7.25.2015

SummerTourNorth||Week#6

Here we are for a recap of Week #6! Ah, only one week to go!! 
(and let me tell you---anticipation of HOME is running high!)

We had a busy week of concerts in Minnesota and Michigan, and just entered back into Canada (eastern Ontario) yesterday morning for another week of concerts here before ending out our tour next weekend with a Stoltzfus (moms side) family reunion in NY. 
Sometimes when our singing friends come to our concerts, we make them come onstage and sing a song with us. =) Special memories and favorite song, "We Have This Moment".
The littles have been missing their kittens from home so much, and they were just delighted with the chance to play with some friends' kittens one evening! There were plenty to go around. =)
Josh + Denver enjoying a rousing game of SpikeBall with friends, after our concert on Sunday evening.
Mom enjoyed reconnecting with one of her dear friends + mentors from twenty-five years ago!
Love these sweet ladies!
This family was such a blessing to us. They told us how they came to our concert two years ago and were convicted that they needed to be in ministry as a family. The ministry God laid on their hearts was music. After we left, their children got instruments and started practicing for hours and hours. Their father told us that some nights they will stay up until 12am playing music together. After two years of practice God has blessed them and they are now singing together! We were privileged to have them join us on stage in Michigan the other night for several songs. 
It was so encouraging to see their love for music & passion to serve Jesus with the talents He has given them!
The view of Mackinac Bridge...through our very dirty bus window. =)
A beautiful morning & family time in the Word with some very dear friends.
Making fresh salsa for lunch.
Hard at work, helping some friends weed in their beautiful garden.
Yummy snacks provided by sweet friends after a concert.
I'm kind of known as the baby lover in our family. =)

Sibling memories...we will never forget that time in Michigan that we wore our sunglasses and baked alive in the hot evening sun!
We sang here the other evening.
One of the delicious meals we were served on evening. 
Sometimes we have catastrophes, and have to stop the bus suddenly. And in times like that, things go flying. Sometimes we open the trailer door and find most of the clothes have fallen off the rack and are all over. On this particular day, everything flew off the shelves and piled on the floor of the shower room.
We love to encourage little people to pursue music! One of the best ways to do this is to let them "try" out an instrument. This is how most of us got our love for music, by inspiration from older musicians who gave us tips and let us try out their instruments.
We got to meet up with these dear Bible Bee friends one night after a concert in Michigan!
Touring our friends' maple syrup farm in the Northwoods. 
Jam time!! One thing we tell people all the time, is that one of the best ways to learn to play by ear and also to learn to play well with a group, is to attend as many informal jam sessions as you can! =)
It is just like free music lessons, basically. Plus you get to be with friends and have fun! And you are honing your skill and perfecting technique! What a win!

Also, start them young. =)
Allison whipping up her famous gluten-free, sugar-free, chocolate layer cake.
(stay tuned-full recipe post coming soon!)
Our boys...they are the best. They just pitch in with whatever needs to be done. Here Carson is, washing dishes after a meal at some friends' home.
These sweet girl is one of our most avid fans & it was so great to see her again this past week!
Ah...take me back to Mexico!! =)
We had supper one evening with a family who had moved from Mexico, and they made us the Mexico meat in the disk grill. Can't wait to get home and use ours again!
Tootling down the road!
All around the table for a big farm breakfast with friends.

And that's a wrap of Week #6! Yet another week full of so many stories of God's provision & faithfulness. We experienced His protection & grace firsthand in so many ways and we are grateful!

Many thanks to the dear souls who gave so sacrificially in so many ways to our family this past week. May God bless you richly.

"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 
Let all your things be done with charity."
1 Corinthians 16:13+14

{posted by Chelsy}

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for post an the pic an thanks for the sweet comment an Hopefully I can come to the turning hearts celebration an I enjoy it so much getting to see u guys again. An next time i bet u guys will be in mi in July in pegion πŸ˜‰Thank for everything hugs lov u guys an God bless u guysπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž☺️

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  2. I really enjoyed ur guys dvd this morning an I've been listening to ur new cd like non stop including soon an very soon witch is one just started it right now u guys have helped me with copeing an helped me in so many ways like clamming me an comfort with ur Voices thought pain an hurting an I hope u bless other people that way an u can't for get teach them about Jesus to hugs lov u guys an God bless u guysπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž☺️

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  3. Thank you for posting those pics I can hardly wait till you post your next one. Thank you for posting.God bless.πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
    -Micah

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  4. Praying for you and your family.
    In Christ,
    Lexi

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  5. What a fun update! Yes, I totally agree that playing music in a group(jam session, orchestra, with sibs=)) is a great way to gain skills. Smiled at the sunglasses pictures=))) I love it that you post photos that show y'all having fun as a family! Thanks for the example!
    Blessings!

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