Wednesday morning dawned, and we were planning on heading on to Spokane. Nathan had dropped by the bus to give us some things. Then he and Dad talked, and they decided that we would have another family day. We were going to go hiking! We didn’t need to get to Spokane until Friday, and so they decided that we would delay our departure a little. We had a wonderful hike as we enjoyed the beautiful scenery as well as much chatter.

Nathan surprised us with donuts for breakfast which we all enjoyed.

Abigail rode on her daddy’s back for a while!
Aside from a little mud jumping, the path was nice as we wound around the trees.

We met a biker with two Golden Retrievers. Abby always loves dogs, and so she was delighted with these two.

“I’m wearing my uncle’s sunglasses!”

Abby enjoying some hiking herself.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.” (Galatians 5:22)

In Christ,

Port Orchard Conference

Our conference in Port Orchard on Tuesday went very well. Christopher and Anna Marie showed up at the beginning of the evening for a little while, and it was wonderful to see the cute married couple again. It was a joy to see friends we had seen at the wedding and at church and also to visit with some old friends that we had met at other conferences.

“But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.” (Psalms 68:3)

In Christ,

Monday’s pictures

The plan had been that we would go to Northwest Trek with Nathan, Melanie, and the girls on Monday, but when we arrived here in Washington we had heard that it was not open on the day that we wanted to visit it. On Sunday, during the message the pastor used a illustration of some of the lions that were at the Olympic Game Farm. We made note of that in our minds and then later looked it up. We decided that it would be a perfect place to go in the bus as a family.

The Game Farm was a wonderful outing. Abigail was thrilled to see the animals and the bus was alive as everyone fed the animals from the windows. The first animals we were greeted by were the lamas, and Abigail enjoyed feeding them bread. After that, we drove through the park, enjoying the elk, bears, rhino, wolves, and many other. We had a wonderful family day, and everyone was so grateful for the time we spent together.

"Hurray," Abigail said as we arrived at what she calls the zoo.
Here is our "greeter" coming towards the bus.Â
Even the driver was feeding the llamas!


Nathan feeding the bison. He said the bison's tongue felt like 80 grit sandpaper.Â

In Christ,

“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” (Genesis 2:19)

Behind, I Know

Let me assure you, it’s not that we’re doing nothing, we are staying busy :-). The blog content and photos just continue to accumulate, so watch over the next few days as we catch you up on what we’ve been doing. We’re preparing to begin sharing wedding pictures not to mention pictures from our times with Nathan and Melanie on Monday and today, and a conference last night in Port Orchard. We are going to head for Spokane tomorrow, where we’ll be doing a weekend conference Friday night and Saturday. Beyond that, we aren’t sure if we’ll go straight home, or if we’ll go a bit more slowly home, stopping to hike at a national park on the way back. Time will tell!

Tonight, though, we had a rare opportunity. We’ve been parked at an RV park here in the Port Orchard area for a week now, and the caretakers expressed interest in hearing our music. So, tonight at 7, the guys did an informal “practice”, and a number of folks came out to listen. It was a blessing to share with them!

Until later,


“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him” (Psalms 28:7).