St. Clairsville/Wheeling Conference

We are being blessed by our time on the road. I’m amazed at the generosity and love in our Lord Jesus people have shown to us. Truly, the body of Christ working together is a beautiful thing!

Friday was Jesse’s birthday, and after Bible time, we went for a run (well, Jesse, Anna, Mary, and I that is!). Dad and Mom dropped us off at a trailhead. We had a great run, and the scenery was so pretty and peaceful.

We ended up turning around here due to the tunnel being closed.
We ended up turning around here due to the tunnel being closed.

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We had a delightful early dinner with friends and then we went to the church to set up.

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Friday evening, we each share a passion the Lord has given us.
Friday evening, we each share a passion the Lord has given us.

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Our coordinator's family made Jesse cheesecake for his birthday!
Our coordinator’s family made Jesse cheesecake for his birthday!

We had a great mix of families, local and those from a distance (all the way from Michigan!). People were ready to be Energized!

Saturday morning before a conference starts, it's not uncommon to find Jesse at the piano.
Saturday morning before a conference starts, it’s not uncommon to find Jesse at the piano.

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It was an exciting weekend, encouraging fellow believers, seeing old friends, and meeting new ones. Hearts were open and tender to the messages shared.

We concluded with the panel discussion, and this group had a lot of questions, which makes it even more interesting. Thought-provoking questions too!

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A little girl who loves the Moody books.
A little girl who loves the Moody books.
Lunch time is a great opportunity to fellowship.
Lunch time is a great opportunity to fellowship.
A tired little guy.
A tired little guy.

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A special thank you to our coordinator who invested much time on publicity and working on the conference. Thank you, Judi!

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We look forward to this weekend. We’re on our way to Fort Mill.

Love,
Sarah

“O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
O fear the LORD, ye his saints:
for there is no want to them that fear him.”
Psalm 34:8-9

Happy 21st Birthday, Jesse!

Happy 21st Birthday, Jesse! You are such a blessing, and we love to see your heart for Jesus. In a world who rejects the Lord Jesus, you shine brightly in your witness for HIM!

An interesting bit of trivia: this is Jesse’s ninth birthday on the road since 2004.

Jesse’s personality: logical, deep thinker, adventuresome, considerate, diligent, insightful into Scripture

Happy Birthday, Jesse!

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“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel
which I preached unto you, which also ye have received,
and wherein ye stand.”
1 Corinthians 15:1

Ohio Bound!

We’re on the road. Praise the Lord. We’re traveling much differently than the last five years. We’re motoring down the interstate in the van. Yes, it’s true. Not even pulling a trailer. Although we miss Uriah, we know traveling in the bus was a season for our family. We miss our cozy home-away-from-home!

A few weeks ago, we wondered if we could do without a trailer and squeeze into the van. It’s only 10 days and 3 events, so maybe. We worked through what we needed to bring and decided we could.

Okay, I’ll confess here. I do not normally pack light. In fact, if this tells you anything, when we first began traveling, I had a duffel bag dubbed Jolly Mountain by my brothers. It was tremendously huge and very awkward to carry. I didn’t use that one too long. But, this trip I packed like a minimalist, and it was not bad after all. 😉

Packing up and out went pretty fast. Preparations were much easier without making meals and getting the bus ready. A special thanks to Joseph and Elissa for a delicious dinner last night and a great time of fellowship around God’s Word.

St. Clairsville, Ohio, is our first stop this weekend! We hope to meet some of you at an Energize! conference.

Love,
Sarah

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“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?
Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ
at his coming.”
1 Thessalonians 2:19

Just Because

I was sorting through pictures for something, and I found these from Joshua Tree two years ago that Joseph took. I couldn’t resist sharing.

Joshua Tree National Park is an amazing places. Out of cell signal. Peaceful. Quiet. Since we didn’t have a way to plug the bus in, and the generator would have bothered other campers, we didn’t even use fans that night. Wow. It was quiet, dark, and incredible.

The stars were stunning. If you are in the area of the park, and have an opportunity to stop in, I think you’ll enjoy it. Here’s the post in 2013 about it.

Back to my picture hunting (for those curious: some photos for Dad’s session)…

Sarah

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“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the son of man, that thou visitest him.”
Psalm 8:3-4

A Hymn Sing and Pie Fellowship

If you remember, July’s church fellowship was game and dessert night. We didn’t have one in August due to schedules, but this month, we scheduled a hymn sing with a pie fellowship.

Wow. If we thought game night was a hit, this topped it. Everyone loved it! We gathered in the “living room” and sang hymns, per request. We even had three special musics interspersed. One was from a dear elderly friend, who sang Amazing Grace accapella, complete with John Newton’s hymn history. Priceless.

Joshua and Christopher gave us a guitar duet of Nothing but the Blood, and Joseph, Anna, Jesse, and Mary sang their classic Holy, Holy, Holy.

Pictures can hardly do justice to last night, but I tried. There was much laughter, talking, and enjoyment of fellowship in the Lord Jesus.

Love,
Sarah

This was the beginning of the girls' apple pie.
This was the beginning of the girls’ apple pie.
John came up with his own pie recipe. I'm serious. It was a white chocolate pie with delicious chunks.
John came up with his own pie recipe. I’m serious. It was a white chocolate pie with delicious chunks.

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Joseph putting the finishing touches on Elissa's key lime pie.
Joseph putting the finishing touches on Elissa’s key lime pie.
Key lime pie and apple were runner ups in popularity, but John's was top!
Key lime pie and apple were runner ups in popularity, but John’s was top!
Jesse and Joshua
Jesse and Joshua
This lady loves Tina.
This lady loves Tina.
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Amazing Grace special!

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John and Drew are definitely buddies.
John and Drew are definitely buddies.

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Abby and Ruthie

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I took this picture before the last piece was gone, but even that disappeared. Good work, John!
I took this picture before the last piece was gone, but even that disappeared. Good work, John!
This is a twist on a selfie picture (using a mirror).
This is a twist on a selfie picture (using a mirror).

“Both young men, and maidens;
old men, and children:
Let them praise the name of the LORD:
for his name alone is excellent;
his glory is above the earth and heaven.”
Psalm 148:12-13

My Best Friend

I love to do things with my best friend—my husband! One of those special activities that we enjoy is walking together. Not only are we getting exercise, but we talk. Often it is hard for a husband and wife to have uninterrupted conversations in a large, busy family. Walking enables Steve and me to spend time together and hear what is on each of our hearts. Usually we walk early in the morning, but last winter for the first time, we took an afternoon break to get out when it is a bit warmer and the sun might be shining. I thank the Lord every day for the 41 years He has given me with my best friend!

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

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“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother,
and shall be joined unto his wife, and
they two shall be one flesh.”
Ephesians 5:31