Friday, October 05, 2018

Jerit Daniel

It's a BOY!!

Jerit Daniel was born on the morning of October 3rd and has already delighted all of us with his sweet personality!

The name Jerit is the German alternate version of Jerry... named after our dear Grandpa Gerald "Jerry" Hager. It was extra special to that he was born on what would have been our grandparents 64th wedding anniversary.

Jerit Daniel means 
"May the Lord exalt as a gentle & kind leader. God is my Judge." 

Congratulations Ryan & Ruth and Lee on this precious little bundle!!!

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul."
Psalms 23:1&2

Wednesday, October 03, 2018


September 22 there was an auction at our Grandparents farm to sell the tractors, antiques, tools and so much more that Grandpa had collected in his sheds. 

Over the course of this summer we took turns being up there along with Mom's siblings to help sort through things and get ready for it. The week before the sale we were all there working till dark each day to get everything ready!

It was amazing to see some of the things Grandpa had in the sheds. We ended up with a long line of bikes, a long line of milk cans, a long line of tractors, a huge stack of old wooden doors, lots of lawn mowers, boxes of tools and so much more!! I think we ended up filling the back of 10 trailers with the small items and then the entire lawn was filled with the bigger equipment.

Throughout the week there were moments of tears when missing Grandpa and moments of laughter when finding something funny to try out.

After the work was done Friday night we grabbed a few pictures with some of his cool cars.

We are so grateful for all of the friends that came to help get things ready and brought food for us. By the end everyone was really tired, but grateful for how everything went.  At the end of it all the quote that comes to mind is:  "Remember, the most important things aren't things!"

"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
2 Timothy 2:1

Friday, September 28, 2018

Family Camp

This was our thirteenth year co-hosting a Family Bible Camp with the Bontragers and more recently, the Bowers. It has been amazing to see the changes over the years and yet some things never change! Each year just keeps getting better and it is always amazing to hear the stories at the end of the week of what God did.

 Because the camp has been so full the last several years we actually did two different camps over the course of two weeks so that more families could come. By the end of the two weeks we were all pretty exhausted, but oh, so encouraged! The conversations, the teaching, the games, the preaching, the time to laugh together, work together and play together was so special! Here are some pictures from the two weeks.

Nathanael with some friends.

Setting up a bunch of hammocks was one of the first activities so that we could enjoy them over the next two weeks. It was always quite amusing to watch people get in and out of the high ones.

Dad preached every evening on the theme passage.

Alaythia with another Alaythia! 
It is pretty rare for her to meet someone with the same name.

Nathanael and I taught the Bible memory verse. This year it was Psalms 127!

We had a competition for each memory verse to add a fun challenge!

It is always fun to catch up with old friends and make new ones!

One afternoon we play a game that is called Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge. Most people have never heard of it before, but it is kind of like Capture The Flag on steroids. It is a ton of fun and literally any age can play!

Lots of smiles!

The Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge crew from week 1...

And the crew from week 2!

And our crew! 
{Except for Stephen who wasn't able to make it because of a work commitment.}

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward."
Psalms 127:3

Monday, September 24, 2018

New CD!

We are thrilled to announce that we have a
It has been a long time since we've done a family album, but we are so excited about this project and pray that it will be a blessing to you.
Click Here for more information.
"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth."
Psalms 96:1

Friday, September 21, 2018

1 + 1 = 3

Congratulations Matthias and Michelle! 
We are so excited for you and can't wait to meet this new little one in March!

"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."
Psalms 139:14

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gemma Lynne

Welcome to the world
Gemma Lynne Beasley
// 9.18.18 // 12:27 // 8lb //
Grandbaby #11 is here! Congratulations Dan & Bethany!!!
We are so excited for you and can't wait to meet your new precious bundle.
Love you all so much!

"I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works."
Psalms 9:1

Monday, September 17, 2018

Who's That

A special new addition to this years Old Threshers experience was the creation and appearance of a band called "Who's That".

Since Andrew moved down to Florida the guys haven't had as many opportunities to play their instruments together. So someone came up with the idea of creating a "band" to play at Old Threshers that would just be a relaxed and fun "jam session".

It ended up being a ton of fun!! They played three times over the event and ended up getting requests to play at other events later in the year.

 They played some favorite bluegrass tunes, old hymns and a few old love songs. 

I don't know if Who's That from who knows where will make any more appearances, but for that weekend we all thoroughly enjoyed it!

"A merry heart does good, like medicine."
Proverbs 17:22

Friday, September 14, 2018

Baby Wyatt

Getting to meet Wyatt for the first time was such a treat! Not only that, but we got to spend 10 days with him!! Lets just say that he didn't spend a whole lot of time in the carseat. 

Since this was his first time at Old Threshers we tried to give him a proper welcome by showing him all of our favorite places. He won't remember it, but it was fun to take him around! Thankfully he had sound blocking headphones to cut out some of the loud noises that are there.

If you weren't on stage singing then you were probably standing off to the side holding him or waiting your turn!

Taking him on his first steam train ride!

"But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children's children."
Psalms 103:17

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Random Moments

There were so many pictures from Old Threshers I was having a hard time picking which ones to post on the blog! Something that I think each of us are so grateful for is the time invested in family relationships. Sadly, in our culture brothers and sisters don't really know how to get along with eachother. Let alone being best friends! But the time spent working together, talking together, playing together and just living everyday life together is something that we treasure! So I hope you don't mind this long post full of smiling faces, because for 5 days we were together!! And that tends to bring a lot of smiles.
"A sister is a forever friend"
“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God." 
Deuteronomy 28:2
Love /noun/
"warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion"
"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; 
but the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13
"...exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
Friends /noun/
"one attached to another by affection or esteem"
"The love of a family is life's greatest blessing"

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, 
if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35