July 4th

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

Some friends invited us to join them with celebrating the 4th of July – and they were great hosts! Here are some pictures. The first three photographs were taken by Matthew.

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Nashville Family Conference and Noteworthy Reunion

Here are a couple pictures from a brief Noteworthy reunion before the conference, and some of the preparation for the Children’s Institute. More pictures of the conference can be seen at https://plus.google.com/photos/+FamilyconferencesOrg/albums/6153565116215270881. Matthew, Andrew, Christi, and I taught in the Children’s Institute, as did a couple of the other previous Noteworthy students. Mom and Dad enjoyed the main sessions. The rest of us are looking forward to when the messages become available on embassyinstitute.org.IMG_0408 IMG_0418 IMG_0431 IMG_0432 IMG_0433 IMG_0435 IMG_0436 IMG_0438

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Camping in Cincinnati

As some of you already know, we generally go to a family conference every year. This year, we met with Libby in Cincinnati for a brief camping trip before heading down to Nashville for the conference. Here are some pictures from both locations.


Libby’s cat – he came with her while camping in Cincinnati!IMG_0350 IMG_0442 IMG_0443 IMG_0444

The final picture is of James, our neighbour during the conference. He was also on Matthew’s Children’s Institute team. We had fun with him and our other neighbours!

Thank you Mom!

Today is mother’s day! This isn’t typically a huge holiday in our house… but Mom is a big deal! Thank you mom for your consistency over the years and how you have chosen to do wIMG_8798hat is right rather than what is easy on so many occasions.

Over the past several weeks, you have chosen to mostly work on meals and inside house work (the type of thing you appreciate but don’t exactly enjoy doing…), while we were outside doing the “exciting” stuff – like dropping trees. Speaking of which, you have been a bit patient with us on that. As I write, there are logs spread over much of our yard, not to mention the fact that it took 3 Saturdays to drop 2 trees! Oh. What was that about the power lines being dropped? You didn’t panic, but just kept going like with life as normal.

It has been neat seeing you work to overcome various struggles in your life,IMG_8991 and once conquered, leaving them that way. This takes self-discipline. Thank you for practicing it and working to teach us the same.

Above all, as we come to you with questions, comments, and more than occasionally, murmurings and complaining (well speaking for myself on the last one…) you keep pointing us back to the Bible and reminding us that while life has difficulties and uncertainties, God’s Word has all the answers. Keep up the good work looking unto Jesus, as He is our standard of right and truth.  We Love you!IMG_8978 20150425_183855 IMG_4154 IMG_1763 IMG_4214 IMG_7215   IMG_8852_02  IMG_8957_01

Christi and Mom after making the Cake

Christi and Mom after making the Cake