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The Fruitful Season: Part 5

I don’t think Steve has mowed a lawn, except a time or two, for about twenty years since Nathan turned twelve and was given lawn mowing responsibility. All of our son’s have been lawn mowers for our family. Now our youngest son is thirteen, and this is the third year he has been in charge of our lawn plus he mows Grandad and Grandma’s and a few others in the neighborhood.

Not only has Jesse whole heartedly accepted the responsibility for the mowing – which he does with no reminding – but he also has taken on the maintenance of the yard. He observes weeds and pests in the yard, discusses them with his dad, and does research on how to deal with the problem, completing the designated course of action.  Jesse is learning the fertilizing needs of the yard, the fertilizing schedule, plus how to apply it to the lawn. Jesse has learned how to give a lawn mower a tune up, and he is beginning a little mower tune up business in addition to the neighborhood yards he mows. Recently he took a riding mower that was given to him but wasn’t working, did some troubleshooting of it, bought parts for it, fixed it, and sold it for a nice profit.

While Jesse mows and fertilizes, Steve’s time is freed up for his writing. In addition, Jesse is serving the family, being responsible, and developing income-producing skill.

Jesse mowing the lawn.
Jesse mowing the lawn.

These are the fruitful years. The Lord has been faithful in teaching us, through His Word, the importance of implanting His Word in our children’s hearts in a practical day-to-day manner. Those years of planting can become discouraging when you give the same encouragement over and over but don’t see the results immediately.

Just as the farmer does what he needs to do and waits for his harvest, so we as parents do what the Lord Jesus calls us to do, looking forward to the fruitful years with expectation not discouragement. “Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain” (James 5:7).

We, as parents, are the ones who first get to enjoy that fruit that the Lord Jesus produces in our children’s lives. “The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits” (2 Timothy 2:6).

Jesse
Jesse

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

The Burrito Making Process

Several times a year, we make burrito bean filling (my favorite meal). Here’s the link to our recipe. The filling makes our Sunday lunches very simple, and it’s quite economical too!

The first step is to sort/rinse the beans and pre-soak Thursday night in preparation for cooking the beans Friday.
The first step is to sort/rinse the beans and pre-soak Thursday night in preparation for cooking the beans Friday.
Cutting
To prepare the onions: a few family members take them outside, with cutting boards, knives, and bags for the onions, and process all the onions. Being outside helps your eyes not to water.
John
Friday night, after the beans have cooked, the onions and jalapenos as blended up to a fine puree, and then that mixture is cooked all night.
One of Dad’s job is to mash the beans in an old mixer we use for that purpose.
The mashed beans are put into a container and go in the fridge over night. We didn’t have room for all the beans to go in the fridge, so some had to go in pots in the oven.

We let the filling cook all morning and part of the afternoon. Then, we portion the filling into freezer containers to be frozen for future meals!
We let the filling cook all Saturday morning and part of the afternoon. Then, we portion the filling into freezer containers to be frozen for future meals!

Sarah

“O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory” (Psalms 108:1).

God’s Protection

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.

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Waiting for the ambulance.

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: “Does everyone have their seatbelts on?” 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!

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Getting Grandma from the car.
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Preparing to leave for the hospital.

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!

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Grandad recovering!
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Grandma just after arriving home from the hospital!

Anna for the family

“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” (Psalms 34:7)

The Fruitful Season: Part 4

As I sat reading Sarah’s latest, almost completed, Moody book out loud after family Bible time to help her with her editing, Steve said, “Sarah, I don’t know how you come up with conversation in your books like you do. I could never do that.”

While Steve and I have a heart for our children to have books to read that are a godly encouragement for them, we don’t have the time nor the abilities to write those kinds of books. However, the Lord has put those same desires on Sarah’s heart and given her the talent plus the time to write children’s books.

Sarah
Sarah

Those books have led children to salvation, personal Bible reading, obedience to parents, serving others, being industrious, and much more. We have reports that the books are role models for young Christian families who have not grown up in Christian homes. Plus we hear over and over that the Moody books are favorite books with the children and sometimes dads and moms too.

In addition, when our first book was printed in 1999, Sarah was finishing high school. She became our office manager. I was still a busy homeschool mom, and Steve was working full time. Neither of us had time available to fill book orders, take phone calls, and research tax issues for out-of-state conferences.

All those years homeschooling — teaching English, writing, math, diligence, perseverance, ingenuity — are now manifesting their fruit. Steve and my ministry is helped, enlarged, and broadened way beyond what we could ever imagine because of what the Lord has done in Sarah’s life and how she is choosing to serve Him.

The fruitful years will come if you will continue faithful in what the Lord has called you to do with your children.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

Another Retirement Home

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!  Here are some of the pictures from the afternoon.

Singing
Singing
Talking beforehand
Talking beforehand
John
John
Mom
Mom
Nathan and Abigail
Nathan and Abigail
Sarah, Mary, and I talking with a sweet lady.
Sarah, Mary, and I talking with a sweet lady.
More visiting.
More visiting.
Loading up instruments! Joseph and John had a concrete project that they were working on so they already had their flat bed trailer hooked up to the truck, so we just put everything in the trailer.
Loading up instruments! Joseph and John had a concrete project that they were working on so they already had their flat bed trailer hooked up to the truck, so we just put everything in the trailer. (We're in the process of working on the bus, so it wasn't drivable at the moment!)
We girls in our new matching jumpers (Joseph took the picture in our front yard).
We girls in our new matching jumpers (Joseph took the picture in our front yard).

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)

The Fruitful Season: Part 3

We are beginning to learn some new songs for the family concerts we frequently give. However, both Steve and I are quite busy. We haven’t had the energy, nor the musical expertise, to choose new music.

Anna, sixteen, has undertaken the project. She collected a list from all the family members of songs they would like to learn. Joseph, twenty, helps her evaluate each song, figure out the key we would sing it in, write down the words, and work out the chords.

Working together
Working together

As we work with and disciple our children through the years they are growing up, they become young adults who can bear responsibility, have servants hearts, and carry on the ministry the Lord Jesus has given to a family. It is a fruitful season, one to be looked forward to for those with younger children.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9