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Blessed in Fort Smith

We arrived at the church late afternoon. Our coordinators provided a delicious chicken spaghetti dinner, which allowed us great fellowship with them before the conference began.

The coordinator had come to a conference of ours several years ago. It had impacted their family, and the Lord had put it on their hearts to bring that message back to Ft. Smith. We are grateful for their efforts and investment in those who came to the conference. They took super good care of us while we were there meeting our every need! Thank you!!

In addition to local families, we had families drive from Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, and Missouri.

Friday evening, we began with Schedule Triage question and answer session for ladies while Steve did the business session. We had a great group!

For this conference, we completely revised our Building a Vision session, and we were happy with the result. Another change was a food and fellowship time at 8:00 after Building a Vision. It was a great success!

Saturday’s sessions went well with a flashback to our original conferences. We even pulled off the question and answer panel at the close of the conference with just five of us.

Jesse sharing with the young people
Friends from New Mexico

With Chelsy’s wedding photographer and sister!

Mary and Anna with our sweet friend!

The church was available until 7:00 p.m. so those who wanted to stayed for a pizza dinner.

As we talked with people during and after the conference, we were blessed as they shared what God was doing in their hearts during the weekend.

Bible time with friends after the conference

On Sunday we joyfully worshipped at the coordinator’s church. Steve preached. Jesse led the singing, and Anna did a Bible story for the children. After church, they treated us to a wonderful Arkansas smoked meat home cooked dinner. When it was time to leave for home, it was hard to say goodbye.

Mary and this sweet baby

Story time
A beautiful way to end this post

“For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being
confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in
you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
(Philippians 1:5-6)

Energize Family Conference coming to Ft. Smith!

I’m really excited to share with you that we’re giving an Energize Family Conference, February 23-24th in Ft. Smith, Arkansas!

Energize Family Conference

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to attend one of our conferences, or if you want encouragement in your homeschool journey, or if you’d like to meet other like-minded families—whatever the reason might be, PLEASE join us!

You’ll be encouraged in practical areas of managing the home, dads leading their families, keeping your children’s hearts, preparing your children for life, and yes, awesome times to fellowship with other believers. Check out the schedule and a PDF flyer here.

We’ve obtained a special group rate at a local hotel, so if you want to stay where all of us out-of-town folks will be, please reserve your room while there is availability. Just go to our conference page, and near the bottom, we have a section titled Lodging with the info.

Questions? Just ask! Can’t wait to see you in Fort Smith soon!

“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers …”
(Malachi 4:6)

Seeing God Work

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.


Anna Marie and Joshua made cookies for us to bring.



We had a great time of fellowship with several families at the hotel's breakfast room Friday evening.
We had a great time of fellowship with several families at the hotel’s breakfast room Friday evening.


Saturday dawned beautiful.


Here’s Mary with two cute little ones before Saturday’s first session.DSC_4575

A grandpa with his granddaughter
A grandpa with his granddaughter



Lunch time fellowship.DSC_4636DSC_4637DSC_4639

I couldn't help but smile to myself when I saw this.
I couldn’t help but smile to myself when I saw this.


Joseph’s session.DSC_4666DSC_4671


DSC_4686DSC_4692DSC_4716DSC_4740One 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 

Orlando’s Conference

We were greatly anticipating this last weekend’s conference in Orlando, Florida. Our friend Mrs. T hosted it, and she did an outstanding job! She had organized the Orlando conference three years ago so we had were looking forward to seeing the T family again.

It all started Friday afternoon with setup and practice. Jesse has done such a good job taking up Joseph’s role in music. Then the church brought in an incredible chicken dinner for the coordinator, church staff, and us. Hosts have been so gracious to feed us. We want to say a big thank you to each one!! We’ve been so blessed.

People have told us how much they love the new format on Friday night, which is very encouraging to us. I enjoy hearing the lightning talks on the passion the Lord has given each one of us. We loved this upbeat group and had a great time of fellowship during breaks.

Hearts were very open to the message. All of us greatly were blessed by our conversations with others. We were the ones (and hopefully the attendees as well) who came out pumped and excited!



We packed in quickly Friday afternoon in between storms.DSC_2088DSC_2096DSC_2121DSC_2131DSC_2145DSC_2179DSC_2204DSC_2211DSC_2214DSC_2216Anna loves little ones.


This little guy came up and shook hands after almost every session.DSC_2240DSC_2254DSC_2257

These sweet ladies coordinated the Chick-Fil-A lunch.


We had a great crew that helped pack out.DSC_2341DSC_2355

“I will say of the LORD,
He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.”
Psalms 91:2

Savannah, Georgia


Our sweet friends hosted our Savannah conference Thursday night. It was unusual because it was a sister–brother team who were the actual conference coordinators! The Charleston conference was coordinated by an older teen girl too. I believe those three were the youngest coordinators we have had. They all did superbly well! The P family was also very generous to provide a delicious dinner before the conference started.

There was one mom at the conference who had just started homeschooling a week before under difficult circumstances. She was so overwhelmed by where to start. She came to the conference, and afterward she said it was just what she needed to give her direction and encouragement! How exciting!

Mom said she had the liveliest group of ladies in her session so far. They laughed and seemed to have a wonderful time as she talked about how to have an awesome day.

We also enjoyed parking again overnight at the L family’s home and fellowshipping with them in addition to catching up with necessary work. They had dinner for us and allowed us to make ourselves at home in their home.



An adorable 7-month old.
A sweet lady who invited quite a few to the conference.


Our brother-sister coordinators.
Our brother-sister coordinators.

 “I will sing unto the LORD,
because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”
Psalms 13:6

New Hampshire

Friday morning dawned a beautiful, fall day. We had lots of help unloading and setting up, which made things go very quickly. We were grateful for the help, especially since we our learning our new setup process with fewer family members. Thank you, Tyler and Carter.

Friday evening, we had a special time of sharing through music, short talks, and Dad’s message. It’s been a good challenge for the musicians in our family to learn things we thought previously we weren’t capable of doing without our music leader and main player, Joseph.

Saturday was another great day. Dad does such an amazing job in all the sessions. Many shared with us that they were challenged and encouraged. We had a neat time reconnecting with families we’ve met from other conferences—even a couple of families from Canada came! It’s always an incredible highlight to be with our amazing friends the S family!




“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
Psalms 18:2