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We’re On the Road!

After a jam-packed Thursday full of trip preparations (and for some of us early into this morning 🙂 ), we are happily off for Oklahoma City! Everyone pitched in yesterday for all that needed to be done. Some of the boys worked on the bus, others worked on compiling more Chore books and MOTH books, another WalMart run was made, lots of organizing was done in the bus, many boxes loaded into the bays, and numerous other things.

Mary and Anna compiling books.
Mary and Anna compiling books.
There was much work to be done!
There was much work to be done!
Mary helped Dad as his errand girl.
Mary helped Dad as his errand girl.
John and Jesse loading the bus.
John and Jesse loading the bus.
Joseph and Dad working on the bus.
Joseph and Dad working on the bus.
Isn't she cute?!!
Isn't she cute?!!

Nathan and Melanie had us over for a delicious dinner, which was a wonderful treat, and we had family Bible time together after that.

We did have a bit of excitement around midnight: Christopher and Joseph were finishing up something on the bus, and a few of us were working in the basement. Suddenly, the lights all flickered, then they went out, then came back on briefly, and then everything went pitch dark! You realize this is not a good time to be without electricity in the midst of trip preparations! We were very grateful when the lights came back on within a minute. Christopher and Joseph, on the other hand, who were at the front of new the house, saw a strange, odd light suddenly appear from a power pole, and a noise, which sounded like a giant electric arc, before everything went totally black. They were also happy to have the electricity come on so quickly.

Hanging clothes ready to go!
Hanging clothes ready to go!
Mom ready to hand a set of clothes to someone who will take them out to the bus.
Mom ready to hand a set of clothes to someone who will take them out to the bus.
Praying in the bus before we left (two of the boys weren't in the bus yet).
Praying in the bus before we left (two of the boys weren't in the bus yet).
Grandma and Grandad waving good-bye--they are going to take care of shipping while we're away, and Honey (notice her stuffed toy?!).
Grandma and Grandad waving good-bye--they are going to take care of the ministry at home while we're away, and Honey (notice her stuffed toy?!).

Thank you to everyone who is praying for our family; we are so grateful. The Lord blessed in all of the trip preparations, and we are grateful to have embarked on this trip!

Sarah for the family

36 Hours and Counting Down…

Life continues in a busy swirl as we prepare to leave: thank you for your prayers! We are so blessed by them! Here’s today in pictures.

The boys built shelves to go right next to the refrigerator. The shelves look wonderful, and they'll be a neat, orderly storage area!
The boys built shelves to go right next to the refrigerator. The shelves look wonderful, and they will be so nice to keep things organized.
Mom worked in the bus for awhile today. I love you, Mom! :-)
Mom worked in the bus for awhile today. I love you, Mom!
Anna took this photo while we were in the bus today.
Anna took this photo while we were in the bus today.
Jesse with the new shelves.
Jesse with the new shelves.
Joseph was working on the headlights.
Joseph was working on the headlights.
When I came over to take pictures, there was John--on the bus roof! He was obviously working on something.
When I came over to take pictures, there was John--on the bus roof! He was doing some caulking.
There were yards to be mowed. . .
There were yards to be mowed. . .
And there was weedeating (or, if you prefer, weedwacking) to do. . .
And there was weedeating (or, if you prefer, weedwacking) to do. . .
Mom and Mary did our WalMart shopping this evening!
Mom and Mary did our WalMart shopping this evening!
I think we're set now!
I think we're set now!

Another busy day ahead of us tomorrow 🙂 .

Sarah for all the rest

Trip Preparations (In Pictures)

The dog needed a bath, so Mary gave her one outside.
Honey needed a bath, so Mary gave her one outside.
When you consider 5 weeks on the road, that's a lot of vitamins to bring!
When you consider 5 weeks on the road, that's a lot of vitamins!
Last minute sewing to be finished--we are finishing the hems for some matching jumpers.
Last minute sewing to be finished--we are finishing the hems for some matching jumpers.
It was a beautiful day today, and Joseph was working on shelves for the bus.
It was a beautiful day today, and Joseph was working on shelves for the bus.
Mom and Anna went SAMS shopping today.
Mom and Anna went SAMS shopping.

Please be in prayer as we continue to get ready for this trip. Two days left!

“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalms 37:5).

