Another Year…the Best One Yet

Chad Uncategorized 18 Comments

There is much I could write on. So many thoughts running through my
head as I ponder the last year of life that God has given me. I haven’t
ever written a post about my birthday (Big Grin), but I thought I could
take the opportunity to thank those people that have impacted my life
the most to make me who I am today.
There are so many people that
have done so much for me, I really don’t know where to start! =’) 

God
has been so good to me and has blessed me with a wonderful family! I am
so very grateful for my Dad and Mom who have invested so much in my
life! Through the hard times and the good times, the sad times and the
happy times, they have always been there for me. They have encouraged me
to keep pressing on and they have taught me the difference between
right and wrong. They have been so very patient with me! I want to thank
them for being faithful and loving me always! I am also so thankful for
each one of my brothers and sisters! Each one has taught me so much! I
have made so many wonderful memories with them and I wouldn’t trade any
of them for the world! =) God has blessed me so much!
There
are so many others that I could thank…teachers, preachers, friends,
elders, peers…the list could go on forever! So many people have
invested in my life! It’s almost overwhelming when you step back to
think about it! But there is one person that I did want to thank. It’s a
person that I have known for only a little over 3 years…but I feel
like I have known her all my life… =’)…Yes…it’s Erin, the Girl of
my dreams and the one that has challenged me, encouraged me, prayed for
me, and loved me in a way that truly overwhelms me! God has blessed me
so greatly! This was the best birthday that I have ever had! Erin was
able to come and she actually really surprised me with a visit! It was a
really sweet time of fellowship and fun with the family!

God
is so good! And I can’t help but marvel at His goodness and what He has
done for me! He has always been faithful! He has always been there for
me when I needed Him! Even when I am unfaithful, yet He remains very
Faithful!!! I can’t wait to see what this new year holds!

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    1. Happy birthday Chad! I totally, totally agree! Miss Erin, I sent you a letter about two Months ago, and I wanted to know if you ever got it? Either way would you please write a comment back to me? Thank you for all you do!

      Sister in Christ,
      Natalie

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    3. Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! I have always wondered if that note ever made it!:-)

      Praying for you!
      ~Natalie

  1. Very graciously said. You seem to have an open heart capable of many levels of Love. God, parents, peers and Erin. You express it beautifully in your words…Only goodness shall follow you.

    Allison

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  2. Wow! sounds like a wonderful birthday! So happy for you!! Erin looks beautiful and you are so blessed with her! I have kept up with the Bates' blog for years but to suddenly see that Erin was being courted… Yay!! I was soo glad!

  3. i LOVE that picture of you and Erin with the sun shining on you both. You should use that for your wedding invitations that we all hope are coming soon!

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