6.29.2015

SummerTourNorth||Week#2

Week #2 has come and gone! It was a full week of ministry in Alberta + British Columbia. We covered hundreds of miles of absolutely beautiful country and met some of the sweetest people alive. In spite of a very intense schedule once again, God blessed us with just the right amount of time to rest + relax.
Friday night found us waiting in line for the ferry crossing on our way to the Gospel Fest in LaCrete.
The ferry definitely does a hopping business! Here was the line of vehicles waiting to cross.
The ferry.
The parents, enjoying the ferry ride.
Tuning up, backstage, at the LaCrete Gospel Fest. We sang there twice on Saturday and twice on Sunday.
"My sins are all covered by the BLOOD"!
A quick "sibling selfie" before heading out on stage!
On Sunday we had a little Father's Day party for dad, in the bus. We gave him gifts and a mega-card. 
When you're in a big family, you have to do everything in a big way, cards included. =) This way we all had enough room to write our messages. 
At the end of the fest all of the groups came out and sang a few closing songs together. It was definitely a highlight to make music together with all of these dear people of God.
Dinner with new little friends.
We LOVED meeting these little twins! 
Squeezing in a Settlers game with the sisters after a full + busy day!
Yummy food! Some generous friends took our family out to eat one day for lunch. 
As always...music practice continues! Everyday, multiple instruments, multiple people...and hours and hours of faithful practice.
The never ending, always abounding, forever multiplying, continually continuing..piles of laundry. =)
Time to scrub! We all have various areas of the bus that we are responsible for cleaning. It is a small space and everything gets dirty very quickly.
Hard at work, studying spanish.
Breakfast and family devotions at a campground one morning, before heading on to our evening concert.
Yes, this is the life of a traveling musician. The bus is so nice until it gets stuck. And then it takes a little more effort than normal to get it out again! We have been through this sooo many times, although normally we get stuck in mud, not gravel. First time for everything!
First we did our concert. And then everyone headed out for the "lets get the bus out" party. =)
So thankful for the crew of guys that worked so hard and got so dirty to get us out!
One of the men went to get his tractor to pull us out. When I saw it coming down the road I couldn't help but voice my thoughts: "Oh wow, just our luck---it would have be a John Deere that would come pull us out". The comeback comment was, "Well, of course-that's the only tractor that could do the job". =)
We Case fans are a little outnumbered up here in John Deere country. =) In spite of our loyalty to Case...there are some times where you just have to choose to lay aside your differences and take whats available. =)
We were out in no time. 
{many thanks to all of our kind friends for their help!}
One night we were privileged to do a concert at a beautiful ranch in British Columbia. We sang on the back porch of a big log house. About two hundred people, primarily ranchers, attended.


Our view from the back porch as we were singing. Amazing!
Jam time with new friends afterwards! 
Breakfast at the ranch, the next morning. 
Early the next morning (6am!) Denver, Allison, and Carson went out to ride along with a new friend as they checked their cattle.
We rode a lot that day! It was almost like being home-we spent our entire off day outside! Swimming, riding horses, eating our meals outside, and helping our new friends with projects around the ranch. It was such a blessing and an awesome time of refreshment to us to be in the country again! 
We all decided that ranching is almost as awesome as dairying. =)
This always has to happen! 
Haircuts are pretty much never ending around here.
Dinner on the back porch.
Pulled up to a church, ready set up for another concert in British Columbia.

I'll end the post of week two with another one of the beautiful views out our bus window. 
{and special thanks to all the old and new friends who were such a blessing to us this past week.
 May God richly bless you for your encouragement to our family in so many different ways!}

"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,or powers: 
all things were created by Him, and for Him."
Colossians 1:16

{posted by Chelsy}

6.20.2015

Summer Tour North||Week #1

Here it is, friends! Our first installment of the "Summer Tour North", series. We have been gone from home for one week and that one week has been quite the whirlwind! 
We have covered thousands of miles and at the current moment the GPS shows that we are approximately 35hrs from home. (how's that for far away?!)

Our first week found us with two stops in Minnesota, on Sunday. (loved our time there with friends + many mosquitoes! actually did NOT love the mosquitoes quite so much as the friends...)

Monday-Friday we had four concerts in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, + Alberta. In between all the driving and singing we were blessed with reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones.
 We enjoyed a very special half day with this dear family in Ontario. 
 People all over are so sweet in preparing such delicious meals for our family. Here we are, Monday night, ready to enjoy a yummy supper several hours prior to our concert.
 This church we sang at had an amazing couch in their green room-big enough to fit all of us! Here we are enjoying a few minutes in between sets. I told everyone to just "chill and read a book" so I could get a pictures. As you can tell, some people are just holding books and not reading at all. Like Mitchell. He doesn't typically enjoy Elsie Dinsmore. That would be Elizabeth. =)
 Cousinhood! Although we are sad that marriage has taken her so far away, it has been such a treat to be able to stop and visit our dear cousin whenever we are in Manitoba! We spent a very short and sweet time with her and her husband, and also got to give a concert in their town.
 Mom's plea to our hosts? "Please...put my boys to work!" =)
The boys especially can get a little restless in the bus, and they really do love to get out and do physical labor whenever they get a chance.
Beautiful day for a picnic!
 Carson + Josh helping our cousins' husband put up shelves in their basement.
A selfie during our evening walk after the concert.
 One of our newest drivers. =)
 A concert at this church in Saskatchewan....
Sound check time!
 We sing in all sorts of venues, especially when in Canada. Churches, parks, town halls, community buildings, theaters, etc.
Some sweet friends gave us a Tim Hortons gift card as a welcome to Canada! 
While we are in Canada, Tim Hortons is our main place where we get wifi, so we always have a number of short little stops there. 
We spread out and work as fast as possible, because for whatever reason we always have a deadline  and also a shortage of electronic devices. =)

This time, we were in a hurry as usual and left in a bit of a rush. Four hours down the road, we discovered that we had left behind one computer bag, two computer charger cords, our credit card reader device, several magazines, and a school workbook + score key. This was not good news...except to Elizabeth who thought it was funny because it was HER schoolbook and this meant that she wouldn't have to do that subject for the next few days. Oh, Liz. =)

We stopped at another Tim Hortons nearby, and were able (thankfully!) to remember the name of the town of the previous Tim Hortons we had been at. We called back and sure enough-they found our random assortment of "left-behinds".

Bless their hearts-the manager lady said she would ship it all to one of the churches we are going to be at next week.

Only at Tim Hortons! They definitely have our business after that. =)

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And that's Week #1! Special thanks to all of the dear people who blessed our family with meals, encouragement, and in so many other ways this past week!

"By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise 
to God continually, that is, 
the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name."
Hebrews 13:15

{posted by Chelsy}