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What Impact Could You Make in 90 Years?

My grandmother (better known to us as "Nanny") turns ninety years old today. We traveled to Kentucky over the holidays and were able to see her. We all agree, she doesn't look ninety. On the contrary, God has blessed her with great health, and we feel so blessed to have her in our lives. I spent my earliest years in a house my parents had built right next door to my grandparents in the quaint little village of Browning, which is on the outskirts of Rockfield, which is on …

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Baby Sam Takes Over the World

Some stories are timeless, like this one, written by one Ella Grace, my eight-year-old daughter. Enjoy. Once there was a baby named Sam and he had the smelliest diaper in the world. He had decided to that if he distracted his family he could make a run for the White House. So one day he crawled into the living room while carrying a pooperang! He threw it at them and made a run for the stairs. He ran down the stairs and out the front door. But when he got outside there …

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God Took Me To School About My Rules

Yesterday, we headed to Treasure Island Beach. It's a beautiful spot in Laguna Beach hidden away behind the Montage Resort. You have to hike a bit to get down to it, but once you're there, you're enclosed between two beautiful cliffs. We put our towels down about 50 feet from the wet sand to make sure we were out of reach of the waves, then Ella and I headed down toward the water to start a sand castle empire bump. Ella has a bit of a fear of the waves and was a little …

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Today, I Had My Cake… And I Ate it Too!

What does it take to enjoy a nearly perfect day? Well... Seeing your precious daughter turn 8 years old. Southern California summer - 80 and no humidity. A trip to the Grove in Hollywood. A visit to the American Girl Store... where they served cake. Watching Ella spend gift certificates on a new doll friend named Lanie. Weekend services at Saddleback Church. Chick-fil-A for dinner (Ella's pick). Ice Cream. Watching a 3 month old Samuel endure it …

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A New Year, A New School, and New Opportunities

The last couple of weeks have been rather interesting at the Cox house. Angie has begun a new career teaching Bible at Life Way Christian School in Centerton, just a few miles away, and Ella started second grade there today. Though Angie will take Ella with her each day, I had the privilege of delivering her to her new classroom today. All I can say is she seems a little bit less like a little girl each time we do this. For me, I've remained a little emotional about it …

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An Artist In the Making

Ella has finished the first grade. Hmm... strange since she was just born a few days ago! Or at least it seems that way. The past day or two, perhaps with the commencement of summer, I've reflected a lot on the amazing process God is allowing me to behold - the growth and development of my daughter. She's an artist in the making. No, I don't mean she's going to grow up to paint, draw, sculpt, design, or write. I don't have any idea what direction God will take her, but I …

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The Priceless Privilege of Baptizing My Daughter

Rather than writing a lengthy post about this huge moment in my daughter's life (and mine and Angie's as well), I thought I'd just let you watch the video and hear my comments. I'm quite thankful that family and friends at a distance can enjoy this video. Two things to notice. On her way down the steps, she panics for just a second and says, "I don't want to today..." But she never stops smiling. Then, we're not sure what was up with her feeling of paralysis at the end, but …

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Merry Christmas from the Cox Family

Dear Family and Friends, It seems impossible that three years have passed since we moved our family to northwest Arkansas. . We feel so overwhelmed when we think about all with which God has blessed us since coming home to Bethel. Ella started the first grade and seems to be coming out of her shell a “little” bit-(she gets that from her daddy). One of our greatest gifts this year was Ella making the decision to place her trust in Christ and accept Him as Savor. We look …

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My Daughter Gave Her Life to Christ!!!

Yesterday, I was too sick to go to church, so Angie and Ella went. We had a Trunk-or-Treat in which David Stewart, our awesome Children's Ministry Director told a story about a pumpkin. I have no idea what David said, but Angie used it to spark a discussion when we got home. She had enough insight to see the question marks written on Ella's face. She's been asking a lot of questions for a long time. In fact, just a couple of months ago, we had one of those "near misses" in …

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Ella’s First Day of First Grade

Our little baby's growing up! Few things are more precious, and more heart-breaking, than your six-year-old little girl with a backpack on, marching off to school. We're happy for her, excited about her future, and prayerful that she'll be used of God in mighty ways! But we also don't want her to age another day. …

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