We pulled up to Home Sweet Home about 9:30 last night. The drive was pleasant, from rolling hills beginning to show their autumn splendor, to the flatlands of the Midwest. We also love to be together, and the 15 hours passed quickly with talking, worship, prayer, and just enjoying the scenery.
We also saw the lunar eclipse begin and then continue to encompass the moon. AMAZING! God’s Creation and design is incredible.
“And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.” Genesis 1:8
Hello all! I hope your new year has started off well. Ours has been very blessed.
We thought those in the Kansas City area might be interested in an upcoming event. Mom was asked by the Lee’s Summit Home Educators to speak at their meeting, which will be next Monday, January 12th, at 7 pm. She’s going to talk on Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit. For more details, see this link.
We’re excited for this opportunity, and we pray it will bless many moms as they dive back into the last part of the school year! Please, if you’ve come from reading this on the blog, introduce yourselves to one of the family. It’s a joy to meet you!
“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” 1 Peter 3:4
We saw many answers to prayer for the Wichita conference. As it approached, snow was in the forecast. That pretty much went away, and there was only a slight dusting. We prayed for families. God gave us many! We prayed for open hearts. God gave incredible hearts! We prayed that husbands and wives would come together, and they did!
Friday set up went great. It was fun to have Joseph and Elissa with us. Elissa pitched right in and helped with the book tables, while Joseph worked on the music set up. They practiced music, and it seemed like time flew! At 5 p.m., we began with three sessions. Dad did the business session, Mom the Schedule Triage, and I gave the writing session. We all had awesome groups and good interactions.
That evening, it was a treat having Joseph and Elissa join in the music. Elissa played her guitar on several songs, and she and Joseph sang “Channels Only.” We each gave our 5-minute talk about a passion of our heart, and it’s such a joy to share!
Saturday went smoothly. We all enjoyed fellowshipping with the many families who attended. Our hearts are to encourage believers in their walk with the Lord Jesus and their relationships with their families. So many people are hungry for like-hearted fellowship, and we love to be apart of helping them meet each other. God is good! Joseph gave his Who Is Jesus to You? session for young people after lunch.
We are very grateful for each family who came. One came all the way from Minneapolis, MN. We had families attend from all over Kansas, and some from Oklahoma. Thank you all!
A special thank you to our coordinator for all she invested.
Saturday dawned beautiful.
Here’s Mary with two cute little ones before Saturday’s first session.
Lunch time fellowship.
One of our friends offered to take a picture of us girls, and I am grateful. We don’t often get pictures together, and it was sweet to have our new sister-in-law in it too!
“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” Psalms 63:3
John arrived safely last night. We are grateful for your prayers! After he got past the accidents, the drive went well. Although he’d lost many hours in the process, and had to drive into the night, he wasn’t tired, which was a huge blessing since it was only him. Well, in physical presence that is. The Lord was with him!
John’s been our faithful mechanic over the years, and he offered to bring Uriah on his final trip. There were tears from the family as they said good-bye Saturday to Uriah, but we all know the Lord had a purpose in the time we had him.
I’ll share a conference report with pictures later.
“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Psalms 91:10
Last Tuesday was the final conference of the trip. The family had mixed feelings as the evening approached. We love to travel, meet people, be an encouragement, and be encouraged, but at the same time, it’s always good to get home and see the family.
The M’s, good friends of ours, hosted the conference. They did an incredible job! We met a bunch of great Oklahoman’s! Not to mention one family who drove seven hours from Texas! Folks’ hearts were tender and soaked in the message.
We heard the most touching story we’ve heard in a long time from one man. Fourteen years ago to the day, his house burned down. He lost not just his earthly material but also his precious wife and five daughters. He shared with us how the Lord has given him so much peace through the pain. He was a beautiful example of Christ’s love. It reminds us that we know nothing of hardship!
It was a perfect conference to wind up one more incredible, exciting conference trip! Thank you to each one who made the effort to come and giving us the chance to meet you.
A sweet family who has attended several conferences in the past.
“Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort?…” 1 Chronicles 29:13-14