If Only You Knew…

What a JOY our little fellowship of believers is 🙂 . I took some pictures last week (and one picture is from the week before), and I thought we’d share them with ya’ll.

Joseph and Jesse are our faithful sound guys. Sound is very important to the elderly being able to hear :-) . Joseph and Jesse set up each week and then tear down afterwards.
Joseph and Jesse are our faithful sound guys. Sound is very important to the elderly being able to hear 🙂 . Joseph and Jesse set up each week and then tear down afterwards.
We all love to chat with the elderly before and after the service. Here is John talking with one lady who is a faithful attendee!
We all love to chat with the elderly before and after the service. Here is John talking with one lady who is a faithful attendee!
See the look on his face?! Well, he was talking to Miss Abigail, who delights, to no end, the hearts of those there. He has faithfully prayed for Abigail!
See the look on his face?! Well, he was talking to Miss Abigail, who delights--to no end--the hearts of those there. He has faithfully prayed for Abigail!
Abigail gives a grin to the man pictured right before this. Often, we children will sing a hymn as a special music, and if Abigail is up there, the elderly dont care how we sound. She steals the show.
Abigail gives a grin to the man pictured right before this. Often, we children will sing a hymn as a special music, and if Abigail is up there, the elderly don't care how we sound. She steals the "show."
This man loves our Lord Jesus, and he was a preacher for many years.
This man loves our Lord Jesus, and he was a preacher for many years.
Joseph packing away the sound system.
Joseph packing away the sound system.
Jesse :-)
Jesse 🙂
Mary and Anna with another sweet friend
Mary and Anna with another sweet friend

Sarah for the family

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalms 107:7-9).

A Bright Spot in Their Day

Our family took Tuesday to drive up to Omaha to visit Gram, Daddy’s mom, who lives in an assisted living facility. We planned to play/sing for the people there right after lunch. We were happy to take Uriah out, after being home for a few weeks 🙂 .

Right after lunch, Dad suggested some of the family get their instruments out and start playing them, and maybe the elderly would stay around. So, the children set to work, tuning up and preparing. You would think from this picture we were getting ready for a patriotic program, but we weren't :-). That was just where Anna happened to be when I took the picture.
Anna

Right after lunch, Dad suggested some of the family get their instruments out and start playing them, and maybe the elderly would stay around. So, the children set to work, tuning up and preparing.

Tuning up! That duct tape you see is to hold the strap on. Apparently the peg came out, and this is the most efficient way to keep it on!
Tuning up! That duct tape you see is to hold the strap on. Apparently the peg came out, and this is the most efficient way to keep it on!
An elderly man enjoying the music!
An elderly man enjoying the music!
Singing!
Singing!
A side shot. We all wore denim shirts, and we got pretty hot. You begin to wonder if it is just YOU overheating, until one of the boys mentioned that it was 77 in the room. That is right, elderly like it warm :-) .
A side shot. We all wore denim shirts, and we got pretty hot. You begin to wonder if it is just YOU overheating, until one of the boys quietly mentions that it is 77 in the room. That's right, elderly like it warm 🙂 .
The children sang One Day at a Time and Because He Lives, two songs they have done for dear friends funerals. Daddy is sitting in front with Gram, who was very glad we were there doing music!
The children sang One Day at a Time and Because He Lives, two songs they have done for dear friends' funerals. Daddy is sitting in front with Gram, who was very glad we were there doing music!
Several of the girls who helped there took time to sit and listen.
Several of the girls who helped there took time to sit and listen.
Jesse playing his hammer dulcimer.
Jesse playing his hammer dulcimer.
What a delight to bring joy to their lives!
What a delight to bring joy to their lives!
Afterward, Christopher talked to a man who had driven Greyhoud buses for 57 years--wow!
Afterward, Christopher talked to a man who had driven Greyhound buses for 57 years--wow!

