The Easiest Fix Yet

We’re on our way again. Here’s what happened. There was a cap that failed that was on an unused oil port in a very obscure hard to see and reach position. John was able to find it and use a steel epoxy to plug ite.

We will stop by a Detroit Diesel shop to pick up some more oil in about an hour. We are about 7 or 8 hours from home, but we plan to stop on the west side of St. Louis tonight.

Thanks for praying!


“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).


Unexpected Twist

We stopped at a rest area for a few minute break, and I got out with Mary to get a few pictures.

And, I saw John checking the bus over. When we came back inside, he told Dad we had an oil leak, and it is significant. So, we’re figuring out what to do. The local shop is busy until next week. So, maybe we can cap it and figure out if there’s a way to limp home. We shall see. Please pray!



“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).


Thursday and Friday

Thursday morning dawned, and we felt rested and ready for the weekend. Instead of parking at a church, our home sweet home was the Farm Show parking lot.

Mid-morning, we found our booths and went to work. It seemed pretty simple to set up, and after the guys had trucked in the boxes, we girls did our part.

Setting up

Dad and Mom spent a lot of their time Thursday revising their sessions, since most of their sessions are generally an hour, and the workshop time slots were 45 minutes. We were delighted that our friends from New Hampshire took the time and effort to come and see us at the CHAP convention. We had hoped to work it out to visit them, but since it didn’t, they came to us! We went out with them for dinner Thursday evening.

At dinner with friends
Table #2

Now, to Friday. The convention opened at 8 a.m., and it was exciting to see the lines of people as they checked in or registered for the first time.

Finding name tags

Dad and Mom’s Hearts session was at 9 a.m.

Dad and Mom

At first, people steadily came in, but there was plenty of empty spots. But, before long, the room was packed, and many couldn’t get in due to being out of space. John grabbed a picture on his phone.



Mom gave Chores at 12, and I already posted a few pictures from that.

Redeeming the Time

Dad’s session was in a different room that afternoon, and it was also stuffed, even using the standing space.

Meek and Quiet

Mom’s Meek and Quiet session was extremely well received. After the chairs were filled, ladies sat on the floor, lined the walls, and stood in the two doorways! It was so full ladies couldn’t get in to the session.

Jesse talking with people
There was a constant flow through the booth. You'll probably notice Joseph on his computer. He was still working on ITonRamp things as he was able.

We also had the occasional visitor into the booth, who took a chair next to Dad or Mom to talk for awhile. It is our joy and delight to be able to be an encouragement in whatever way we can.

Since there are eight of us, we had many different and varied conversations with people throughout the day, especially with the many people who came by our booth. I was excited to meet twin sisters who came from out of state to attend the CHAP convention. We talked to quite a few blog readers too. It was a full and wonderful day, sharing with those the Lord brought our way.

Sarah for the rest

“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).


Here are a few pictures of the Pennsylvania landscape, taken yesterday. I’m working on blog posts from the weekend. We would be grateful for your prayers for traveling safety as we journey home. We’re currently outside of Columbus, Ohio.




“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalms 19:1).