Getting ready!

In the midst of trip preparations, we’ve also been busy with lots of wedding sewing! We have almost completed the bridesmaids dresses, and Mary finished Abby’s flower girl dress yesterday. Through sewing these dresses, we have learned many new sewing skills! Things like the laser level have come in handy for our sewing. Just recently we used it to help with the hemming of one of the dresses. Meanwhile, the boys have been working on getting the bus ready for our travels south. Our air conditioning on the bus hasn’t been working very well, so Joseph has been working on the ductwork to make it more efficient.

Using the laser level to hem up the dress! This picture is showing "the setup". We had to have the person who was getting their dress hemmed stand on books until the line was on the correct spot where we wanted the hem. If we wanted it longer, then we would add more books. If shorter, then we would remove a book or two too the stack.
In this picture, the dress is covering the books that she's standing on! Mom placed the pins on the line that the laser level marked. Then she folded the fabric up to where the pins were - making the hem... Afterwards, we completed the hem by sewing it in.
All the little detail work = many hours of hand sewing!
Mary did a wonderful job making the flower girl dress.
Joseph has been working on fixing our air conditioning in the bus! He has been quite the mastermind to figure out what was going on.
John has been working on the mechanical side of the bus. He does a great job at keeping Ole' Uriah running.
Lord willing, we'll be leaving Thursday. Right now we have an air leak that causes the bus to lean when we stop. We have earnestly begun praying the Lord would reveal where the leak is. Would you please pray with us?

Anna

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Managers of Their Homes

Almost daily in our mail, we receive testimonies from moms who have gained new hope from Managers of Their Homes. This one today, touched me, and I wanted to share it as an encouragement to what the Lord is doing and also as a prayer request for this dear missionary wife, who is facing challenging situations.

—Sarah

“I’ve been wondering how to get organized since I met organized people in college fifteen years ago, and only now are the pieces starting to come together, thanks to your book. I’m looking at how to get started homeschooling my two kids, with outreach ministries, a husband with cancer, and no family or other homeschoolers around in this foreign (to me) country. To me, it looks like a mountain–huge–but your book is helping break things down into manageable steps. I know the Lord has answered prayer and is meeting a great need for me through your book. We look forward to seeing good results in our home & ministry on this mission field. Thank you so much for your faithfulness! May I learn to be as faithful! –A missionary wife”

“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully”
(1 Timothy 5:14).

God’s Faithfulness

For many months now, our family has been having a weekly prayer time on Sunday evenings. It usually takes an hour to go around the room as we pour our hearts out to the Lord. Recently, Mom began keeping a journal on her computer of what the prayer needs were. She reads whatever the requests had been the week before, and then we discuss what the answers are that we’ve seen. Then, we share new requests. Amazingly, week after week, we see answer after answer filling in. It has opened my eyes to how many things the Lord has answered, and how ungrateful I’ve been in the past!

Are you aware of all the Lord is doing in your life? If not, maybe you would be blessed to begin a family prayer journal! I remember one request heavy on all our hearts Sunday night, and the Lord answered it quickly. Praise the Lord!

We did have another stop just confirmed yesterday, Crawfordville, Florida, for Tuesday, September 21st. Crawfordville is about 30 minutes south of Tallahassee. We have another stop possibly pending as well.

And yes, what’s a blog post without pictures? Those middle-of-the-night driving-through-the-night, though, are the ones I can’t quite get a good picture. We had an old, dead tree fall over this morning, so Jesse and Joseph took care of it. It was Jesse’s first time with the chainsaw.

Sarah

“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. 90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth” (Psalms 119:89-90).

Jesse
Joseph
A powerful tool