Making Learning Fun

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  I used to love making hand made cards; it was a hobby for me. The girls would sometimes gather around and make their own renditions of the cards I had made. As a 9 year old, Erin in particular, loved to “help me.”  I used calligraphy in my cards, and I began to notice how beautiful Erin’s handwriting was …

Home Coming at Museum of Appalachia

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We love fall and we love homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia! Since it’s just minutes from our house, we get to enjoy the many crafts and the old fashioned setting. It was a special treat to have Sarah join Zach in singing a duet together (“Consider the Lilies”). Carlin and Josie sold crafts they had worked on for the …

Harvest Time

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Fall is my favorite time of year, so I took some of our younger ones for a play day with church friends at Life Down on the Farm corn maze in Powell, TN. (http://www.lifedownonthefarm.com/) The children romped in the huge corn boxes, raced ducks in the water troughs, bounced on the gigantic air filled trampoline, petted the many farm animals, …

Zach’s Road Trip Continued

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 Zach’s trip with the Reith family was an incredible 3 week experience. Their singing engagements gave opportunity for them to see some of America’s beautiful countryside. They visited Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park during their trip, and marvelled at God’s handiwork. As fascinating as it is to see how God has formed and created the beauty around us, …

Zach On the Road Again!

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Michaella, Lawson, & Addee accompanied Zach to the Reith’s house in Missouri for a few days just before Zach embarked on a 3 week excursion with the Reith family. The Reiths sang in various churches and festivals in Minnesota and Montana. The trip gave them a wonderful opportunity to minister and share their faith. It also gave Zach & Sarah …