Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Western Nebraska

The last week we have been working on a couple of jobs out in western Nebraska, about 6 hours away. Between commitments at home, some work in Colorado and the weekend it has made for some full days with lots of traveling!

We are finishing up the last of the irrigation season and I think everyone is ready for this busy season to be done for awhile. We pulled into the field on Tuesday and started laying out and putting together all of the pipe.

After the trencher comes through the guys come along and clear out the space around each drip tape so that we can hook it up to the pipe. I don't know how much we've shared before about the installation process. Long story short, it is a lot of good hard work. 

Having to take the four wheeler somewhere is one of the funnest parts of the job. It was super hot out there and all of us got a pretty good tan/sunburn! 

We finished Tuesday morning, hiked a big rock to celebrate (more pics coming later) and then drove home just in time to unpack and repack for a trip to Canada! We are so grateful for the opportunity to work hard in the fields and how God has blessed the business as well as being able to travel and share the most important message through music. It isn't always easy, but God is so faithful!

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

Monday, June 18, 2018


Look who is growing up on us! 
Ginger isn't quite the little puppy anymore. She is learning new tricks and growing out of the chewing stage. (At least we hope she is!) 

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
2 Peter 3:18

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Grandma's House

The couple days before Memorial Day the ladies of our household were able to head up early to spend time at Grandma's house and help with some projects. Time with Grandparents is such a gift, treasure it!! Years ago, when we were all much younger, Grandma and Grandpa would invite us up every summer for about a week and make all sorts of memories together. We always considered Grandma and Grandpa some of our very best friends.

During those visits they would take us on the bike trail, feed the fish at the hatchery, visit Ice Cave, we'd go hiking, play at the park, eat oodles of chocolate chip cookies, have water fights, play games on their farm and so much more! There is enough of an age gap that Charissa wasn't able to do a lot of those things. So we thought we would change that!

This time when we were at Grandma's, we spent each morning working on projects, and then we took  the afternoons to make some memories together doing the things that we used to do years ago.

We made flower chains... went to the park... played games on the farm... and went on a bike ride.

It was fun to bring back some of our favorite activities from years ago! And now everyone from Rachel to Charissa has made some of the same memories at our Grandparent's home.

"Mark well her bulwarks;
Consider her palaces;
That you may tell it to the generation following."
Psalms 48:13

Monday, June 04, 2018

Memorial Day

It seems that we go in spurts of normal life where I don't have many pictures to post and then we have one weekend that I take a bunch of pictures of one event. Memorial Day weekend was one such weekend. It was so special to be able to spend it with our Grandma.

It was the dream of our great-grandma to have a whole display of flags at the cemeteries in Castalia, but she wasn't able to accomplish it.  After her death Grandpa designed the layout and used the memorial money people gave at Great-Grandma's funeral to help set it up.  So these flags honor the veterans buried in the cemeteries, and remind us of our Grandpa and Great Grandma!

Every morning from Saturday to Monday we head out before 7 to meet the local crew and help put the flags all up!  In the evening we all met again to take them all down.  The weather was beautiful this year, no rain to hamper flying the flags, and just enough wind to wave their stars and stripes boldly throughout the weekend.

Memorial Day started in response to the great loss of life during the Civil War.   Many communities began to honor both southern and northern soldiers buried in their cemeteries by decorating the graves with flowers, and with veterans marching in parades.  It was first known as Decoration Day, but officially changed to Memorial Day in 1967.

We enjoy the work and fellowship while putting up the flags,  but there is also a reverence, too.  Each veteran's grave stone has beside it a bronze medallion naming the war in which he fought.  

This year all of  us living at home yet were able to spend the weekend together with Grandma.

It was different experiencing Memorial Day without Grandpa. But it was special to be able to help carry on this tradition! Freedom really is not free and taking time to remember the sacrifices of so many is a real honor.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
John 15:13