Almost every year, Nathan and Melanie host a July 4th neighborhood breakfast picnic. This year due to certain circumstances they changed the picnic to July 11th! Also it was a little different in that many of the neighbors who had been invited werenâ€™t able to come, but we had a delightful time with those who did!
Nathan and Melanie provide sausage and drinks, and everyone else brings a favorite breakfast dish. This year Sarah offered to decorate the table. She did a very nice job, and since she bought some of the decorations the week after the 4th she got them 50% off. We always look forward to this special time each year!
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:35-36).
Last Tuesday as Grandad and Grandma were coming back from a funeral, they were in a serious car accident. They were both taken to the hospital. Grandma has a broken pelvis and Grandad a broken collar bone. We are praising the Lord for His goodness in protecting their lives, as the accident could have been much worse.
Both Grandma and Grandad were wearing seat belts, which probably saved their lives. I remember when we would go to the park with Grandad and Grandma. Grandad would always ask: â€œDoes everyone have their seatbelts on?â€ before he would start driving. It is a very simple thing to wear a seat belt, and yet so many people fail to take the few seconds that might save their lives!
Grandma spent a few nights in the hospital, but she just came home yesterday! We are happy to have her home. Please pray for Grandad and Grandma as they start down the road to recovery!
Anna for the family
â€œThe angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.â€ (Psalms 34:7)
Thursday we sang and played at a retirement home here in Leavenworth! Nathan, Melanie, and Abigail joined us, and of course, Abigail was a big hit among the elderly!Â Here are some of the pictures from the afternoon.
Rejoicing in Jesus, Anna
“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” (Psalms 95:1)
Tuesday, we went to an assisted care facility here in town and sang! It was such a thrill to see the joy on the elderly peopleâ€™s faces as they listened eagerly to what was being shared and sang. We also enjoyed seeing two of the residents that had been at the nursing home where we have church who are now living at the assisted care facility.
I got the privilege of talking to a 101 year old lady. She had such a sweet personality as she told me about her experiences when she grew up in Alaska by the Yukon. Her father was in the military, so they lived in the fort, and she also told me how the military men tamed a bear. She said that the bear especially liked candy! I cannot imagine how different society was 100 years ago than it is now. It is always a privilege getting a glimpse of what life was like back then, and ministering to the older saints.
Delighting in Jesus, Anna
“The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow…” (Psalms 146:9)
We had a very blessed conference last night. After getting lost and driving back and forth on one road, we arrived safely at the church for setup. Our Google directions were not accurate so that was the reason for getting lost. The coordinator had provided a delicious supper. Thank you to all that helped. Also a special thanks to Libby and Lucy for their help on dinner! Our setup and pack up went very smoothly for which we were very grateful for. We are now on our way to Atlanta and are looking forward to the weekend conference.
Anna for the rest
“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.” (Psalms 9:1)
Our conference on Sullivan’s Island last night went well! Dad gave one new workshop on harnessing the power of a team. I know Dad put a lot of hours of preparation into it, and the session was very powerful. He shared about a yoke of oxen and how similar they are to a husband-wife relationship.
Christopher also gave two new sessions for the young people. The first one stemmed out of his blog posts on ambassadors and how we, as servants of Jesus, are to live as ambassadors for Him. The next one was on the kings of Israel and Judah and what they would say to the youth living today. It is always a challenge to give a session for the first time, but Jesus blessed, and both Christopher and Dad did wonderfully well.
We arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday. We have a lot of memories from this area. A couple of years ago (note: a few people who have read this thought this meant currently we have the flu, but we don’t! 🙂 We still appreciate your prayers–the Lord has really protected us from illness this trip, only a few had some minor colds, but none of the older ones, and the ones who had the colds are doing great now.), after a weekend conference, most of the family came down with a stomach virus Saturday night. We were staying in the hotel we are currently in, and we had to be in Shreveport, Louisiana, two days later. With only three healthy (who later got it) ones to pack up, we left several hours later than planned, but the Lord blessed, and we were gratefully able to make it to the conference on time. However, the memories still linger of the miserable time we had!!
Serving Jesus, Anna
“The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea” (Psalms 93:4).