It’s Been a Week

This week is fast winding down with many things having been accomplished and many yet to go, and the clock is ticking until departure time!

Tuesday, the guys had to replace another windshield. Sunday, as we were driving, several of us heard something small hit the windshield and hoped it wasn’t going to mean a crack. No one voiced what we’d heard until later, in the dark, Mom said something about hoping she wasn’t seeing a crack. Sure enough, the windshield had cracked and was spreading. The guys are getting to be experts in replacing windshields; it’s just a part of traveling. Windshields crack!

We may be adding a new stop to this next trip, not confirmed yet, but possibly a weekend conference in Spokane, October 29-30th.


Preparing to pull the old one out.
Working with the old one.
Our neighbor had come over to talk, so Joseph was talking while he waited.
The new one goes in.

“Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way” (Proverbs 23:19).

Hurray, Hurray, Let’s Celebrate!

That is what we were told that Abby said upon hearing of our arrival home! We enjoyed spending time with her yesterday.

It was a full day: unpacking, sorting through mail, and trying to catch up on things. We have quite a bit to accomplish over the next week, but we’re excited about the next “leg” of the trip. Thank you all for praying for us.

One incredible “praise the Lord” is that not one of us had a cold on this last trip, and considering how much we’re exposed to colds throughout the trip, it’s very amazing. A cold can make speaking and traveling a challenging proposition!

So, back to work, as there is much to do before the next trip!


Abby was happy to see everyone again.
Even though we were gone just 2 1/2 weeks, there was still a lot of mail to sort.
Lots to do, including grocery shopping.
Grandma holding Bethany.
Abby was happy to play with Aunt Anna.

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

Sunday Morning

It was an exciting opportunity to be able to share with other believers this morning in a church service. Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary ministered with several songs, and then Dad gave the message. The church was comprised of mainly elderly, and we felt right at home :-).

The church was having a picnic afterward, and they knew we were anxious to get on the road with a long drive ahead of us, but they graciously hurried us through the line so we could have lunch!

We are currently outside of St. Louis. 🙂


The morning started off with a pleasant man dropping off a box of donuts.
Here's little Isaiah again--enjoying the music!

“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).


We wrapped up another wonderful weekend, and we again feel so blessed to be able to share and minister with others. Friday night, the conference coordinator and another lady provided a delicious dinner.

Music went well, and then for the second half of the evening, Dad and Mom gave Building a Vision to the parents and Christopher shared What the Old Testament Kings Would Say to the Youth of Today to the young people.

Many couples came from quite a distance, and then there were also local families. There was an unusual number of babies and little children, which was sweet to see.

We look forward to our next weekend conference, October 8-9th, in Kirksville, Missouri, and the night before that, we’ll be doing a conference in Dixon, Illinois, October 7th.


Setting up Friday afternoon
Music Friday evening
Building a Vision
Christopher speaking to the youth
John was directing people where to go Saturday morning, and I was glad I had my camera with me. I loved the brick building in the background.
Dad and Mom speaking
I was on my way back to the parents' session, and I heard these three little guys--they were going to race.
How many days are there until the wedding? Just ask Christopher :-). I can't tell you the exact #, but I do know it's less than four weeks.
This family came all the way from coastal Georgia!
Mmmm, mmmmm, good. Little Isaiah was a star throughout the weekend, running here and there with boundless energy and a winning smile. He is a rescue "drug baby."

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).