Driving On

It’s now 11 p.m., and we’re still driving :-). Dad felt led to continue on tonight, so that’s what we’re doing. John is sleeping so that he can drive when Dad get’s too tired. Having 2 drivers is very nice! We would appreciate prayer as we travel through the night, with an estimated arrival time back home around 7 a.m.

Sarah

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psalms 91:4).

The Conference

I love my family 🙂

This weekend’s Christ-Led Family conference was another incredible blessing. We’ve missed being on the road and giving conferences the last few months.

The Lord brought a wonderful group out for Friday evening, and we were thrilled to share. We were able to do more songs, since this was a longer session.

Saturday dawned bright and early for many of us who had last minute details for workshops and other responsibilities.

Dad and Mom gave Harnessing the Power of a Team together for the first time. Dad’s been giving this new session by himself previously due to the lack of time to make it so they could do it together. They spent much time on Friday working on it, and the Lord really had His hand on that session. It went very well!

Singing....
Talking afterward...
Joseph with some little boys
Friday Evening
Signs directing people where to go (thanks for all you did, Mr. & Mrs. D).
Keepers at Home
The Young Men's Session
Giving the Anger Session

The balloon session was a highlight for the children. Due to a memorable first-time experience, we have now learned the lesson of splitting the young people/children into two groups: one 10 and under, and the other 10 and up. To prepare for this session, many, many balloons were pumped up the hour before the session since there isn’t time to prepare hundreds of balloons at the moment they’re needed. Christopher led the older group while Joseph led the other group with help from several young adults. Joseph did a great job, and the Lord gave him an incredible idea to clean up the inevitable popped balloons: every child, as they were leaving, needed to pick up five pieces of balloon. The clean up was taken care of in an exciting way for the children :-).

Mary and Anna pumping up balloons in preparation for the session.
Jesse
It was quite a team pumping up balloons!
Jonathan
Balloons
Helping...
Showing the balloons she'd made.
The older children's balloon session
Lunch time.
CathyJo and Mary
A surprise birthday cake was purchased by our dear friends, whom we had stayed with.
Listening.
Dad and Mom giving the Team session.
Dwelling Together in Unity, A Practical Example
Attentively listening.
Packing up
Some of the packing out crew.

Sarah for the rest

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalms 90:12).

Driving

The driving is going well–we passed Rock Springs, Wyoming a while ago. I thought ya’ll might enjoy a recent picture! Conference report will be posted next.

We love seeing these windmills.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind” (Psalms 104:1-3).

On Our Way Home

After a delightful week in Idaho, we had to say good-bye to our dear friends and head home. Home for just a little while, as we will only be home for a bit over two weeks before we head off again for two weeks. Lots to do in the meantime! 🙂

We have some blogging to catch up on; we’ll be doing that as we’re able!

We would be grateful for your prayers as we make the trek back home!

Sarah for the rest

Praying before we left.

“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety” (Psalms 4:8).

An Old Mining Town

Anna, CathyJo, Sarah, and Mary

On Thursday, our friends took us to a little “city” up in the Owyhee Mountains. Dad and Christopher stayed behind (sadly, Dad would have enjoyed coming, but working on his sessions took top priority).

You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The surrounding countryside, covered with trees (including aspen), the mountains, the crisp blue skies with puffy clouds were just like Colorado. Thank You, Lord!

An old abandoned house!
Taking a break on our way up to Silver City, and we did some photos. Here's a running shot.
Entering Silver City, Idaho
Part of the town
Anna and Mary
The little town has a working hotel, with no electricity :-).
An old barn.
A picture-perfect day (truly!)
Looking inside the drugstore, which is being worked on. The only two buildings open to the public are the hotel/restaurant and a small gift shop.
Signs of the past...
Picture time.
Because of how much snow they receive in the winter, the buildings are struggling.
Situated on a mountain side.
My other buddy photographer :-).
The school building
The guys had hiked up a little ways, and then they called down and asked if they were at the top yet. Mr. D. was calling back...
At one point, the guys had stopped, so with my zoom lens, I was able to take their picture.
Mrs. D. and I had fun with pictures (she loves to take them), so we did a little off-trail hiking for pictures while we waited for the guys to come back.
Three Maxwell Brothers
Our view on the way back down.

We’ll be reporting on the conference in the next day or two!

Sarah

“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).

Happy Birthday, Mary!

We love you so much, Mary! We delight to see your love for the Lord and cheerful spirit. May you continue to grow to be a woman of God!

Mary

Happy 14th Birthday!

P.S. We would be grateful for your prayers for the conference today!

“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart” (Psalms 32:11).