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VISITING FRIENDS

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While in Michigan, we were invited to the Keilen Family home, and what an extraordinary welcome we received!! At our house, the girls love to do extra touches to make company feel special, but the Keilen family took that to a new level when they prepared for our arrival! Their example taught us an important and valuable lesson about making …

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

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We spent the week in Michigan at a tent meeting, where the family sang and enjoyed preaching from Tom Harmon. At the end of the week we visited the Keilen family and were able to sing in their church service on Sunday morning. More about both of these encouraging times coming up, but I especially wanted to share thoughts from …

More Photos from Missouri

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While Zach, Alyssa, and Trace were visiting the Reiths in Missouri last month, Alyssa took the opportunity to use Zach and Sarah’s courtship as the theme for a photo shoot. She loves any chance to get behind the camera and the new couple didn’t seem to mind being posed together! One month has passed and Zach is currently visiting the …

ARIZONA ADVENTURE

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  Lawson has dreamed of making a Christian western movie for a long time. This year he began calling old western towns in Arizona and began talking to producers. He calculated his lawn budget and set goals to begin his film project. He planned a short trip to Arizona to scout out the area and decide particulars about the settings …

Count Your Blessings

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Count your blessings; name them one by one… God in His mercy has allowed us to conceive again! We are thankful and also prayerful for God’s continued protection. During the last pregnancy at the10 week mark, we discovered our baby had died. We are at the 9 week mark with this pregnancy and have to die daily to fears, instead …

Cake Bake

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When our house was being remodeled many people came along side to help us and offer discounts which was a HUGE blessing, especially since Gil loves shopping for bargains! (See “Acknowledgements” on our website) One such blessing came unsuspectingly when we had to look for alternate lodging for an entire month during the dry walling and flooring of the new …

SURGERY

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Erin had surgery on her hand this past Wednesday. Erin plays the piano with vigorous enthusiasm, so we’ve had quite a few visits to our favorite hand doctor (Dr. Calhoun from Knoxville Orthopedic)! She is in a cast, so she can’t play the piano for a few weeks… which is probably the hardest part for her…  But Dr. Calhoun is …

JULY 4th – PART 2

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July 4th is a special day for our country and I’m grateful that there is still a desire in many to show honor to our nation and to the many who defend it to protect our freedoms. July 4th is also a special day for us because it’s Papa Bill’s birthday! It’s a family tradition to go to Papa’s farm …

July 4th

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Happy July 4th… Let us not forget the blessings of our nation’s freedom and the price paid to keep it!… Even more important, let us not forget the freedom Christ offers from the bondage and penalty of our sin. Song: Blood Bought My Freedom Verse 1: Land of the Free, Sweet home of Liberty, It came at such a great …