Zach Pops the Question!

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  Zach wanted to surprise Whitney… He had already let the cat out of the bag that he had a ring, even though she hadn’t seen it! So she knew the big day was coming, she just didn’t know when or how!   Zach had been planning for weeks. He had coordinated with her parents to have an overnight bag …

Heading to Nashville

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  Lawson has been recording his first vocal CD over the last several months, and is aiming to complete it in October.   Our friend, Andy Leftwich (accomplished recording artist and fiddler for Ricky Skaggs)  is producing the CD, and helped bring together some of Nashville’s top artists for the project! The musicians include: Brian Sutton – acoustic guitar, Ben …

Homeschool Helps

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   Some of the most frequent questions I get asked are about homeschool suggestions. There are so many curriculums available now days that the choices have become exciting! You can spend a lot of money, however, experimenting with various curriculum that goes unused, so be wise in selections! Opinions of others are helpful, but realize that opinions vary! There are …

Michael’s Mission Trip

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   July 8-18, Michael was able to go on a mission trip to Honduras and El Salvador, thanks to a gracious invitation from Jana Duggar, who had arranged for a group of 9 girls to go under the guidance of Mike Schadt and SOS Ministries (http://www.soshope.org/). The trip would have never been possible without the anonymous funding that paid her …