Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Josh & Kaitlyn's Wedding

There's just something holy and beautiful about the wedding celebration between a man and woman who love God with all their hearts. Who have both developed a pattern of joyfully serving others. Who mutually desire to make an impact for Jesus Christ. Who are enraptured by their love for one another.

Are there words to fully describe this beauty? This joy?

This past weekend we had the privilege of witnessing such a wedding. On Saturday, our dear friend, Kaitlyn, was married to Josh and we were so honored to share in their special day. The testimonies that were shared left us in awe of God's sovereign hand, drawing these two dynamic people together.


Sharing "Handful of Weeds" as the mother's were seated.


What God has joined together!


For the reception, our girls played over an hour of classical chamber music. This was quite the switch from bluegrass fiddling, but they managed beautifully (after weeks of very diligent practice)!


The musicians


Visiting with new friends at the wedding. 


Group smiles with Lindsey, Kaitlyn's sister. 


Hannah, Stephen, and Susanna


Lindsey, Alaythia, & Matthias


And the grand exit: What a perfect send-off!


Firework smiles


And we always manage a goofy picture thrown in somewhere!


The cupcake girls. 


But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1 Cor 2:9

Monday, July 28, 2014

420 Cupcakes


Let the action begin! We arrived in Florida last Friday morning with 36 hours to crank out 420 baked, frosted, and decorated cupcakes. Our dear friend, Kaitlyn, was getting married and we were excited to be able to share a tiny part in the pre-wedding preparations. 

Kori's family was so gracious to open their home to the 'busy bakers'. With plenty of counter space and a handy mixer, we laid out our stack of ingredients and began whipping out the yummy cakes. Thankfully, Kori had 100 cupcakes already baked when we arrived, so with that encouraging head-start, we dug in:


Mixing up the batter.


The oven was working non-stop!


Kitchen smiles


A friend, Alyssa (Bates) Webster, lives in Orlando and we were excited to have her join us.


And the process of frosting begins. 


The bride requested several different flavors, styles and colors, so we had a great time planning for the variety of different cakes.


All ready to go!


Pretty in purple.


Dainty flowers


We even had the guys help us out with some of these!


Dark purples


Frosting, anyone?!


Mmmmmmm!!


"But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You."
Psalm 5:11

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 4th Festivities

Today the miles are once again flying under our bus wheels as we head south to sunny Florida. We had a fantastic concert last night at St Peters, Missouri and tonight we're sharing a community concert in Live Oak, Florida. So obviously, most of today will be spent watching the southern scenery fly past the bus windows! 

I've checked our blog drafts and realized I'm quite behind on getting some of these pictures and updates posted. So let's take a quick step back to July 4th for a few pictures which Kori captured of our time together at our local city celebration. Almost the whole family was able to be together for the weekend. (Alan, unfortunately, was in the height of wheat harvest so was unable to join us.)  Here are a few pictures of our time together: 


It was a gorgeous, cool evening for a concert. 


Enjoying the ever-growing Cadan.


Andrew & Kori


Arianna's hair is finally long enough for pig-tails!


Playing banjo with Uncle Andrew


The crew gathers for a family rendition of "My Country Tis of Thee"


And the grandkids always steal the show. Asher discovered the revolutionary fact that the closer you hold the mic, the louder you sound. He innocently blared us all out for a bit -- making for quite a bit of laughter for the crowd and impromptu face expressions by the rest of the kids. 

Ah, the joys of having little people in our family!


"Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power."
Psalm 21:13

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's Completed!


A semi pulled up in front of our home today for an extra large delivery. Excitement was high as they unloaded our shipment of 13 boxes containing the new, hot-off-the-press songbooks! After working countless hours on this project (Rachel especially), its so rewarding to have the finished product in-hand! The printers did an excellent job and we're thrilled with the quality. 

We've received a large stack of pre-orders over the past weeks, so we have those packages addressed and ready to ship out later today. If you've recently placed an order, be watching your mailbox for a package soon! If you haven't yet ordered, you can do so on our website: www.WissmannFamily.com 

We pray this will be a valuable tool for families, churches, camps, and personal enjoyment and worship. 

I will be glad and rejoice in You;

I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:2

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Arianna's Visit

As we mentioned in our post earlier this week, spending time at our grandparents' homes has been a treasured tradition in our family for over 25 years. 

We recently added a new twist to the tradition. Dad and Mom are grandparents now, so its time to begin with the next generation! We're thrilled to have Joanna and Asher live only 2 miles from our home, so we typically see them multiple times each week. 

But Arianna (who lives almost 600 miles away) recently spent her first "3-day camp" at our home. I'm not sure who was more thrilled: Arianna, Grandpa & Grandma, or all the aunt, uncles, and cousins! Here is a quick peek at her week of activity:


Checking chickens with Uncle Nathanael


Jumping on the trampoline 


Morning smiles


Making granola with Elizabeth


Big helper!


Coloring with Aunt Charissa


Riding the lawnmower with Uncle Stephen.

We hope this is a long-lasting tradition as we treasure these dear little people in our family!


"That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,"

Psalm 78:6

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stephen


Happy 21st Birthday Stephen! 

Stephen's ministry of choice: 


In 1917 a missionary named William Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles, but discovered that many people didn’t understand Spanish well. They were Cakchiquel speakers, and they didn't have a translated Bible.
Cam dropped everything for the next several years to translate Scripture for them. The completion of their New Testament was the beginning of a worldwide movement. 
In 1942 Cam founded Wycliffe to help reach every people group with Scripture in their language.


"Who is wise and understanding among you? 
Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom."
James 3:13

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Week with Grandparents

Growing up, we children looked forward to summertime with great delight.

Instead of spending a week at a camp each year, each set of grandparents would plan a week full of activity and fun for us. Since we lived quite a distance from our grandparents, this was always a memorable treat. Those weeks were full of laughter, adventure, late night ice cream & raspberries, bike rides, unique museum visits, hiking, singing, and lots of affectionate bonding with our grandparents.

The years have passed and one by one the older children are no longer able to take a whole week off to adventure with our grandparents. But our younger ones still keep the tradition going and recently headed up to Iowa to spend their 'grandparent-week'. What priceless memories!

Here are a few pictures:


The house where Mom grew up. So many memories!


Grandpa is an avid gardener, so we spent many hours helping plant and pull weeds in their beautiful garden. 

Pounding stakes for the tomato cages.


Weeding


We've had an on-going competition to see if we could keep Grandma from washing dishes our entire visit. I think we succeeded this week! 


Enjoying the porch on a warm summer day.


One of the perks at our grandparent's house?! 
Ice cream and berries every night!


Enjoying the outdoors


Smiles


And more smiles


Biking



In the evenings we'd gather around the piano to sing and practice harmonizing. Our grandma has played piano/organ for the same church for over 60 years -- and both she and grandpa have always encouraged us in music. She continually uses her gifts to bless others at church and local nursing homes. Just another reminder that when you learn an instrument in your youth, you can use that skill to touch people's hearts for decades!

We love you, Grandpa and Grandma.
Thanks for the great week -- and years -- of memories! 


"We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done."
Psalm 78:4