Our friends, Dave and Liz, are here for a visit. Days have been filled with many productive tasks:

  • Putting together a wood floor for Sarah and Anna’s desks
  • Assembling Anna’s “new” desk
  • Work
  • Sewing (girls)
  • Time in God’s Word
  • Fellowship in the Lord
  • Meal prep
  • Exercise
  • And more!

On top of that, the weather has been beautiful.


Liz and I
Joseph and Dave
The dining room was turned into a sewing room but by lunch time, the table was reclaimed.
We had a great set up--three sewing machines, a serger, two irons.
And then it was turned into an art classroom.
Art class in progress.

“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (Philippians 2:2).


With having two young children, we find we are often in need of a vaporizer. This winter, we are experimenting with running a vaporizer year round, whether they are sick or not.

The problem, is finding a good vaporizer. Does anyone have any suggestions. Here’s the criteria I’m looking for:
– Cool mist
– Ultra-sonic – these run quieter and have great control on mist output. When the girls aren’t sick, we run it on a very low setting over night.
– Easy cleaning – the ultra-sonic one we just discarded (due to mineral deposits I couldn’t get off the base, hence it wasn’t putting out mist) made it virtually impossible to clean the tube that the mist travels up. I found a thick, gross looking layer of pink slime coating the inside of this tube. I need to be able to get a cleaning brush/rag on every internal surface. I handle vaporizer cleaning, while I’m happy to use power tools to get things dis-assembled and clean, I don’t know that the vaporizer will work once I’m done with it. 🙂
– Easy filling — This is not a necessity, but would be very nice. Does that tank stay upright when upside down?

There’s the challenge. What have you found to work well? When responding, if you have both the model number and the name of the manufacturer I would be grateful.

Thank you.

“But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.”    Genesis 2:6

Vaporizor Follow-up

The Gingerville Designers

We’ll post them in order of who got the most votes.

Anna and John built the grocery store.
Mary and Jesse constructed the Victorian Cottage.
Joseph and Sarah put together the Mayor's House.
Dad and Mom did the church.
Abigail, with a little help from her daddy, creatively made the zoo.

“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.” (Psalms 105:3)


We had a wonderful week of celebrating Jesus’ birth, while also having extra family time, which we always love! The night before Christmas Eve (sorry, no pictures!), we first read all the prophesies of Jesus birth on the Old Testament and the accounts of the nativity in the New Testament.

We had a delightful Christmas, and as always we enjoy our family celebration on Christmas Eve! We find great joy in giving gifts that are practical, and this year was no exception. We buy gifts for each other in teams. Each team is a pair (with the exception of Nathan’s family) buys gifts for everyone and also for their partner. We love to go shopping with our partner to find the right gifts for each person, and then we usually wrap them together!

Many times people ask what we give as gifts and here are a some things that were given this year: clothes, kitchen items, car things, bible cover, tools, house decorations, and calendars made from family photos. On Christmas evening, we did our traditional Christmas program! It is always special to read the Scripture of Jesus coming to earth and sing the Christmas carols that coincide with the Scripture verses.

Reading books to Bethany.
Abby helping Aunt Anna open a candle.
Nieces love to help open presents!
Uncle Joseph and Bethany
Abigail and her daddy (and Abby's new doll).
Tools are very practical.
Grandma and Abby
Sarah and Anna
A new Bible cover.
Fun with play dough.
Bethany and Aunt Anna. Aunt Sarah did the pigtails.
Christmas morning the guys made us breakfast.
Christmas evening, we did the Christmas program. It was a sweet time of reflecting on God's Word and praising Him through song.
Sarah and Anna again
Most of the family (Dad took the picture, and Nathan, Melanie, and the girls weren't able to come).


“I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.” (Psalms 9:1-2)