Faithful Mrs. F

Years ago when we first moved to Leavenworth, we met an older couple, the Fs, in the church we attended. Even though we no longer go to church there, we will from time to time see Mrs. F,  and enjoy a conversation with her. Now she is twenty-five years older than when we first met her.

Recently, I was in line at the grocery store and who should I observe at the checkout in front of me? Mrs. F! She was quite involved with producing her payment so I didn’t try to catch her attention right away. Before she started to leave, though, I called out to greet her. She returned my greeting.

As she was beginning to walk away, I observed her reach into her purse, pull something out, and turn back to the checker. “Excuse, me,” she said. “I have something for you to read when you have a chance.” She handed the checker a gospel tract, as he thanked her.

My heart was touched. Faithful Mrs. F! In her 80’s, she is still giving gospel tracts to those with whom she comes in contact. How easily I personally can justify not doing that. I might wonder if I have given that person a tract already. Maybe I decide it is just too much trouble. Perhaps I simply don’t remember tracts in the flurry of unloading the cart and checking out. I think Mrs. F could easily have used any of those excuses not to give away a tract that day, but she didn’t.

Mrs. F is a wonderful example to me of being a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus. I want to be faithful now and faithful when I am in my eighties or nineties, should the Lord tarry. What about you?

Trusting in Jesus,

PS: If you need suggestions on tracts, we encourage you to stop by LivingWaters. Their Million Dollar Bill and Are You a Good Person? tracts are our favorites.


“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant;
thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler
over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord”
(Matthew 25:23).


Her chubby cheeks, serious blue eyes, and adorable two-year-old love melts me. Beyond sweet. Wait until I can capture her “training” Ellie for you!




“And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: 
it shall rejoice in his salvation.”
Psalm 35:9

We Celebrate Christ’s Resurrection!

We stand in awe and praise for our Lord  Jesus. This is a special day as we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death. As our family has been reading the account in Matthew, I was struck by how Jesus felt before He went to the cross. He had feelings just like we have. “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).

Yet, Jesus was obedient even unto death. “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).

It’s an overwhelming thought that Jesus’ blood makes us white as snow. What a miracle. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

He is risen!

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

God’s Protection Over John

Today, John was in a three vehicle accident, and we’re so grateful for the Lord’s protection over all involved.

A vehicle ran a stop sign, and rear-ended John’s truck, which spun him around and into another vehicle. John’s truck finally ended up halfway on someone’s yard and driveway, with side air bags deployed. He joked that it almost looked like he backed into their driveway. John walked away from the wreck, although he is definitely feeling the effects of being thrown around tonight.

John’s truck could be totaled. But we praise the Lord for protecting everyone. It’s amazing how quickly life can change.






“For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands,
lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
Psalm 91:11-12

Susannah’s 9th Birthday

Nine years ago today, Nathan and Melanie welcomed their first born daughter, Susannah, into the world. She had been a long-awaited child. But when Susannah was born, the doctors were mystified because she never moved or opened her eyes. She only lived three days before she left us and went to be with Jesus. We miss her, but we know the separation is only temporary.

For those of you who have lost little ones, please know we understand. Don’t think your pain is unnatural. Loss is hard, oh, so hard! But God’s grace is sufficient. I watched my brother and sister-in-law walk courageously through a devastating time. Every life is precious, and although we don’t have answers, we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

You’ll find below a slideshow of pictures surrounding her birth. The music is by Joseph, Anna, Jesse, and Mary, and Joseph wrote the lyrics. Even this many years later, the slideshow and music still brings me to tears. Susannah was so sweet.

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning them 
which are asleep, that ye sorrow not,
even as others which have no

hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so them

also which sleep in Jesus will God
bring with him.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Ellie Takes a Trip to Bass Pro Shop

We girls took Ellie with us to Bass Pro Shop yesterday. The sale racks had some awesome deals, and we enjoyed our time there. Ellie is growing so fast: life is totally an adventure to her.




“This shopping thing really tires a puppy out.”


“Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous:
for praise is comely for the upright.”
Psalm 33:1