Tuesday, September 29, 2009


The beginning of this week we enjoyed an hour or so touring the famous waterfall, Niagara Falls. Such beauty and power displayed! We marveled and enjoyed the fresh mist spraying us as we walked the observation deck. How great is our God!!

Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood, And the LORD sits as King forever. The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace.

Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the LORD glory and strength!

And yes -- time to sample an area specialty! [smiles!]
Verses from Psalm 29

Monday, September 28, 2009


Have you ever felt so far behind that you'd never catch up?! That is exactly how it seems with blogging right now! Life is on the fast track and I have a half-dozen blog posts that are begging to be published as soon as I can get the pics uploaded and some un-interupted internet time!

We're currently parked in the picturesque Pennsylvania Amish Country, surrounded by the frest autumn smells and sights. We sing at a church service tonight and then head for a couple services in Virginia. But all that is another post in itself! For now, here's a few pictures of a special morning we spent with a dear couple from northwestern Ohio...

A hayrack ride -- the perfect treat for a glorious day!

The Ohio trademark -- the buckeye! We enjoyed a treasurehunt in the woods to discover the shiny, smooth seeds.


Mommy and the younger ones enjoyed the action, too!

And finally, they had a delightful picnic in their barn -- one of those 'dream-barns' with rope swings, big windows, and lots of unique corners and treasures! Thank you, Metzgers!

We've had a service almost every day since we left family camp and have been so blessed by each stop along the route. Getting to meet many of you and have fellowship together. And most of all, to have the opportunity to proclaim the Lord's praises. Whether it's singing as we travel in the bus down the road, at home while doing dishes, or as part of a service, I'm continually reminded of the great privilage we have in singing HIS praise! He is so worthy! Have you rejoiced in His goodness today?!

"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all."

1 Chron 29:11

Friday, September 25, 2009


Charissa Marie

“grace” :: “myrrh”

One who pursues God’s will, quickly willing to forgive those who cause hurts.

“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: He who is coming will come and will not tarry.” Hebrews 10:36-37

Happy 3rd Birthday Charissa Marie!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Family Camp

Last Thursday we finished a beautiful and refreshing week of family camp in northeastern Iowa. Our third annual camp, we were so blessed by each of the families who joined us for the week! Here's a quick glimpse of our days...

Scripture Memory


Mighty, Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge
(always a favorite!!!)

Rocket building

...and launching!

And in addition to all this, we were challenged with evening messages from Ephesians 5:15-2o. What a timely challenge in the present days to walk circumspectly, redeeming the time, and living with a thankful heart!

"See then, that you walk circumspectly,
redeeming the time because the days are evil...
giving thanks always for all things to God the Father
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ."


Elizabeth Joy

“God is my abundance”:: “joy”

One who finds all her needs in the Lord and through Him overflows with joy!

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Colossians 2:9-10''

Happy 20th Birthday Elizabeth!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Old Threshers

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.

Praise the LORD with the harp;

Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.

Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.

He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

Let all the earth fear the LORD;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.

From the place of His dwelling
He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;

He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,

Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.
Psalm 33

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Update to Come!

It's been a very good and blessed week -- unfortunately with no Internet to share the oodles of pictures and happenings with you. But now we're back home for a few days, so hopefully I'll get caught up and post a long picture-packed post soon!

I'm heading out to help Bethany with her wedding registry today, but stay tuned for pictures and updates!

"That you may approve the things that are excellent,
that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
being filled with the fruits of righteousness
which are by Jesus Christ,
to the glory and praise of God."
Phil 1:10-11

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Just Jammin...

Here's a quick video of Matthias and Stephen having an impromptu 'jam' at the Family Music Festival. As you can tell, Matthias has been really working on the banjo and his fingers are starting to fly!

Thanks, Michael, for the link!