Saturday, July 27, 2013

Back on the Road


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After several weeks of local ministry -- and hearty days of garden and field work, our family is preparing to head out on the road again. This weekend we'll be sharing at a couple churches in Kansas, before turning our wheels to the north for much of August.

If you're in the southern Nebraska/Kansas area, we'd love to have you join us this weekend. Here are the concert details:

Sunday, July 28     United Methodist Church      10:00am
                               Main & Chicago
                               Lebanon, Kansas
Sunday, July 28     Congretational Church           5:00pm
                               137 W. 6th
                               Red Cloud, Nebraska

We're also earnestly preparing for the annual Family Music Festival in Lake Itasca, MN. If you're looking for a great family weekend, with lots of encouragement, fellowship, music, workshops, food,....well, you get the idea. Its always a great time!


Hope to see you somewhere down the road! 

"Sing out the honor of His name, 
Make His praise glorious. 
Say to God, "How awesome are Your works!"
Ps 66:2-3

Friday, July 26, 2013

6 Days to Go...

...for our pre-order CD special! Our family heads out on a ministry tour August 1st, but if you order yet this weekend, we'll hope to have your CDs shipped before heading north.

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Spread the word!



Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, 
teaching and admonishing one another 
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
Col 3:16

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sweet Corn Season


The summer heat and sunshine are indications of the official arrival of summer: Sweet corn! And lots of it. Our friend plants an abundance of the tasty crop every year, giving us the opportunity to store up the yumminess for winter. 

This is the story of our past few days: 


Rising early to pick the corn before the sunny heat arrives. 


Loading them up in buckets.


Elizabeth


Mission #1 accomplished: a pickup load full. 





Husking...lots and lots of husking.


Which is always more fun with a crowd!


Ruth


Susanna ran the cooking department, boiling and cooling the corn.


The sticky cutting and bagging process means the job is almost complete. Thanking the Lord for a happy freezer of corn! 


"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, 
do all to the glory of God."
1 Cor 10:31

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Farm Journal: Summer


"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord." Psalm 33:5

As I looked out my cheery kitchen window this morning, this verse sang into my heart. How bountiful are the displays of God's goodness all around us, if we'll just take the time to notice them! After all, He wasn't obligated to make my garden vegetables so colorful and tasty. The sunsets so vibrant. The flowers so fragrant. But all this beauty around us is a daily reminder of His extravagant goodness. I'm so grateful -- aren't you?!


Alan and I celebrated our first year of marriage last month. What a delight it is to be married to this selfless, wise, passionate man of God. I continually marvel with heartfelt gratitude and enjoy every day with him!

And along with celebrating a year of marriage, I've also experienced my first year as a farmer's wife, complete with all the seasons of farming. The crazy planting and harvest hours. The opportunities to drive the grain cart -- or just tag along with my husband for the day. The cozy winter evenings. Buying cattle and cheering them to gain. Yep! It's been quite a learning experience for me!


This was my view last month, as I perched in the passenger seat and watched the waves of grain pour into our combine.


I've also enjoyed trying lots of new recipes as the summer fruits become in season. We've had an abundance of company again this spring/summer -- a complete delight. And since Alan and I both enjoy hospitality, our home is rarely quiet and I have ample opportunity to cook for more than two!


Of course, another major project these past few months has been the completion of a long-time dream: our children's CD! It was a rather hectic few weeks, getting everything completed with the deadlines we were hoping to achieve. Selecting. Arranging. Recording. Photo shoots. Graphic Art design. Decisions, decisions, decisions! But I'm so grateful for how well the finished project has turned out and I'm counting the days until the actual CD arrives! 



Another adventure this summer has been our gardens. Yes, this is just one of our three gardens -- and our vine plants are going WILD! Its fantastic to step out our back door and bring in buckets of produce. Our entire menu plan has now adjusted to fresh veggies fixed with as much creativity as I can muster.

