North Carolina

This weekend has been wonderful. I’ll leave with you a preview.

Practicing Friday afternoon after a fast set up.
Practicing Friday afternoon after a fast set up.

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“For as the heaven is high above the earth,
so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.”
Psalms 103:11

Tennessee Hearts: Part 1

We received a warm welcome in Tennessee yesterday afternoon. Set up went smoothly (and quickly too!), and we were grateful the heavy rain had stopped. Our coordinator and some of her friends provided us with dinner, which was delicious.

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This was our first evening Energize! conference, and I was surprised by the great turnout for the 5pm round-table sessions. They are bonus sessions because we know some families can’t make it to those with the dad’s work schedule.  A little after 6 pm (round tables go to 6:30 generally), we asked if there were any young people interested in learning to write, and if so, I would do a little spur-of-the-moment session with them. Apparently there was interest–a lot of interest–as I soon had a room full of anxious listeners. We had a great time together. I wasn’t sure how it would flow, but it went well.

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These little girls were in the back of the Schedule Triage session, and I believe stickers were a highlight.
These little girls were in the back of the Schedule Triage session, and I believe stickers were a highlight.

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Part 2 coming later. We’re looking forward to Greensboro this weekend.

Love,
Sarah

“Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.”
Psalms 100:2

The Day Before: Part 2

Our two families were soon joined with our sweet friends CJ and JD from Idaho and also the C. family. They all were a tremendous blessing. The C. family headed up and served the rehearsal dinner while CJ made all the beautiful sunflower cupcakes and decorated them.

Before we left Kansas, Mary and John, with help from the C. family, picked several buckets of sunflowers, and we carefully carried them with us from home for the rehearsal dinner. Mary was the decorator for the rehearsal dinner and the C. girls helped so much with that as well.

Sarah and Ruthanne
Sarah and Ruthanne

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Squeezing in some work.
Squeezing in some work.

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Anna Marie and I worked on tulle, lights, and pillars.
Anna Marie and I worked on tulle, lights, and pillars.

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Working through details.
Working through details.
The finished product
The finished product
Joseph and Elissa's wedding coordinator.
Joseph and Elissa’s wedding coordinator.
Practicing their song.
Practicing their song.

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“Come and see the works of God…”
Psalms 66:4

Cookeville, Tennessee, Here We Are

We’ve switched gears from wedding to conference. These past few days we’ve spent catching up and preparing for this conference season. God has been so gracious to our family. Yes, it’s been crazy-busy this summer, but He’s enabled us to get everything done we need to. We will miss Joseph, yet we’re delighted with Elissa and what God will do with their new family.  Joseph was a key component in our music, so the others have been practicing and trying to regroup. I’m amazed at how much Jesse’s voice is sounding like Joseph’s, and I’m anxious to hear them live tomorrow night in Greensboro.

Our first stop is Cookeville, Tennessee tonight, and I’ll share through pictures later. Tomorrow we drive to North Carolina where we’ll do a conference in Greensboro.

We look forward to meeting some of y’all.

Love,
Sarah

Practicing
Practicing
Garden time
Garden time
The girls made cards one day.
The girls made cards one day.

“O bless our God, ye people,
and make the voice of his praise to be heard.”
Psalms 66:8

The Day Before: Part 1

I cannot begin to tell you how cute a couple and how perfectly matched Joseph and Elissa are! We have been so anxiously awaiting their wedding. I just love to watch the two of them and how their love has blossomed.

Friday morning, we made quite a parade as we drove to the church with just about all the cars available from our family and Elissas family filled with wedding things. When we arrived, Joseph and Elissa had a list of the jobs that were needing to get done, and we all set to work.
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The first task was to get everything unloaded from the cars. We all love being busy. DSC_0200

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Mary and Elissa
Mary and Elissa

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It sure was a busy morning as one project was done, and sometimes before you were finished with it, someone was looking for you, requesting help.

We set about cleaning chairs, rearranging things, decorating with tulle and lights, putting on the pew bows, setting up sound, decorating for the rehearsal dinner, cooking for the rehearsal dinner, and the list could go on. There was a special air of excitement as everyone flew around and finished their tasks.

We set some of the tables up for the rehearsal dinner, while others were made ready for the reception.
We set some of the tables up for the rehearsal dinner, while others were made ready for the reception.
The happy bride
The happy bride

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Part 2 next up!

Serving Jesus,
Anna

“My soul shall be satisfied as with
marrow and fatness;

and my mouth shall praise
thee with joyful lips.”

Psalms 63:5

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