Happy Birthday, Anna!

Happy Birthday, Anna! We’re so grateful for this amazing young woman. She packs her days with work and ministry. Her passion is serving the Lord. I think Anna’s smile has an extra sparkle when she’s with kids. She ministers with Mary twice weekly at an apartment complex, and she intentionally manages time with nieces and nephews too. She is proficient at IT help-desk support for one of her brothers’ companies.

Anna has spearheaded the Saturday project “declutter and clean out our stuff” day, and she loves to figure out what the day might hold.

Anna often blesses us with tasty meals, and her soups are really incredible.

We love you, Anna. Happy Birthday!

Shopping for Operation Christmas Child items
We three sisters love doing things together.
Anna Maxwell

“Blessed is every one that feareth the
LORD; that walketh in his ways” (Psalm 128:1).

Random Life From Summer Heat to Cozy Autumn

It’s a gorgeous, autumn Sunday afternoon as I prep this Random Life post. We went from temperatures in the 90s the end of September, to temperatures in the lower 30s at night, cool days, and snow predicted for this coming week. Hello, autumn! Hues of orange, brown, and the occasional vibrant red fill the neighborhood and surrounding countryside.

September and October have been full with work, ministry, and traveling for some. We’re grateful to the Lord for His enabling grace.

What is something you enjoy about autumn? I’d love to hear it!

Taking apart GiGi’s fence for a tree project
That slide needed some serious cleaning.
Bethany teaching Grandpa and Grandma a new game on her birthday night at our house last month
Axton with Grandma. That’s the blessing of being near relatives: spur of the moment the parents can go out for dinner, and we’re happy to watch the little one(s).
These two. I guess it’s like monkey see, monkey do?
Girls prepping fruit (using butter knives :))
We girls did a church event: Mary face painted, Anna twisted balloons, and I took photos for the event.
Christopher and Anna Marie went to St. Louis for the Scriptorium and also enjoyed the zoo.
Reciting at the Scriptorium
Deborah is so adorable!
Calia and Mom have time together each week, and here they’re all suited up for the rain (thanks to borrowing one of the aunt’s raincoats).
I wonder if this is similar to waiting for water to boil?
This is quite a bike line up!
A random Sunday capture
When so many are over, the hall can be a quieter place to gather. Here Anna is with a child from each family!
For one of the days at Bible Club, Anna applied for and was granted the firemen to bring in their truck and talk about it with the kids. The kids were so thrilled!
Mary sharing a Bible story
Garage sale-ing one morning
The cousins love spending time together.
I’m tellin’ you!
Enjoying some time with friends
Reading with Grandma
Time with friends
Some of the families had a picnic at the Riverfront Park, and here Christopher is witnessing to a man.
Deborah’s first time accompanying Nathan on a run
Anna Marie and Gigi
Autumn beauty

“The eyes of all wait upon thee;
and thou givest them their meat in due season.”
Psalm 146:15

Young Presenters Still Going Strong

Remember the Young Presenters (see these posts: Introduction, Part 1 and Part 2)? They’re still going strong.

As part of homeschool, often Nathan and Melanie’s kids give a short presentation on Friday evenings, sharing about one thing they learned. During their school meeting with Melanie the day of, they pick out what they want to share, practice it, and then present it.

It’s a great learning opportunity for the child to articulate to their listeners clearly, and it helps cement it in their minds.

Nathan had to work late last Friday, so Melanie and kids joined us for the evening. We all loved listening to the presentations. I haven’t heard one for a long time, and wow, they are in-depth and technical.

Abby first began by reciting the entire chapter of James 1. It was beautiful.

Here Abby showed us some math functions, including how to reduce fractions.

Betsy explained to us Elapsed Time and then calculated it, all the while telling us how she did it.

Tina demonstrated her spelling abilities, having Mom read off a list of words.

Drew showed us how he programmed this little mouse to do what he wanted it to.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath
begun a good work in you will perform
it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
Philippians 1:6

Happy 9th Anniversary, Christopher and Anna Marie!

Happy 9th Anniversary to my brother, Christopher, and his wife, Anna Marie. Amazing to think it has been 9 years since that beautiful, autumn day in Washington where you united in the covenant of marriage.

It’s such a joy to see your dedication to the Lord Jesus as you raise your family in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Christopher, you include your children in projects, and you’re quick to lend a hand to someone in need. Anna Marie, you are a sweet helpmeet who is industrious and loves her family.

Happy Anniversary!

Sarah for the rest

“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed,
but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”
Psalm 127:4-5

Happy Heart Duggar CD Giveaway

The Duggars blessed and gifted us with some of the Happy Heart CDs that their younger girls recorded. We gave some to our married families and kept one. We have three more that we wanted to give to families with children who read the Titus2 blog and would enjoy them.

I keep the Happy Hearts CD in the car I use to pick up Calia, age 4, for our weekly playtime. She always asks me right away when she gets in the car if we can listen to the Happy Heart CD. She loves the lively songs on it and even though our drive is only a few minutes back and forth, she has learned the songs quickly. Her favorite ones are “Happy Heart” and “Little Blessings.”  

If you are a homeschool family and want help teaching your children our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” it’s on this CD, and likely they would learn it simply by listening to the CD regularly.

Simple Rules to Enter the Happy Hearts Giveaway

If you live in the United States (sorry, no international entries this time) and have children ages 2-10, please post a comment that you would like to be in the drawing. 

We’ll close comments this Saturday, October 26th, at noon, Central Time. We’ll notify the three winners on or before Monday, October 28th.

We reserve the right not to post any comment or entry.

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

Christian Children’s Books You Can Trust

The Moody Family Series continues to be a trusted resource by families all over. It’s pretty frequent a letter arrives in our mailbox telling how much they love the Moodys books AND now Finding Change. The sequel is in the works. It is an exciting story, and there have been many pieces to the puzzle which take prayer and lots of brainstorming. It’s coming together, and I hope to begin writing the first draft next month.

Christmas time is around the corner, and I encourage you to consider blessing a child in your life with a children’s book from Titus2. If you order $35 or more from Titus2 (excluding download only orders), you can take your pick of a Christmas Moody story, for free. Even if you’re not familiar with the Moodys, you’ll love the Christmas books.

One faithful reader blessed me with a very special poem about the Moodys. She also was a great “tester” for listening to the story plot of Finding Change.

The Moody Family Poem
by Faith S.

Faith, the author of The Moody Family Poem

Dad loves Mom
And he loves the Lord,
He loves his children,
And brings them up in God’s Word.

Mom works hard
To take care of all their needs,
Homeschooling and cleaning,
She follows where the Lord leads.

Max is the oldest,
He enjoys helping Dad,
And he comforts his siblings
When they are sad.

Mollie likes to bake,
And is a helper to Mom,
She loves the Lord and is sweet and calm.

Enthusiastic Mitch
Is a helper to all
And some of his ideas
Are not so small.

Curly-haired Maddie
Is a cheerful little girl.
She is bouncy and fun
Always with a happy twirl.

Melissa and Moses:
A girl and a boy!
The twins are fun and happy,
They like munching on a toy.

The Moodys love each other,
And they for each other care,
Spreading the love of Jesus,
Over Sunflower and everywhere!

“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for
peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
Romans 14:19