More of Ellie

Our family has a soft spot for Golden Retrievers, and it’s no surprise everyone has been enjoying the new puppy. Ellie has settled in beautifully. She’s Miss Curiosity and positively full of energy and spunk. No matter how much you “puppy proof” things, Ellie’s bound to find something more interesting than her toys. She literally goes from one thing to the next. We all get a kick out of it!


Calia meets Ellie
Ellie discovered the apron strings right away!
Liddy LOVES Ellie!
Ruthanne does too, although she looks a little hesitant here.
Joseph and Ellie
GiGi and Ellie

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She is definitely a lap dog (at the moment anyway: she's going to get big!), and she melts me when she climbs into my lap!
She is definitely a lap dog (at the moment anyway: she’s going to get big!), and she melts me when she climbs into my lap!
Snuggle bug.
The girls held treats and told her to “come.” We’re starting to work on some basic things.

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“Because thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
My soul followeth hard after thee:
thy right hand upholdeth me.”
Psalm 63:7-8

Happy 14th Anniversary, Nathan and Melanie!

Happy 14th Anniversary to Nathan and Melanie! We are so grateful for you all and your love for the Lord and your family. We delight to see your house filled with joy and life!

We pray the Lord’s blessings on your lives this year. Happy Anniversary!

Dad, Mom, Sarah, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,
and obtaineth favour of the LORD.”
Proverbs 18:22

Meet Ellie, the English Cream Golden Retriever

Meet Ellie, my new little English Cream Golden Retriever.

Ellie and I
Ellie and I

So you might wonder the background as in: “Why did Sarah decide to get a dog?” At the end of the year, I began to seriously consider a dog. I researched options, prayed, and thought things through. We’ve loved golden retrievers, but I was specifically interested in the English Cream Golden Retriever. About three years ago, when we were in Indiana, we saw a beautiful English Cream Golden Retriever near our conference location. It was incredible!

So, I began the trek to find my dog, occasionally waffling between a regular Golden and an English Cream. You can do a Google Search on the difference, but the English Creams have European roots and are very light among several things. Selecting the name was difficult. I searched through so many options and finally settled on Ellie. The funny part is that’s one of the top 150 names on AKC’s site.

After many closed and then open doors, I found this little darling. Wow. She’s so sweet: cuddly, lively, and Miss Personality.


"Anybody want to play?"
“Anybody want to play?”

“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast…”
Proverbs 12:10

Cooking Ahead with Anna Marie and Anna

Anna Marie and her baby are doing well, but Anna Marie is starting to feel her varicose veins a little. So, she and Anna decided to do a “burrito blitz” and stock their freezer with 100 burritos for easy dinners later on. They were an awesome team!

First, they used Costco uncooked tortillas and set up several fry pans and lightly cooked them. Then, they grabbed a tortilla, spread a layer of refried beans, seasoned hamburger meat, and cheese over half of it, and then rolled them. The burritos were flash-frozen in the freezer and afterward put into plastic bags for easy storage. Now all Anna Marie has to do when the need arises is grab the number out she needs and heat in the oven.




“The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
Psalm 16:6