Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Andrew


Andrew is one of the few people in this world that was born on Leap Year! So we only celebrate his actual birthday every four years. The rest of the time we celebrate on February 28th and March 1st.



Andrew and Kori will celebrate their 7th anniversary on March 5th. They live in Orlando, Florida not far from Kori's family and enjoy setting up their new home.


Andrew and Kori's lives are about to change as they get ready to welcome a little baby BOY in June. We are so thrilled for them and can't wait to see his little face. They've talked about baby names but haven't come up with the perfect one for this little guy. If you have any suggestions feel free to put them in the comment section.



Andrew is partner in a dock building business. He spends a lot of time working on water, managing working crews and working in the office. Kori works for the company as well doing secretarial tasks  and pulling permits.



Living in Florida means that they get a lot of visitors during the winter season!
Not only is the weather great, but you can't beat the time with family.


We are so grateful for all of the memories we've been able to make with them over the years and love when they fly up to visit!


Happy Birthday Andrew!

“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”
2 Thessalonians 3:13 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Prison Ministry

We have had the immense privilege to go into prisons and sing about our Savior for 14 years now. I was looking back over some of our blog posts about our prison services (click here if you want to see them) and I realized I don't think we ever shared how God brought that opportunity into our lives.


It started long before we started doing music together as a family. Before most of us were even born our dad would go weekly into our local jail and have Bible studies with the inmates. Even though Dad was the only one that could go in, it became a family ministry. Often Dad would come home with prayer requests from the guys and we would pray for them as a family during our devotions.


After God opened the doors for us to travel and sing as a family we felt a burden to go into prisons and share. But we didn't know of anyone that did that and with all the paper work it takes to get into a prison we didn't know how that was ever going to happen. So we started praying that God would open that door.


Fast forward to the fall of 2004. Our family was on a trip out east and we were scheduled to sing at a church early Sunday morning. To save time Sunday morning we drove to the church late Saturday evening so that the next day we just had to set up our equipment. Upon arriving we found out that the church had several revival meetings the previous evenings and the family that was leading them was just getting ready to pull out. It was the Mullet Family! After talking to Mr Mullet for a while and hearing the journey that God has brought them on Dad came back to the bus so excited! "I just met the neatest family and you'll never guess what!" he said.


Mr Mullet was on the board of a ministry called Gospel Express that goes into prisons all the time. They host a week of services in the South Carolina prisons every year with volunteers and singing groups that come from all over the U.S. to share the life changing message with the inmates. This was a direct answer to prayer and we were so excited! A few months later we were headed into the first of many prisons. 


Since then we joined another ministry called We Care to go into prisons in Alabama and Florida.  God has also opened the door to go into prisons in Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Colorado. It's been an incredible opportunity that has had a huge impact on our family! If God lays something on your heart, just start praying about it and watch Him open doors. Every year hundereds of volunteers come to both Gospel Express and We Care for a week of ministering in the prisons. It is truly a blessing to be a part of. If this is something you would be interested in click the ministry name to get more information.

"I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me;
I was in prison and you came to Me."
Matthew 25:36

Friday, February 23, 2018

Josiah




Meet Josiah, he is the third born in our family!


Josiah and his wife Abi celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary last September. They have 3 children. Joanna who turns 8 tomorrow, Asher is 6, and Jenifer is 1. They live only about 2 miles away from us in Nebraska which we love, because it means we get to see them quite often! 


Josiah does aerial crop spraying (crop dusting) as well as being an instructor to a couple of up and coming pilots. He puts in big days in the summer but really enjoys the time in the air. We've greatly benefited from him being a flight instructor.  He has taught Dad, Stephen and now Nathanael, along with several others. We will see which one of us is next to learn!


Abi keeps busy homeschooling Joanna and Asher as well as being a stay at home mom. It is always fun to see what she is working on with the kids and how fast they are learning. 


Before Josiah and Abi were married, Abi worked at a nursing home and has a special place in her heart for the elderly. She is very intentional about taking the kids to visit their great-grandparents or some other elderly friend.


Josiah and Abi enjoy serving at their local church, getting together with friends or doing something special with the kids. When we are on the road we love getting pictures or videos of their family game nights, work projects they do together, playing at the park and other aspects of everyday life.


Happy Birthday, Josiah!

‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,'and ‘your neighbor as yourself.'
Luke 10:27

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It's a...



BOY!!!
Congratulations Andrew and Kori! 
We are so thrilled for you and cannot wait to meet your little man. 


"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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

During the Day

We often get asked what we DO all day when we are on the road. Well, that depends on the day. Setting up, getting ready for a concert, singing, taking down and talking with people afterwards does fill a lot of our time! But we do have free time on the road and that can be filled up in a variety of ways.


