Summer Blizzard, But We’re Here!

Hurrying out of the hotel this morning, we found the temperature was quite cold, and it was definitely windy. As we drove, the wind was quite stiff, with gusts over 60 mph. Probably about two hours down the road, we hit a blizzard. Yes, a blizzard in Wyoming in June! With the wind and snow, it made for very interesting road conditions. Dad did a wonderful job handling the van and trailer in the difficult situation. We are so grateful for the Lord’s protection! We’re looking forward to the conference this weekend. For now, we’ll be having family devotions and then off for a good night’s rest.

Only for Jesus,



This was taken at the beginning of the snow storm!

Across the Wind-Driven Plains

We left around 7 a.m. this morning, a little earlier than normal, as Dad decided we ought to get a start because of the weather conditions. It was expected to be very windy. As we drove across Nebraska, the 45 mph gusts were definitely buffeting the van and trailer. Early to mid-afternoon, though, the wind calmed down (to about 25 mph) –which was such a blessing. We’re spending the night in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and while Dad was pumping diesel, he was amazed at the gusts of wind! The wind is expected to be even stronger tomorrow morning (supposedly even up to 60 mph!), but after we get through Laramie, Wyoming, the wind should be calming down. Please pray for Dad as he drives and for protection. 

We are grateful for your prayers as we travel and prepare for the conference Friday and Saturday. We’ll be arriving in the Boise, Idaho, area tomorrow night, Lord willing!

Sarah for all the rest

Conference Report

This past weekend’s conference in Wichita was such a blessing! Thursday afternoon, we arrived in town. Several volunteers helped cart all of our things into the exhibit hall. After that, while the family worked on setting up the booths, Christopher and I were able to share for about an hour with the young people who were going to be doing the children’s program. That night, as our family sat around in a hotel room, someone mentioned the idea of a walk along the river and also to look at an old sailboat on display near the river. Dad decided we had time before we had our family devotions.


(Dad’s not in the picture as he took it :-).)

The conference went well Friday, and then Friday evening, we did our family music session. Our desire was that our music would allow families to see the potential of their family working together. We may post a MP3 recording of a song or two from the evening soon.


Mary playing the psaltery.


Jesse taking a turn at the bass.




Mom was sharing a testimony.





Thank you for your prayers for this conference. The Lord truly worked in the hearts of those attending. We will be leaving Wednesday morning for the Idaho convention. We are excited to be heading out West again.

Oh, a fun side note, after we had finished up lunch on Sunday afternoon, I looked out in the backyard, and noticed a squirrel in my grandparents’ tree. The squirrel seemed small, too small to be Chippy. I hurried outside and was delighted to see that this was really Chester! How did she get to Chippy’s tree (sorry Chippy)? I called for her, and she scrambled over, up the chain link fence, and onto me, happily squeaking and chattering. It was enough to melt your heart. I snapped a few pictures today as Anna fed her. I guess she’s enjoying her new spot, much closer to us. Chester’s original tree had been out near the new house, but somehow she’s decided to come closer to us. Her fur has now turned smooth and sleek, and she’s just a delightful little creature!




No doubt about it, she loves sunflower seeds!


Just to show how much Chester has changed, the above picture was taken three weeks ago.