Our Silver City Adventure

Tuesday was a highly anticipated day because we were once again going to the abandoned mining town of Silver City. Three years ago the D’s took us up to the same city, and we had such a blessed time in this electricity-free town, which is slowly being rebuilt by local townspeople.

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Enjoying the history in the hotel

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Thanks to Jesse for this capture!

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An old prison

We left around nine and arrived about eleven. After we walked around the city a bit, we headed further up into the mountains for lunch and a hike. In the middle of the beautiful hike just when we had reached the top of the mountain we were climbing, a thunderstorm came up, which they say is rare in Idaho. To avoid the lightning, we headed to the trucks.

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Exploring a mine.
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A fantastic time to cool off in a cool mine!

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Back in Silver City, we found a campsite for a campfire and picnic. We had such a great time of fellowship sitting around the fire and then moving under trees to avoid the on and off rain. The D’s generously provided us a hot dog roast and s’mores. Thank you so much D family!

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On the way home, it was very sobering to see five wild fires that had started from the lightning. As of Wednesday night one of the fires had burned over 1500 acres. Those fires are a stark reality to me of hell and the responsibility we as believers have to warn others of the fate to come.

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Smoke from the fires

Certainly it was an AMAZING day enjoyed by all. Thank you D’s.

Mary for the rest

“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains;
thy judgments are a great deep:
O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!
therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.”
Psalms 36:6-7

Last Weekend

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.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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Conferences are great opportunities for families to get to know other like-minded families from the area and fellowship.

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Right before one of the sessions, I was impressed to see the front row filled up. So, I grabbed their picture.
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Then, as I turned to leave, the other side was filled up too. Way to go, y’all!

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“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Philippians 4:4

Ready, Set, Blastoff!

It has been amazing to watch each step of the book process take place, and I can’t believe the books are at the printer.

I wanted to share with you why I am so thrilled about these new additions! I have been very blessed to be included in various aspects of both books. Spring Days with the Moodys has been wonderful to see blossom and now bloom. I looked forward to each of my read-throughs and stepping into what I call “Moodyville.” Sarah has done a tremendous job of writing each Moody book, and even as a 20-year-old, I still enjoy them very much. I love being one of the very first people to get to read a new Moody book when I help Sarah with suggestions after she has written her first draft.

If you haven’t gotten the Moody books–you’re missing out! If you have them all and are waiting for this one, I can tell you–this book is awesome!

I have also been extremely privileged to be a part of Dad and Mom’s book. My latest project on it was laying it out. I read it a few weeks ago, but seeing the words of the book over and over again just makes me more excited about it! The book is super practical, and it is a very interesting read! Oh, but you have to wait … I can’t give everything away just yet! Honestly, it is a must read for wherever you are in your parenting!

Serving Jesus,
Anna

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Sarah checking book proofs late Monday afternoon. We had the proofs sent to an address here in Idaho ;).

“Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”
2 Corinthians 8:7

 

We’re Still Here

Sorry for the lack of updates. I know; it’s been five days. 🙁

Life on the road is great. Our conference was such a blessing. We had some bus excitement Sunday evening. We’ve had a relaxful time with friends. Today we took a delightful day trip to Silver City. More updates and pictures later. We look forward to Coeur d’ Alene this weekend.

Sarah

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“As the hart panteth after the water brooks,
so panteth my soul after thee, O God”
Psalms 42:1

Today

We had a restful night and an easy morning. By easy I mean we didn’t leave at 7 am ;). This trip, we’re not taking it the same way as we did our time out east. We’re going a bit slower, which is nice.

As we left Cheyenne, the terrain changed. It was such a pretty drive. Wide expanses, rugged mountains, herds of antelope, rock formations, grazing cattle, Union Pacific trains motoring along, and massive windmills.

One mental picture I have that really made an impression on me from today was a lone antelope at the top of a hill. Perhaps he was guarding his herd. Are we as Christians always on guard? May we be. On guard from sin and whatever things of the world that would try to pull us away from the Lord Jesus.

We had a bit of trouble this afternoon with the bus engine getting on the warm side. We’re grateful, though, that we could keep going, just going a bit slower as needed on grades.

We’re only about two or three hours from Eagle, so it’ll be an easy drive tomorrow. Thank you for praying for us. God is good!

Oh, one highlight this afternoon was stopping a rest area that has a hill we like to climb. Over the years, we’ve been there a few times, the last being on our way out to Christopher’s wedding. It was great to scale the hill and grab a few pictures. We have so many memories as we drive this stretch. “Oh, we stayed there,” or “Remember when?” or “Wasn’t that where we stopped in the snowstorm?”…

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:
the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:41

Tucked in for the Night

Our drive was uneventful until the last stretch when we hit a storm with wind and heavy rain. We’re so grateful it wasn’t long-lasting, and we arrived safely in Cheyenne a little after 8 p.m. We enjoyed a special late dinner at a Mexican restaurant we’ve gone to a handful of times over the years, and the dinner was a gift from a dear friend (thank you :)).

Praising Jesus for a safe drive and looking forward to a restful night,
Sarah

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The last time we stopped at this restaurant was probably three years ago, and the man we’ve interacted with remembered us.

“He directeth it under the whole heaven,
and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.”
Job 37:3