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An Update on Life

The weather has been very hot, but our guys (and girls!) have had such good attitudes in spite of the unpleasant heat. We are grateful for cooler temperatures now for a few days.

We are just finishing up wiring the house; even Anna and Mary are great wire pullers. We hired out the insulation this week, and it’s amazing to walk through the house and not be able to see someone in the next room. This morning was a big turning point – the “rock” (aka sheetrock) was delivered!

We are a little less than two weeks away from leaving on our East Coast trip. Please pray as we begin preparations. Most of the family has been hit with a cold/flu and some have been pretty sick (including Dad). Please pray for them as they recover. We always find the few weeks before a trip are filled with unexpected trials. We feel that there is definite spiritual warfare because Satan tries to deter us from going where Jesus wants us to be!

We have seventeen different cities we’ll be going to. We’re looking forward to meeting many of you.

Only for Jesus,

John and Retaining Wall

John working at his first attempt to build a retaining wall. Dad said it turned out great!


Mary working on wiring! 🙂


Anna was insulating pipes.

Our Guys

John, Jesse, and Joseph watching the city putting in a water drainage tube.


Joseph was working on light fixtures for the front of the house.


Jesse, showing the wiring that was done.


Coming through a window

Sheetrock coming in through the window!



You might notice the ground looks muddy. We had quite a bit of rain in the night, and then it did rain before the trucks came. Praise the Lord during the time they unloaded sheetrock, it didn’t rain. The rain only began again after they were finished!

Fair Week Finale

Thank you for your prayers during this past week. We had a wonderful time of sharing the Lord Jesus Christ with many fair-goers during the county fair. We desired to challenge people to evaluate where they would spend eternity. The exciting part about doing balloon animals/creations as well as drinks is that we had an extended period of time to interact. The “crazy hats” required three or more balloons, and due to the heat, the balloons would often pop while we were handling them. It was fun to look a small child in the eye and ask, “Would you like a little cute balloon animal or a big huge crazy hat?” They frequently choose the “big huge crazy hat.” 🙂 During that time, we would try to bring them to a point of understanding their need of a Savior, and seek to encourage those that were already Christians to evaluate where their walk with the Lord was, or challenge them spiritually however we could.

I could spend alot of time going through how each person contributed and was involved. Melanie was a great blessing and hard worker, she did so much behind the scenes. The Lord has truly blessed me with a diligent, precious wife. John carted drinks in the heat between houses and loaded refrigerators. Everyone went beyond their “comfort” zone to share Christ. Dad and Chris were natural conversationalists with people from all walks, Annie and Sarah handed out drinks, made balloons, and shared Christ. Joseph and John spent time out front offering drinks/balloons to passersby and witnessing as they could. It is amazing how God will gift those within a family for His work.

I haven’t posted evening by evening updates as I wanted this small act of obedience to be done before our Lord (Matthew 6:1-2). He is the audience we are seeking to please. However, we’ve also been grateful for the prayer support and wanted to keep people informed.

Anyone that might be interested in a similar ministry can email us for more information. However, I would caution about first getting a word from the Lord and ensuring His direction. Fairs are places of uninhibited worldliness evidenced by dress (Proverbs 7:10), conduct, and available wares/activities (Pilgrims Progress, Eyes and hearts must be closely guarded.

We continue to pray that the tracts that are now in so many homes are read and fruit born as a result.

In Christ Jesus,



Joseph’s Graduation

Our family celebrated Joseph’s high school graduation Saturday night. Even though Joseph has officially been done with school for several months, with trips and the house building project, we hadn’t been able to celebrate his graduation yet.

A few weeks in advance, we had asked family member who would be attending to find a Scripture verse to share with Joseph concerning their heart’s desire for his future and for them to be prepared to pray a blessing for him.

In a way, the first part of the graduation evening was like a birthday with Teri’s parents, Nathan, and Melanie joining us for the evening. After our dinner of Joseph’s choice of a favorite meal, we moved into the living room for family Bible time.

When we were finished with our time in the Word, I presented Joseph with his high school diploma. For our graduating children we order blank diplomas from HSLDA. Nathan blessed us by brushing up on his calligraphy skills so he could letter the diploma entries. The diplomas are professional looking and beautiful when completed.

A side note about his graduation. In addition to completing his school work, I had given Joseph another requirement for graduation. He was to read through the Bible, outlining it as he went while also compiling a timeline and doctrinal statement. These would be for his own personal use. The outline would be a consolidation of the points that were important to him from each chapter – a condensed view of Scripture from his perspective. The doctrinal statement was to be doctrinal points and supporting Scripture that he gleaned as he read and ones that would be foundational to his life and walk with the Lord Jesus. The timeline was to help him understand key Biblical events. He worked hard on this, and I have been very pleased.

The next graduation event was for family members, one by one, to read the verse or verses we had picked out with which to bless Joseph. After explaining our choice of a verse, we each prayed for Joseph. There were several times where tears flowed among different family members. It touched my heart when Sarah shared weeping with gratitude to the Lord, as she prayed and realized that if the Lord had not changed Teri and my heart to have more children, Joseph (and the four after him) would not be here! What a blessing and joy they are to our family.

After that, Joseph opened graduation gifts. He also expressed to the family his gratefulness for Teri’s investment of all those years in homeschooling him. Amen. A side note: When discussing the upcoming graduation several weeks ago, the children and I decided that “teacher Mom” ought to have a token acknowledgement of those years of blessing Joseph. We decided a fitting treat for her would be for the two of us to spend a couple nights away together. We are so grateful for her labor of love through these years.

Homeschooling requires a tremendous investment by moms who are willing to pay the price. How appropriate to close with this verse. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). May God tremendously bless you moms who have chosen such a path.







What’s Been Happening

Another week of house work has ended. Most of the plumbing is done. This week John worked a lot on the gas line. I was called over yesterday to get some pictures of his work (I’m including one below).


(Jesse caulking.)

This morning, Dad and John put up the shutters; what a finishing touch it added to the outside. You might think the house looks ready to move in, but looks can be deceiving. The guys will be starting on wiring.



Chester continues to stick around. She’s always happy to see the family, and regardless of whether she has clean feet (John experienced the aftermath of Chester having fallen into a puddle), she’s ready to climb up you to see where those sunflower seeds are. I took a few pictures of her this afternoon. She’s definitely growing!



As a side encouragement to hand out tracts, I was at Home Depot today with John, Anna, and Mary. We girls were looking around while John found what he needed. I saw a lady sitting on some lawn furniture, obviously waiting. So, I found two tracts and brought them to her. She took them, and then a minute or two later, I walked by and saw she was reading one!

Only for Jesus,

The Work Continues

Dad and several of the children worked on copper for the new house today. Anna was Dad’s helper – getting him anything that he needed along with cleaning pipes, etc. Joseph and John worked with the plumbing too. Jesse was an “odds and end” man. When I came over to take some pictures late this afternoon, Jesse graciously helped me up to the house with using two boards; we stood on one, and he put the next one out for us to get on. It has rained quite a bit the last few days, which makes a mud mess in the yard and “driveway”. While I was in the house, Jesse contrived another way, scrap pieces of wood going down the “driveway”.

Dad has such an incredible spirit as he preserves and works through challenges on the house. It’s amazing how each step takes longer than you really think it would. 🙂

Joyfully His,


Anna and Dad working together.


Anna cleaning a pipe.


Joseph working


The creative (and resourceful!) way Jesse designed to get down the “mud driveway.”