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Spring with the Moodys and House Work

Spring with the Moodys went to our proofreader today! The proofreader will have it for  three weeks. I then have two weeks to work through the edits and prepare the book for the final format.

The house work is coming along! Last Thursday afternoon, the foundation walls were poured. The whole family was out to watch the exciting event—it was so wonderful to see the house really taking shape. Mary was our little baker last week and supplied the workmen with cookies and brownies.

Today, Dad rented a TracHoe so that we could dig a trench for the sewer and drainage. While Dad, John, and Joseph worked on the trench, Christopher, Anna, Jesse, and Mary waterproofed the outside foundation walls (looks like blue paint!). There is still a lot of work to be done tomorrow; please pray for the guys’ strength and that the job will get done! As soon as our part is done, we’ll turn it over to the contractors who will do the flat work (i.e. basement floor, etc), and then framing the house in. We’ll take it over after that :-).

Joyfully His,

Sarah

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Most of the family watching the pumper lower down!

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Ready to watch the action!

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John–I think he used a shovel a fair amount today!

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Our wonderful Daddy!

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Mary and Anna waterproofing the foundation

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Jesse and Christopher working together

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Joseph — down next to the foundation working!

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Honey found a steak bone and was happy to hold onto it. We finally convinced her to “drop it” with dog biscuits….

 

Change of Plans

After we got up this morning, we discovered the storm system that was supposed to go through the Midwest today is coming a day later. Dad felt it was best that we head home a day early because of the ice/snow that is predicted for tomorrow. We thought of Proverbs 16:9: “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” We make plans, but the Lord directs our steps. We were all disappointed, but we know this is for the best, and we’re grateful for the fellowship we had last night. I truly am grateful for such a wise father who listens so closely to Jesus.

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

Trip News

Last night wrapped up the sixth and final conference for this trip. Our hearts are full of gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ for His work during the last two weeks. As you know, we started off with thinking we had a bent axle on the trailer. Dad and John secured replacement tires for the trailer when we got to the Orlando area. The tire on that axle is doing well, and we attribute it to prayer and the Lord’s protection. Last Friday, Mary and I came down with colds. One “remedy” our family uses are the Ziacam tablets. If you feel you’re getting sick, you take a tablet, and if you’re sick, you also take them. For this last week, it has been a regular occurrence for someone to ask for the Ziacam to be passed :-). Wednesday evening, at a hotel, we had a “garlic party”. Yes, we actually cut up raw garlic cloves and swallowed them, in hopes that the garlic would help the cold symptoms. 🙂

Mom and Dad both came down with colds, although Mom’s hit her pretty hard. Friday morning, when we were preparing to head to Jackson, Mississippi for a weekend conference, we found there was freezing rain and ice. Thursday night at the Memphis conference, a father offered to give back road directions to get to Jackson. We can tell that Jesus clearly prompted him to offer us directions, because with those directions, we were able to take other roads for awhile instead of the interstate which was stopped at the time we were leaving the hotel due to many accidents. The roads were great for us, and we praised the Lord for allowing us to make it safely to Jackson.

Every conference we felt the Lord’s blessing. Hearts were receptive and open, and families were incredibly gracious to us. We were overwhelmed by the generosity each city showed to our family.

Sunday and Monday evenings we had our first Christ-Led Family Conference. Then, this weekend, we had our first full weekend of the Christ-Led Family. We weren’t even sure with colds and Dad’s voice if we’d be able to do our music session Friday evening, but Dad decided to go ahead with it. Dad’s voice held out, and our only bit of excitement was the bass bridge popping off near the end of the session. It did rattle some of us, and we stopped abruptly in the middle of our song. But, we soon started the song again, this time without the bass. For those who are wondering, even though from the picture (at the end of the post) you’d think the bass would need a major repair, it’s not hard to set the bridge back up. Throughout the weekend, hearts were open and receptive to the message. A few families had even driven several hours to come to the conference. We were blessed by the generosity of several ladies from the church who provided lunch for the attendees.

Thank you to every one who has been praying for our family and those attending the conferences. We are headed to Texas today for a brief visit with some friends of the family. We will be driving home Tuesday, missing the winter storm that will be going through several states :-).

Only for Jesus,
Sarah
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This church was where the full Christ-Led Family conference was held this weekend. 

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Christopher, with the bass, after the music session.

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Dad, whose absolute joy and delight is being able to share from God’s Word!

Conference Update

The conference went extremely well last night. We all have our “jobs” for set up, and the setting up was pretty smooth, especially for the first night of the trip.

For the first time slot, we had four different sessions: Mom spoke to the ladies, Dad to the men, Christopher to the young men, and I to the young ladies. Hearts seemed to be quite receptive! We enjoyed seeing several families whom we had met previously at the Orlando convention a year and a half ago. One family drove 300 miles to attend the conference. We were so blessed that they took the time and effort to come. For the second session, Dad and Mom jointly gave Keeping Our Children’s Hearts while Christopher gave Evangelism to the young people. Hearts were very open to the session. As the closing to the Hearts session, our family sang a few songs–gospel bluegrass style.

We were very overwhelmed by the way that Jesus provided for our traveling expenses. The coordinator had done a great job of organizing the conference–thank you! They even gave us a box of delicious fruit, pound cake, and other items. We now know how good a fresh orange is :-).

Today was a quieter day. We took a walk at Wachiva State Park, which we accidentally found last night after a wrong turn. The weather is wonderful: it feels like spring to us. It almost seems surreal to be experiencing such nice weather when back at home in Kansas, they’re having snow! We also are amazed at the green grass, flowers, etc. We enjoyed our family time today as we admired God’s creation.

We’re on to Albany, Georgia tomorrow. Thank you for your continued prayers. We hope to continue meeting ya’ll!

Sarah for the rest
Dad and Mom

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School continues even on the road! During sessions, when the children are back with the book table, they’re able to work on school! (They also do school other times during the trip :-).)

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