What a joy it is to bring joy 🙂 . Truly, our hearts were blessed. It’s only three hours to Omaha, so we made the trip just a day trip, and we were back to normal things again on Wednesday.

Sarah for the rest

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

Black vs Stainless Steel Followup

All the information concerning black and stainless steel appliances was very helpful, and we are grateful that you would share your experience with us. Based on what we have read and our personal preference for stainless steel, we are planning to shop for stainless steel appliances on Monday. We will look into the “clean steel,” but we already know that the range we are getting (a GE with two ovens in it) only comes in the regular stainless steel.

When I read through your experiences, I was feeling like it was a toss up–some preferred black and some stainless steel. I went over to spend some time with Abigail on Wednesday, and Melanie told me she thought from the blog posts that we would pick stainless steel. I asked her why that was. She said, “Well, there were many people who had stainless steel and love their appliances but no one that loved their black ones.” I thought that was very insightful reading. Then she asked, “What color do you and Dad prefer?” My response was, “Stainless steel.”

From reading your blog posts and you telling me how you clean your stainless steel appliances, I think I am prepared to take care of the stainless steel when we get moved in and begin using them–assuming the Lord does’t change our hearts between now and our purchase.

“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established” (Proverbs 15:22).

Trusting Jesus,
Teri

Appliances: Black or Stainless Steel?

We could use some input from the experience of those of you who read our blog. On Monday, Steve and I will be shopping for our appliances. We are choosing between stainless steel and black. Either would look good in our kitchen. We would go with stainless steel except for everyone saying that they are hard to keep clean, and they would never want them with a large family.

For those who have stainless steel, what do you think of them? How do they look on a daily basis? How often do you clean them and with what?

What about those same questions for those with black appliances?

Has anyone had both colors and had a basis of comparison between the two?

As we prayerfully make this decision, we could be grateful for whatever we could glean from your personal experience with black and stainless steel appliances.

Trusting Jesus,

Teri

Except the Lord Build the House

Two Years Ago (almost to the day)

Joseph and Dad measuring for the house! (Remember you can click on each picture we post to enlarge it.)
Joseph and Dad measuring for the house! (Remember you can click on each picture we post to enlarge it.)
Wow, what a difference two years has made!
Wow, what a difference two years has made!

One Year Ago

Right before our conference in Perryton, Texas last February, the project was spackling (or another word for knock-down or texture) the walls upstairs. It was a hot, tiring job!
Right before our conference in Perryton, Texas last February, the project was spraying the texture on the walls upstairs. It was a messy, tiring job!
Jesse and John mixing up the goo!
Jesse and John mixing up the goo!

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Now, the house is almost done! We are possibly a month away from moving in :-). Here are some recent pictures.

John and Joseph recently got cell phones, and it is amazing how often we need to call each other. We do not have a land-line phone at the new house yet.
It's amazing how often we need to call each other!
Dad has spent countless hours painting--and he still has more to go. Everyone chose their own room colors, and some had multiple to add variety, so it became quite complex :-) .
Dad has spent countless hours painting--and he still has more to go. Everyone chose their own room colors, and some had multiple to add variety, so it became quite complex 🙂 .
The girls cleaned for awhile at the house today.
The girls cleaned for awhile at the house today.
Mom and we girls brought fabric over to the new house, and starting setting up our little sewing area. A bonus in the new house is a sewing area for us girls!
Mom and we girls brought fabric over to the new house, and starting setting up our little sewing area. A bonus in the new house is a sewing area!
Joseph is more of our master craftsmen with an eye for detail and creativity. He designed our fireplace, and he has spent many hours diligently working on it!
Joseph is our master craftsman with an eye for detail and creativity. He designed our fireplace mantle, and he has spent many hours diligently working on it!

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalms 127:1).

You Do What You Have to Do

There are times when one has to go through some gyrations to get at some hard to reach spot to get the work done. (The picture was taken on a cell phone, due to the fact that another camera wasn't handy at the moment!)

“They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war…” (Joel 2:7)