Friday, March 16, 2018

A Quick Trip To Kansas

While we were on our last trip we found out that Alan and Rachel bought a house! But as is the trend right now, it's a fixer upper! So a few days after we arrived home we packed up and hit the road again. This time to Kansas!

They took out a wall, took down the ceiling panels, tore up the carpet and looked at paint colors! Working on a big projects together has had a immense impact on our family relationships over the years. Teamwork is a beautiful thing and can make any job, no matter how dirty or hard, a lot more enjoyable!

Stephen found a friend in the house! Unfortunately, we had to leave him down there. 

There aren't any pictures of hanging out with Kendrick and Autumn, but that was a favorite pastime in between working! I guess we will just have to make another trip down to help finish the house and get more pictures. *wink wink* For now we are unpacking at home and getting ready for our busywork season to start.

"But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!"
2 Choronicles 15:7

Monday, March 12, 2018

Beach Day

I have one more post about our time in Florida. 
One of the Saturdays that we were there Andrew had off from work, so guess where we went...

The Beach!!!
It was extra special to have Elizabeth join us as she had spent the previous weeks with our Grandma. Not only that, but Matthias and Michelle flew down to join us for a few days!

The weather was literally perfect, and the waves were pretty huge! I didn't get pictures of it, but most all of us went in for some wave jumping. It was a blast.  God's creation is so incredibly beautiful and exciting to explore.

Then we enjoyed the beach. Some laid down and soaked in the sun and others played frisbee.

Matthias and Michelle
(and photobombers)

Of course there has to be a few "just for fun" pictures.

"The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters,
Than the mighty waves of the sea."
Psalms 93:4

Friday, March 09, 2018


Although we did have free time in Florida, we greatly enjoyed the places we sang as well. We had the opportunity to sing for a school chapel one morning and were so blessed by their smiles and energy.
The First Academy is the school where Kori attended growing up,  so it was delightful to be at a place that had a big part in her life.

This year it was truly the "sunshine state". Time to break out the sunglasses!

Not only do we greatly enjoy the time with Andrew and Kori, but we treasure the friendships that God has given us with the entire Knuth family and the Johnstons. One evening we played a big group game of Pictionary... If you've never played it before I highly recommend it! The less artistic you are the more laughter is heard throughout the game.

"I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High."
Psalms 9:2

Wednesday, March 07, 2018


Happy 21st Birthday Susanna!

If I had to describe Susanna in 3 words they would have to be, loyal, athletic and fun. She enjoys when she can have a consistent schedule and yet is always up for adventure! She works installing underground irrigation systems for Wissmann Enterprise and plays banjo for our family.

This past year one of her highlights has been the trips to visit Grandpa and Grandma. Some of us made it up almost every month last year and it was such a special treat!

She enjoys working outdoors and spent a lot of time planting, weeding and picking the produce from our garden last year. She tends to be pretty organized and breaks down her goals to make them happen. Some of her favorite activities include sports, working out and reading.

Since graduating from high school she has spent a lot of time studying animal training and taking care of our Australian Shepherd, Ace. Unfortunately, Ace was hit by a car in January and didn't make it. Her most recent time investment has been sewing. She has always done embroidery work and recently bought a sewing machine to start bigger projects.

Family has always been important, so she enjoys making trips to visit the married siblings and their families when she can.
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God,
a worker who does not need to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15

Saturday, March 03, 2018

A Day on the Lake

Once we arrived in Orlando our schedule wasn't packed quite as full so that we could spend more time with Andrew and Kori. God gave us the most beautiful weather. We are so thankful!!

 Two of the days we spent out on the lake paddle boarding, swimming, laughing and getting as much sun as we could.

The guys came over and joined us in between job sites that they were working on. Just for fun we had a relay race with the two paddle boards. Guys vs. girls... I'll let you guess who won! 

We spent about 10 days in the Orlando area and I have quite a few pictures of our adventures. So I hope you don't mind getting a taste of Florida the next few posts.

"For so the Lord said to me, "I will take My rest, and I will look from My dwelling place
Like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."
Isaiah 18:14