6.01.2020

God is adding another son to our family!!!

Yes, it's true! 
Allison is getting married!!!
On a beautiful Saturday evening, on an old bridge in the woods, Jeremiah Helferich asked Allison to be his wife and she said "YES"!
We are all so thrilled that Allison is getting such a godly man and he fits in with the family so well.
They are having a lot of fun planning for their August 15th wedding and can't wait to spend the rest of their lives together!
The ring is so beautiful-Jeremiah did an amazing job!

This is the Lord's doing and marvelous in our eyes."
Psalm 118:23

5.25.2020

:::Visit to KS:::

Mom, Alli, Rebs, and I made a trip to Kansas recently to spend some time with John, Chelsy, and Axton. With Chelsy expecting soon, we were able to help with lots of projects that she wanted done before the baby came. It was a sweet time!
Here's a little recap for ya'll!
Axton loved all the extra attention!
Rocking chair snuggles+smiles!
He is thrilled whenever he gets to help in the kitchen!
Piano lessons-we start them young!
Axton LOVED all the story-times with Nana!
Relaxing and talking!
The sisters!

"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
Psalm 34:8

5.20.2020

Bible Bee 2020

Wisdom is The Principle Thing

With so much confusion, fear, and chaos resulting from the pandemic that we find ourselves in, we all desperately need wisdom.  God's Word tells us how to gain wisdom in Proverbs 9:10, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."  

I want to share with you an excellent resource we have used which has helped our children to learn wisdom-the National Bible Bee.  If you have been reading our blog for very long, you know that our 6 youngest children have all been participants in this Bible memory competition for 4 or more years. What you may not know is that the Bible Bee is much, much more than just a competition.  In fact, we have found that the Discovery Journal used in the Bible Bee's Summer Study is one of the best resources we know for teaching your children to know how to study, memorize, and love God's Word. In this excellent study guide, young people ages 7-18 are taught to study context, cross references, Greek and Hebrew words, and more.  As our children study, we have seen them learn to love God's Word as they memorize and apply what they have learned.  But by far the greatest benefit of Bible Bee has been watching our children grow in the fear of the Lord as they have invested countless hours in studying and memorizing the Scriptures.


You can register your children so they can take the National Qualifying test at the end of the study in August or you can simply purchase the Discovery Journal and do this study together for 10 weeks.  In only 20 minutes a day, you can study and memorize God's Word with your children or they can study independently. With the cost of the Discovery Journal and about 20 minutes a day, you can make an investment that could bring a most wonderful return......wise sons and daughters.


For those of you who want support and/or more interaction, there is an option to sign up with a host family.  (Because of our family's travel schedule, we have not been part of a local host group for most of our years of Bible Bee participation.)


I asked 3 of our sons to tell you the difference Bible Bee has made in their lives.


JOSHUA:

The Bible Bee gave me the tools to study Scripture and to memorize more than I ever thought was possible.  The Bible Bee showed me what could be accomplished with a little discipline and self-motivation.  Most importantly, the Bible Bee fostered within me a passion to treasure God and HIs Word above all else, and to strive to reflect His reality in every facet of life. The Bible Bee was life changing, not simply because it was a competition but because it better prepared me for the real event-life. I can't think of a better way you could invest your time and energy this summer than to sign up for the National Bible Bee!

DENVER:

The National Bible Bee was a tremendous blessing in my life! God used it specifically to teach me two important lessons. 1. The inestimable value of God's Word. His Word truly is precious.  Until you spend large amounts of time studying it, you will not realize the true importance of the Bible.  The Bible Bee encouraged me to spend hours in God's Word, and through this it taught me the blessing of God's Word.  2. The value of discipline.  The Bible Bee challenged me to spend time in God's Word even when I was tired of it.  I learned to study even when I was no longer enjoying it.  Praise the Lord for the Bible Bee.

TAYLOR:

 Though my season as a competitor in the Bible Bee has come to a close, I am still reaping the rewards of the time that I spent studying God’s Word. While competing in the Bible Bee gave me a greater knowledge and understanding of God’s Word, far greater was the knowledge and understanding of how to study the Bible. Moreover, the Bible Bee helped develop in my heart a deeper love for the scriptures. Those few brief years of intense study were but a start to understanding the vast wealth of wisdom contained in God’s Word; however, because I learned to love and study the Bible for myself, my life has been and will continue to be changed as I dig into the living and powerful Word of God. 

You can sign up at www.BibleBee.org.  Signup ends on June 1 so don't wait much longer!  And if you have any questions, please email us.


Proverbs 4:7 -9 "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee."

Psalm 119:97-102  "Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee."

5.18.2020

Resources for Researching Health and Nutrition

In response to a comment asking me what resources I use for researching health, I am going to tell you about a book  that has quickly become a favorite.  I hope to review some other resources in future blog posts.

On the very top of the list is "Nutrition 101".  (you can click HERE to get this amazing book for yourself.) This book is fascinating, educational, thoroughly researched, and beautiful! Imagine an interesting Science textbook, a recipe book with delicious and healthy recipes, a read aloud book for the entire family, and a unit study on the systems of the body plus many colorful pictures/diagrams, fun experiments,  and Scripture verses and you have "Nutrition 101"!

