Thursday, April 24, 2008

Odds and Ends...

With the excuse of having my photographer gone for the week, these past days have flown by without a blog update! It's late here in the small town of Gackle, North Dakota, but here is a quick glimpse of our household 'happenings'....

Charissa is adding multiple words to her vocabulary almost every day. She loves to 'mimick' sounds and is learning all 14 of our small task! We love her dearly!!!

It was great having Josiah home for the first part of this week. He has been working for Portablast Sandblasting and staying over near DesMoines, Iowa for the past couple weeks. He continues to fly as he is able, and is hoping to complete his instructor's license very soon.

Can you guess what Bethany has been doing this week? We tried our best to keep caught up while she was gone, but somehow, she still ended up with a mountain after the weekend!

Stephen had a delightful package arrive this week! His new mandolin! He has been saving for quite awhile for a higher quality instrument -- and now we are greatly enjoying his renewed vigor and enthusiasm for practice!

Daddy has been keeping busy with several new developments to the Portablast Sandblasting Company he owns and manages. He has been blessed with many great employees that keep things running smoothly even when we're on the road.

And the ever-diligent Elizabeth on the dishes crew. [smile]

Singing together.

And with plans to be around home this summer, our younger girls have started diligently practicing their new instruments. We'll have a whole orchestra before long!

And that's all for tonight. We just left last night for a 10 day trip through ND, MN, WI and IA. A couple highlights for us will be sharing a family seminar this coming weekend...and then on Friday we are scheduled to share in a WI prison.

We'd appreciate your prayers and will do our best to keep you up-to-date!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love."
Eph. 1:3-4


Megan said...

Like I said, so jealous of your locale right now.

Cute first picture. :)

Stephanie said...

Nice to hear from you again. I love the pictures of the girls. It's nice that the three girls all get to learn violin together. May God bless you as you travel.

Follow In His Steps said...

It sounds like you all are staying plenty busy! :) Thank you for sharing all the photos - that first one of Charissa is just adorable!


emily h. said...

Thanks for all the fun picture updates! I hope that your time on the road goes well. Emily

The Bontrager Family Singers said...

Did Hannah, Susanna, and Alaythia just start playing violin? I love the pictures!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a busy time for all of you! Especially for Bethany! ;-)

What type of mandolin did Stephen get? And when the girls get to a more advanced level on their violins, there is a book of gorgeous arrangements called "Ever in Joyful Song" that they might enjoy. My sisters and I are just entering the 3 part violin music world...and it has proved to be very uplifting, but also an enjoyable challenge...for the whole family! :lol:

Thank you, Rachel, for taking the time to do such a nice update on ya'll's life.

Dianna F.

ladygreen said...

That picture of Charissa is toooo cute!!! Do I get premission to try my hand at drawing it sometime?!

Lady Ruth Ann said...

Thanks Rachel for the post!
Very cheery looking and so fun! :)

I reall like that first picture, of Charissa. She is SO adorable and Bethany captured the shot so perfectly.

Bethany looks like she's enjoying the laundry, at least! *grin*

And the last picture of the 3 girls with their violins is so cute! I want to learn the violin...maybe they'll inspire me!!

Thanks again for all the pictures & the update.

Take Care & God Bless,
Ruth Ann

The Bontrager Family Singers said...

What a fun post!
I can't wait to hear the 3 girls on their violins! :) How exciting!
And congratulations to Stephen on his new mandolin! Fun!
Great photos!
Chelsy for the Bontragers

esther said...

Thank you for the update.
New instruments are always very fun! Congratulations, Stephen, Hannah, Susanna and Alaythia! If you know me, I am always ready to try a new one (but don't give up the old ones!) :)
It looks like Bethany has her work cut out for her! What a job! When we get behind (and 4 of our 13 kids are moved out!) on laundry, it's hard getting back on schedule.
God bless you all!