Happy 17th Birthday, Jesse!

What a wonderful blessing Jesse is to our family. An interesting note of trivia is this is Jesse’s first birthday since 2005 that we have been home. And we made it home only an hour before midnight! So, he’s really had two birthdays each year: one before/after a trip, and one on the road. But, this is a special year celebrating at home.

Jesse, we love you very much and delight to see what the Lord is doing in your life. Your love for Him just continues to grow!

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
— 2 Timothy 2:1

What a Weekend

It’s 11 p.m., and we’re home. Nathan, Melanie, and the girls surprised us by showing up Friday during dinner. The Lord so blessed the conference! My mind is foggy as it’s late, and it’s been a big weekend, so I will write more later, along with pictures.


“… if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
–1 Peter 4:11

We’re On Our Way…

But it’s not been without excitement. We were only 30 minutes down the road when a vehicle spun out in front of us. We were just pulling away from a stop light, so we were able to stop quickly. Joseph and John jumped out to see what they could do to help. The vehicle almost rolled, but it didn’t, and it had stopped on a steep embankment facing the road about thirty feet down.

The young lady driving was extremely shook up, but John talked to her and calmed her down. She was not hurt. After awhile, she stepped from the vehicle, and John drove her vehicle out. As Dad talked with her, she told him she was a Christian, and he prayed with her. Dad encouraged her to drive to a nearby gas station and just sit and rest for a bit.

Once again, we saw the Lord’s protection!

John drove her car out.

Dad prayed with her.

Yesterday, Anna loaded up the bus. John and Jesse weren’t home, and Anna wanted to do it to bless them so they wouldn’t have to load it late at night. She did great.


John doing a little minor repair.

Praying before we left...

We’re looking forward to a wonderful conference in St. Louis!


“Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.” –Psalms 139:5

General Happenings

Okay, it’s been awhile since we’ve done a “normal” post, but it’s not because we haven’t been doing anything. Quite on the contrary. Things have been very busy with Mom’s new book, other projects, preparing the bus to be road-worthy, Titus2 projects, school, work, Corners, etc.

So, here’s our plan. We leave for St. Louis Friday morning, and we’ll be doing set up, music practice, and conference prep in the afternoon. The conference will be Friday evening and Saturday. Saturday night we’ll head back home. We will have a week, then, before we hit the road for four weeks. You can see our schedule for the stops we have right now.


This was when we opened up the first box of Sweet Journey--exciting!
Bus work!

When doing some routine bus maintenance, John discovered a fan has gone out–this is at least the third time. But, it was a huge blessing we were home and not on the road. So, we had to get it replaced.


Jon D., from Idaho, had business in a nearby state, so he flew into Kansas City and stayed the weekend with us. We really enjoyed having him.

Jon and John

John has been upgrading the lights.

John's had practice with replacing this part.

The guys were troubleshooting the LEDs. Would you believe that we got a set that was defective?


Joseph's photography

I love the colors in this one.

Anna took this photo last week.

“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Psalms 145:8

Coil It Is!


Thank you for taking the time to share. The reason we originally went with the coil was to make it more reader friendly and you all affirmed that. What a blessing the feedback was. We will continue on as we have and know that the majority find the coil a blessing. Thank you again for your feedback and encouraging comments.

Bless you all.

In Christ Jesus,

Steve (and Teri)

“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.”
Proverbs 19:20

Your Feedback?

We are making the decision tonight whether to change the binding on the Chores book. Currently, it is plastic coil bound, but we are considering binding it like the other books such as Hearts, Meek and Quiet Spirit, and Preparing Sons. The advantage of the plastic coil is it lies flat very easily when being read, the disadvantage is when we process the books the coil is a significant hindrance to us and without the coil it is much easier to package in boxes.

Thoughts? Is the plastic coil something you have found you really, really appreciate?

Thank you.

In Christ Jesus,


“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.” Proverbs 15:22