Six Weeks

It has been six weeks, five thousand miles, eighteen states, and most importantly, the opportunity to speak to many families, and now we are homeward bound. We praise the Lord for His bringing us on this journey. We left Pacific about 7:45 a.m., and we’re driving along I-70 now. A major cool front is going through, and the wind reminds us of that fact.

We are grateful for you all standing with us in prayer. Thank you for your encouragement and love. You all are a special blessing in our lives.

Looking forward to home time!

Sarah

“This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalms 118:24 

Along the Current River

Sunday evening, as we drove down a tree-lined, leaf-covered road, we lost cell signal. It reminded me of the time we had camped in Uriah at the Joshua Tree National Park. We had no cell signal, and no connection to the outside world. It was just us and those camping in the same area. It was nice to leave those things, like cell phones that we almost consider necessities, behind for a brief moment in time.

Monday morning, we woke up early, and prepared for our day. 8:30 came, and the boat rental man arrived with the canoes and kayaks on his trailer. We piled into the van, along with another couple who camped near us, and headed off.

It was 9:40 when we arrived at the starting point. We had chosen to take our float trip in three canoes and two kayaks. Jesse and I started in kayaks, and the rest took their positions in the canoes. We launched successfully and began the float down the river. Most of the time, the river was so shallow, one could easily have gotten out and walked being in only two feet of water.

We had picked an 18-mile float. Brown leaves spiraled from nearby trees across the sky before landing in the flowing stream. An occasional turtle plopped into the water or watched us from a rock. Although a few of us got stuck in shallow areas or lodged sideways for a bit, no one ever dumped. About eight miles down the river, several of us changed boats, and I was grateful for the break that a two-person canoe afforded from the time paddling alone in a kayak.

The day passed mostly uneventfully, as we worked our way down the river, talking amongst ourselves and enjoying time together as a family. The only “mishap” was when Anna lost a flipflop while wading in the water at lunchtime. Her words of advice? When wearing flipflops, only wade facing upstream.

The close of our trip is very near. Tomorrow, Lord willing, at this time, we will be back in Kansas. It has been a special, fruitful trip, and we praise the Lord for it!

Rejoicing in Jesus,
Sarah

Preparing to launch.

Pringle snack time.

Changing boats.
This is the only ferry that is still running on the Current River. It was interesting to watch them take a truck across.

Lunch time.
The only problem? Bees were interested in lunch too.

This led to an incredible cave. Half of the family rowed back into that area (cautiously), and said it was amazing.

We caught up to the couple that had been dropped off six miles down stream. The guys had to empty their kayaks out, as water tends to collect in them.

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Psalms 1:3

Stop #14: St. James, Missouri

This conference, like the rest, was a great conference! It successfully earned the title as the last weekend conference of our 2012 Fall Trip!

The weekend started by having a smooth setup even with the bus being parked a ways from the church. The pastor’s father graciously let us load his trailer with all of our needed items and then haul them up to the church.

Music and the next session went well, and we enjoyed fellowshipping for a while afterwards. Saturday dawned, and it was obvious it was going to be a gorgeous day! At lunch, many families picnicked outside enjoying the beautiful weather.

Hearts were receptive to what was shared. We continue to pray for lasting fruit. We had a quick and easy pack up as we all worked together.

Then we found our way to a little RV park only five minutes away and nestled in for the night. We had a wonderful family time unwinding after the conference!

Serving Jesus,
Anna

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.”
Galatians 5:22

In Pacific

We had a restful night, and this morning was a quiet, rainy morning. Then, we enjoyed lunch with the pastor’s family. Late this afternoon, we did our last setup for this trip.

Tonight’s conference went great! We’re looking forward to tomorrow evening, which will be a concert and Dad preaching.

Thank you for standing with us in prayer. We are grateful. Truly!

We have a mouse on the bus. Seriously. We’ve set a trap, but no success yet.

Sarah

“We will rejoice in thy salvation,
and in the name of our God we
will set up our banners:
the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.”
Psalms 20:5

Stop #13: New Albany, Indiana

Last Thursday evening, we were in New Albany, which is across the river from Louisville. We had spoken at this same church many years previously, and it brought back memories to be there again.

The weather was gorgeous, and load-in went fine. The Lord brought a great group for the conference. This one was a little unusual in that there was only sessions for parents, since space was limited. Dad and Mom shared the first hour individually to the parents, and then they joined for the final session on Keeping Hearts.

The homeschool group who invited us, Heart n’ Home, were extremely hospitable and friendly, and we enjoyed the opportunity to share there. Thank y’all for having our family!

We will be sharing about the float trip we went on yesterday as well as a weekend report soon.

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

Jesse trucked books a little distance.
Set up!
With Moses and Aaron (awesome brother names!).

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face;
my heart said unto thee,
Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”
Psalms 27:8 

Adventures Together

Last night we had a wonderful night at a state park. We arrived around five, just in time for a short walk, dinner, Bible time, and our Sunday night prayer time! After a good night’s rest  we were up early, excited about our new adventure. This is something Dad and Mom did when they first knew each other and then after they were married, so they were thrilled to float down that same river thirty-nine years later with us children!

More pictures to come. We also have two conference reports to catch y’all up on. We just arrived in Pacific (Missouri).

Serving Jesus,
Mary

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Psalms 133:1