Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

My mom is incredible. But you already knew that ;).

She loves Jesus with all her heart, soul, and mind. She desires to serve Him and others in whatever ways she can.

She gave up her time to homeschool for 30 years. Imagine! That’s a career! How many other things do you think she could have spent her time doing? I could come up with a list. She loves each of us so much!

Mom with all 8 of her graduates.
Mom with all 8 of her graduates.

Mom’s got grit. She can summit 14ers (a mountain over 14,000 feet)–and be your cheerleader at the same time.


My mom delights in spending time with her best friend, my dad!

My mom loves her grandchildren. She will get down on their level and play with them, and yes, even drive trucks around.


She has a special place in her heart for babies. I think it brings back memories of when she raised us!


She’s a Titus2 mentor to countless ladies across the world and delights in the Titus2 ministry.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! We love you.

DSC_9829To all you ladies out there, and to all my sister-in-laws, Happy Mother’s Day!

I also want to wish a heart-felt and tender Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who have experienced the loss of a child this past year. That memory is going to be fresh and raw, but you are still a mother to that little one. They’ve only stepped into eternity sooner than the rest of us. I pray the Lord gives you grace in a special way today.

Sarah for the rest

“Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above rubies.”
Proverbs 31:10

John Maxwell’s Trip Report


Hey, folks. John again.

I would like to thank everybody for praying for my trip. It was totally amazing. The Lord blessed with safety and a good time. I took a few minutes to write some thoughts about the trip. They are arranged in no particular order, so enjoy.

I traveled really light. In country, travel (as with many developing countries) was difficult, to say the least. With just my backpack, I didn’t have to deal with hauling a suitcase around.

Their standard of living was pretty amazing. Almost everyone I met was happy and content. Most people did not even have running water. One of the first things I did each morning, and the last thing each night, was to pump water to clean up with.

It was refreshing stepping back to a calm focused way of life. The good folks that I met were unencumbered by the busyness of life that we in the States often have.

The community I visited was mostly a farming community. They worked 12 hours a day. The heat and humidity were something else. They did not use tractors or other automated equipment. In fact, they had not even seen the kind of big tractors that I have driven. When they tilled the land, it was at least three guys using hand tools, working in a line. It would take them hours to do something that most farmers in the States would have done in less than two minutes.

I had two goals for the trip. The first was to spend time with my friends who live in country and to encourage them. The second was to broaden my world view and experience life in a developing country. Both of my goals were a smashing success. We had a blast, and I learned a ton.

If any of you have a chance to take a trip to a developing country, I highly recommend it. Here are some suggestions, if you do that. Travel with someone, or meet someone, who is experienced with traveling. Get immunizations before leaving, based on what the CDC recommends. Pack light, and bring a water filter. I used a Life Straw in a sport bottle and only got a minor illness that was probably food related.

I was in the air flying back when the earthquake in Nepal occurred. Please pray for everyone that was affected by that disaster. I know now, more than ever, how little those people have, and how long the road to recovery is. Please send what support you can to help everyone in need. Millions of people are without the basic necessities of life.

To answer a few of your questions.

What were your expectations?

I seriously had no expectations, only the goals I mentioned earlier. I find on trips like these, it is best just to see how things develop, and be ready for anything. 

Will you go back some day?

I do not know if I will go back. Maybe some day.

Where are all the pics?

I posted pictures from my trip, had second thoughts about it, and asked for many of them to be removed. I made that decision based on multiple factors. Sorry to disappoint, but thanks for understanding.

How many changes of clothes could you fit into your backpack?

I brought three sets of quick-dry hiking clothes. I would wash a set every day, so I always had clean clothes.

Did you have cell coverage?

Cell coverage was pretty decent most of the time. I unlocked my old Iphone 4S, and put a local sim card in it.

Did you like the food?

The food was fantastic. I ate many things that we wouldn’t dream of eating in the US.

Where I slept
Where I slept

Let your conversation be without covetousness;
and be content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Hebrews 13:5

You Did It | Summer with the Moodys

Summer with the MoodysThank you all so much for your support! In less than 24 hours, you put Summer with the Moodys (Book 1 in the Moody Family Series) in the top 100 free Kindle books. This proves what you have been saying for years–that you love the Moody Series. This is serious motivation for me to keep on writing. Thank you for every download. Each one helped put Summer with the Moodys on the top 100 list.

We have three and a half days left on the promotion. You all keep on spreading the word, and I will keep writing.


PS: The Amazon link is an affiliate one. Read our disclosure/privacy policy here.

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

My Wedding Gift to Joseph and Elissa

My wedding present to Joseph was late, about eight months late, but it was a special project. The present? A 149 page album of pictures from Joseph’s childhood to marriage.

I started this wedding-gift tradition with Nathan, carried it on with Christopher, and continued it with Joseph. Nathan’s album, done 13 years ago, was a simple photo album compiled in scrapbook style. Christopher’s was bigger and done with an online photo place. Joseph’s got the prize for the biggest, and I used Mixbook. One tip: watch for a sale. Mixbook has great quality products.

As I compiled Joseph’s pictures, I’m amazed at how much we’ve traveled over the past 10 years. Oh, the treasure chest of memories those pictures flooded me with. I gave the album to Joseph and Elissa last week, and they were delighted! It will be a treasure for their children.



“We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come
the praises of the LORD, and his strength,
and his wonderful works that he hath done.”
Psalm 78:4

Planting Trees

Recently, Jesse headed an endeavor to plant two trees. One replaced a tree deer had damaged, and another took the place of a tree we had to take down due to root damage from when we built the house.

I’m grateful for things that beautify our world. Think about what life would be like without color. It would be pretty drab, wouldn’t it? My Creator amazes me. Each spring, new growth appears, and each autumn, it fades. We don’t have to tell the tree to make leaves: it just does. May this simple yet complex fact inspire praise in our hearts to our Creator.



A selfie with a DSLR.
A selfie with a DSLR.


The root ball was extremely heavy.

DSC_2259“As the valleys are they spread forth,
as gardens by the river’s side,
as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted,
and as cedar trees beside the waters.”
Numbers 24:4