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  1. Julianne & Britney says:

    Hi Gjertsens!

    Britney and I enjoyed your post on moving. We’re so glad the move went well and that you’re settling in well!

    Isaiah says to tell Valor hi.

    Julianne and Britney

  2. Patty M says:

    Great to hear all about your news! Keep it coming!

    Miss you guys!

    Neat how you and Valor were checking out Historical places, and ones that mentioned the valor of our nations’ heroes!
    We always love(d) checking out the historical spots too when traveling.

  3. Molly says:

    From a complete stranger…wishing and praying for all the best. Sometimes opportunites we don’t especially like or have the saddest feelings with lead us onto brighter days full of opportunities we wouldn’t have otherwise seen! πŸ™‚

  4. Paige says:

    Welcome to NC! I almost ended up in New Bern, but took a job near Chapel Hill instead. Now I am a stay at home mom and I love it! Praying that you get settled and that your house sells!

  5. Lauren says:

    I hope you are enjoying North Carolina so far. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to leave Florida, but I know that you will find someone there who already knows about James and your family via CakeWrecks.
    This blog I pasted below was started by a father who grew up in a town near mine, but who now lives in Athens, GA. He and his wife were told early in their pregnancy that the baby had Trisomy 18. The blog reminds me so much of what you went through with James, I had to share it with you. Both stories have really touched the hearts of many.

  6. Julie says:

    I’m only a lurker, but have been following your family via Cake Wrecks. I just had to comment on how handsome Valor is, and in the last picture of this post I see so much of James in him. You have a beautiful family. Much luck with the sale of your house and your new life.

  7. Tonya says:

    Thanks for the update! So good to hear of the buyer, too. As always, I love the photos, so the more the better. πŸ™‚

  8. Jessie says:

    Abby, you look absolutely lovely in that first photo!
    Valor is cute, as always!

    Miss you guys!

  9. melissa says:

    Hi! Another Cake Wreck follower here (well, been following you all for awhile too, I hope that doesn’t sound creepy)…I’m in Raleigh and just want to say welcome to NC!! We moved here from Florida as well (strangely enough, from the same area–we used to live in Altamonte Springs, although I originated in Chicago) and we weren’t as rooted in the community, in a church, and with family as you guys but we love–LOVE–it up here. Praying that you guys settle in quickly and start to feel at home!

  10. Ashley M. says:

    Glad to hear that things are going well!!!

  11. Evie says:

    O I am so happy that the family is safe and sound in your new home. And it will be and feel like home soon enough. All those wonderful friends you have are a reflection of the wonderful friend you and John are. And really, it’s only fair that God shares y’all with more of the world. I’m praying for you guys! But let’s talk about Valor, he has got to be the most adorable non-Asian kid ever! Looks more and more like John in his pictures. He looks like he’s got some serious thumbsucking self-soothing skills. I’m so jealous.

  12. Kathy H says:

    Dear John and Abby,

    You are deeply missed by all of those Floridians who love and thank God for you. The folks of New Bern will be totally blessed by your family. Squeeze Valor for me!

  13. Stephanie says:

    Glad to hear the move went well. I know from experience that moving can be incredibly insane. Thank God for good friends! πŸ™‚
    Praying y’all get settled in quickly and make lots of wonderful new friends! πŸ™‚

  14. michelle h. says:

    I haven’t been here in like a month and wow, you moved to NC! You’ll love it here!!

    Congrats and welcome!

  15. Canucknorm says:

    After being sad for seeing Pastor Curtis loose a second member of his leadership team in such a short span of time (the first one being Pastor Clay), I was glad to see, no, make that remember that our God is Sovereign and moves and takes away people as He so chooses. So my line of thinking now goes like this, “This is the day that the LORD has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. The LORD has given. The LORD has taken. Blessed be the Name of the LORD!” Gjertsens, I only have one regret: I have not been able to get to know you guys deeply as I have some other OGCers. One day, at the return of Christ, it will be a reality. For now, my heartfelt prayers of blessing are lifted up on your behalf. Blessed new (temporary) life in New Bern! – Normand (the other OGC Canuck…)

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