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ROMANIA

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Alyssa, Tori, and I were invited to accompany a team of students travelling to Romania on a week long ministry trip. It was a tremendously moving experience as we became aware of the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of precious people from other backgrounds and cultures. While there, we visited schools and were invited to teach character lessons. We also …

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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In a recent sermon, Gil stated that our relationships are the most valuable thing we have:          First, our relationship to God          Second, our relationship with family          Third, our relationship with others We can lose our house, our health, our finances, our reputation… but with the hope and assurance and comfort of these relationships, we can still endure …

A CAUSE TO REJOICE!

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We are extremely excited about the Duggars wonderful news of the new baby God has graciously formed. So many have been helped by the Duggars example of patience, sacrifice, self-less love, and Christian faith (including us!) We rejoice with the family and pray earnestly for the safe pregnancy and delivery of their 20th child! We are challenged by their contagious …

Birthday Surprise

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  Little did I know what a huge surprise my family had in store for my 45th birthday! Gil & I had planned to drive to Chicago to pick up 3 of our girls who had gone on a short mission trip to Romania! Gil took me to the Indiana Dunes State Park and the Holland Michigan State Park for …

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 …