Friday, September 21, 2018

1 + 1 = 3

Congratulations Matthias and Michelle! 
We are so excited for you and can't wait to meet this new little one in March!

"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."
Psalms 139:14

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gemma Lynne

Welcome to the world
Gemma Lynne Beasley
// 9.18.18 // 12:27 // 8lb //
Grandbaby #11 is here! Congratulations Dan & Bethany!!!
We are so excited for you and can't wait to meet your new precious bundle.
Love you all so much!

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Who's That

A special new addition to this years Old Threshers experience was the creation and appearance of a band called "Who's That".

Since Andrew moved down to Florida the guys haven't had as many opportunities to play their instruments together. So someone came up with the idea of creating a "band" to play at Old Threshers that would just be a relaxed and fun "jam session".

It ended up being a ton of fun!! They played three times over the event and ended up getting requests to play at other events later in the year.

 They played some favorite bluegrass tunes, old hymns and a few old love songs. 

I don't know if Who's That from who knows where will make any more appearances, but for that weekend we all thoroughly enjoyed it!

"A merry heart does good, like medicine."
Proverbs 17:22

Friday, September 14, 2018

Baby Wyatt

Getting to meet Wyatt for the first time was such a treat! Not only that, but we got to spend 10 days with him!! Lets just say that he didn't spend a whole lot of time in the carseat. 

Since this was his first time at Old Threshers we tried to give him a proper welcome by showing him all of our favorite places. He won't remember it, but it was fun to take him around! Thankfully he had sound blocking headphones to cut out some of the loud noises that are there.

If you weren't on stage singing then you were probably standing off to the side holding him or waiting your turn!

Taking him on his first steam train ride!

"But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children's children."
Psalms 103:17

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Random Moments

There were so many pictures from Old Threshers I was having a hard time picking which ones to post on the blog! Something that I think each of us are so grateful for is the time invested in family relationships. Sadly, in our culture brothers and sisters don't really know how to get along with eachother. Let alone being best friends! But the time spent working together, talking together, playing together and just living everyday life together is something that we treasure! So I hope you don't mind this long post full of smiling faces, because for 5 days we were together!! And that tends to bring a lot of smiles.
"A sister is a forever friend"
“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God." 
Deuteronomy 28:2
Love /noun/
"warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion"
"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; 
but the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13
"...exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
Friends /noun/
"one attached to another by affection or esteem"
"The love of a family is life's greatest blessing"

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, 
if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Old Threshers

Old Threshers 2018 is in the books! 
It was a packed full week! Three of the married couples came back which was such a blast and we ended up singing 12 times in 5 days. I think everyone enjoyed a good nap the day after it was over!

Because it is such a special part of our year and because so many of us were together I end up getting an over abundance of pictures. Hopefully you won't mind me sharing them with you in the next couple of posts! When we aren't busy singing on the grounds we love walking around and watching how people lived years ago. They have horse threshing demonstrations, steam tractors, gas engines and everything in-between!

Part of the fun of Old Threshers is the fact that this is our 18th consecutive year singing here! Although we came a few times even before that. In fact, Grandpa and Grandma brought Mom here when she was a little girl. There are so many friends that we only get to see at there that have literally watched us children "grow up" over the years.

They have a living history town called Log Village where you can watch people make soap, cook over an open fire, build things in the blacksmith shop and a host of other things. One of the nieces and nephews favorite parts is getting to make a rope.

Doris is in charge of bringing the music bands and she has been so fun to work with. There are always a lot of laughs when she is around! We are so grateful for their gracious invitation every year.

The last couple of years someone has blessed our family with enough tickets for all of us to enjoy riding the steam train together. I think everyone's favorite part is watching the young ones faces light up!

This year we ended up getting the bus stuck in our camping spot, so someone had to come pull us out. Thankfully, there are always plenty of tractors around to do the job! We are already looking forward to next year!!

"We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near."
Psalms 75:1

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Sunday Dinner

When we are home we usually try to have a big family lunch on Sunday afternoons. It doesn't always work out, and some are bigger than others, but it is always special! 

This last one was even more special because not only were Andrew and Kori up from Florida, but Alan and Rachel drove up for the weekend with their kids!

Talk about a full house, lots of food, children's laughter, and good conversations.

Alaythia may have become a favorite aunt by giving out a few bites of ice cream.

One of the special things about getting together is hearing what God is doing in each individuals lives. There are always areas that we need to grow in, always lessons being learned and God is working on each of our hearts through different struggles or joys. Being able to share some of those things and encourage and challenge one another is such a beautiful gift!

There seems to be more and more little children at family gatherings these days. Since we don't get to see everyone very often it seems like the nieces and nephews grow faster than they should. I think everyone enjoys trying to get the biggest smiles and laughs out of them!

It was an absolutely gorgeous day outside, so after lunch there was a corn hole competition. This was the matching hats team against the matching shirts team.

Wyatt as the youngest member of the family got plenty of attention!

Now we can't wait until Christmas when we will all be together!!!

"I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,"
1 Corinthians 1:4

Saturday, August 25, 2018

County Fair!

Anytime you can just take an evening off to do something as a family it is always special!!

Our county fair was a little while ago. We had one evening available so we headed in to just enjoy the sights.

Caught some of the team roping event!


I think one of the absolute favorite stops for all of us is the horse barn!

Part of the fun of walking around the fairgrounds with mom and dad is getting to hear stories from when they were in 4-H a long time ago!

So grateful for peaceful evenings and time as a family!

"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 5:1