Dad’s 65th


I love birthdays. It’s great to spoil the birthday person! (For those who are curious, the dessert was a great cream-cheese-cherry-something.)


Love those smiles!


They decided to let Drew blow out a candle, when Drew announced he wanted Sarah (the “aunt” part got dropped) to take his picture. I was so tickled by his request, so I grabbed my camera. He was very serious as he tried to blow the candle out.

Dad received a Bible from Mom!

“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich,
and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
Proverbs 10:22

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Birthday, Dad! You are an amazing husband to Mom, an awesome dad to 8 grown children, a loving grandpa to 9 grandkids, and a mentor to Christian dads across the world.

I, Sarah, want to take a minute to express my deep gratitude for a dad who always took time for us. One of my fondest memories growing up was our Sunday meetings. This was when we could share our hearts with him about anything. I firmly believe the consistent time cultivated a bond between us and Dad and kept those lines of communication open.

Happy Birthday, Dad! We love you!


“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment
thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the
servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me,
saith the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17



Thank you to all who left comments after the traumatic dog attack. Ellie recovered well and is her happy self. It’s so sweet to see her following me around the house and her puppy energy is almost boundless.


“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him …”
Psalm 37:7

Scheduled Meal Times

Every one in our family knows our meal schedule:

  • Breakfast – each on his own
  • Lunch – 12:30
  • Dinner – 6:00

Having a set meal time simplifies much for us such as:

  • Not having to have family members ask me what time a meal will occur.
  • Not having to call people when it is meal time.
  • Being able to plan my schedule so that there is an appropriate amount of meal prep time for the meal to be ready on time.
  • Family members counting on the consistency of the meal times for their personal scheduling needs.
  • Making it a priority to enjoy two meals together each day.

There are occasions when those meal times flex such as when a family member has something that would cause them to need an earlier or later dinner. Then with communication, the meal time is scheduled for that night for a time that will work. Those are occasional exceptions. Overall we enjoy the peace and order consistent meal times bring to our home.

If you don’t have consistent meal times, it isn’t difficult to establish that habit. Remember, habits make life easier. Think about meal times that would likely work well for your family, then backward plan so that you allow the necessary time to prepare the meal. Set timers on your computer, stove, phone or whatever you have accessible to you so that you are reminded to stop what you are doing to begin the meal. Avoid the temptation to “just do a little bit more” of whatever you were doing, and head straight for the kitchen.  I expect your family will like knowing they can count on meals at a particular time and that those expectations will be fulfilled.

Trusting in Jesus,


“Walk in wisdom toward them that are
without, redeeming the time.”
Colossians 4:5


We were at the fair last week. It was really exciting. We’ve had neat opportunities to talk about Jesus, and the Ten Commandments. The face painting and balloons were a big hit. There’s always a line for each. They really love it! We made so many new friends.




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“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)