It’s Out!

Working on….

It's been quite the project ... and a mess to get the rusted part out ...
There were four hard bolts to remove, and the last one (of course) was almost impossible. John persevered, along with creative help from Dad, and it finally came loose. What you see here is the bolt "smoking," after being heated red-hot and then cooling it off. If you click into the picture, you can see the rusted part right above the smoke.
Working to get it lifted out after everything was loose.
It's free and clear!
Victory! Praise the Lord!

“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all” (1 Chronicles 29:11).

36 Weeks

Praise the Lord!

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

With week 36 flowers!

Lil' Big Sister

Bus Work

Despite the heat this week, bus work began in earnest. John tackled the project of putting on our bus muffler. We never posted about it on the blog, but the Lord protected us from losing the muffler on the last trip. We ended up having to take it off somewhere on our way to Niagara Falls, and we definitely sounded like one loud bus/truck after that. We so glad to have that muffler back on. It was very difficult to reattach and install new supports, but John persevered, and it’s now in place!


Next project: a few weeks ago, John discovered two main support for the tag axle (the last axle) had rusted through. We are grateful for the welding experience the Lord has given Dad and John although fixing this will be beyond their current abilities. It’s going to be a process to fix, but with the Lord’s help, we should be able to get it done. We’ll be sure to document the process with pictures!

Tire problems? No... But it was necessary to take off a tire to gain access to the tag axle support.
Having a discussion about the process of fixing the problem (Dad and John are sitting inside the wheel well).

There has already been some success. A broken toilet modified (turns out is was defective from the factory) and an electrical challenge that the Lord provided the answer to. We hope to have real blinds soon as even with air conditioning it gets quite warm up front. The blinds should help in keeping the sun out and since we’re traveling west and south this fall, that is important. In the midst of this, sewing is about to begin for the wedding. 🙂

Sarah for the rest

“Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house” (Proverbs 24:27).

Jumper Patterns and Information

A recent blog comment asked for more information concerning the jumpers that we sew. Most of the jumpers aren’t too difficult to make if you have some sewing experience. We usually purchase our fabric from JoAnn’s when they are having a sale, or we have coupons we can use. We buy fabric from the calico section.

If you are interested in learning to sew, here is a link to a Mom’s Corner that I wrote about teaching my girls to sew. It references a resource we have used and like for some basics on learning to sew. There is much information on the Internet about sewing, and you could research in your community for local sewing classes.

As far as altering the patterns, we will leave out a zipper if we think we can get the jumper to go on over our heads. When we do that, we simply sew up the seam where the zipper would go. We add length to the pattern. Because most patterns come with several sizes on them, we trace the size we need onto tissue paper, taping pieces of tissue paper together for the skirts, and labeling each piece after we trace and cut it out.

Concerning the fit, we simply experiment. If it doesn’t fit one of us, it might fit another, although we are all pretty close in size. If it is too big, we will take in the seams. If it is too small, we are in trouble.  If we haven’t serged the seams, we can let it out.

Here are the pattern numbers for some of our more recent jumpers:

  • McCalls #3129. This jumper takes a little more skill than a simple A-line would. We do not put in the zipper on this jumper. Because there is no zipper, we wait to sew up the back seam where the zipper would be until we have the facing attached.
  • Simplicity #5917 is a very simple pattern. It is quick and easy! It’s no longer being produced, but you can often find it being sold on the Internet.

McCalls #3129
Simplicity #5917

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands” (Proverbs 31:13).

Gearing Up

We’re gearing up for our next stop: Boise, Idaho, August 20th and 21st. Even though it’s still four weeks out, there is bus work to be done, music practice to squeeze in after dinner and Bible time, Titus2 projects, and many other items. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share, and we’re grateful for our dear friends who are hosting the conference.

Please join us in praying for our hearts as we prepare and for the Lord to bring those families who could be encouraged and blessed in our Lord Jesus.

Sarah for the rest

Our great banjo player.

“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:13).