When He Calls, He Enables

I know I’ve been sort of missing from the blog lately, and I’ll share some of what’s been going on. First, it’s been a crazy summer. 🙂 There’s been so much to do, but when He calls, He enables!

The Lord gave me the opportunity to share at a camp for foster girls. It was an amazing time! I shared 2x a day a devotional type talk, plus an opening and closing talk, so a total of 10 times. I loved seeing the girls’ interest in the Bible, learning more about Him, and how to live for Jesus!  

After that, I spent 3+ days with long-time friends. With how intense my schedule was prior, I really enjoyed some relaxing time. They took me kayaking one day, and just floating on the water and talking was relaxing!

We’re headed for Colorado VERY soon! Our family has had a lot of traveling over the summer, with people here and there, so it’ll be an extra special time of just being together!

Also, due to my limited time right now, I’m taking a break from approving/replying to comments, and others will be doing comments. I’ll still read comments as I can, and you’ll be hearing from me through blog posts! 🙂


Ellie was super sad to have me leave!

Oh, you know how much I enjoy mochas! My friends treated me to Big City Coffee. The pumpkin chai muffin was flavor packed and the mocha delicious!

Working with Cathy Jo’s sheep to get them ready for the fair.

Making mochas.

Yes, I told you it’s been crazy, so I juggled work on the road too!

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24

Morning Exercise Together

This summer Teri and I modified our morning schedule to beef up our exercise, and we are greatly enjoying it. We go to bed at 9:00 p.m. so we can get up at 5:00 to beat the heat. Yes, it gets pretty warm in Kansas. We walk 7 miles, and during that time, we spend about 1/2 hour talking, 1 hour praying out loud, and 1/2 hour listening to an audiobook. Some days we come home and do a short kettlebell workout too. After that is personal Bible and prayer time.

Having the same walking route at the same time each day, we are developing some friendships with other walkers we meet regularly.

I love exercising with my best friend and also having that time multiplied for fellowship, prayer, and edification.

We invested in Airpods so that we could listen to the same book together. Some affectionately call them “sharepods.” Right now we are focusing on biographies of great Christians.

It is such a sweet and beneficial time.


“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge,
giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as
being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not
hindered” (1 Peter 3:7).

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Birthday, Dad!

I’m so grateful for my incredible dad. He is a man who is sold out to Jesus. He finds great joy in serving Him. Dad loves his family and spending time with us. We thank the Lord Jesus for His amazing gift to us!

Little known facts about Dad:

  • Dad loves surprises and is a great surprise crafter.
  • He and Mom enjoy long walks (7 miles!) and also kettlebell workouts.
  • Dad looks for ways to bless others, so he’s often helping people out.
  • His grandsons adore him, and he’s an awesome grandpa!


In a world where dads are not valued, I’m so grateful to have the most amazing dad who is an incredible example of a man sold out to Jesus! We love you!

“Praise ye the LORD.
Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD,
that delighteth greatly in his commandments.”
Psalm 112:1

Back to School Shopping Time for OCC

This is the perfect time to purchase supplies for your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes because it’s back to school! There are many practical items you can buy for the boxes.

Anna and Mary took Abby and Bethany to WalMart and stocked up. So if you’ve been thinking about OCC, now is your opportunity to get a head start!


“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27

Random Life, From Heat to Home

Yay, it’s time for another random life!

This last month flew by. So much happening. We welcomed Anna and Mary home on the 17th, and we had just a week before County Fair time! Life has been stuffed to its fullest. We enjoyed a lot of family time before I left last Saturday for a ministry trip to the West Coast.

God has abundantly blessed, and we’re grateful for His mercies which are new every morning.


We were a small group on the 4th! This is all it worked out to be. But fewer means more quality time.

What a sweet threesome!

Missing our girls! 🙂 (Notice Calia sneaking in the picture).

This guy had a birthday, and he and Daddy went for breakfast.
They picked up flowers for Mommy. How thoughtful!

Mom and GiGi went to Science City with Melanie and crew and had a delightful time.
Good job on the selfie, Abby.

Arnold sure likes to pick crazy spots to sit.

We got a new roof recently due to hail damage, and Anna Marie and crew baked cookies for the guys.

Speaking of the new roof, I opted to write at GiGi’s house to keep my concentration.
Anna Marie brought me cookie dough! 🙂 Yep. Cookie dough is wonderful.

Anna Marie and cookie bearers!

A “non” aunties’ playtime Grandpa and Grandma did.

A car race going on here.

The “outdoor” kitties are sure enjoying the inside.

Calia loving her produce she helps mommy with.

Sunday morning Bible time with coffee and my buddy.

Look at this incredible card a blog reader made for us!
Totally beautiful. Thank you!

A day road trip to see old-time friends of Anna Marie.

Arnold loves plants. I caught him
batting at Mom’s basil plant which was supposed to be getting sun.

Helping Grandma with Sunday lunch prep.

Abby made this hat for a blog reader’s baby niece
who we’ve been praying for and was in serious condition.

I guess sometimes life seems better
if you can curl up and put the cares out.

Tina taking the aunts’ place (before they got home)
and reading to the “little kids.”

The nieces enjoyed putting things on the aunts’ beds in anticipation
for their arrival home. They were SO excited!

The welcome home parade.

Family times together with a special dinner out.

Followed by frozen custard

Enjoying a Sunday lunch with the girls back!

House work!

Jesse has a mid-August deadline of finishing up the bathrooms, so
he’s been hard at work with a great group of helpers!

The girls have participated in summer Bible bee study.

These two.

Calia met the kittens.

Girls’ lunch out and grocery shopping with GiGi.

This happy group enjoyed a walk, playing in the stream, and SNACKS!

Jesse seriously ate all that corn in FIVE bites.

Here Anna is restocking the balloons before another fair night.

Mary painted so many faces (and special requests too!) :)! More on the fair later.

Hello from the West Coast!

“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then
how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace,
wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in
the swelling of Jordan?”
Jeremiah 12:5