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Matthew Farnell's Bio

Last updated December 30, 2014.

Matthew, April 2006I am very blessed to have been born into a Christian family where I was taught about God at a very early age. My testimony is kind of unique in that I've always known that God loved me, and I don't remember when I first asked Jesus to come into my heart and save me from my sins. My dad remembers it was at Vacation Bible School when I was 4 or 5 years old. Since I didn't remember the first time I asked Jesus into my heart, I've prayed again to confirm my salvation several times. One of these times, which I do remember, was when I was 13 years old. I prayed the prayer that was in a Gideon New Testament (which I still have), and my mom wrote the date down in the back.

Matthew, Christmas 2005I attended Clover Valley Community Church for the first years of my life, where I was baptized by Pastor Russ Richardson up the Lewis River at Speelyai Bay. During my time at Clover Valley, God gave me the privilege of serving Him by playing piano at worship services and youth meetings, teaching character qualities to youth, helping out with Bible Quizzing, helping with Olympian Club, editing and printing bulletins, working on building projects, setting up the church's first web site, creating a photo directory, serving on the Elder Selection Committee, etc. I very much enjoyed my time at Clover Valley. Currently I attend Woodland Christian Church.

Matthew and MariyaI base my salvation on Romans 10:9, which says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Another Bible passage which means a lot to me is Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

In 2007, I met the love of my life, Mariya. I can truly say that God planned for us to meet - Mariya is from Ukraine and moved to the US in 1995. After becoming really good friends, we began a courtship in 2009. Less than a year later we were married!!!

We currently live on a quarter acre in Washington state with our three children. We have met several challenges during our marriage, but God is faithful! Our first daugther was born premature and our son has severe food allergies and eczema. Because of our sons allergies, our interest in natural health, and from-scratch cooking has increased. In the summer, we grow a big vegetable garden. We also have fruit trees and blueberries, raspberries, and grapes growing in our backyard.

Matthew and familyGod has truly blessed me with an amazing wife. I admire her desire to please God in all that she does and her determination to take care of our children to the best of her abilities. Believe me, having a child with severe eczema is very, very hard. It impacts the social, financial, mental, emotional, and physical well being of all in the family. Mariya has done amazingly well as a wife and mother through all of this. She even stayed on a super strict diet for almost two years so that she could nurse our boy without him having severe reactions. At this point, things are much better and we are very thankful.

Matthew, Summer 2004I play the piano and am currently practicing on my own. In the past I have taken weekly lessons in Longview, WA. from Martin Kauble. I have also taken piano lessons from Codi Butler and Mrs. DeJong. I was the music coordinator / pianist at Clover Valley for 3 years. I enjoy playing hymns and choruses and learning how to improvise. I really like hymn arrangements by Rudy Atwood and others.

Matthew and Christina sometime long ago...I am also really interested in computers. I like designing web sites using XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, CGI, PHP, Graphics, Flash, etc. Fourteen years ago I entered a state-wide web site contest with my site about "The Importance of Wild Salmon." I won first place in my category and my prize was a brand new Gateway computer! Since then, I have established my own web design business, Farnell Web Design (www.farnellweb.com). My two biggest clients at this time are LewisRiver.com, and Brew Express.

I also enjoy backpacking and fishing. My favorite backpacking/fishing area is Yosemite, CA. I have been there five times and hope to go there many more times. We go way out in the backcountry where there are hardly any people and catch lots of fish. We also backpack in Washington a lot. We have some pictures of some of our backpacking trips on our family web site: www.farnellfamily.com.

Matthew, Summer 2003I am also a photographer. I enjoy pictures so much. I have experience in wedding photography, reunion photography, outdoor photography, indoor photography, cave photography, and panoramic photography. I've had pictures published in Horizon Air Magazine, Country Extra Magazine, Washington State Tourism's web site and the National Speleological Society News.

Matthew in Alaska...Other things I enjoy include snowboarding, pumpkin carving, spelunking, and most any other outdoor activity.

I earned my bachelor's degree in Mathematics through Charter Oak State College. I earned most of my credits through testing (CLEP, GRE, DANTES) and correspondence courses. I earned my masters degree and teaching credential through Grand Canyon University. Currently I am enjoying my fourth year teaching high school mathematics at Cedar Tree Classical Christian School.

I enjoy serving God in various ways and am thankful for my family, friends, business, and all the other blessings God has given me.

To learn more about my family, subscribe to our family newsletter, learn about our homesteading ventures, or see family pictures.

May God bless you.

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