Preparations, Pictures from Wednesday

Pictures: from Wednesday! Major preparation day.

4:57--time to get up and exercise.
Bible time next!
We had a delivery to arrive around 9 a.m., so Mary made cookies in the midst of everything else to give to them!
Although we didn't have a garden this year, John bought several jalapeno plants, and we've enjoyed the spicy peppers to put in cheese dip :-).
The bus needed to be loaded. Jesse's giving a hard pull, and Joseph is giving an equally hard push.
Some still had computer work to do.
Many things to pack.
Audios to compile.
It was easy to find someone to hold Bethany.
Tiny fingers on an uncle's finger.

The day was chock-full of packing, loading the bus, mowing the lawn, running errands, bringing things over to our friends’ who ship orders while we’re away, and many other items as we prepared to leave.

But, what a relief it was to climb into the bus and be on our way!

Thank you for praying–we are so grateful. We are stopped here in Denton, Texas, for the night, and we’ll drive the last few hours tomorrow to Buda (outside of Austin).


“He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved” (Psalms 62:2).

We’re On Our Way

Ah, after many hours of preparation, we are excited to be on the road again! We left around noon, and we will drive until about 8:45 tonight. We are looking forward to this weekend’s conference in Austin.

More pictures to follow later today.



“Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield” (Psalms 33:20).

Three more hours till…

…blast off!! We have been packing, packing, and yet still more packing. Lord willing, we will be hitting the road around noon. We’ll update more once we’re on the road, but for now here’s a few pictures from last night!

Everyone loves to hold little Bethany!

In Christ,

“O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD,
all the earth.” (Psalms 96:1)

Encouraging Each Other

We received this e-mail earlier this week.
Hello from Chile!

We are a missionary family serving in Northern Chile, South America.  We have many of your books and have used MOTH for several years.  I am writing to let you know that today our family attended a multi-denominational worship service in a very small village in the Andean foothills.  During the singing time, they were using a Powerpoint presentation and a picture of your family – with the Golden Retriever in the middle of you – holding hands and praying in front of a “Families for Jesus” trailer flashed up on the screen! Since we are familiar with your products and blog, I was so excited (and rather surprised!).
Just wanted to let you know that your family is bearing witness to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ even in Chile!

Many blessings,
Bryan & Deana


It has been our custom to pray like that before our trips. Not only do we want the Lord’s protection and blessing on our trips, but we do want our neighbors to know that we are crying out to our Lord for His mercy while we travel. Then by sharing it on the blog we hope to encourage other families to have a public testimony in your neighborhoods as well. I do admit that we were surprised to learn that God chose to use that photo in a very small village in Chile to encourage others.
May we all be salt and light in everything we do.

“To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand” (2 Corinthians 10:16).

Family time!

Sunday, we were able to go on a walk together as a family. Sadly, Melanie and Bethany weren’t able to come with us, but they met us at GiGi and Grandad’s house after the walk for more talking time. We treasure our time together before we leave for our next trip.

It was a beautiful evening with a refreshing breeze.
Walking, talking, laughing, and just enjoying each other!
"I love to go on walks!"
Sometimes my uncles do "uncle things", and then I laugh and giggle.

"I like to run!"
"And other times I like to take BIG steps!"

In Christ,

“…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)