And please don't ask what gave me the idea to plant 7 hills of summer squash. For a table of two. Yes, I know I was a bit crazy! Does anyone have new ideas for how to fix squash?! We can't eat it or give it away fast enough!


Ahhh, the joys of summertime gardens! 

As I look at the bounty around me in on the Kansas farm, 
I'm once again reminded of my verse for today.

Have you stopped to notice and to thank Him for His goodness?!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Double Debut!

Its official! Both of our new CD projects have been ordered and are in the process of duplication. Which means we'll have them in our hands -- and ready to ship to your home -- very soon! It has been quite the process working on two simultaneous, and yet unique, projects: 


Step by Step: In trademark Wissmann-style, this CD features twelve songs which have become concert favorites over the past year -- including the title track, written by Matthias.

Our newest recording project since 2010, we're excited about the message which is woven through these songs: As our family grows and dynamics change, we're daily reminded to seek the Lord for His wisdom and guidance during each season of life. We're grateful for His Word, which is the "light unto our path"[Ps 119:105]. May these songs uplift and encourage your heart as you seek to follow Him, 'Step by Step'. 


My Heart, Your Home: Our first album released especially for children! Over the years, many boys and girls have enjoyed the ministry and delight of Rachel's original music. We're excited to now make these songs available to your home. 

A joyful celebration of truth, each of these 20 original songs are filled with the fun energy of childhood while delivering a powerful, Biblical message. The enthusiasm and sweetness of young voices are blended with 18 various instruments for a truly unique project -- enjoyable for all ages! 

This CD also includes a full-color, lyric booklet especially designed for those little singers who want to join along with the music! 




And now, for a short time, we're announcing a special deal when you purchase both of these new recordings. Order before August 1st!

Head over to our website to take advantage of this early-bird price. And if, in some way, our music has been a blessing to you and your family, would you consider sharing this post with family or friends? You can simply click the Email or Facebook icon below. 

As always, we're grateful for your prayers and encouragement! 

Pressing in to know HIM more, 
The Wissmann Family


"Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, 
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name."
Psalm 30:4


Monday, July 15, 2013

Stephen



                                               

Happy 20th Birthday!!!


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"Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, 
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9

Friday, July 12, 2013

4th of July

"Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! 
Declare His deeds among the people."
Psalm 9:11

I was reminded of the above verse as I looked over these pictures from our July 4th performance of "Let Freedom Sing!" What a blessed opportunity it is to proclaim truth from the public square. To share  Scripture and authentic quotes from our founding fathers. To remember the sacrifice and vision of those men and women who helped birth our nation; their reliance on God and His Divine providence and protection. 

We were able to to share the musical twice over the July 4th festivities, with many people in attendance. Thank you for your prayers as there were so many details to pull together in a short amount of time. And without further ado, here are a few pictures of the performance: 



"Good morning! How may I help you?"


"Now is the perfect time! Time for me to make my fortune!" 


"This land is your land, this land is my land."


"We're livin' in the promised land!" 



"Attention, men!"


"Present ARMS"


"And the fish was this big!..."


The redcoats advance.


"Lay down your arms, you rebels!"


"No! Not Elias. No!"


"I need my pa here. Why did he have to go?"


"What is this freedom you died for?"


"We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."


"It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains."


"Calm down, my friend, I have a plan to which you should agree." 


"For a sparrow cannot fall without notice. 
Is it probable that a nation can rise without His aid?"


"In God we trust!"

For those of you in the Omaha area, we will be sharing an additional performance this Saturday (tomorrow) at the Millard West High School Auditorium, 7:00pm. Attendance is free. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bethany





Happy Birthday Bethany!!!


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"Strength and honor are her clothing; 
She shall rejoice in time to come. 
She opens her mouth with wisdom, 
And on her tongue is the law of kindness. 
She watches over the ways of her household. 
And does not eat the bread of idleness."
Proverbs 31:25-27