Florida Osprey

Florida Osprey
The osprey is a bird of prey that primarily eats a diet of fish, and we saw a number of osprey near the guest house. This one was not very interested in posing for a picture! About a block from the guest house there was an active osprey nest.

And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes,
and birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. (Luke 9:58)

Osprey on a branch
From a distance, the osprey can look similar to a bald eagle; one significant difference is the dark stripe near the eyes.

Blessings

Our hearts are again overwhelmed as we reflect back on this weekend’s conference. We are grateful to each family who took their precious time to attend. Thursday night, Dad spoke to a small leadership group and encouraged them in their roles and how the Lord would have them to fulfill that position.

Friday afternoon Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary set up the sound system for the music. Dinner was provided by the homeschool group who hosted the conference before the evening began (thank you!).

The coordinator surprised me with a birthday cake Friday night! My birthday was earlier this week, and many people made it special through the last few weeks :-) .
The coordinator surprised me with a birthday cake Friday night! My birthday was earlier this week, and many people have made it special through the last few weeks 🙂 .

We all enjoyed being able to share again with families through the hour of music and testimonies. The delight and joy on the faces of those listening is always a blessing.

Christopher gives out tracts after each Evangelism session, and the children are very grateful for them.
Christopher gives out tracts after each Evangelism session, and the children are very grateful for them.

Quite a few families drove several hours to be able to come, and we were honored that one couple came as a celebration for their 4th wedding anniversary! Many dads and moms talked to our Dad and Mom after each session, asking specific questions on how to apply the teaching and concepts to their own personal situations and challenges. The young people also interacted with us, and we had many good conversations.

Brothers
Brothers
Christopher and some new friends.
Christopher and some new friends.
Daddy
Daddy
We had lots of help carrying things out after the conference. Thank you!
We had lots of help carrying things out after the conference. Thank you!
Another helper!
Another helper!
John is our master loader :-) .
John is our load master 🙂 .

We look forward to our last three conferences this week: Charleston, Savannah, and Snellville (Atlanta).

Sarah for the family

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. ” (1 Peter 5:7)

Manatees, God’s Amazing Creation

What an incredible gift it was to see the manatees up close. The first group of us set out Wednesday morning, and we came upon some fishermen, who told us that the manatees were in that area. We stopped and watched, and were thrilled to see them come up to surface. We watched for a little while, before heading back. Mom stayed at the house, while Dad and Christopher joined us.

It was a beautiful
It was a beautiful, crisp Florida day.
The first sighting of a manatee was by Joseph right near our river house. I was upstairs trying to find Mom's cell phone, and I stepped out on the balcony, and they said they had seen one. It was a perfect view from where I was, and Dad brought me a camera. (The manatee is right under the light pole.)
Here we are at the manatee "hole", and we experienced the thrill of having them swim right next to you, or under you, which makes one a little nervous.
When Christopher told me there was a manatee close by, I don't think I realized just how close and how big this guy was!
Here comes one!
Here Jesse (on the left) and John (on the right) are petting one right between their boats!
Joseph petting a manatee.
Mary was able to pet one right next to the boat!
Mary was able to pet one right next to the boat!
Our faithful brothers who helped us get our boats into the water.

We are so grateful to the family who loaned us the river house. We truly were blessed by our family time there and having the experience of the manatees.

Sarah for the rest

“I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.” (Psalms 145:5)

The First Conference Report

We had a great start to our conferences on this trip with a good group of families attending the Spring Hill, Florida evening conference. We have been praying about and discussing whether to continue doing two of our songs at the end of the evening because it usually pushes us a little past our preferred 9:30 ending time. The coordinator suggested we do the music because she felt it would be an encouragement to the young people in attendance. We were also treated to complimentary meals at Chick-Fil- A during our stay in Spring Hill, which we were able to take advantage of twice. Both times the food was delicious, and we all enjoyed it. “Eat mor chikin!”

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri (the manatee post is coming soon!)

Christopher has a way of capturing wonderful photos :-) . He took this photo of a brother and a sister.
Christopher has a way of capturing wonderful photos 🙂 . He took this photo of a brother and a sister.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him” (Psalms 28:7).

A Day to Remember

Just one picture of many taken today on a little river inlet as we ventured out in kayaks. More will be coming! Any guesses as to what this creature is?!
Just one picture of many taken today on a little river inlet as we ventured out in kayaks. More will be coming! Any guesses as to what this is?!

(A conference update will also be coming soon.)

Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11).

A River House, Twirling, and Kayaks

This morning Steve and I had a most delightful walk together – twirling. That is our name for a walk where we can’t walk out to a destination and back but rather walk cul-de-sacs, dead ends, or hotel parking lots. Usually twirling walks are not our favorite kinds of walks, but this morning’s twirling walk was wonderful.

We have been blessed by being allowed to stay our three nights in the Spring Hill, Florida area, in the river house that belongs to a kind family who offered it for our use. This house is directly facing a river inlet near the Gulf, which is a great delight to our family from Kansas.

Right now most of the family is enjoying the kayaks provided for visitors’ use. I was happy to stay at the house to take photos of the kayakers and write a blog post. Our morning walk was up and down the little streets that line the fingers of the river inlet.

Steve and Mary heading out.
Steve and Mary heading out.
There they go!
There they go!
Out on the river...
Out on the river...

Although Steve spoke several times at the church in Arkansas, tonight is our first normal evening conference night. We are excited to be once again sharing what the Lord has put on our hearts with which to encourage other families.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalms 1:2-3).