The Weekend

It was a warm, Friday afternoon for set up, but there were many helpers to move around chairs and set up rooms.

Who is this, and what is the person doing?
Friday night dinner--a family, who reads the blog and has come to two of our other conferences, provided dinner for us.
Friday night's music

With excitement, we shared through music and testimony. I love watching families as they enjoy the music!

Cute little guy enjoying music.
Building a Vision

Then, Saturday morning arrived. After a good night’s sleep, we were refreshed and ready to begin our day. It’s our goal to be in the church, setting up at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, which allows us enough time to get things set and not be rushed :-).

I enjoyed watching vehicle after vehicle roll into the parking lot and families unload and come in. The sessions in the morning went by quickly, and with fifteen-minute breaks, we stay busy at the book tables and those who are speaking getting to the next session. It was a delight to see so many little children and babies: of every size, age, and temperament :-).

Dad and Mom were blessed to talk with many moms and dads after the conference.

Hearts were open and receptive, and it was such a blessing to speak to these families! We saw several families we’ve seen before and met many new friends (including Moody fans :-)).


A mommy with her little ones.
Hearts Session
A twin
Preparing Sons
Father and Daughter
Listening to John and Anna's session
A familiar sight at a conference
Jesse helping at the book tables.
The busy foyer
Little girl
Winding down
A father brought his two children over and wanted us to share what life is like without TV, because he was planning to get rid of theirs! Praise the Lord! Joseph offered much encouragement.
We met friends of friends :-).
We ended the evening at our coordinator's house with dinner and family Bible time.

Tonight, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be sharing with a church in music, testimony, and preaching.


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

7 thoughts on “The Weekend”

  1. I believe the top picture to be Christopher on his lap top talking to Anna.

    Yes, you’re right! 🙂

  2. Enjoyed this update and pictures! Continued prayers as you travel and minister to others for our Lord.
    Blessings from Georgia, Patti M. 🙂

  3. I love seeing the pictues from and hearing all the memories you make at your conferences. I also loved your picture of Joseph talking to the children about life without a TV, as this is something we are working on, slowly but surely. It stays off all day long and Phil watches the 11pm news and the History channel (no more sports:). You have no idea what a HUGE step this is and I am thankful for God’s blessing at the ease in which it is has happened.

    It’s little steps, but they are in the right direction.

    I am eager for your Washington conference and hope to get to hear the family sing this time. Still praying for a CD:)

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari
    Praise the Lord, Mrs. Mari! We look forward to seeing you to.

    On the CD, after the wedding, there’s a window of time, and there will be a concentrated effort to try to make that happen! 🙂


  4. Thank you for coming to the Austin area! 🙂 And thank you for responding to the Lord’s call upon your family to encourage other families to truly love the Lord and live lives dedicated to redeeming the time in order to serve Him wholeheartedly. Thank you for your humble exhortation and your openness to share from your own growth areas. Keeping all of you in prayer as you travel and meet more families. Be encouraged to press on . . . the Lord is good!
    Thank you so much for sharing!! Praise the Lord!

  5. Thankyou so much for coming to Austin! I really enjoyed the conference and have really enjoyed putting a home schedule together for me and my little ones. The “twin” you photographed is one of mine, Sofia:) I love your photography, you do really nice work!

    Katie M.
    Thanks for the note :-). We were blessed to have been there! Your twins were so sweet. Sarah

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