Labor Day Get-Together

Happy Monday, y’all! We wanted to share pictures from our big family get-together on Labor Day. It turned out warm and wonderful, and the backyard rang with laughter and good fellowship. We’re happy to have Anna Marie back with us.

We’re grateful for family who loves the Lord Jesus and each other.

Dad and Mom put a lot of work into our BBQ, and a special thanks to Gigi for providing it!

We’re excited to share wedding pictures very soon. Hopefully this week depending on my schedule. I’m so grateful to the Lord for His grace during this intense season of working on my book. Saturday afternoon, I emailed it to our copyeditor!


Dad played lots of Frisbee with the kids.
This looks like a lot of action at the food table.
Kyle reminds me so much of Joseph when he was a little guy.

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore
sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7).

More Changes

Joseph and Elissa have moved! Not very far really, but not like when they only lived a mile from us. With the birth of Caleb, they felt they outgrew their starter house and began looking for a bigger one. They decided to settle in Kansas City, closer to their church.

After finding their new house, they put their old house on the market. It sold right away.

Joseph and Elissa are only about fifteen minutes away from Jesse and Anna Patrice. Both couples go to the same church.

We know we will miss having Joseph and Elissa so close, but we are happy that found a home they are delighted with. They said they plan to make it back regularly for family Sunday lunches.

Steve helping Joseph paint the house before it went on the market
Cleaning out the garden before the house closed

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Children Reading the Bible

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”
(Psalm 119:105).

This summer Anna was helping us do some clearing out in our attic and discovered a couple of treasures—two large print, children’s Bibles that were a couple of our children’s first Bibles. They show much wear from loving use.

When our children could read on their own, we wanted each to have his own Bible and read it daily. We chose an inexpensive, hard-backed, large print Bible for their first Bibles. They were not old enough to care for a leather Bible.

Over time, by being responsible and diligent in their personal Bible reading, they each earned a nice, leather Bible.

Trusting in Jesus,

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).

Random Life From Summer to Showers of Blessings

Life is a whirlwind, and we’re grateful for all the Lord has set before us. His blessings are abundant, and we praise Him!

Dad and Mom had an amazing time in the mountains. We’re happy they had a time of refreshment and enjoying God’s creation.

August came to a close with full schedules, and we welcomed September. Last week, we experienced several days of cold and rain–breaking a temperature record from the early 1900s.

For me, days blur together in a whirlwind of editing. We’re almost there, and I’m grateful to everyone who has helped with the project. This is my final week before the book goes to the copyeditor. My to do list is growing for after it’s off.

We love you all! What is something you’re grateful for today?


One Friday afternoon, I took an editing break and spend several hours with Nathan and Melanie’s family mini-golfing and then out for dinner. It was refreshing (and warm! :)).
Christopher and Anna Marie invited us over one evening for a thank you party for all of Mom, Anna, and Mary’s help while Anna Marie was in treatment.
Just a little bit of creativity to try to fetch a toy.
Kyle and Calia love vegetables, fresh from the garden!
The time Dad and Mom were gone, we had gorgeous weather here in Kansas. Editing is more enjoyable in the outdoors. I’ve spent many hours these past weeks editing on our back porch. I put in earplugs (to block out distractions) and set to work!
Don’t worry. We didn’t start it.
Ellie can actually be a lapdog. I hear her dad was.
Simon Peter is quite a chunk
Dinner at John and Chelsy’s while Dad and Mom were gone
Babysitting 🙂
Dad picked up several book reprints.
Gigi and (spot the ?)
Sunday family lunch, lots of happy times!
There’s such a lot of cuteness packed in this girl!
Friday, Mom watched Nathan and Melanie’s kids so they could have an evening out.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Maxwell Cozy Coupe Days, Second Generation

John and Joseph, in the 1990s. Getting a ticket looks like it was pretty stressful for John so he sought some comfort.

Our children had many happy hours in creative play. They wore out several cozy coupes and there were more than a few tickets written.

The children got behind the wheel at an early age. Even if there were iPads and computer games then, we still would have chosen this sort of play.

John pushing Anna

On a walk, Steve and I saw a cozy coupe out for the trash some time ago. It still looked serviceable so it came home. On our Labor Day picnic, we brought it out. It was so cute to see Joseph and John’s children reenacting the type of play their dads played years earlier.

Kyle needing some serious help from cousin Axton. The push was much easier once Kyle kept his feet off the ground.

“We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come
the praises of the LORD, and his strength,
and his wonderful works that he hath done”
(Psalm 78:4

What Kids Say

At our big Labor Day get-together, the backyard was full of happy activity.


Jesse’s Anna was playing Frisbee with Danny, and often, she had to run quite a ways to retrieve it. But she was good-natured, thinking you can’t expect much skill out of a four-year-old. Later to her surprise, Danny announced to her: “I like to throw it far to watch you run!”

Silly little kids.

Shortly after, he threw it to her with accuracy. 🙂

“In God we boast all the day long,
and praise thy name for ever. Selah.”
(Psalm 44:8)

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