Sarah for all the rest

Abigail Hope 1.11 Update

I think I need to begin this with an apology for my lack of communication. Days have slipped into weeks and weeks into months.

Abigail is three and a half months old!

Melanie and Abigail
Melanie and Abigail

Short story is that Melanie and I love being parents. We thought this was something that God was giving us with Susannah, but that wasn’t the case. Then, as Abigail struggled so much with reflux and colic for the first few months, we felt challenged, stretched, and discouraged. Recently, I heard a phrase in Pilgrim’s Progress (audio book), something like, “Before the sweet, the bitter, For to make the sweet, sweeter.” (Not a perfect quote. I’m going from memory.)  This is what we are now experiencing, the sweet joys of parenthood.

Abigail
Abigail

Abigail has become quite vocal. She’s also more alert and frequently smiles easily. She’s just beginning to be able to tell the difference between her mom/dad and others. So far, she’s frequently content with either Mom or Dad, but I know that might change. Her reflux is much better, she’s not colicky anymore, and she sleeps through the night! Wow, what changes!

Melanie and I are enjoying this new phase in life and see it as a gift from God. I’m sitting downstairs typing this as I hear Melanie visiting with a friend upstairs, recounting our hospital story. It almost seems like two different lives, and yet God so faithfully led through the previous eighteen months. We rejoice in His goodness, a goodness that is just as true now as it was a year ago.

Nathan

Uncle Joseph and Abigail
Uncle Joseph and Abigail
Uncle Christopher and Abigail
Uncle Christopher and Abigail
Uncle John and Abigail
Uncle John and Abigail

Safely Home — Conference Report

We are home safely after our quick weekend trip to Jefferson City, Missouri. The drive went smoothly, and before going to the church, we dropped off our bags at a cabin someone graciously let us stay in. After getting to the driveway for the cabin, it was determined that Uriah wouldn’t make it over the cattle guards, and since the family had offered to “ferry” (aka – drive their vehicles down to the cabin) us and our luggage down to the cabin, we went for that option.

Set up went quite smoothly, especially since it’s been several months since our last conference. It dawned on me Friday night that we have 7 weekend conferences right in a row—I knew our trip was 5 weeks and 16 stops (including Jefferson City), but I didn’t realize that translated into 7 weekends 🙂 .

We had a delicious Mexican dinner provided for us before we started the conference Friday evening. Our music time went well—and we enjoyed sharing with those attending. Saturday went by quickly, and in between the sessions, we were each blessed by our conversations with other families. We found out that one family came all the way from Nebraska for the conference—they drove farther than we did!

Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom

Little ones always brighten the day. One young boy asked me how many miles we were going on this next trip, and I told him that it would be eight thousand (!!). A few minutes later, he was talking to John, and this four-year-old informed him that we would be going a quarter of the way across the world 🙂 .

The little girl had showed Dad some pictures she had drawn. Dad was encouraging her to keep practicing, and he showed her the drawings from the Schools book.
The little girl had showed Dad some pictures she had drawn. Dad was encouraging her to keep practicing, and he showed her the drawings from the Schools book.

Mom talking with a lady after a session.
Mom talking with a lady after a session.

We were grateful for the “loading out” help two families gave us, and we were on the road around 5 p.m., with a break outside of Columbia for dinner. It’s hard to believe Friday starts the beginning of the five week trip—we’re all excited and looking forward to what the Lord will do in these next weeks.

This is the newly added text on the back of Uriah!
This is the newly added text on the back of Uriah!

We would appreciate prayer as we prepare for the big trip! More pictures coming on that this week!

The instruments were carried in Saturday evening, and here is a portion of them!
The instruments were carried in Saturday evening, and here is a portion of them!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest

Pre-First Day of School

Tuesday night I greatly enjoyed putting out the children’s school surprises at their places at the table for them to discover when they awoke on our pre-first day of school the next day.

School Surprises
More School Surprises

During my one-on-one meeting with each of the school-age children on that pre-first day of school, we go over all they need to know and get set up for their new school year. In our new book, Managers of Their Schools, we go into much more detail about our pre-first day of school.

Anna and Mom's School Meeting
Jesse and Mom's School Meeting

As we begin our twenty fourth year of homeschooling, we are grateful that the Lord has allowed us to continue to homeschool our children. Four have graduated, and we have four more to go.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri