Some friends of ours invited Andrew and I to visit them and their church for a conference. The conference was great (you can listen to the messages at here), and it was good to spend time with our friends, and meet new ones as well.
Uncle Brad, Monica, Libby, and the rest of us met together at my grandparents. Here are a couple pictures.
Today, I was able to join some of the other teens from our church baking and dropping off cookies at some of our local police/fire departments. Very thankful for their service to our communities.
Some friends invited us to join them at a D-Day reenactment not far from Cleveland. There were a couple small battles and one large one. The reenactors stayed in the WWII era tents, so we could walk around through their camps and talk to them. Most of them knew a tremendous amount of information and were quite ready to share.
Two weekends ago we were at my grandparents to help out with a couple projects around the farm. The main project was adjusting the barn doors and installing metal siding on them.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Uncle Brad was here in Cleveland for a business trip, so he stopped by for a while to catch-up (and play a little airsoft).
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 what 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, 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!