Happy 24th Birthday, John!

Happy Birthday, John! We are so grateful for you and the gift of life to our family. We look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for you. You are a diligent worker, you have an amazing desire to help others, and you have a strong command of God’s Word.

John’s Personality: outgoing, spontaneous, generous, creative, confident, adventuresome

Happy Birthday, John!


“Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth
with all your heart: for consider
how great things he hath done for you.”
1 Samuel 12:24

Fast and Prayer Day: January 17th. Will You Join Us?

Do you feel like sometimes the path isn’t clear? Do you desire to grow closer to Jesus? Do you have issues that are heavy on your heart? Dad and Mom have offered to fast and pray alongside of dads and moms who commit to fast and pray on January 17th. Originally this day of fasting and prayer was for those on their e-mail lists, Seriously for dads (a short, power-packed weekly e-mail), and the Mom’s Corner (monthly e-mail of encouragement) for moms, but we’re opening it up.

In November when we had a day of fasting and prayer, it was a huge blessing. Many shared that they saw tangible, amazing answers to prayer. It was a special, special day.

This isn’t just for dads and moms. Young men and young ladies are welcome too!

Ladies, you can sign up here. My mom, Teri, will be lifting each of your needs to Jesus.

Men, you can sign up here. My dad, Steve, will be praying for you.

We hope you’ll consider joining others around the world.



“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Matthew 6:20-21

Drip, Drop, Drip

A dripping sound can be quite an irritant! Proverbs agrees. “A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike” (Proverbs 27:15).

We’ve had a tiny leak in a hot water pipe in the basement ever since we moved in. Every few minutes, drip. To catch the water, we put an inverted CD cover (that goes over a spindle of blank CDs) under it, and conveniently, it would evaporate without having to be emptied. It wasn’t a big deal; it just wasn’t right.

Dad hadn’t fixed it because it would be a very involved project, and the dripping did no damage. He knew if the repair didn’t go well, an 8-hour job could turn into the house having no water overnight. Finally, though, he decided it had to be taken care of, and over the holidays he would have time to tackle it.

Anna volunteered to help as she’s always willing to learn something new. She was a great helper!

To accomplish the plumbing repair, Dad turned the water off to the house, cut the pipes to drain them and finally soldered new fittings. The end result of the day-long project: success! Praise the Lord.




“The labour of the righteous tendeth to life…”
Proverbs 10:16

Does Your Husband Need Work In the Kansas City Area?

We know a dad who is looking for additional, independent contractors who can provide any of the following installation services:
and siding.
Basically everything from toilets to roofing, but the the majority of the work is listed above.

If you know someone you could recommend, e-mail me on the contact form, and I will send you the information. He will be in Kansas City next Tuesday and Wednesday (January 13th and 14th) meeting with men to discuss the work.


“…but the substance of a diligent man is precious.”
Proverbs 12:27

Teri to Speak in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, January 12th

Hello all! I hope your new year has started off well. Ours has been very blessed.

We thought those in the Kansas City area might be interested in an upcoming event. Mom was asked by the Lee’s Summit Home Educators to speak at their meeting, which will be next Monday, January 12th, at 7 pm. She’s going to talk on Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit. For more details, see this link.

We’re excited for this opportunity, and we pray it will bless many moms as they dive back into the last part of the school year! Please, if you’ve come from reading this on the blog, introduce yourselves to one of the family. It’s a joy to meet you!

Stay warm!



“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which
is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek
and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God
of great price.”
1 Peter 3:4

Christmas Times

I wanted to share some pictures from our Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

We love to be together, and the little ones add a special sparkle to that time.

One highlight on Christmas was going to visit friends at the assisted living home where we go to church. When I walked into one of my friend’s apartments, she sat quietly on her couch, alone. Christmas decorations adorned her room, and a lone present sat waiting to be opened. I smiled cheerfully and told her Merry Christmas, taking a seat next to her.

As we talked, my heart ached with sympathy. It appeared that almost all she had left were memories of by-gone years. She thanked me for coming. After a bit, we joined the rest in the main area to sing Christmas carols.

Maybe you could take some time this next week to do something special with someone you love.

Happy New Year!



Here we go again. You see Tina’s adorable personality.DSC_7529DSC_7547

Anna and Mary made nightgowns for the little girls.DSC_7555DSC_7578



A new exercise shirt for me (Tina helped open it ;)).


A wedding picture to add to our wall for the married couples.DSC_7704DSC_7719

Joseph designed this banner for Dad. We have room in our entryway to hang it, and when we moved into the house, Joseph gifted Dad with a banner to hang there. It is a beautiful way to proclaim Jesus. Dad loves the new banner!


A precious gift from a niece.DSC_7757DSC_7831

Joseph and Elissa had to close their eyes while a present was brought in.

John and Anna gifted them with a new-to-them grill! Buying used is a blessing.

Little Drew is so adorable.DSC_7880


We did our traditional Christmas program that night.DSC_7922DSC_7931DSC_7936DSC_7940DSC_7949DSC_7953DSC_7957DSC_7959DSC_7968DSC_7972DSC_8000

The three new members added to the family in 2014!DSC_8030

Christmas morning, we did a workout, the “12 days of Christmas”.


Christmas morning, the guys made breakfast for us–a tradition.


John’s biscuits were quite amazing!

IMG_5360IMG_5521On our visit to our friends Christmas day, we sang carols, and they also sang their Merry Christmas rendition, much to everyone’s joy!


Anna is awesome with cooking. She was gifted with a meat smoker (used). We can’t wait to be the happy recipients of her first meal with it!


I made “to/from” tags again with pictures this year.DSC_8183DSC_8311

Baking together in the kitchen.DSC_8336

I was gifted with a wireless remote for my camera. It is so wonderful ;). Now I can get group pictures much easier and without having to push the timer and rush to sit down.

DSC_8344Activity before a meal!

DSC_8351Some of the cleanup crew!

“…and my people shall be satisfied with
my goodness, saith the LORD.”
Jeremiah 31:14