New Yorkers: Please Vote!

Calling all New Yorkers: please vote on Tuesday, April 19th, for a godly man for president, Ted Cruz. This presidential election is crucial for our nation. It’s important for your children’s future.

If you don’t live in New York, maybe you have friends there. Please e-mail them and encourage them to cast their vote for Senator Cruz.

Sarah for the rest

Vote for the little children’s sake!

“For for this cause pay ye tribute also:
for they are God’s ministers, attending continually
upon this very thing.”
Romans 13:6

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wait. What’s going on? Celebrating Mother’s Day in April? Sure, why not?

We know that the official Mother’s Day is May 8th, but we decided to throw a surprise early Mother’s Day celebration.

We cooked Mom’s favorite meals and truly celebrated. But the evening was the best part, because we could then reveal our very special gift.

We shocked Mom with a trip to True Woman ’16 this September! It’s something she’s wanted to go to, and we have all the details in place: plane ticket, conference and hotel reservations, and rooming with a sweet sister in Christ who is coming from overseas. The gift was definitely a huge hit, because she cried happy tears. She was in shock until this morning still. We’re really excited for her to have this opportunity.

How many of you all are going? It’d be awesome to meet up with Mom at some point during the conference.

So, happy early Mother’s Day, Mom! And don’t y’all worry; she’s such an amazing mom, we’ll celebrate then too. That makes two Mother’s Days: can you ever have enough?



This is my creative sister, Mary, for you!
This is my creative sister, Mary, for you!

“Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:31

Saturday Projects

Saturday, Dad and Mary had time available to help out with projects at Christopher and Anna Marie’s. It was again one of those amazing, sunny spring days that you can’t help but love.




I wandered over there with Ellie, who loves to be outside when it’s not too hot (seriously: she doesn’t know what summer is like in Kansas yet!).

At 30+ pounds, she is quite an armful to hold.





Then, Anna Marie and Mary washed screens, and Ellie thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.


This is the end result of a puppy playing in the water.
This is the end result of a puppy playing in the water.


“The labour of the righteous tendeth to life…”
Proverbs 10:16

Laughter and Sunshine

I don’t know about you, but I think these spring days with vivid blue skies and moderate temperatures are amazing.

Anna and Mary host aunties’ playtime on Monday afternoons, which, if you’ve been a blog reader for long, you’re familiar with. Last week I grabbed some pictures. I love the little kids’ expressions. Can you imagine how neat it would have been to live near aunts and uncles when you were young? Now, in this second generation of large families, it’s an actual reality.


Betsy is a born runner.
Betsy is a born runner.





“My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
1 John 3:18

Work Day at GiGi’s

Last Saturday, Christopher invited the family over for a work day at GiGi’s. The main goal was to spread out over 100 bags of mulch in the areas that needed it, and we also did a cleanup of the entire yard. In just one hour, GiGi’s yard became a different place. It was such fun to work together for a common goal. Afterward, GiGi treated us all to a pizza picnic! (Joseph and crew were out of town.)


Mom washed all of GiGi’s windows right before our work party started.



Anna and Betsy
Tina picking up sticks.
Tina picking up sticks.



Christopher, our work-crew coordinator!
Anna Marie with her radiant smile!
Anna Marie with her radiant smile!
John and Drew
John and Drew



GiGi took the group picture.
GiGi took the group picture.


“… but he will establish the border of the widow.”
Proverbs 15:25