Memories with cousins

Hold tight to the sound of the music of living
happy songs from the laughter of children at play
Hold my hand as we run through the sweet fragrant meadows
Making memories of what was today.
We have this moment to hold in our hands and to touch
As it slips through our fingers like sand
Yesterday's gone and tomorrow may never come
But we have this moment today.
Tiny voice that I hear is my little girl calling
For mommy to hear just what she has to say
And my little son running there on the hillside
May never be quite like today.
Tender words, gentle touch and a good cup of coffee
And someone who loves me and wants me to stay
Hold them near while they're here and don't wait for tomorrow
To look back and wish for today.
We have this moment to hold in our hands and to touch
As it slips through our fingers like sand
Yesterday's gone and tomorrow may never come
But we have this moment today.

To each of our dear cousins, aunts, uncles, & our grandparents~we love you and treasure all those memories we make together every year!
(written by Chelsy)


Pictures from our trip

God blessed us with many opportunities for ministry in NY and OH in the past two weeks. We sang at Berlin's Fireman's Festival and in 3 churches in OH and then in 2 churches in NY. In between we spent 5 precious days with my family in NY. Here are a just a few of the pictures that Chelsy (along with my sister Sarah) took.
The song, "Arrows", sung by our children along with Marissa, who is now back home with her family. We do miss you, Marissa!!Elizabeth met a new friend, Gracie, in OH.
Here is an updated picture of my parents' garden in NY.Five cousins ages 4-6. You can be sure that there were many happy times!

We planned this trip so we could be at the reunion of Crystal Valley Christian School in Dundee, NY where I attended for the last 2 years of highschool. It was good to see old friends and to reminisce. You would laugh too, if you saw the pictures in this yearbook from 25 years ago!!!!


Some cousins joined us in picking 114 pounds of these sweet little berries early one morning.
We spent an afternoon and evening together with 4 of my sisters and their families and my parents at my sister's house.

Most of us joined in playing a seriously competitive and physically active game of "Prisoner's Base".
There was no lack of action in this game!
All too soon it was time to say good-by.

"The law of the Lord is perfect, convering the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes." Psalm 19:7 & 8


~Regency Ladies~

We had a formal "high tea" the other day, so Marissa, Allison, & I (Chelsy) dressed up "Regency style" and had a photo shoot afterwards. Photographer credits go to Elizabeth (4). This was her first time as photographer! (and she loved it!)


Chelsy's Graduation

We celebrated Chelsy's graduation from high school and 9 years of piano lessons with a piano recital and open house. It was a time of reflection for her father and I. It is so hard to believe that only about 13 years ago we made the decision to home school! What an exciting and challenging adventure it has been. We began for all the wrong reasons, but along the way God showed us that He had His own reasons for homeschooling and they weren't the same ones we had!! So anyway, here is the promised post and a few pictures, too, about Chelsy's graduation party on June 22, 2008.
We are so grateful for the 2 wonderful piano teachers that God has blessed our family with over the past 9 years. Chelsy's first teacher was Tammi Miller, a sweet, kind, and encouraging teacher who not only taught Chelsy the basics of piano but also instilled in her a love for music.
Then 3 years ago she began taking lessons from Susan See, another incredibly talented and encouraging piano teacher. By using encouraging words and being a great example by giving their best, these 2 dear ladies have inspired Chelsy. THANKS, Tammi and Susan.
Our dear friend, Linda Hathaway, put together a lovely table with Chelsy's senior picture, framed prints of her photography, and other memorabilia.

Grandparents are a blessing! We enjoy having Marlin's mother live just 1 1/2 miles up the road.

After the recital and supper, around 40 energetic young people (ages 3-?) played "Dare Base" for hours and hours while the rest of us talked for hours and hours! Our family went to bed that evening with thankful hearts for the many friends God has brought into our lives.