Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Darling Equation

1 + 1 = 3

We are so thrilled to share that the Lord is adding a precious bundle to Andrew and Kori's home.
We can't wait to meet this little one in June 2018!

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

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Matthias house

Matthias bought a beautiful home in Seward, NE, but before the wedding there were some cosmetic changes that he wanted to make in the house. Take off the popcorn ceilings, take out the carpet, put in new floors, new counter tops in the kitchen, paint the cupboards, a new coat of paint on everything, new trimming. Hmm, that's starting to sound a bit like a fixer upper project. Eventually he will take out a wall, but I think he is going to save that project for after the wedding. 

We've been busy getting ready for Christmas and family coming into town, but we try to pop over and help on the house any chance we can!

Charissa thoroughly enjoyed this job!

We put up plastic so we could work on the ceilings.

Can't wait to see you and Michelle happily moved in!

"He brought out His people with joy,
His chosen ones with gladness."
Psalms 105:43

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Cookies

Winter evenings are one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season! When we were in Florida we had a free evening to spend with some friends and so we decided to make the most of it. Because Christmas is just around the corner we decided to have a cookie decorating contest! Some of y'all probably do that every year but getting everyone involved was a first for us.

We mixed up a batch of our favorite sugar cookies, (Which just happens to be our Grandma's recipe.) cut out the shapes, let them cool and then the fun began!

We just had basic white frosting so that it would take more creativity to decorate the cookies. Or maybe it was because we forgot to pick up food coloring! Either way, we got out the sprinkles and candy and the contest was on!

The end product!

If you are looking for a fun way to build relationships, make memories and don't mind a bit of a mess. I highly recommend this! We had a lot of laughs and all the parents enjoyed walking around and judging (or was it sampling) the cookies.

"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
Matthew 4:4

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Florida in December

About two weeks ago we left home for a trip south. We usually don't go to Florida until February, but there was a Gospel Express ministry going into prisons in December.  So we took a little pre-Christmas tour.  Since there was work in the fields that still needed to be done at home, we left on our first trip without Matthias.  This meant that we had to practice every chance we had on the way down since he plays a major role in our music! 

Ready for our first service! We had the privilege of singing at 3 different prisons while we were  there. The first few concerts were stretching for those that had to step up into Matthias' part, but God gave grace!  We pray that He was glorified and used the music and message to work in the men's hearts.

Then we went down to Orlando which is one of our favorite places to visit, mostly because our brother Andrew and his wife Kori live there! It is so good to be with family!  We also had the privilege of singing at First Baptist Winter Garden, a delightfully friendly church.  We greatly enjoyed their fellowship before and after the service.  The church's stately 1800's brick building was a fabulous venue in which to worship.   We also were blessed to share at chapel for Foundation Academy the church's high school.  Several teachers told us that this was, for many of the students, their first introduction to bluegrass music!  It is a wonderful venue to share the Gospel and to lift hearts in praise to God.

When we drove home we stopped by Branson for a bit, because it has been a second home to us. It was extra special having Andrew, Kori and Matthias join us for those 2 days.

As we traveled home in the bus we started talking about life. Our goals, our concerns, and what really is important. We are so grateful for where God has put us and for the people He has placed in our lives. But we want to do more than just have fun together, we want to make a difference! And so as we finish up this year and look forward to 2018, we are praying that God will give us an outward focus. That He would do the work in our own lives, so that we could reach people in need. That we would serve with love and sincerity, that we would sing for His glory and share what He has done in our lives. We don't want this blog or the music we sing to be about us. We have our struggles just like the next family. But we serve a great God and that is worth sharing!

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12 :1&2

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


I know the blog has been quiet for a little while, but I am going to do my best to change that! Starting with our Thanksgiving. We spend a couple days up in Iowa at our grandparents house. Seriously, it is the best place to spend Thanksgiving! Our grandparents are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet and we absolutely love every moment we get to spend with them.

We were all busy in the kitchen and enjoying lunch so much that I didn't get any pictures of Thanksgiving day... But I got some of us helping around the farm the next day!

Grandpa and Grandma's garden produces some of the largest, most delicious veggies! Or maybe Grandma just knows how to cook them perfectly. But harvest is over now so we helped winterize the garden.

Enjoying the beautiful sunshine in November.

Helping Grandpa put a floor in his greenhouse.

This is a pretty common sight on Saturdays in the fall. The Husker football team didn't do very well this year. But we still wore red and cheered them on. Hopefully next year will be better! 

When we arrived home we sat around our dinner table and made our traditional list of what we are grateful for in the year 2017. The list was long and we were once again blown away by God's faithfulness and kindness in the good times and in the struggles. I think top on the list was the power of the gospel and the truth of God's Word. It is truly life-changing!

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