Monday, August 13, 2018

Lake Itasca Part 2

Our home away from home! It is always a fun challenge to get our bus cleaned, loaded and pulled out the driveway at the departure time that Dad sets. We ended up leaving later than planned for this trip, because something on the bus took longer than expected to get fixed.   However, we eventually made it!!  We arrived at the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival near Bemidji, MN.

Before going on stage it is nice to run through some of the songs to warm up and refresh our memory on some of the lyrics if we haven't sung for awhile.

We sang twice on the main stage during the festival. God held off the rain that was supposed to come, so we were able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors the entire weekend! It was special to have Matthias and Michelle join us for a few songs as well.

We are so grateful to be able to travel and share what God has done in our hearts and lives with others!

"All the earth shall worship You
And sing praises to You;
They shall sing praises to Your name."
Psalms 66:4

Friday, August 10, 2018

Lake Itasca Part 1

If you've followed our blog for awhile you will notice that there are several events that are annual highlights of our year. In August, we treasure the opportunities to attend the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival. It is alway such a special weekend!  We highly recommend it!   This year I tried to get more pictures than last year, which I will try to spread over a couple of different posts.

Over the course of the weekend they have a main stage with featured groups that come from all over the United States.  On Saturday they have several sessions and workshops on the smaller stages for you to enjoy.   Daddy shares on something relating to family each year.  This year he shared on fruitfulness as families.

Stephen helped teach the mandolin workshop, and Matthias helped with the dobro.

They also have the side stages available for anyone that would like to sign up and sing for a smaller amount of time. It is really fun to hear the variety in music and voices. Matthias and Michelle signed up for one of the slots and played some guitar and fiddle songs. This festival is special to them, because it is where they first met!

Of course, with a large group of young people there is almost always some sort of sport event. Or several sports simultaneously!   Volleyball is a pretty popular game throughout the festival,  and there are usually a number of games going on at once around the grounds.

It has become a tradition that we volunteer in the snack shack for one of the shifts on Saturday. Who doesn't enjoy making all sorts of ice cream treats?!

If you are looking for something fun to do as a family we really encourage coming to the festival!!

"Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day."
1 Chronicles 16:23

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Summer Fun

A week ago our men were home from work early on one of the days, so we decided to celebrate by taking the boat out on the lake and having a picnic. It was the first time we've been able to get the boat out this year! 

Dad, the expert driver, always enjoys the challenge of getting people to fall off of the tube.
It is always fun to see who can last the longest:  Dad, or the tubers. It also makes for a lot of fun pictures!

Two new riders ready for the challenge!

How high can you fly without letting go?!

Since not everyone fit in the boat at the same time, the rest of the family swam on the beach and played with Ginger.

The evening finished with a gorgeous sunset!! 
Thank you Lord for summer days!

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, 
the world and all who dwell therein."  - Psalm 24:1