Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Its with great rejoicing that we announce my [Rachel] engagement to Alan Busenitz! I am overwhelmed with the Lord's goodness and faithfulness throughout this journey. We both look forward to the coming days and covet your prayers during this special season of life as we plan a June 30, 2012 wedding!

"Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
which You have done!"
Psalm 40:5

Alan and I are looking forward to writing out the Lord's specific working
in our lives over the past few months.
We hope to share the details with you soon!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Dan & Bethany

Happy 2nd Anniversary Dan & Bethany!

And have you heard the news?! Click over to Bethany's Blog!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Branson DVD

Its here! And many of you already have your copy of our Branson Christmas DVD. But if you haven't ordered yet, jump over to our online store to get your copy today!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Feeling Festive

As the calender pages turned to December, our family took a day to prepare for the joyous Christmas season. What a beautiful season this is to celebrate! The wonder of a King born in a manger. A Savior. Love personified. Forgiveness possible. Fellowship restored. We have reason to celebrate!

Since we're home this December, we've enjoyed the opportunity to make our home festive for the season. This included the adventure of looking for just the right tree to decorate our home!

On the quest for the perfect tree.

Mission accomplished!

Tying it down

Our strong men carrying it to the house.
[With a few exaggerated dramatics!]

The decorating begins!

Each ornament in place.

Bringing out our manger scenes.

The finished product!

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son,
and they shall call His name Immanuel,"
which is translated, "God with us."
Matt 1:23

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Enjoying Asher

Babies are such a joy! And we've been treasuring each moment we have with little Asher David. What a treat it is to watch him grow and change -- almost daily! I'm always in awe of how perfectly and wonderfully the Lord has knit each newborn. And I may be biased, but the babies in our family are just the cutest ever! *smile*





"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."
Ps 139:14

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Welcome Asher David!

It's with great joy and thankfulness that we announce the arrival of our new little nephew --

Asher David Wissmann
Born to: Josiah & Abi
November 30 at 10:35am

Asher had a restful day today with his daddy and mommy while Joanna has enjoyed the attentions of her aunts and uncles!

More pictures to come!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Branson DVD

With our family in a bit of a different season this winter, we will not be sharing our annual Christmas production in Branson this year. However, we're extremely excited to announce that we have completed the DVD project of our 2010 show!!

Complete with the 90 minute production of all the music, lights, costumes, and message of our Branson show, this DVD also includes our 11 minute pre-show video and a collection of humorous 'blooper-outakes'.

We hope this DVD will have your family laughing, singing, and enjoying the Branson-style production together. But even more than that, may the message and reality of Christ's birth be born afresh in your hearts as you rejoice with us in this wondrous gift!

The DVDs will be ready to ship on December 14th, so order your copy soon to ensure delivery before Christmas!

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

Friday, November 18, 2011


Happy Birthday Kori!

"Preparing myself and my surrounding so I will achieve the greatest efficiency."

Let all things be done decently and in order.
1 Cor 14:40

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nashville, TN

Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee! This week our family is excited to share in part with the National Bible Bee Convention here in the downtown area. We covet your prayers during our times of sharing in the next few days and look forward to giving a report of the Lord's work through the Convention.

Until then, we'd encourage you to check out the Bible Bee website! We're personally looking forward to getting involved with their Bible memory program as we seek to hide more of God's Word in our hearts.

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." Joshua 1:8

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Darling Equation

1 + 1 = 3

I will praise You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well."
Ps 139:14

Monday, November 07, 2011

Reunion Concert

Thanksgiving is coming -- and with it, the joy of spending time together as a family. With this theme, we're very excited to announce a 'family reunion' concert over Thanksgiving weekend! If you're in the northeastern Iowa area, we'd love to have you join us on Friday, November 25th for an evening of music and fellowship.

Although Josiah and Abi will be unable to travel with us [because of lil' junior's due date], we're looking forward to having Dan & Bethany, Andrew & Kori, and Alan along for the concert. We'd love to see you there, too! Here's the info:

United Methodist Church
301 Hansen Blvd.
West Union, IA
Friday, Nov. 25 - 6:30 PM

As the Thanksgiving festivities draw closer, we're realizing once again how very much we have to be grateful for! What are you thankful for today?!

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name."
Psalm 100:4

Friday, November 04, 2011

Day of Chickens

What happens when I forget to bring our camera during our latest family adventure? I'm stuck with only a few phone pictures to tell the story! But maybe its just as well because there's something unpleasant about high resolution pictures of chicken butchering.

Yes, that is correct. Chicken butchering. Yesterday we spent the afternoon with friends who so kindly raise broilers for our family every year. Thus, the annual event has become a fun tradition for our family. I'm so thankful for all the practical skills we're able to learn as we work on food preservation together!

The cutting table


"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might."
Ecc 9:10

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

She Can't Stop Smiling!

...and can you guess why?

I'm rejoicing and in awe of the marvelous working of the Lord in my life recently -- especially regarding a dynamic, wonderful man named Alan Busenitz. Alan lives in central Kansas as he farms and is involved in various local ministries. We are overjoyed with how the Lord has been clearly directing and drawing our hearts to each other and will look forward to sharing more details in the months to come!!

"Many, O LORD my God,
are Your wonderful works which You have done!"
Ps 40:5

Friday, October 28, 2011

Of Prayers and Apples

Growing up, I always knew my Mom was a woman of prayer. Even little things in our lives she would bring to the Lord and then rejoice to share with us His direct answers to her specific requests. As a child, her persistence in prayer strengthened my faith.

And as an adult, I continue to learn from her. This summer, Mom has been praying for apples. Our whole family simply loves applesauce, but our canning jars were sitting empty, silently pleading to be filled with yummy-ness. However, our search for apples in our local area turned up unsuccessful. The official season was past, but Mom kept praying.

We left on our fall tour, but answers to prayer are never late. Just before our final concert in Ohio, we discovered an orchard that was selling apples for a quarter the amount we'd previously priced. And, although we weren't planning to buy this amount, they loaded us up with 16 bushels of apples. Yes, over 700 lbs of apples! Applesauce, anyone?!

Bushels of summer goodness

Cutting apples for sauce

Tart sweetness!

Taking out the seeds

Straining out the sauce

Capping all the jars

Slicing the apple pie filling


Pie filling

And the final product -- 200 quarts of fresh applesauce and pie filling. Not bad for a days work?! We're so thankful for this specific answer to prayer! Have you been prompted to pray for a specific need lately?!

"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

1 Thess 5:16-18


Happy 10th Birthday Nathanael

Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard.

"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much;
and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much."
Luke 16:10

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Activities

Part-way through our recent ministry tour, we had a short 'lay-over' at our home. Just enough time to harvest like crazy as we discovered oodles of treasures in our garden! Isn't harvest a most wonderful time of the year?!
Morning smiles!

It was super wet and muddy, but that didn't dampen our spirits as we discovered the many treasures from our fall garden. Such fun!

Our quest to grow watermelons has never been successful. But somehow, this year was different -- we found over 50 large watermelon in our patch! Yummy!

Tomatoes were in plentiful supply, too, so canning took on a new urgency. There's nothing quite like seeing a whole shelf full of homegrown veggies, just waiting to be enjoyed during those cold winter months!

Pickles, anyone?!

Our canning crew

We have so much to be thankful for!

"While the earth remains,
Seedtime and
Cold and heat, Winter and summer,
And day and night Shall not cease."

Gen 8:22