Last Friday morning, after staying the night in Jerome, we drove to Malad State Park just twenty minutes further toward Boise. It was a beautiful day for a hike. It’s amazing to walk over the bridge and suddenly see a deep canyon with a river at the bottom.
Set up began a little before 2 p.m. It was great being at the church we’d spoken at almost three years prior. At that time, Christopher and Anna Marie were engaged and looking forward to their wedding. Now they have Joshua and Baby #2 on the way. So exciting!
Book table set up went well, but the music was challenging due to a large screen reflecting back sound into the mics. Since it took so long to figure out the bugs in the system, the younger five practiced later than normal. Despite all the difficulties, I thought their music went great. 😉
Friday night’s business session was very interesting, and we hope helpful. The concert and Inspire went smoothly. It was good to see many familiar faces at the conference along with new ones.
Saturday morning dawned sunny and cool. I love the fresh mountain air. I also find it interesting to be in a place where sunshine is normal and complete cloud cover days are very unusual. If it rains here, it’ll clear up soon.
A number of families drove many hours to come. We are grateful for their investment of time!
Saturday went well too. One lady I talked to thanked me for the blog. She said that she doesn’t read all the time, but when she needs encouragement, she stops by. That was a blessing to hear! It is also exciting to see young families, who have hearts for the Lord Jesus and a desire to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They are sacrificing much to live for the Lord and not for the world.
We did something a little different with registrations for the conference. If a family registered beforehand, we entered them into a Computer Essentials drawing. Then, at the end of the conference, we drew a name, and if they were there, they would receive a free Computer Essentials course. During the panel discussion, we called up a sweet little girl, Lulu, to pick a name from the basket. The first person she chose wasn’t there. So, she grabbed another name. The family had driven quite a distance to come to the conference and were thrilled with winning, since their son has expressed an interest in computers. Congratulations, B Family!
The young people were exceptionally attentive and receptive which was wonderful. The parents were also very interested in the message. Someone shared through e-mail how a friend of theirs, who attended the conference, went home and got rid of their TV. Wow! Praise Jesus!
We had wonderful help in packing out after the conference. It made it go quickly.
After the conference, we enjoyed going to dinner with the D. Family, dear friends of ours. We have memories of eating at Sizzler with them twice before when we have been here, so that’s where we went again.
We’ll be sharing about Silver City soon, life around the “farm,” and we’ll be revealing the name of my parents’ new book too.
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”