On the road for the Jefferson City Conference!

It’s been a busy last few days as we prepared to leave for our first weekend conference. We were able to get most of the bus loaded last night, which was a blessing.

Jesse loading the bus.
Jesse loading the bus.

Joseph loading boxes last night.
Joseph loading boxes last night.

This morning, there were more last minute details to finish such as hanging the clothes bar and loading all of our miscellaneous gear. Mom and I have felt some relief knowing we’ll be home for several more days before our 5 week trip—there is still quite a bit to be done. Mom said she had a momentary thought, “We don’t have our passports!” and then she remembered we haven’t left on the “real” trip yet :-). As we pulled away from the house, Christopher made sure we all had our conference clothes, because the clothes bar was quite empty—when we leave on this next trip, it’ll be FULL!

Uriah out front this morning.
Uriah out front this morning.
Prayer time before we left.
Prayer time before we left.

We would appreciate prayer for this weekend: for our hearts as we share, and for those attending. We are looking forward to meeting some of you!

Sarah for all the rest

Pre-First Day of School

Tuesday night I greatly enjoyed putting out the children’s school surprises at their places at the table for them to discover when they awoke on our pre-first day of school the next day.

School Surprises
More School Surprises

During my one-on-one meeting with each of the school-age children on that pre-first day of school, we go over all they need to know and get set up for their new school year. In our new book, Managers of Their Schools, we go into much more detail about our pre-first day of school.

Anna and Mom's School Meeting
Jesse and Mom's School Meeting

As we begin our twenty fourth year of homeschooling, we are grateful that the Lord has allowed us to continue to homeschool our children. Four have graduated, and we have four more to go.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

Trusting in Jesus,

“It’s Easy Once You Know It”

We now have the motor home back after having a structural issue investigated, the roof raised, and new windows installed. The old windows couldn’t open while moving, but they were a great way to get big items loaded into the motor home because they could be unlatched and swung fully open. After having the roof raised on the bus, we needed to put everything back inside so it would be ready for our upcoming trip.

Doesn’t look like “home sweet home on-the-road” yet.
Doesn’t look like “home sweet home on-the-road” yet.

All the bus “ole timers” tell us that removing and replacing the windshield is a quick and easy job. You just peel off a piece of rubber and then lift out the glass. Then the new one goes in, just as easily. Well, it’s easy once you know it.

Monday we gathered for the big event, and a friend wanted to come over to watch the “show.” With no little effort we were finally successful in getting the glass out so the loading process could begin. We were relatively pleased with the progress and anticipated a reasonable conclusion.

We need more tools. This isn’t going in like it was supposed to!
We need more tools. This isn’t going like it was supposed to!
Working on taking the windshield out.
Working on taking the windshield out.
Out comes the windshield.
Out comes the windshield.
Feeding Uriah our furniture.
Feeding Uriah our furniture.
Still hungry for more.
Still hungry for more.
We are so very grateful to have a refrigerator finally after using a cooler for so long.
We are so very grateful to have a refrigerator finally after using a cooler for so long.

Once all the large items were in, we began the process of putting the glass back in. Unfortunately, it didn’t go back in as smoothly as everyone had said it would. We tried and tried to get the glass edges to fit back into the rubber gasket we had just taken it out of. It became obvious that it needed to be slid in with a bit of force.

As the collective muscle force was applied to push a resistant glass into position, there was a loud “pop,” and we all stood there looking at a poor imitation of a windshield.

Well that was Monday and the only thing to do was begin the search for another windshield on Tuesday. We also were taking the bus in on Tuesday to a bus line that was going to do a bit of work for us, and I was hoping they would have a windshield.

Dropping Uriah off, we found out that they didn’t have a windshield, and so I began phoning other local sources. Thankfully, again, the Lord provided. A brother who owns a coach line had a windshield he would sell us, and he was only an hour away.

However, one other problem is that our family has a Honda Civic, and transporting new glass would be impossible unless I strapped it to the roof. Hmm. I wasn’t “brave” enough to try that so we needed to borrow Grandad’s older car that has a huge trunk. Off John and I went to pick up the glass and deliver it to the shop where it would be installed.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Thank You, Lord Jesus.

In Christ Jesus,

Our Upcoming Trip’s Itinerary

We thought you may enjoy seeing a visual representation of our upcoming trip itinerary. We’ll be traveling 8,000+ miles, and would love to see any of you that can make it to a conference! Make sure you say “Hi!”

Fall 2008 Conference Locations






BSept. 5-6Jefferson City, MissouriWeekend ConferenceView the Detailed Information
CSept. 12-13Oklahoma City, OKWeekend ConferenceView the Detailed Information
DSept. 15Elk City, OKSingle Evening ConferenceView the Detailed Information
ESept. 18Jonesboro, ARSingle Evening ConferenceView the Detailed Information
FSept. 19-20Memphis, TNWeekend ConferenceView the Detailed Information
GSept. 22Huntsville, ALSingle Evening ConferenceView the Detailed Information
HSept. 23Panama City, FLSingle Evening ConferenceView the Detailed Information
ISept. 26-27Charlottesville, VAWeekend ConferenceView the Detailed Information
Moncton, New BrunswickWeekend ConferenceView the Detailed Information
KOct. 6Magog, QuebecSingle Evening ConferenceView the Detailed Information
LOct. 10-11Shelby, North CarolinaWeekend ConferenceView the Detailed Information
MOct. 13Somerset, KYSingle Evening ConferenceView the Detailed Information
NOct. 14Lowell, INSingle Evening ConferenceView the Detailed Information
OOct. 15Plain City, OHSingle Evening ConferenceView the Detailed Information
POct. 16Flint, MISingle Evening ConferenceView the Detailed Information
QOct. 17-18Straffordville, OntarioWeekend ConferenceView the Detailed Information

Behind the Scenes (ChorePacks)

Trip preparations are well under way (we’ll have to post more on that later!), and one thing we needed to do was snap ChorePacks. The ChorePacks are included with the Managers of Their Chores book, and we snap each strap onto the individual ChorePack. We like to snap the ChorePacks as a family, and we have a wonderful time talking. Friday night we had guests, and we realized this would be a perfect opportunity to snap ChorePacks while we talked with our guests.

Jesse, enjoying the conversation, as he lays another ChorePack down.


Our guests wanted to snap too. 🙂 John and Mr. L. had a grand time,
and together they accomplished many ChorePacks!


Dad and Mom are a great team!

Mrs. L and Anna – another great team!



Christopher is a “fast snapper”!

 Joseph is another great snapper!

 My job is to place the ChorePacks in copy paper boxes and layer them neatly.
When we compile the ChorePack Kits, the ChorePacks
will be easy to access. I also keep everyone supplied with materials. 🙂