Omaha’s Conference

I know this is long overdue, but Omaha was a great way to end our trip. Our coordinator did an excellent job of spreading the word, even though her conference was scheduled while we were on the trip. The group hosting the conference made us feel extremely welcome, and then they provided an incredible dinner of BBQ chicken on rolls, lots of side dishes, and even cinnamon rolls for breakfast the next morning. Thank you to all who helped! Several families came early to set up each of the rooms, which was also a blessing. Thank you!

An excellent group came out, on that cloudy, cool Monday evening. Between speaking and then keeping up with the book tables, which were busy, it was a fast-paced night. Hearts were again open, and we’ve heard from families who were blessed.

What a wonderful way to finish out the trip!

Sarah for the rest

One thing I noticed was the bright chairs. 🙂
Packin' up for the last time, well, for a few weeks! We had lots of practice, and it is always rewarding to do another load out.

“Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee” (Jeremiah 32:17).

Consider the Lilies

“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Luke 12:27).

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8).


What’s Happening?

At the Maxwell house, at 2:40 p.m.? I thought an interesting blog post would be to grab my camera, and then go around the house, taking a picture of whatever each of my family member’s is doing. So, here goes!

I found Anna helping to unload groceries. She and Mom also did grocery shopping for my grandparents, so Anna is loading up their groceries in their car.

Mom was also unloading. What a beautiful smile.

I found Dad at his desk. He has been working on ITonRamp and his May Dad’s Corner.

Jesse was working on his computer.

Joseph was on his computer, and notice all his screens? It allows him a lot more workspace then just one screen. He has been heavily working on ITonRamp as well, designing the website.

Mary was on our way out the door to get something from the car.

John? He was running an errand in KC, so I missed him.

I’ve doing Titus2 things, but Anna took this picture before I headed to download my pictures and put this post together.

Sarah for the rest

“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).

The Project

Nathan’s studio has continued to progress, with the main part being done now but finishing work left. In the meantime, Joseph dove into building the website, which is a project in and of itself. The first course will begin early June, and it will be a perfect opportunity for families who  want a summer course for one of their children. We are working to get info for those of you who are interested as soon as possible. We look forward to what the Lord will do!

In the meantime, we are all staying busy with many different projects. Time is ticking down very quickly until the CHAP convention in Harrisburg, and there are lots of preparations to do. I’ll leave you with some pictures.


The guys spent a lot of time mudding.
Stack of subfloor.
Dad putting the sub-floor down on Saturday.
Rollering the ceiling.
What a mess! John and the girls worked hard to clean it all up Saturday afternoon and evening.

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Last Monday

My grandma, Dad’s mom, lives outside of Omaha, and we love to do music at her care home. Although Gram is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, and doesn’t recognize us anymore, she loves music, but this time, she was so tired, I think she slept through most of it, even being right on the front row!

We had a 1:30 appointment to do music there, so we arrived a bit before that and unloaded and set up. My heart is so full of joy as I listen to my brothers and sisters sharing with the elderly.  If you could only catch a glimpse of what we see: the sparkle in the eye, the wrinkled, care-worn face breaking into a smile, the arthritic foot tapping along, the words being whispered as one remembers a song from years gone by, and then afterwards, the enthusiastic “thank yous” given along with a hug or squeezing of our hands. Twice on this trip, when we have ministered at a home, my heart has been overwhelmed realizing how blessed I am to be able to walk, to run, to move freely without being in pain. For some people, they would give anything to be in good health. Yet, how often I can take that for granted or complain about some no nothing. We have so much to be grateful for, and I’m reminded of that.


My sisters
Banjos need tuning up--believe me!
There was a great group!
Aunt Toni, Uncle Gary, Dad, Mom, and Gram

“The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow:
but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down” (Psalms 146:9).

Happy 22nd Birthday, Joseph!

We are so grateful for you and your love for the Lord Jesus! Your enthusiasm as you share with young people across the nation is exciting to see. May you continue to follow our Lord.

Happy Birthday! We love you.


“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).