The Last Supper (okay, technically lunch)

We went out to lunch Friday afternoon with the Boomershine’s for one last time of fellowship before we part ways. They also are heading off on a new adventure, moving to Tennessee and starting a new school.

Chrissy and I have been pregnant at the same time twice. Isaac and Lincoln were born eleven days apart, and Hudson and Knox  were born exactly a week apart. I don’t know what I will do without her the next time I am expecting! 🙂

I captured these photos to help us remember this special time with our dear friends.



Memorial Day

Our Memorial Day was great. We had a houseful! We had Keith and Jamie, and their three kids over, as well as my family. Bethany just moved into the apartments down the road and we invited her to join us also, and Kayla Coburn came down too. My sister Katie even joined us all the way from Tennessee! We were buzzing with activity! 🙂

We began the day with the annual Climax Memorial Day Parade. We joined several other families from our church on the side of the road to watch the tractors, old cars, kids on bikes, and this year even a Best Buy Truck in the parade (yes, I am serious). Then Jamie showed my mom and I how to make stuffed artichokes, and my dad created a homemade grill in our back yard. We had a table full of delicious food and we filled ourselves until we were content!

The Lord saw fit to give us perfect weather, and lots of sunshine so we could enjoy the outdoors. Isaac loves the outdoors, and played hard all day long.

Such a wonderful day shared with friends and family as we gave thanks for all those who have fought, and continue to fight, to keep our country free.


Hudson at his first parade.

Isaac enjoying the outdoors.

Emily, Jacob and Isaac

Taking a walk with Jacob

Jamie and Isaac

Katie and Hudson


Nebraska Update

We will now be driving out to Nebraska to candidate on the 15th of June, not the end of June as originally planned. We are very thankful that that Lord allowed this change. We will be leaving the 12th and returning on the 16th. Please continue to pray for us to know God’s will as we seek His best for our family.


My parents invited us over for lunch on Sunday after morning church, a very normal occurrence. But when we pulled into their driveway we had a surprise awaiting us – our teens were there! They had pulled off a surprise farewell party for us! What a sweet gesture this was and we had a wonderful afternoon with them. They presented us with a card and gift and also a few gave  testimony of how they appreciated our ministry to them. How I love these teenagers, and how hard it is to say goodbye to them!

Choir Cookout

Saturday evening we had a Choir Cookout at the Crane’s house. The Lord gave us perfect weather and good friends, and that made for a wonderful evening.

Here are a few pictures.

This is “Grandma Vee”, “Grammy Pam” and “Aunt Linda” – they are very special ladies that have loved our boys as their own grandchildren.



“May I have some help me?”

We have been teaching Isaac how to ask for things in a polite way. Most often it is when he is asking for more juice, he would just bring us his cup and say “Mama, more juice.” Sometimes he would add please on the end if he remembered. So we have been teaching him to say “May I have some more juice, please?” and he has been doing quite well with it. Often he will still forget and we will say “Isaac, ask the right way, please.”, then he will say “May I have some more juice, please?” We want him to ask for everything in a polite way, not just juice, but he doesn’t always get the right wording. For instance, last night as we were preparing to leave for kindergarten graduation at church, Isaac was having a difficult time putting his own shoes on. I heard him yell out to Adam, “Daddy, help me!” and Adam responded with, “Isaac, how are you supposed to ask?” Isaac promptly replied, “May I have some help me?”

At least he has the right idea. 🙂

Learning to be a Helper

Last night we took Isaac with us to clean the bank. Usually we leave both boys with my mom, but Isaac asked to go with us, so we took him along. He thought he was really getting a special treat!  He “helped” me dust and “helped” Adam vacuum and take out trash. If you are a mom you know just what sort of “help” a two year old can be. 🙂 Isaac was as proud as could be as he worked along with us. He kept running back to tell me “Mama, I helping my daddy!” or “Mama, I vacuum by myself with my daddy!” (this “my daddy” is his newest thing)

While it might have taken us a little longer to clean with him in tow, it was also quite fun. We try to take every opportunity to teach him. This was just one more experience to help him learn how to be a good worker, to obey, and to be a help to others. I was really wishing I had my camera last night, he was terribly cute working along side us!

Afterwards we stopped and got Frostys at Wendy’s as a special treat for working so well. Of course he gobbled his down in no time at all! 🙂

Friday’s Family Fun Night

Friday evening we decided we needed to go out and have a family fun night. We headed to Pizza Galaxy in Battle Creek for their pizza buffet and games. Everything is just a little more fun when you have a two year old. Isaac was so busy having fun that we had to finally tell him to come eat his dinner before he could continue playing.  He especially loved riding the tricycles. He also got to where he would come get tokens out of the stroller, put them in the machine, play the game, rip off his tickets and give them to me, and then repeat the process all over! After we ate, and used all our tokens, we headed to the mall. Isaac asks us often to go to the mall (he truly takes after his mother in this area!:). We let him play in the children’s play area for a while, then walked through the mall just window shopping and enjoying being together.

It is at times like this that I find myself especially grateful to our Great God for my precious family.

Here are a few pictures of our fun evening.


Read this poem today and wanted to share…

 Sermons We See

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me
than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil
and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example’s always clear;
And the best of all the preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it
if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons
by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you
and the high advice you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.


Banana Nut Bread

Today I had Keenager’s at church. I always enjoy the cooking and seeing our senior saints enjoying themselves. Today I made my Banana Nut Bread along with the meal and they loved it. It’s extremly simple to make, but taste’s yummy!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 small bananas, mashed
3 Tbsp. water
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking soda
1/2 chopped nuts

Mix all together. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes in greased and floured loaf pans.

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