Hello from the golden fields of Kansas! I wish you could join me in soaking up these delicious farm days. Harvest is just wrapping up. Gardens are dismantled until Spring. Stunningly lush fields of winter wheat shimmer with morning frost. Intense sunset colors.
Its a beautiful time of year.
Alan and I have had an eventful few months since I last posted. Life is full of activity as we live this adventure called 'life' and explore new ministry opportunities together. Here is a picture recap:
Hauling equipment to various fields has its perks: impromptu, scenic dates.
Some of my sisters and I were able to enjoy a retreat together last month. Its always too short, but we treasure the times we get to hang out and catch up with each other!
And this was my view for several days over harvest. Driving big equipment has never been my strong suit, but Alan is a very patient and detailed teacher and I enjoyed getting to be in the fields with him.
Long days, short nights -- but oh, so satisfying!
And farming is rarely boring - here we cleared out a fallen tree together.
I had so much fun decorating for fall this year. There are an abundance of 'Pinterest-worthy' items around any given farm place. So I went exploring for treasures! I wrestled this wooden frame from an old seed box and gathered hedge apples from our windbreak. Its a fun challenge to start with nothing and see what comes together!
Another new adventure for us is working with Campus Crusade students at our local community college. We've been able to meet allot of new young people and hopefully encourage them in their walk with the Lord. Alan also had the opportunity to share a chapel service recently at a nearby Christian school. He is such an amazing storyteller -- the kids were spellbound!
Children's choir is back in full swing as we're singing several songs during church services and preparing for the Christmas program. The children are always so eager to learn and we have great times together!
This has been such a fun outlet for me as Alan continually encourages me and prays with me about writing new music. It has been very good for me to be more intentional about seeking the Lord in writing this year. God is the Author of music and I'm grateful for His endless creativity and desire to put a new song in our hearts!
Another new adventure this year has been working with our local Good News Club. We have about 40 children who join us once each week for songs, games, memory verses, a Bible lesson and missionary story. I have greatly enjoyed getting to know the children in our community and for the joy of sharing Jesus with them. Certainly a highlight of the week!
And every day is pure delight to spend with this wonderful man. I'm forever grateful for his strength, tenderness, and sincere passion for the Lord. I almost have to pinch myself to realize that I have the privilege of being his wife. God's kindness overwhelms me.
And that is a small glimpse of our lives over the past few months. Much love from our little place in Kansas to you!
“And now, Israel, what does the L your God require of you,
but to fear the L your God,
to walk in all His ways and to love Him,
to serve the L your God with all your heart and with all your soul,"
'Posed' photos by Bethany