Bruce and Nancy
Sara, Claire, Ben, Danny & Luke Muskrat
Danny, Caleb, & Amy Bihl
Heather, Jacob & Andy Muskrat
Quentin & Wilma Woods
As we finish up this year, we are reminded of the Lord's
faithfulness and providence to our lives and the lives of our
family. This year has been one of changes, challenges, and many
surprises. In January, both Amy and Danny began new jobs in the
Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Amy works at
in North Richland Hills, a pediatric home health care agency
that provides physical and speech therapy services to children.
Danny works with the
Coppell Texas Fire Department and serves part-time as a
paramedic in the ER of
Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Amy, Danny and Caleb
lived with us for five months while trying to sell their home in
Waco. Nana (Nancy) and Papi (Bruce) got to feed Caleb his bottle
before going to work every morning, watch him take his first
steps, and help him celebrate his first birthday in February.
May 22 was a day that would
change our lives and offer many challenges to Nancy's parents,
EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin MO, destroying homes and
taking many lives. Nancy's parents, Wilma and Quentin Woods,
took cover in their home when the tornado hit and miraculously
did not suffer any injuries, although they lost half of their
home. Bruce's father, Jim Muskrat, who had not received any
damage to his home (located a mile south of the tornado's path),
graciously allowed Wilma and Quentin to stay with him for six
weeks while Nancy and Bruce looked for a place in Fort Worth
where Nancy's parents could live closer to them. Wilma and
Quentin are now official Texas residents and live in an
Senior Residences, an independent living facility.
The biggest surprise of
the year occurred on June 18-19 when Bruce and Nancy's children
put together a 40th anniversary celebration weekend. The event
began with what was supposed to be a family dinner with the kids
that turned into what might be called a "This is Your Life"
segment as out-of-town family and missionary colleagues who had
served with the Muskrats in Argentina began walking through the
doors of the restaurant. On Saturday afternoon, the Muskrat kids
organized a lovely anniversary reception at the Arlington
offices of Carroll Institute. It was a wonderful time of
fellowship with friends and family and delicious food, including
special items from the
Bakery located in Irving. Bruce and Nancy were overwhelmed
and so grateful to their children for giving them such a special
Danny and Sara continue in
their same jobs, but they and their children also experienced
change this year as they moved into a new home in Mt. Pleasant,
complete with a showcase pool. Danny and Sara are active in
their church and community, so their new home has already been
the site of birthday parties, church socials, and great times of
fun. Danny serves as president of the
Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club and was Grand Marshall in the
Christmas Parade on December 3. Luke (6) and Claire (4) enjoyed
riding with their dad in the parade. Earlier in the day we had
an early celebration of Ben's second birthday.
Andy and Heather have had
their own set of changes and challenges with a new baby while
keeping up with various ministries in the church, Heather's
teaching, and Andy's master's level studies at Carroll
Institute. On October 30, Andy was ordained to the ministry at
Baptist Church, Bentonville AR. The Muskrat family all sang
together in English and Spanish, and Nancy wrote a duet to sing
with Bruce for the occasion. Another important event of the
weekend was the celebration of Jacob's first birthday.
Nancy and Bruce stay very
busy at B. H.
Carroll Theological Institute while serving two churches.
Bruce continues as interim minister of music at
Road Baptist Church. Nancy has been interim pianist at
Haltom Road for the past six months, and both play piano and
Agape Baptist Church on Sunday evenings. Nancy served as
communications and publications coordinator for the capital fund
raising campaign at Agape. They enjoyed attending the Muskrat
Family Reunion in Carthage MO at Thanksgiving. Most of all, the
Muskrats enjoy playing with their grandchildren and keeping them
on many occasions.
May you have a blessed and joyous Christmas! Our prayer for you
in the New Year is that you "continue to live your lives in Him,
rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you
were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."