Thanksgiving Aunties’ Time

Aunt Anna and Aunt Mary wanted to have a special thanksgiving tea with the girls Monday.

After A, B, and C came over, the first item of business was to fix hair in braids, and Aunt Mary donned a little cap–maybe similar to the colonial ladies?

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Each girl chose a tea flavor. A straw works really well to consume it with.DSC_5072

Praying for God to bless.

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Aunt Mary had made brownies, and there were also some other little treats.DSC_5099

Writing a list of things to be thankful for!DSC_5114DSC_5141

What a beautiful joy it is to give God thanks! Oh, and you’ll see a post from the entire family tomorrow ;)–working on that now.

Love,
Sarah

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
Psalms 100:4 

Joy for Your Day

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We were doing some photos today for a blog post later in the week, and I wanted to share these delightful smiles with you!

“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:
and a word spoken in due season, how good is it.”
Proverbs 15:23

Broody Mama

Meet Broody Mama (named by Abigail of course :)). Broody Mama wanted to hatch some chicks and very patiently sat on her eggs. She didn’t leave them more than 30 minutes a day, and as time drew closer to hatching, she was up only a few minutes at a time. Finally, three little chicks popped out.

The Psalmist draws an analogy about the protection a chicken provides her chicks to how the Lord watches over us! How true.

“He shall cover thee with his feathers,
and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
Psalms 91:4

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Abby holding one of her chickens (not Broody Mama).

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Notice the head peeking out?DSC_3960DSC_3969DSC_3979DSC_3984

At the cost of getting your hand pecked, you can reach one.DSC_3991DSC_4009DSC_4020

“… how often would I have gathered
thy children together, even as a hen
gathereth her chickens under her wings,
and ye would not.”

Matthew 23:37

Christian Children’s Books

Almost two weeks ago, Dad and I picked up the new Moody books, along with some other books we reprinted. It is wonderful to finally have Exciting Times and Christmas Comes to Sunflower in hand.

For those who may not know, the Moody Family books are geared toward a 7-13 year old reading comprehension level, but if the books are used as a read aloud, children as young as 3 or 4 understand.

I received a sweet e-mail from a mom yesterday, and then a note on a MOTH registration today.

“I was just going to send you an e-mail to let you know how much my daughter has enjoyed the Moody books. I bought the first one two years ago. My 7 year old daughter loved it, so I bought the rest of the series. She has read the first 8 three times!! She talks about the Moodys like they are friends of hers. “Max did this,” or “Mollie said that.” She has started cooking, cleaning, and wanting to serve people. She gives your books all the credit! I got on your website to get an e-mail address when I saw your new book. I was so excited. Please keep writing! It’s so hard to find wholesome Christian books for my children to read. We will keep buying them if you keep writing! :)
We have made the chocolate chip cookies and the fiesta casserole. Great recipes! Thanks for sharing them.” –Leigh

“We LOVE the Moody books! My 3 year old likes to pretend she is Maddie. The Moodys are a beautiful, fictional family that we strive to be like! They even started us having family devotions.” –April

IMG_4551This is the press they printed the Exciting Times covers on.

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Anna has done a great job packing orders and sending them out to homes around the world.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5

Seeing God Work

We saw many answers to prayer for the Wichita conference. As it approached, snow was in the forecast. That pretty much went away, and there was only a slight dusting. We prayed for families. God gave us many! We prayed for open hearts. God gave incredible hearts! We prayed that husbands and wives would come together, and they did!

Friday set up went great. It was fun to have Joseph and Elissa with us. Elissa pitched right in and helped with the book tables, while Joseph worked on the music set up. They practiced music, and it seemed like time flew! At 5 p.m., we began with three sessions. Dad did the business session, Mom the Schedule Triage, and I gave the writing session. We all had awesome groups and good interactions.

That evening, it was a treat having Joseph and Elissa join in the music. Elissa played her guitar on several songs, and she and Joseph sang “Channels Only.” We each gave our 5-minute talk about a passion of our heart, and it’s such a joy to share!

Saturday went smoothly. We all enjoyed fellowshipping with the many families who attended. Our hearts are to encourage believers in their walk with the Lord Jesus and their relationships with their families. So many people are hungry for like-hearted fellowship, and we love to be apart of helping them meet each other. God is good! Joseph gave his Who Is Jesus to You? session for young people after lunch.

We are very grateful for each family who came. One came all the way from Minneapolis, MN. We had families attend from all over Kansas, and some from Oklahoma. Thank you all!

A special thank you to our coordinator for all she invested.

Love,
Sarah

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Anna Marie and Joshua made cookies for us to bring.

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We had a great time of fellowship with several families at the hotel's breakfast room Friday evening.
We had a great time of fellowship with several families at the hotel’s breakfast room Friday evening.

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Saturday dawned beautiful.

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Here’s Mary with two cute little ones before Saturday’s first session.DSC_4575

A grandpa with his granddaughter
A grandpa with his granddaughter

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Talking!DSC_4599DSC_4619DSC_4624

Lunch time fellowship.DSC_4636DSC_4637DSC_4639

I couldn't help but smile to myself when I saw this.
I couldn’t help but smile to myself when I saw this.

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Joseph’s session.DSC_4666DSC_4671

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DSC_4686DSC_4692DSC_4716DSC_4740One of our friends offered to take a picture of us girls, and I am grateful. We don’t often get pictures together, and it was sweet to have our new sister-in-law in it too!

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise thee.”
Psalms 63:3 

Thank You for Praying

John arrived safely last night. We are grateful for your prayers! After he got past the accidents, the drive went well. Although he’d lost many hours in the process, and had to drive into the night, he wasn’t tired, which was a huge blessing since it was only him. Well, in physical presence that is. The Lord was with him!

John’s been our faithful mechanic over the years, and he offered to bring Uriah on his final trip. There were tears from the family as they said good-bye Saturday to Uriah, but we all know the Lord had a purpose in the time we had him.

I’ll share a conference report with pictures later.

Love,
Sarah

A view of the mess.
A view of the mess.
Last family Bible time in the bus (sad face).
Last family Bible time in the bus (sad face).
Uriah has been a faithful carrier! Here's our final group picture Friday.
Uriah has been a faithful carrier! Here’s our final group picture Friday.
John leaving with Uriah Saturday after the conference.
John leaving with Uriah Saturday after the conference.
Goodbye!
Goodbye!

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands,
lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
Psalms 91:10

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