What We Have Been Preparing For

Anna and Mary, with some help from Anna Marie, have been investing many hours in baking to preparing for our night of caroling, which is to come very soon. We will post more details later, along with the compiling party, how the caroling went, and other interesting facts.

If your family has been thinking of caroling to your neighbors, but haven’t gone for it, it’s not too late! You don’t have to bring goodies along (although it is a nice “extra”), just smiling faces and a joyful noise. Caroling is a thing of the past, for the most part. When was the last time carolers were at YOUR door? I could count on one hand the number of times we have been caroled to. It’s something our neighbors love. Now, with the added grandchildren effect, we have the cute factor.

Merry Christmas!

Love,
Sarah

Mary, Anna Marie, and Anna

Yesterday afternoon, we girls made cards. It was great working as a team.


Christopher and Anna Marie stopped in, as Joseph was going to take their picture. Christopher grabbed a few pictures for us of our work.

The front of the card. A special thanks to Mrs. Kim C. for your inspiration on this card. Your cards have been incredible over the years, and it spurred us on to creativity.

We were watching the little girls this afternoon so Nathan and Melanie could have a special Christmas dinner out and time to shop. So, of course, we can't help but add this picture of Bethany Mary took.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10).

Walk-Thru Bethlehem

A church in town, Open Door, puts on a “Walk Thru Bethlehem” for three evenings in December. This is their second year, and they contacted us to see if we could do music one evening. While people wait to be taken on their tour of “Bethlehem,” they sit in the sanctuary and listen to music. So, our Maxwell Group (MG) had about an hour and a half on Saturday evening to share through music and testimony. The MG had worked extremely hard over the last few weeks arranging songs, practicing, and more practicing as we didn’t have any Christmas music that we normally play. I am very partial to their music myself.

The night arrived, and we wanted to experience the walk thru before music. I wasn’t expecting anything very big, but I was completely shocked by it all. It really felt like a scene in the Bible times. We had a guide, Benjamin, someone we’ve known for many years, who did an excellent job of being very real-to-the time while taking us through the city of Bethlehem. Every single part was stunningly well done. If you’re in the Kansas City area next year, you really should plan to attend the Walk Thru Bethlehem.

So, about 6:30, the MG was up. It was a delightful thing to listen to them share through beautifully arranged songs and personal testimonies. Abby even joined her aunts and uncles singing Silent Night. Our whole family was there, including the married brothers, and Grandad and GiGi.

I have to say that my favorite spot was in the back of the sanctuary. I could observe those listening, and the MG was a well-appreciated group. We were grateful for the opportunity to share with those the Lord brought!

Afterward, Christopher and Anna Marie had us over for snacks. It was a delightful time of talking about the evening!

Christmas is a special time of the year, but may we all remember to lift those up in prayer who are hurting: those who have lost a loved one, who are experiencing major trials, who are facing health challenges, and so much more.

Love,
Sarah


Abby sang "Silent Night", and Mary sang lead. I guess Anna was Abby's emotional support.

Cute Rice Krispy treats.

Our friend, Jonathan D. from Idaho, has been out. He had some business in Nebraska, and he was with us up in Omaha, and also Saturday.

The two John's enjoying floats!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

It was a weekend of music

Friday, we went up to the Omaha area to do music at my grandma’s care home. We left home to no snow and arrived in the area with six inches! On our way up, we saw many, many vehicles that had gone off the road the night before, when the snow had started. The vehicles had been abandoned and were just waiting for tow trucks to clear them out.

It was a joy to share with those there through music and testimony. Since we had just been in April, I think some of them remembered us, and we had a good group of about 30 residents, plus some of the staff came too. Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary shared a number of Christmas songs, beautifully arranged, interspersed with their testimonies. In addition, it was a great practice run for Saturday evening’s event. A post will be coming soon on that!

Being at care homes frequently reminds me of the frailty of life. Some may live long and experience the affects of aging, but some may live only a short time. As we look forward to this Christmas season, are you prepared to step into eternity? It is not a question to wait to settle. For if you wait until eternity to deal with your sin, it is too late.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:27-28).

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (Romans 10:9-11).

Love,
Sarah

Jesse and Mary




MOTH Book Processing

Monday morning, Anna Marie, Mary, Jenny (a friend), and I processed MOTH books. We had a sweet time as we talked and worked. In addition, it is a great feeling of accomplishment as the boxes stack up on a pallet. Thank you, girls (and Junior, right Anna Marie :-)?!), for all your help.

We frequently receive testimonies about Managers of Their Homes.
Here’s one:

“Thank you so much for this book! It has been extremely helpful. Not only do I have 3 children of my own, but I also watch 2 children. So I have 5 children 4 and under. My oldest has begun kindergarten this year. Using the schedule has made the days run smoothly. Everything is getting done (even the laundry!). I am not a schedule person. But it doesn’t seem like a schedule as much when I am the one planning the day!” Jamie


Anna Marie, me, Jenny, and Mary (thanks, Anna, for the picture!).


Anna was keeping us company, too, as she was doing the Titus2 orders that morning.

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

Moody Book Party

We had a delightful evening last night, celebrating the completion of Winter Days. We seriously contemplated everyone “being” a Moody character. However, a blog post of the celebration would have given you a “picture” of some of the characters. I have purposely left how each person in the Moody book looks up to your imagination. So, we opted not to do that part.

About 4 p.m., Abby came over to help Aunt Anna make the dessert. Abby is an enthusiastic Moody supporter. Her Daddy reads them aloud to her, after Bible time, since she can’t read yet, and it is a daily, looked-forward-to event for Abby. They’re reading Winter (book #3) at the moment.

Our dinner menu consisted of chicken (Dad barbecued it), broccoli in cheese sauce, seasoned roasted potatoes, home-made garlic bread, and then for dessert: cookie dough pizza, a specialty from our friends, the D. family in Idaho.

When dinner dishes were completed, we gathered in the living room for Bible time, following which was a prayer time. Praying gave us sweet moments of lifting up this book and asking that the Lord would use it in the lives of many.

Then, it was time for hide n’ seek. After all, the Moodys play it. For those who haven’t read the books, the hide and seek is done in the dark to make it a bit more challenging. I had no idea how creative my family was on finding good hiding spots. For example, they don’t hide BESIDE the dresser. No, they pull it out and go behind it. Nathan, Abby, and John were never found–pretty amazing! Abby did a great job of not giggling even when the “looker” was in the room where she was.

I am deeply indebted and grateful to my family for all they have invested in each book. They spend countless hours listening to me read the outline and then the book itself, and several help with editing, before it goes to the professional proofreader. They encourage me when I feel it’s too much, or I can’t finish it out.

The mailman delivered a letter yesterday (among other pieces of mail): with three sweet drawings from two Moody book readers. Thank you, Hannah and Sarah!

Love,
Sarah

Uncle John joined the baking duo for a few minutes.

Pushing out the dough.

Abby was a wonderful helper.

The group! (Christopher and Anna Marie weren't able to join us.)

The finished cookie dough pizza! We'll not be sharing the recipe now. It might go in a future Moody book.

Bethany carried a little, word-free book with pictures of puppies around to different members of the family. She would toddle over to them, with book in hand, and want them to "read" it to her.

Mary and Bethany

Bethany and I

Jesse and Bethany.

Cute drawings from two readers.

“… Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14).