Day 20: 30 Days of Gratitude

November 20, 2001, Seth Michael Malone was born. What a great day that was!

We were really excited to be having another baby. Truly, we were happy every time we had a new baby, though.

From the beginning, Seth brought joy and a LOT of laughter into our home. He is very quick-witted and has always been full of humor. Somehow, he remembers funny lines from movies all the way back to early childhood, and he knows how to use them at just the right time. He definitely keeps us all laughing.

He excelled in school because he can hear or read something once, and he will basically remember it and will know how to apply the knowledge practically. He has always amazed me because he not only has high intelligence, but he also has a lot of common sense.

From early on, he has loved music and has loved playing/singing music. He is a self-taught drummer (and quite good). He plays all kinds of flutes — again, self-taught. He is a self-taught bass player, acoustic guitar player, and is now learning to play electric guitar. He is able to set his mind to doing something, and he does it.

When he went off to school a few months ago, our house and lives seemed really empty. His presence has been missed around here. It was the same every time a child left home for school, but him being the last, I guess it was a little harder.

I’m really proud of him for his many accomplishments, but what brings me the most joy is his desire to follow and honor the Lord. He has certainly found his own faith and desires to walk closely with the Lord.

In January, he is transferring to John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas to pursue a degree in Worship Arts. I’m SO EXCITED about that. It’s exciting to me that he is kind of following in my footsteps.

Seth, today (and every day) I’m grateful for you! You are a rich blessing in my life — and all our lives. Love you always and no matter what!

Chris Malone

Chris and his family serve as missionaries near Kyiv, Ukraine. Chris and his wife, Mary, have nine children. Five of their children have Down syndrome and four of those are adopted from Ukraine. Their four older children are in various stages of starting college and starting careers.

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