A Merry Heart

"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance..."
Proverbs 15:13
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..."
Proverbs 17:22
Marlin, Denver, and Taylor share a happy moment at the park.

Anybody want to "share" a doughnut?

This is REALLY funny!

Playing outdoors is so fun!

M-m-m-m, I love potato chips!

Aren't we having a good time??

Elizabeth is loving life!


Weekend in Illinois

This past weekend we headed to Lake Fork, IL to spend time with our friends, the Vincents, and to sing at an event on their farm.
Just before lunch we stopped to stretch our legs at a park. Hudson thoroughly enjoyed the pushes from Elizabeth on the swing.

Our friend, Nicole Chmelar, went along to take care of Rebecca while we sang. She was also a help in so many other ways and in addition gave us the gift of laughter!

Does this look like a hardworking young man?

The Vincent's planned an event for families in their front yard. There were hayrides, a potluck, a word from both Chris Hogan and Marlin, and a time of singing by our family. Our stage was their front porch. It was a blessed sight to see so many families with their babies and little children enjoying the outdoors and Christian fellowship together.

After attending Noble Family Fellowship with the Vincent family on Sunday morning, we drove on the Arthur, IL to share in the evening service at North Vine Mennonite Church.
Denver listened attentively as Marlin told him about Christians being persecuted all over the world. This conversation takes place in the song, "I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb".
"We are God's little people, we got a light and we're gonna let it shine."



"They joy before thee according to the joy in harvest"Driving the combine is what Marlin loves to do more than anything else on the farm.
There is usually a "waiting list" for little ones who want to ride with daddy in the combine. Yesterday it was Taylor's turn.

Harvest is another reminder that everything we have is from God's hands.


"Let the words of my mouth...."

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14
This is my prayer for myself and my family, that we would bring honor and glory to God in everything we say and do. A friend told me once that she tries to imagine that she is living in a glass house which would mean that anyone could observe her in everyday life. What a challenging thought!
"Anything worth doing is worth doing well." I can't remember where this quote comes from, but I repeat it often to my children whether they are working on Phonics, (as is Taylor in this picture) or doing a daily chore.

One of the most rewarding things about homeschooling has been teaching my children to read. This past year it was Denver who learned his alphabet sounds and then started putting the sounds together. He went from reading 3 letter words to reading the Bible in just months!

Chelsy loves capturing the "little things" in life in photography. Any guesses as to who these toes belong to?
Rebecca is already leaving the brand-new stage behind. She is spending more time awake and alert. She has even given us a few smiles!!
Joshua is our animal lover. We have 3 orphan kittens which he and Denver have adopted.
"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1