Saturday, September 30, 2017


A few random snapshots of our time together during Labor Day Weekend.

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!"

Psalms 133:1

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Old Threshers

Family. History. Reunion.

Those words come to life for us every year during Labor Day Weekend. Our Grandparents used to go to Midwest Old Threshers as a family when our mom was a little girl and now our family has had the joy of singing there for over 15 years in a row!

This year was extra special since our entire family was able to come!
- Alan & Rachel from Kansas
- Ryan & Ruth from Nebraska
- Josiah & Abi from Nebraska
- Dan and Bethany from West Virginia
- Andrew & Kori from Florida
- Michelle (Matthias' Fiancee) from Minnesota
- Grandpa & Grandma from Iowa
and the rest of us still living at home in Nebraska

Just in case you were wondering, that is a grand total of 32 people!
God is so good!

We sang 9 different times during the 5 day event.
Since the whole family was back we pulled out some of our older songs so that everyone got the chance to sing.

There were so many special family moments! Thanks to having several photographers in the family, we have a lot of them on camera. Which also means we have a ton of pictures!

Old Threshers is the one time of year when we get to camp next to our Grandparents. If you don't know where someone is the first place to check is in Grandpa and Grandma's camper because their place is pretty popular!

We pulled all the grandkids up to sing a few songs with a little help from the uncles and aunts. 

The "Fret Not" guys

Enjoying the carousel

Feeding the little ones is a full time job!

Matthias and Baby Lee

Michelle was able to come down the last two days and so we pulled her up on stage to play the Orange Blossom Special.

Alaythia enjoyed her duties as the 2016 2nd runner up for the Sweet 16 contest.

Another song by the grandkids. 
Those two mischievous boys in the middle sure did enjoy having microphones!

Getting to drive a tractor is always a highlight for the grandkids!

As well as riding on the scooters and any other mobile thing.

The Lord reigns; Let the earth rejoice
Let the multitude of isles be glad!
Psalm 97:1

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Did You Hear?!

They're Engaged!!!

Congratulations Matthias and Michelle! We are so thrilled for you both and excited about what God has in store for your future together.

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

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Lake Itasca Storybook

If you've kept up with our family for multiple years, you will notice there are a few annual events which have become highlights for our family. One such event is the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival.

It is a weekend filled with music, workshops, family activities, and wonderful friends!

Leading the Children's Storybook Theater is always a highlight for us -- and this year was no different. We sing songs, memorize a Bible verse and dramatize the biographical sketch of a historical figure who made an impact on the world.

This year we chose to bring the adventures of Mary Slessor to the stage! She was an incredible woman who worked hard, was joyful even in the hard circumstances, and had a sincere love for people which is rare in our culture today. I learned a lot and was inspired by studying the life of Mary Slessor and I hope others were as well. Our friends, the Stangl and Kopsa families, helped with all the acting again this year and made it so fun.

In Part One we showed her growing up years in Scotland. She was a spunky girl who fell in love with her Savior and made the most of every single moment.Working long days in the mill... teaching Sunday School... helping at home... She was one busy young lady!

When God placed the desire in her heart to be a missionary overseas she was pressured by other people not to go. But she did not let that stop her! After a lot of hard work and prayer the 28 year old Mary, with red hair and bright blue eyes sailed for Africa.

Part Two showed the impact that she had on the culture. Saving lives, helping the sick and needy, showing Christ's love everywhere she went. 

It is no wonder that she was called the "Queen of Calabar".

What a beautiful life lived out for the glory of God. 
May we live with that same passion and joy!

"And let us not grow weary while doing good
for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9