This book includes 6 Units (divided into chapters) on each of the systems of the body which include 1. The Brain & Nervous System
2. The Digestive System
3. The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory, and Visual Systems
4. The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
5. The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
6. The Endocrine System and Emotions
Each unit is filled with diagrams, color pictures, & foods that support that specific system, diseases of the system and their prevention, and much more. At the end of each chapter are Discussion Questions, Activities, Recipes, and Additional Resources.

I have been reading this book aloud to our 3 children still in school.  One of our favorite sections is the "Fun Fact" in each chapter.  Some of the "fun facts" we have learned are that each day you breathe about 20,000 times, the longest attack of hiccups lasted 68 years, and our bone marrow produces two million red blood cells every second.

One of the best features of the book are its 31 Appendixes. These informational appendixes cover  Asthma, Household Toxins, Sleep, Spices, Supplements, Fiber Rich Foods, and many more educational and helpful topics.

When I think about how much my children and I have learned already (we are on page 149 of this 447 "how-to manual on health and nutrition"), I will say that it has been worth every dollar I spent on "Nutrition 101". Don't let the $84.95 price tag keep you from making this investment that could change you and your families.

You can purchase your own by clicking HERE.

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." Psalm 139:14

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5.11.2020

Winston's New-born Photos

Some more cuteness for you all! Enjoy these adorable pictures of this sweet little guy!
Nana's heart just gets fuller as each grand-baby comes along!
So tiny!
Great-grandma + Winston
Not a mistake, not a problem
not a burden, not an inconvenience
not a nuisance, not an accident
not a punishment
A miracle!
"The father of the righeous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice."
Proverbs 23:24-25

5.07.2020

//Spring At The Farm//

We got home on March 16th and were planning on leaving a few days later for a thirteen day trip to Bolivia to sing and minister there. But as we all know (hands raised anyone!), plans change. In Mexico, we were all exposed to chicken pox, but weren't expecting to get it as twice before Hudson, Rebecca, and I had intentionally tried unsuccessfully to get the pox. So not even touching the person with the pox would give us the pox? Wasn't likely. So the possibility left our minds as we journeyed along through Mexico and Texas for another two weeks. But on the last night of tour, Rebecca came down with yes, the unplanned for chicken pox. Upon hearing the news I (Liz) realized that I did have an itchy spot, but it hadn't occurred to me that it was a pox. Then Joe, the friend who travels and sings with us, realized that those "pimples" were actually pox!!  So the day we get home, we had three individuals coming down with pox. (Hudson escaped...for then at least! About two weeks later, he and Micah had it together.) Flying on a plane with pox all over your face?... not happening! And as this somewhat new hype called corona virus was becoming a global scare and borders and flights were being shut down, we weren't sure that flying to Bolivia was the wisest decision. In reality, it wasn't the flying part that was as much of the issue as the, "being stuck in a foreign country" part. So the decision was made, with pox+pandemic considered, to stay home.  
And thus followed a marvelous two months of home life. 
For some, staying home can be very lonely (and we get that). But with a family of twenty-one (and counting!) loneliness isn't in the vocabulary. We filled these spring days with schoolwork, farm chores, baby snuggles, cooking+baking up lots of yummy food, music practice, family devotions, walks in the fresh air, gardening, and evenings of games+movies together as a family. Here's a snapshot into these days!
The chicken pox crew!
Joe stayed around for a few days after tour. We enjoyed jamming one evening.
So many special times around the dinner table.
Fun afternoon at Mitchell + Bryn's.
We loved each moment spent with these dear littles!
When it's just the ladies at home, why not have your lunch (crepes + izzies) picnic style in the bedroom?!
Denver + a friend, passing out tracts.
Coffee date! (picking up breakfast + coffee at one of our favorite cafes.)
Though we love spring, there are some of us who really love winter, so we were pleased with snow on April 15th!
Homemade ice-cream with chocolate sauce- it doesn't get any better than this!!
Ticket To Ride!
Butchering party!
Denver's bacon is the best!
Evening ride to see the (ahem!) skid-loader being pulled out of the creek.
Wallace came back to watch and was quite enthralled with the whole situation! What was quite humorous was when he pointed to the creek and said "water!", and then pointed to the skid-loader and said "boat!". Oh the little minds of children!
Prepping the ground for seeds.
Four-wheeler rides!
Science in the sunshine!
Helping Grandma knot a comforter.
Music practice!
School time
A habit in progress.... reading in the afternoons!
Denver and Rebecca reverting back to childhood one evening!
When you can't go out to eat on a date night, you just set up a romantic date in the girl's bedroom!
Special walking memories!
The beauty of spring! 
Town run + drinks from the coffee shop = good times!
Lots of laundry to hang out!
So thankful for our hard-working farmers: Dad, Denver, Taylor and Hudson.
When you only live half a mile... It's hard to stay away from this cutie!
Denver hauled some manure this spring and did a fantastic job of it!
Cleaning the tanks.
First Sunday back to church! After church, we brought home our pastor's five oldest children for a memorable afternoon! (I think it's always memorable with 5 from the ages of 4-9!)
"I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope."
Psalm 130:5

Talk to us! What was your best spring memory?