Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Silver Dollar City

We were scheduled to sing in Kansas last Sunday, and since it was pretty close to Branson we talked about celebrating Dad's birthday by leaving a day early and visiting Silver Dollar City.  Before we could go we had a large irrigation job to do in Colorado. We headed out Wednesday and after 2 big days the job was finished, and we were headed home. We made a quick two hour stop at home to unpack and repack, then we headed to Branson! It was a very quiet trip down since pretty much everyone, except the driver, was sleeping.

We pulled into town Saturday morning and headed to the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival at Silver Dollar City! It rained in Kansas, so Alan and Rachel were able to join us in Branson. We all know how fast children grow, but hearing Kendrick's new words and seeing Autumn's smiles was a treat! It was so good to catch up and spend some time together.

It was such a special day, being together, celebrating Dad's birthday, riding rollercoasters, eating good food, getting soaked on the water rides and just sitting down and trying to catch up from the week. Everyone was sooo tired of walking by the end of the day!

Of course a friendly competition is always in order...

A few of us had races to see who could get their (fake) frog to fall off the end first by cranking water out. I think they all agreed that one pumped water faster than the other ones so it wasn't completely fair. But it was still a lot of fun!

Together is the best place to be!

It was so hot that the water rides had really long lines all morning and afternoon. Before the park closed the lines went down, so a few went to ride them. They definitely cooled off! They were soaked!!

Happy Birthday Daddy!!!

"I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of Your marvelous works."
Psalms 9:1

Monday, May 14, 2018

Baby Animals

Since Dad and Mom both grew up on a farm we love having a few animals around. For several years we were gone so much that we weren't able to have any animals. But the last few years we've been home more, and so we decided to add to our little "farm".

We got about 60 chicks and 10 baby ducklings. Part of me wishes they would stay as cute as they are right now, but I guess growing up is good too!

And of course, Ginger is growing quickly! Aren't baby animals the cutest?!

"Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness."
Psalms 37:3

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Congratulations Alaythia!

During the Homeschool Conference they have a graduate recognition and this year we got to celebrate Alaythia's graduation!!! Can you believe that the little brown eyed cutie is already old enough to graduate?!

Rachel and the kids came up from Kansas to help celebrate and we grabbed all sorts of pictures! Hope you enjoy!!

Congratulations Alaythia!!! 
We are so excited to see what God has in store for the next chapter of your life.

We love you BIGGER!!!

"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ."
Philippians 1:9 & 10

Thursday, May 03, 2018

NCHEA 2018

Another year of NCHEA is in the books. And what a wonderful year it was!! One of our biggest years, we had about 320 children over the course of the weekend. The theme was The Great Adventure and focused on missions. Sharing God's love to the world around us.

The sixteen teams were placed in different countries. It was absolutely amazing to see the creativity in decorations this year!! Literally hours upon hours are spent getting ready. God blessed and provided just the right amount of teachers that we needed. Every year I am blown away by His faithfulness and grace as He pulls together so many last minute details and works in ways that only He can. It is truly exciting to be a part of His work! 

Elizabeth was a team leader this year and found herself in the country of China!

One of the assistants on her team made this amazing dragon to hang from the ceiling. The children LOVE walking into a room and feeling like they are transported somewhere else.

Susanna was in Argentina with three assistants and a whole bunch of children.

Alaythia helped with the Leaders In Training program which equips 13 and 14 year olds to be able to plan, prepare and teach a lesson in front of a group of people. Nathanael was in the drama and I helped out with the staff.

100 volunteers, lots of time and energy, not much sleep and numerous prayers.
God is good.

"By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.
And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
1 John 3:16

Monday, April 30, 2018


A lot of time in the sun, a lot of time in the dirt. 
That's what our spring looks like these days!

Our favorite part, doing it together!

"That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."
Colossians 1:10

Monday, April 23, 2018


It's that time of year again! The Nebraska Christian Homeschool Educators Association conference is just around the corner.

We help with the Children's Conference along with about 90 other staff members to take care of 300 children for two days. It's always a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well! There is a full scale 8 part drama for which we make scenery backdrops! Mom has always enjoyed art and so this has been a fun project over the years as she passed that love on to the rest of us.

This last week has seen us with lots of paint as we get ready for another year filled with singing, drama, character lessons, Bible memory, games and so much more. 

This little gal was busy watching us and thanks to curiosity and a little paint, ended up turning several different colors. I didn't get a picture of her all painted up, but she's so cute I had to post this pic.

"In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge."
Proverbs 14:24

Monday, April 16, 2018

Making Birdhouses

The first Saturday of every month Home Depot has a workshop for kids. So this last month Nathanael and I brought Charissa, Joanna and Asher in to make birdhouses. 
They loved it!!

reading directions, pounding in nails, painting.
It was a perfect memory maker!

Now we just have to hang them up and wait for the birds!

 "How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings."
Psalms 36:7

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Work Season

Since it is still snowing in Nebraska, which is REALLY unusual for this time of year. We went down to Texas to install an irrigation system for the same company that we work with in Nebraska.

It was a lot warmer! But also had a lot more wind!
We are so grateful for the doors that God has opened that enable us to have a balance in life. 
We are able to travel and share the gospel on stage, and yet be home and get hard physical work done outside. 

After a couple long days we wrapped it up and headed home!

We don't do a lot of jobs so far from home. But when we do, it is a huge blessing to be able to fly some people down to work instead of everyone having to make the long drive. And now it's back to the chilly Nebraska land.

"The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand."
Deuteronomy 28:12

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Happy National Siblings Day!

"Stand up and bless the Lord your God Forever and ever!
Blessed be Your glorious name, Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!"
Nehemiah 5:9

Sunday, April 08, 2018

1 + 1 = 4!

Congratulations Ryan, Ruth & Lee!

We are so thrilled for you and can't wait to meet the newest little addition to your family in October.

"Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever."
Psalms 145:2

1 + 1 = 6

Congratulations Dan & Bethany!!

Talk about an exciting year! We are overjoyed by the additions that God is sending to our family in 2018. By Christmas time we will have 8 grand babies that are the ages 2 and younger. I'm guessing that no one is more excited to meet this little one than Arianna, Caden and Everett. 

"How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!"
Psalms 139:17

Friday, April 06, 2018

Easter Sunday!

He is Risen Indeed!!
Easter morning is always special for us! First thing after waking up we run upstairs to see what surprise Mom made the night before. She always decorates the table or walls with something that adds to the excitement of the day. This year we found this on our wall and stones around the doorway so that it resembled a tomb. The table had easter lilies and chocolate surprises. Then we play our favorite Easter worship songs as we eat breakfast and get ready for church. 
It truly is a special way to start the day!

This year Ryan & Ruth and Matthias and Michelle came over to join us for a Easter feast!

Busy working in the kitchen! After lunch we enjoyed the fellowship, relaxing and snacking on the leftover food. Sundays are pretty wonderful, and Easter Sundays are even more so!

Happy Easter from our family.

"He is not here; for He is RISEN, 
as He said..."
Matthew 28:6

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Meet the newest addition...

She is an 8 week old golden retriever that is full of energy or knocked out in a nap.

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
And His mercy endures forever."
Psalms 118:1

Monday, April 02, 2018


Well, we started the recording process! The beginning of last week it rained and so we were able to lay down some of the instrumentation for our next cd.

The weather is warm enough to work now, so I don't know how long it will be before we complete it. But at least we have the wheels turning! We are excited to see how it all comes together!

"Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power."
Psalms 21:13