... It was really bad when we had our cat & dog ... both of which were females!

My boy, sadly, has nobody to blame for a toilet seat left up!

At 25 December, 2007 11:44, Anonymous Chris Brauns said...

You have a great looking family! Shame you are unwilling to show any allegiance to A&M.

At 25 December, 2007 12:26, Blogger GUNNY said...

Indoctrination: Early AND often!


At 25 December, 2007 19:20, Blogger M. Jay Bennett said...


Merry Xmas Gun.

At 25 December, 2007 20:12, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Had a great time. Thank you for having us. Too bad you don't record the candle light service I would love a copy of his "O Holy Night." Hope to hear that again next year. Thanks for all the love. Don't use me, don't use me, don't use me!!!! Merry Christmas.


At 25 December, 2007 20:32, Blogger Matthew Bradley said...

A real Ag would have had the photo taken in the North End Zone @ Kyle Field just as they are stepping off on Hullabaloo!


And Gunny...that's some good bull.

Gig 'em,


At 26 December, 2007 07:56, Blogger Jade said...

Gunny wrote:
My boy, sadly, has nobody to blame for a toilet seat left up!

Ah...but he can still point the blame to you! :ob

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Gunny and family!

At 26 December, 2007 10:05, Blogger Oilcan said...


Since this is my first Christmas with a family (wife Emily, daughters Tristan and Baby Holly), I can now also say Merry Christmas from my family to yours Gunny, and thanks for the western shirts. Somehow they did not ruin Christmas this year.

At 26 December, 2007 11:32, Blogger GUNNY said...


Well done, Oil.

Yes, those western shirts are good! I'm glad you liked them. Thanks for the meal in a box. I might have to return the favor in the future. Oh, and the movie was confusing, but appreciated.

After all, it's the thought that counts.


At 26 December, 2007 13:56, Blogger Oilcan said...

Gunny, aka The Bruce Dickinson,

Why was the movie confusing? Do I need to explain to you the concept of the tooth fairy?

At 26 December, 2007 14:07, Blogger GUNNY said...

I just had to keep my eye on the ball.

Baby, by the time I'm through with this post here, you'll be wearing gold plated diapers!

At 27 December, 2007 08:46, Blogger Blackhaw said...


No a REAL AGGIE would have BEVO in the picture branded with this years A&M- TU score on it. This was one of the few years Gunny that you could show that you are a REAL AGGIE.

Merry Christmas from my family (Carl, Sharon, Daniel, and Ben (t-minus 2 months and counting).

Texas Fight and its goodbye to A&M!



At 27 December, 2007 13:30, Blogger GUNNY said...

Carl, seriously, you can't hit the egg nog that hard, brother!

Merry Christmas and don't forget to watch the Aggies manhandle the Nittany Lions Saturday night.

I'm dreaming ... of a maroon ... Christmas, with every blog post I write ...

P.S. I'll see what I can do on "borrowing" Bevo for next year's picture. Good tip and lots of love to the family.


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