On the road, as well as at home we try to start the morning out with family devotions. Or we have breakfast first and then family devotions. It sets our focus in the right place and gets us all on the same page. Over the years we haven't always been consistent, but we try to do the best we can to make it a priority. 


We make most of our meals in the bus except for what other people provide for us. But since our kitchen area is so small it is really hard to get a picture of us making food. So here is Charissa eating it!  There are a few of us still in school so that takes up a good chunk of our free time. Even those that aren't in school enjoy learning and spend travel time reading or doing some online studies.


All of us love to be active and so if we are parked in an area for a couple hours we try to take advantage of that. Usually the guys pull out their weights and work out. Sometimes we just happen to park at a shopping center which is great, because then you can go for a walk to get some exercise and come back with some new purchases! 


I have to admit, if we are driving down the road, sometimes we all just curl up in our bunks and take a good ol' nap. Life on the road is not the vacation that some people think it is. Don't get me wrong, there are aspects of it that are very enjoyable, and we've been able to do a lot of things that most people don't have the opportunity to do. Sometimes, though, when you're schedule is really full, it's nice to get a bit of a refresher.


We are always trying to work up new music,  so some of our time on the road is spent practicing instruments or working on new stuff. If we have an open evening with no concert, we try to plan something fun to do together as a family! Sometimes we spend it with some friends in the area, or we will make something special for supper and then either talk and plan, play games, FaceTime family,  or watch a movie. 

"Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope."
Psalms 16:9

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day


We are so grateful for God's gift of love and the special way He has brought each of these couples together. We read 1 Corinthians 13 the other morning in family devotions and were once again reminded of the specialness of love. Not just in marriages, but in every relationship. Love is a commitment, it's an action, it's a call to serve and a fulfilling way to live. 
Happy Valentines Day!

Alan & Rachel

Ryan & Ruth

Josiah & Abi

Dan & Bethany

Andrew & Kori

Matthias & Michelle


"In this the LOVE of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is LOVE, not that we LOVED God, but that He LOVED us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so LOVED us, we also ought to LOVE one another."
1 John 4:9-11

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rachel



Many of you have followed our blog for years, and we are often asked about our older siblings that  don't make it on the blog very much. Well, I'm going to post an update on each one of them like I did last year, so that you can see what they're up to now. For those of you who are more recent acquaintances, this gives you the chance to meet more of our family individually! I plan to post the updates on their birthdays, but since Rachel's birthday was January 31st, I'll start now with her!



Rachel and Alan have been married 5 years now and live near Wichita, Kansas. The biggest change in their lives recently is the addition of Autumn Joy. She was born in October 2017 and has completely won the hearts of her big brother, Kendrick and her parents. Not to mention the rest of us!



Rachel's husband, Alan is still farming. They grow corn and wheat as well as raising cattle. Some people say that a farmer's work is never done, and I'm sure that is true! Kendrick loves every opportunity to ride the tractor with his dad.


Rachel is busy taking care of two sweet kiddos. Kendrick who just turned 2 is quite the talker! We don't really understand what he is saying yet, but he can communicate quite well even without speaking comprehendible English. He loves the outdoors, riding the four-wheeler, playing with balls, petting dogs and kissing Autumn.


Rachel loves keeping the home running smoothly! She teaches piano students during the week and continues to write new music. We are hoping to record another children's cd sometime soon! Searching out healthy options for her family, Rachel switched to using Young Living products in their home, and now she enjoys helping other families cleanse toxins from their homes and find healthy alternatives.


Alan and Rachel are still extremely active in their church as well as leading a Bible study/fellowship group at a local college. Kendrick enjoys all the high fives and "People!" time!


We love every opportunity we get to see them and look forward to seeing what God has in store for their future.

"He has shown you, O man, what is good; 
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?"
Micah 6:8

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Weekly Update



We've had another full week of concerts. Most of them were in North and South Carolina. One of the churches we sang at sent us on the road with a basket packed full of all sorts of delightful goodies! It was such a delight to see old friends and meet new ones!


This week we are in South Carolina going into prisons all week. We would greatly appreciate your prayers as we sing and Dad shares from God's Word.  Not only that lives are changed for eternity, but also that those who are saved would be encouraged in their walk with Christ. 


Whenever I think of ministry I am reminded of the verses in John 15 where it talks about bearing fruit. If we truly want to reach others, it has to start with us abiding in Jesus Christ. Ministry should simply be an overflow of what God has done in our own lives. Love, joy, peace... those all come from Christ and in order to share that with others we need to be plugged into the source. Dad shared a devotional this morning that went along with that and as we prepare to go into the prison this evening my goal is simply to be a vessel. Jesus Christ has changed our lives, and we want to share that with others. That is why we do what we do.


“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples."
John 15:4