Blessings of Work

t’s a cool, summer day here in New England. One thing I’ve found interesting is that it’s light here at 4:30 in the morning! Wow. We don’t have that back in Kansas. The early light has allowed workers to start working early. It’s been a joy to see the teamwork of so many hands pitching in to paint and help in various ways. Several times rain has halted work temporarily, but good progress is still being made.

Father’s Day was a restful Sunday, and we enjoyed a special day. How grateful we are for an amazing dad!

Our friends have provided such gracious hospitality. We’ve been blessed by our times of fellowship with delicious food and bountiful snacks to fuel the workers.

This past weekend’s conference in the little town of Greenfield was great. I’ll share more on that later. We’ll begin our trek back to Kansas tomorrow afternoon or Thursday morning.

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

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John built the tower for his young friend.
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We knew we had matching skirts, so we brought them along on the trip, and have enjoyed wearing them. All are matching, except for the little one.

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Setting up a paint booth, although it ended up they were able to spray the shutters outside.

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The girls spent much time painting the Three Seasons porch.

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Anna’s buddies were happy to keep her company.
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The guys spent much time painting the outside of the porch.
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Making an invention to keep the lift’s exhaust from creating brown spots in the yard.

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“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing:
but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”
Proverbs 13:4

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

My dad loves the Lord Jesus with his whole heart; he loves his family; he delights in sharing with dads across the country; he enjoys serving in whatever ways the Lord calls him to; he loves seeking the Lord Jesus… We love YOU, Dad!

Although we’re celebrating Father’s Day on the road, it’ll still be a special day. We love you very much, Dad!

In addition, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

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“And he hath put a new song in my mouth,
even praise unto our God: many shall see it,
and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust,
and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”
Psalms 40:3-4

Connecticut’s Report

It has rained a great deal over the past ten days, but with that, we’ve also enjoyed cool temperatures. Last Friday’s load-in was on the damp side. But, we’re thankful it wasn’t pouring. Come to find out, New England was experiencing the remnants of a tropical storm: no wonder there was so much rain.

Set up and music practice went smoothly. Friday night, families braved the rain, and we were blessed by their attendance.

Saturday, the sun shone brightly, and it felt so refreshing. The Lord brought families from many surrounding states, including a family who got up very early to drive from Vermont.

There were five families that came from a church in New York City, and they had an interpreter who would translate from English to Spanish. It was really exciting to see!

The conference went well. It is always thrilling to see Jesus working in hearts. I have no doubt that the Lord brings us to each and every stop on our journey for a reason. We pray for lasting fruit: for dads to be strong leaders, for moms to manage their homes well, and for young people who are on fire for Jesus! Eternity is too long to live a complacent life! How are we influencing others for Jesus? It’s an important question.

Saturday evening, Dad had the privilege of being able to share a graduation commencement address, called Don’t Be Average: Be Inspired! The message was incredible.

Now we look forward to today in Greenfield (outside of Manchester). We can’t wait to meet you all!

Sarah

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Interpreting!

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I love seeing the groups emerging after a session!

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New York Group!

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Orchestra performance before the graduation.

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“Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
Psalms 100:2-3

Of Lifts and Caulk and Scraping and Fellowship

Monday, the guys decided to help our friends paint their home. Because of inclement weather and the amount of work it will require, it appears we’ll be extending our stay (happily!). After the conference, instead of departing for Kansas, we’ll return to our friends until Wednesday afternoon. Everyone is excited about extra time ;).

It was awesome to see willing helpers working as a team! Yesterday, outside the home, there was a flurry of activity, and not only were there caulkers, cleaners, and painters, there also were runners. Errand runners are an essential part of the team. There was a team of store errand runners, too, and I was very happy to capture a Moody picture using one of my sweet young friends on one of the store trips. God provides!

We are in prayer and anticipating this weekend’s conference. May we each delight in every minute Jesus gives us!

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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Joseph gave his ITonRamp webinar yesterday morning. 

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 “And the Lord shall guide thee continually…” Isaiah 58:10

Where We’re At

We’re settled here in beautiful New Hampshire. It’s a cloudy, cool June day, and we’ve enjoyed many things since arriving Sunday afternoon: fellowship in Jesus, exercise (with great company!), projects, Bible times, and delicious food. Last weekend was such a joy, and we look forward to this weekend’s outside of Manchester.

A conference report with lots of pictures will be coming, but for now, I’ll leave you with Sunday and Monday pictures.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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My sister is a magnet to little children: they love her. 🙂

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Joshua would have loved this stack!
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Bible time!

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Card making time!

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Fellowship and creativity abounded!

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I’m telling you ;).
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Last night, we had dinner at a Mexican restaurant. The family we’ve been staying with has a great activity before the food arrives. After the order has been placed, the dad chose a phrase from a picture on the wall that we would use to form as many words as we could. We had until the last entree arrived to form the words. Last night’s was “Churned in Dairyland.” Jesse won with 85 words.
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I didn’t take the pictures until I was done writing my words.

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One of our waiters was kind to take our picture.

“In God is my salvation and my glory:
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”
Psalms 62:7

A Peek Into Our Weekend

More coming ;).

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“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39