Friday, January 18, 2008


With our departure date only a week from today -- and much still to be done -- we have officially entered the 'countdown' zone! [smile] Work continues to progress on the bus with the start of applying wall coverings, plumbing for the shower, and the final walls. We are so grateful for several young men who have spent many hours helping us!!

Measuring carpet.

Applying the wall coverings.

Many thanks for your prayers for our friend, Fred -- After his fall, the doctor x-rayed and said his ankle had a bad sprain and that he was to stay off it for quite awhile. However, shortly after we started praying, he put pressure on his foot, felt a 'pop', and the pain was gone! He's been walking around and putting in long hours of work on the bus ever since!!! Praise the Lord!

As the bus project is taking place 20 miles from our home in Seward, we girls get to take a hot dinner down to the workers every evening for a make-shift picnic. Mm-m-m-m! [smile]

And on the home front, we've been preparing for the food and clothing needs in the upcoming 8 weeks. Since we were all in dire need of new casual and dress skirts, a couple dear friends came and we commenced a sewing marathon -- 18 skirts in 2.5 days!!


Thank you, Courtney and Brittney!!! What would we have done without you!?!!

We enjoyed making each skirt different as we discovered the beauty and simplicity of pin-tucks. So fun!

Again, we are so grateful for you -- our friends -- who lift us before the Father's throne. Looking ahead, the upcoming days look full and slightly overwhelming, but we trust and know that the Lord's hand is working and we praise Him for bringing us this far!!

Stay tuned....

"Yes, the Lord will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway."
Psalm 85:12-13


The Bontrager Family Singers said...

Oh Rachel!! What fun! We are praying for you all....what a blessing that the Lord has provided help from friends! I'm sure that is a huge blessing!!
Wish we could be there....we're in a similar "stage" right now~lots of sewing/cleaning/packing/shopping/practicing....pray for us too if you think about it!
We'll see you in 2 weeks.....can't wait! :)
much love from us all!!
~Chelsy for the Bontragers

Cheri said...

I love the skirts! Why type of demin you do you use, do you know? It's hard finding fabric at the store that isn't to thick and drapes/flows nicely!

Coeur d'Court said...

Bethany sure looks like The Sewing Expert! Those pictures captured her (deceiving) capabilities well. ;) Hey, she even fooled me!! (although I think she has graduated from a non-sewer to at least a beginner by now. :)) j/k

That was such a FUN day! Thanks so much for including us! I can't wait until you guys need skirts again. :) But... with the way Bethany is improving, you might not need help next time!

BrittLeigh said...

Aw, such fun memories we made :). It sure was a blast getting to spend so much time with you being precise (right down to two lines before the inch!) and creative... and working with such experts (cough, cough, Bethany) :) I'm so glad that for my first experience being held hostage, it really wasn't so bad. When's the next time you need a hostage?

Manda Panda said...

Wow! Your bus is really coming together fast. I love your skirts. It looked like a lot of fun sewing those skirts. I love to sew and those pin stripes were really cute. God bless you guess.

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DUSTYNNE said...

Looks great! I'll keep praying!

Those skirts are really cute!

By the way, Rachel, I did get my CD today (it's soooooooo cool, and I'm listening to it now!!!!). I had so much fun talking with you (even if just for a couple minutes) last night and hope you guys will be able to come up here soon. Praying for ya'll! ((e-hugs))



rehm family said...

Oh, thank you for a post, it is great to see the continued progress, as we continue to pray! :) Praise the LORD!!!

My goodness! What a whizzing pace you set on all those skirts! We'll take you at our house next time you feel like doing a whole bunch! :)

God's speed on all your needs!

We love you,
The Rehm's

Julie said...

Looks like you all have been working really hard - the bus looks great, can't wait to see the "completed" pictures. The skirts looked very pretty, and what an awesome time to have friends come to help sew!! Still looking forward to seeing you the next time you're in our area!!

Mayo's said...

Wow! You have really made progress! The hand of the Lord is over ya'll! we are keeping you in prayer...hey, how about sending those sewer's our way (smile) our love & prayers...the Mayo's

lajiemarie said...

aw, what fun... I know that you had some really awesome help with Courtney and Brittney there ;) ;) ;)

Two From The Pew said...

It was good to hear the Fred is doing well. I do have a question and it concerns the first picture. Is that Josiah N. helping Andrew? I can't believe he is working! :) You can tell him hi from us when you see him. And the food looks great. We're glad you have had so many people help you. Just shows how much you have touched peoples lives and how loved you are. Glad things are going well. I just can't believe you got Josiah to work and you can tell him I said that.

Sofia from Tarragona said...

Thank the Lord that Fred is well and able again! If the Lord will, looks like the bus is going to be ready on time, and we here in Spain hope that every little thing you have to do goes well for you all. We are praying for you and also for the Bontragers. Have fun and never forget Him.

Stephanie said...

Looks like great progress is being made. The skirts are really beautiful. God bless you.

Gem said...

HOW many skirts you said?? :O Wow!!

It looks like fun although like work too... :)

Have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

We are excited about ALL those new skirts, especially since that should mean another post styling all 18, right?!? lol Waiting with anticipation! :)