Happy Birthday Sarah!!

Happy Birthday, Sarah! This has been a big year for you as you celebrated the finishing of your Moody series and dove right into a new adventure of writing! We are thankful for YOU! We love you and are so grateful you choose to be a part of our family until the Lord brings along the right guy.

It’s very exciting to see how God has been using you in blessing so many lives, and we look forward with you to what the Lord has in store for you this year.

May your birthday be filled with much love, excitement, chocolate, loads of snow, and anticipation for what lies ahead. 

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”  Philippians 3:10.

John’s Birthday Party

It seems birthdays in our immediate family come in clumps: two in January and none until three in August, followed by September and October.

John’s pick was pizza for dinner. The girls made 5 pizzas and countless breadsticks, and all the pizza save one piece was eaten. We had a great time celebrating the dawning of another year for John! 


"Help" blowing out candles.
“Help” blowing out candles.


“Thy faithfulness is unto all generations:
thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.”
Psalm 119:90

Catching Up

Can you believe it’s mid-January? Already the year is off to a fast start.

I want to share pictures from events at the end of the year. We had a week-later-caroling party, and we found it worked better to do it then versus the night of. Much more relaxing! We started off with (no surprise) singing carols. Then, we enjoyed a bountiful spread of goodies. Anna Marie, along with some help from Mary, had prepared a delicious array of cookies, along with crackers/cheese and other items. With all 22 of us, we fill up a dining room, but the more the merrier! When we were through, we enjoyed Bible time.

New Year’s Eve, we had a pizza party, followed by fellowship and Bible time. After the younger families left, our immediate group had a prayer time and then headed for bed.


Calia and Dad
Ruthanne has become GiGi’s little buddy: just going over and snuggling next to her.


Aunt Mary and Drew
Aunt Mary and Drew
The whole group. The wide-angle lens comes in handy here!
The whole group. The wide-angle lens comes in handy here!
Betsy, Anna, and Abby reading together.
Betsy, Anna, and Abby reading together.



Did I surprise you? Here’s a random picture from a dinner over at Joseph and Elissa’s. 😉

Now below you’ll find pictures from New Year’s Eve.

An intense game of Go Fish in process.
Calia and I--in pink
Calia and I–in pink
John with a lap full. Drew loves Calia.
John with a lap full. Drew loves Calia.

“Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.”
Psalm 100:2

Teaching Children Time Management

I wanted to share an e-mail I received from a mom who is seeing fruit from her scheduling through the years. Her thoughts about teaching children time management versus financial management were very insightful.

Trusting in Jesus,

Time management is important!
Time management is important!

I had a quick thought I wanted to share with you regarding scheduling. (By the way, we have been CONSISTENTLY successfully running schedules now for over a year. We have taken off for a week break for a couple of times in between semesters, and everyone has always requested that we get back on as soon as possible! WIN!!!)

Here’s the thought:

I have concluded, after having older children now and seeing them function in the adult world, that teaching them to manage their TIME is even more important than teaching them to manage their money or budgeting. Why? Because you can always make more money, but NO ONE can make MORE TIME. We are all given the same amount of time as a gift, to spend wisely or to squander.

I am really starting to see the fruits of teaching my children scheduling throughout their lives. Even though we had a season of life where we fell off, the foundation I had already laid for them through our scheduling when they were younger, paid off. Thanks to your mentoring, I have been able to reel us all back in after that bumpy season, and now the youngers are finally benefiting.

It has also been refreshing to re-read some Titus2 materials and recharge my techniques now that managing my family has become a little more complicated due to various ages and needs.

I just thought you might like to know. Obviously, Titus2 is going to continue to help the next generation and beyond. We appreciate you, and your adherence to Scripture, very much!


“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
1 Peter 4:10