Monday, January 23, 2017

Gingerbread Fun

During our Christmas reunion, we pulled out an old family tradition and had a gingerbread-house decorating competition. 

Yes, our family can become quite competitive, so enthusiasm was rising high as we rolled out the gingerbread and carefully cut the pieces to size. We assembled the houses and waited for the frosting to dry so the grand event could commence.

(Making donuts for nibbling during the decorating process!)

We covered the table in edible 'building materials' and divided into three groups: 
Girls, Guys, and the Young Decorators.

The girls hard at work

Charissa did a great job heading up the Young Decorator's house. Their goal? Fit as much candy on the house as physically possible! 

The guys' house

The conversation was lively as the house decor took shape.

Sister love!

"Can I please eat them all, Mom?"

The sweet 'littles'

The girls'

The guys'

We held a final vote on our Instagram account

And the winner is...

The guys! (pictured right)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wedding Photos

One of our highlights from 2016 was Ryan & Ruth's wedding day. 

What a tremendous day filled with so many beautiful moments and remarkable, specific answers to prayer. Our hearts were overflowing with rejoicing and thanksgiving.

We have oodles of wedding photos to share with you, but at the couple's request, we will be sharing them in our family e-letter instead of here on the blog. 

We really don't want you, our blog family, to miss this! 
(In addition to all the other family news and notes in the e-letter.)

So jot down your email address here and look for an email with the photos and stories landing in your inbox soon. We're excited to share!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Family Christmas

The warm glow of the tree. The aroma of Christmas baking. 

The lively banter of multiple conversations, laughter, and good-natured teasing. 

Babies cooing & squealing. Hugs. Giddy excitement. 

To say we were all thrilled and grateful to be together for three days over Christmas is probably an understatement! As our family grows and changes these days of reunion are savored more than any culinary delicacy or dream vacation. 

As each car pulls into the driveway, our house is literally filled with shouts and squeals. The front door swings open and a mad dash is made to claim the first hugs and grandbaby-holding. The strains of Christmas music quickly fades to the background as the happy chatter rises in volume. 

Family -- truly one of God's most precious gifts. 

Here is a peek into our gift exchange celebration: 

Our tradition is to have the youngest family members (who are walking) help Grandma by passing out the gifts. It's so wonderful having so many little people in the family!

Dan & Bethany's family

Matthias, Stephen, Hannah, & Susanna

Each year we draw names for the gift exchange, which is top-secret until Christmas. 
It's always a treat to see the thoughtful, fun gifts which bring out each individual personality and interest! 

We had lots of baby-holding this year!

Alan, Rachel, & Kendrick

Kori & Alaythia

Ryan & Ruth

Elizabeth & Matthias

Susanna & Stephen

Andrew & Kendrick

Another tradition is to take new individual photos each year and someone is in charge of putting them in the frames and wrapping them. They hang on our display wall wrapped in Christmas paper through the month of December.

Then, at our family Christmas, Mom opens the packages to reveal the new photos. 

For Dad & Mom this year we children pooled together a group gift of an all-family vacation this summer. With so many schedules to work around and travel distance involved, it's getting more and more difficult to all be together. So this will be a gift for everyone!! 

I think Dad & Mom were delighted!

Matthias, Andrew, & Stephen

Nathanael & Caden. 

Andrew & Alaythia

We sincerely hope your holidays were meaningful and joyous. 
What an incredible season to celebrate! 

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel” 
(which means, God with us).
Matthew 1:23

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Christmas is over... Our family is back to being spread out over 4 different states. Thankfully, we have pictures to remind us of the wonderful memories that were made over the Christmas season! We will try to get some of them posted soon so that you can catch a glimpse of our last month.

Meanwhile, enjoy your Wednesday!

"Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever."

Psalms 145:2

Friday, December 30, 2016

This One, Life-Changing Discipline

Do you make New Year's Resolutions? Goals? 

I don't know about you, but the beginning of a new year always feels like a fresh, new start. The mistakes and failures of the previous year are behind us and the future stretches out in hopefully anticipation. 

2016 was an interesting year for our family with many highs and lows. We had some exhilarating mountaintops and some uniquely challenging valleys. The Lord has stretched us in new ways and made us once again recognize our daily dependence on His grace. 

And now, as we look ahead into 2017, we'd like to share with you the most essential, critical, and rewarding daily discipline that has impacted every member of our family. It has been the action step which has enabled our family to grow together in harmony and forgiveness for over 36 years. It has steadily nudged us to shift our focus from selfishness to humility. 

Are you curious yet?! 

Get in the Word!! Yes. That's it! 

Individually and as a family. Choosing to read, study, memorize, and meditate on God's Word has completely revolutionized our lives. It is the gateway through which we deepen our knowledge and love for God. It teaches us to walk in the 'way everlasting', investing our lives in eternal purposes. (Ps 139:24) It comforts. It instructs. It corrects. It strengthens. (Hebrews 4:12)

And this year we're embarking on a new dynamic for our Bible times. We're going to be reading through the Bible together in 2017! Each person will be using the same reading plan individually for their daily devotions starting January 1st. We're excited to track each other's progress and compare notes and insights as we move through the Scriptures together.

Have you considered reading through the Bible in 2017!? Would you join us?!

It only takes 12 minutes each day.
Reading 3 - 4 chapters.

You can find yearly Bible plans on, Biblica, or, there are a variety of charts to print out here. 

Do you already have a Bible reading plan? What works for you? We'd love to hear!

This year our family in embarking on a new reading plan -- reading through the entire Bible as a family! One of our recent discoveries has been the A LAMP UNTO app -- which allows you to create a customized Bible reading plan. But the BEST part?! You can invite friends to join your reading plan and track each other's progress all year long! How great is that?!

So invite a few friends!

Print out a plan or download the app!

And ask the Lord to teach you from HIS Word in 2017!

Is this all new for you? Do you have questions -- or don't know where to start?! Please email or contact us via Facebook!! We always love to hear from you and would welcome the chance to be in touch with you personally!

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, 
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, 
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 
Hebrews 4:12

Friday, December 16, 2016

Photo Booth Fun

"Time spent with family is worth every second."

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Psalms 133:1

Monday, December 12, 2016

Good Christian Men Rejoice

Merry Christmas!!! 
We hope you enjoy our latest music project.

"Now ye hear of endless bliss, 
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He hath ope'd the heav'nly door
And man is blessed forevermore!"

Friday, December 02, 2016

Everett William

Welcome to the world Everett William Beasley!!

// December 1 // 9lbs // 21 1/4" //

We love you already and can't wait to meet you!

"I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your name forever."
Psalms 86:12

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

10 months old

Just in case you need an extra smile in your day...

The last ten months have flown by so fast. 
We love you Kendrick!

"My soul shall be joyful in the Lord;
It shall rejoice in His salvation."
Psalms 35:9

Friday, November 25, 2016

New Drivers!!

1 drivers license & 1 learners permit -- all in one momentous day!
Can you believe these two are old enough to drive already?!

"Blessed be the Lord,
who daily loads us with benefits."
Psalms 68:19