It’s Official!

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Zach headed for Missouri again! While there, he got up enough courage to ask Sarah Reith to begin a courtship. She graciously agreed and we think he couldn’t have chosen a sweeter, more Godly young lady! We are absolutely thrilled for both of them and pray for God’s direction in their lives!


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I ran across a poem that touched me because it shows how fast our children grow up. The sad part is, we are often so preoccupied with the business of life that we forget to slow down and enjoy these special moments. May God help us LOVE our children by giving the greatest gift we can give them: TIME… Time …

It Will Be Worth It All

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Our pastor preached a great sermon entitled “Heaven Will Be Worth It All”… One of his texts, Galatians 6:9 says,  “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” He read a poem by an anonymous author called “Dream Big: A Living Faith” I’ve dreamed many dreams that never …

Pickin’–n- Grinin’

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We had planned to go on vacation with the Reith family, but our travel plans fell through. Instead, the Reiths joined us at our house for a week of fun fellowship and plenty of opportunities for the children to enjoy singing & playing bluegrass gospel songs together! When Lindsey Reith fell sick, Zach had the chance to join the Southern …

Nashville Homeschool Conference

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We always enjoy the opportunity to be refreshed with good advice and teaching for strengthening family relationships and relationships with the Lord. The ATI homeschool conference is something we all anticipate for these wonderful opportunities, plus opportunities for fellowship with other families. The conferences are held in Big Sandy, TX; Nashville, TN; Indianapolis, IN; and Sacramento, CA. (Photos courtesy of …


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We recently hiked The Alum Cove Bluff Trail to Mount LaConte (Carlin’s birthday request). We had the added joy of the Paine family joining us for this great adventure! Nothing compares to getting still and quiet and taking in the beauty God has surrounded us with! But a close second would be the sweet fellowship of Christian friends who love …