We Are in Canada ;)

Sorry for the delays in posting. The border crossing went smoothly. We arrived in Steinbach Thursday evening about 9:30 p.m. I’ll have a lot to catch you all up on, but the Lord so clearly blessed this weekend. I truly stand in awe of our mighty Savior. He’s amazing.

Good night from the cozy town of Steinbach,
Sarah

“Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD?
who can shew forth all his praise?”
Psalms 106:2

We’re Canada Bound!

Wow, so we’re off. It ended up to be a whirlwind of packing up last night and finishing details, but the important part is we made it. We left a little after 7 this morning.

Yesterday, everyone pitched in and made awesome progress. Then, Nathan and Melanie had us over for a delicious dinner and a great family Bible time. It was a blessing!

Right now, we’re driving north on I-29, and we’ll be crossing the border later, probably about dinner time.

Thanks for praying for us.

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

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Anna Marie helped us with ironing yesterday.
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The little girls enjoyed carrying some things out to the bus with the aunts.

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Bethany was trying to help me with a picture. The babies aren’t easy to keep in one spot for long. Joshua was anxious to play again.

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When one is short on sleep, caffeine does help. 😉

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Anna is incredible. She loves planning and preparing for all of our meals on the road.

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“Because thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”
Psalms 63:7

Packin’ Up

It’s hard to believe our next trip is almost here! We leave tomorrow morning for Canada, where we’ll be sharing this weekend outside of Winnipeg (Steinbach). Then, we’ll be in the Ft. Wayne area next week, as Dad and Mom will be speaking at the homeschool expo the 17th and 18th. We look forward to all the Lord has in store as we hit the road again!

Things are coming along well. I think since it’s a ten day trip, packing has been easier.

Sarah

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“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.”
Psalms 100:5

Getting Your Homeschool Organized: A Microwave Cart Organizer

In 1982, we remodeled a kitchen. Steve bought me a microwave and a microwave cart. When we moved to Kansas in 1990, the kitchen had a peninsula with room for the microwave and no room for the microwave cart.

What we needed then was homeschool material organization help. Losing homeschool books when we needed them for school and then the time spent looking for them was frustrating and wasted our time we should have had for doing school work. Keeping the in-use homeschool books in a central location and teaching the children to return them there each day at the end of school was the solution to the organizational problem.

At that point, we started using the microwave cart to hold our homeschooling books. Then it became the school cart. One year, I remember talking to Steve about the problem of the books in it falling over when the children took their books out and it wasn’t full. He had a great solution; he put wooden dividers in the cart.

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The school cart has resided in our living room for the past twenty three years. It housed school books inside while the top was the resting place for the phone and nicknacks. Steve also built a little shelf on its side where I could put my Pepsi during my Pepsi-drinking days.

For many years, the school cart was so maxed out with books because of the number of homeschooling students that we had two children who had to have their books in a dining-room cupboard. However, year by year, we have graduated children from homeschool. Now we are down to only one homeschooled child. She keeps her books in a basket by the chair where she does her school work. That meant that the school cart no longer had a school purpose.

A few weeks ago, when Mary and I rearranged the living room furniture, Mary asked if the school cart could be moved to another room. At first my heart clutched. That school cart had been a faithful servant to our homeschooling organization needs for twenty-three years. I couldn’t imagine not seeing it in our living room. However, I knew she was right. We now needed seating space more than a school cart.

Our faithful servant would be happy to serve in a new spot. Now he sits in the music room. He still holds a phone and nicknacks plus Mary’s art supplies. As I have thought about that microwave cart – turned school cart – turned end table cart, I thought of these words of the Lord Jesus to his faithful servants, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21). I pray that I can be faithful servant to my Lord like our microwave cart has been to us.

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“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

Anniversary Dinner, Moody Style

We receive e-mails (frequently) about the Moody books, along with some snail mail letters. For you Moody readers, take heart, I have been busy working on … can you guess ;)? More later on that.

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Hi Sarah,

I was just writing a note of encouragement to a friend and thought I would copy and paste part of that email for you to read. Thank you again for blessing so many families with the Moody series!

—We had our 29th anniversary yesterday. Kimberly (11) & Karyssa (8) made dinner for Keith and I last night, “Moody” style! If you remember back to the 4th book in the Moody series Spring with the Moodys, the children made dinner for their parents. My girls read that part over and over again, planned the meal, went shopping (with Keith), set up a card table in the living room with a table cloth and candle, and made a menu and some signs for us to follow to the dining area.

I helped Kimberly with ideas on how to plan and execute. I had her think about what time she would be serving dinner, and work back from there to determine what time she needed to start preparation, put things in the oven, etc. I also provided the recipes. They did amazingly well. We were SO impressed. They served smoked salmon on cream cheese and crackers for an appetizer, then an iceburg wedge salad (Keith’s favorite) followed by Filet Mignon, Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce and Garlic French Bread. Dessert was Caramelized Apples a la mode.—

“What man is he that feareth the LORD?
him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.”
Psalms 25:12

It’s Snowing

“For as the rain cometh down,
and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither,
but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:”

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“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:9-10