Happy Birthday, Mom, and Happy Anniversary, Dad and Mom!

Happy Birthday to a most amazing mom! We love you so much and are very grateful the Lord gave you to us. What a special way to celebrate with all your family in the mountains today. Little known facts about Mom:

  • She will do anything to help a family member out.
  • Her favorite activity is hiking in the woods with her family.
  • She is a great Moody-idea-maker.
  • She is a fantastic editor.
  • She loves cookie dough.
  • She is incredible with planning family things and keeping things organized.


Happy 40th Anniversary also to Dad and Mom! God has been gracious and merciful to you both. We praise the Lord for giving us such godly, faithful parents! Little known facts about Dad and Mom:

  • They were only going to have 3 children (Sarah being the last).
  • They weren’t saved until they’d been married a few years.
  • In their earlier years, they loved to run.  Dad has run marathons and Mom ran some other races. Now, they enjoy hiking ;).
  • They make a wonderful husband/wife writing team and spend many hours working together on writing projects.
Happy birthday, Mom!
Happy anniversary, Dad and Mom!

DSC_8518bDSC_8523DSC_8558“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband…” Proverbs 12:4

We’re Here and Settled In

It’s wonderful to be settled into the cabin. We did some shopping today in Denver and then made our way up into the mountains this afternoon. And yes, Nathan and Christopher’s families came, along with GiGi!

I look forward to sharing our adventures during our time here. We each have so much to be grateful for. Praise the Lord for the simple gift of another day!

Joyfully His,

Waiting while Dad and Mom shopped in Costco.
Waiting while Dad and Mom shopped in Costco.
Scenery today!
Scenery today!


Unloading--we arrived in several stages.
Unloading–we arrived in several stages.


Thanks, Joseph, for taking our picture!
Thanks, Joseph, for taking our picture!
Happy cousins!
Happy cousins!
Anna has done an amazing job planning food for 19 people--and packing it all! She had things in boxes and labeled and set up her kitchen when we got here.
Anna has done an amazing job planning food for 19 people–and packing it all! She had things in boxes and labeled and set up her kitchen when we got here.


Aunt Mary and Drew
Aunt Mary and Drew
Aunt Anna and Drew
Aunt Anna and Drew

“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 100:3

In the Mile-High City

We’re staying the night in Denver. Our drive went well today–praise the Lord. We saw our first glimpse of mountains before we reached Limon. Congratulations to John for seeing the first antelope on this trip (a little Maxwell contest thing we do sometimes).

Yesterday’s packing wasn’t without drama. Why? Well. I creamed my hand into a door handle (I know, I know). It hurt so badly and felt unlike anything I’d had before. We decided I needed to go in and get xrays, especially with leaving today for Colorado. I’m very grateful they worked me in. The verdict: no broken bones. I praise the Lord for His gracious protection. And I’m grateful to be with the family today and not dealing with a broken hand. And yes, I’ll try to be a little more careful.

Praising the Lord from Colorado tonight!


Quite an armful.
Quite an armful.
Our staging area.
Our staging area.
This morning before we left: we took John's truck too.
This morning before we left: we took John’s truck too.

“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the LORD.”
Philippians 3:1

Colorado Bound!

Life is crazy busy here as we prepare to leave for Colorado. It’ll be a special time away as a family–time to just be together, enjoy God’s creation, and be refreshed. I can’t wait to smell that wonderful mountain air, to gaze at the star-laden sky with no street-lights to obstruct it, and to hike and hike!

One more day of preparations–of almost tripping over things as one navigates around a house that is in trip mode, of trying to remember all the things you must do, of packing, of loading, and of excitement.

Serving Jesus,

It's Bethany's birthday today, and she enjoyed a special picnic outside.
It’s Bethany’s birthday today, and she enjoyed a special picnic outside.


Andrew is growing so fast.
Andrew is growing so fast.


Mom has sweetly done lots of shopping in preparation for the trip.
Mom has sweetly done lots of shopping in preparation for the trip.


Taking a break.
Taking a break.


Those kind of views are what I'm looking forward to!
Those kind of views are what I’m looking forward to!

“For the invisible things of him from the creation
of the world are clearly seen, being understood
by the things that are made, even his eternal
power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

Romans 1:20

Sharing Christ: Part 5, Anna’s Thoughts

(Last post on the fair–we hope you have been blessed!)

Anna’s thoughts: I love children, and I love sharing Jesus! Balloon twisting at the fair pairs both of those together to make an exciting evening. Children are thrilled when you ask if you can make an animal for them, or if they are older, I like to offer to make a “crazy” hat. While I was twisting the balloon, I would either go through the “Good Person” test with the parents or depending on the age of the child, do it with them. If I didn’t have the opportunity to go through the “Good Person” test, I would give them a Trillion Dollar bill or this booklet. Kids were very happy with both of them and often would ask for more.

Serving Jesus,



“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every
one that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.”

Romans 1:16

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Birthday to the most amazing dad! You are God’s gift to our family. We’re grateful for the example you set to dads all over the world, and that you live out what you preach.

Little known facts about Dad:

    • His favorite times of the day are morning and evening Bible time.
    • He can make awesome popcorn!
    • He enjoys kettle bell workouts.
    • He loves to spend time with his family and will do so at any opportunity he has.
    • He definitely likes an adventure. He’s wanted to reach the top of a mountain near the cabin we stay at in Colorado. He’s been very patient and enjoyed trying twice, but bad weather and route finding challenges turned us around. Maybe this year, Dad!

Happy Birthday, Dad! We love you!


“…but as for me and my house,
we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:15