Saturday, September 20, 2014

No Greater Joy
Smoky Mountains Shindig
September 10-14, 2014

This past week our family had the privilege to attend No Greater Joy's annual Family Conference. We had an incredible time -along with around 2,200 other people- attending the incredible sessions, fellow-shipping with other families who also loved the Lord and were seeking to serve Him, eating delicious food, playing volleyball and other organized activities, meeting other families and being inspired and challenged to press forward serving God in whatever ways He has called us to do so!  
It will take several posts to capture the week's events and even then I know I will not do it justice! We praise the Lord for the wonderful time He gave us together as a family and for the great work He is doing in and through the ministry of No Greater Joy!

North Carolina, Here we come!

Beautiful scenery as we drove....

The shindig was held at the 
Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
The weather was beautiful!

 We stayed in the "Royal Gorge."

The campus was large enough to accommodate
 3,000 people so we spent a lot of time......walking!

Practice sessions and impromptu jams 
were happening everywhere! We enjoyed 
pausing to listen as time permitted :)

                                                                              The Family!

Call us silly- but several of us enjoyed 
catching rides on this nifty little thing!

The main auditorium..... packed with some 2,200 other people!

Amazing Speakers:

 Nathan Pearl-
 (M.C. and Keynote Speaker)

"Look! It's Mike Pearl!!"

Joshua Steele
Missionary to the Ukraine
 Special Music:
The Rodriguez family
on their way to the mission field of Mexico

The Meggs family
of Roanoke, Virginia

Mike Pearl playing his "saw"
(yes..this is a hand saw and fiddle bow)

The Keen children playing their violins 
and reciting scripture passages

The "soggy britches boys"
of Cane Creek, Tennessee

The children's choir practiced every day 
to sing for everyone on Sunday!

And Liberty was brave enough to join them!
(Lower left corner :)

And a World-Championship Knife-Throwing and Whip-Cracking Act! :

Mike Pearl has won several awards and gold cups in  
international knife-throwing  contests. He also won the 
gold cup for tomahawk-throwing in 2012! 

With a promise of more posts to follow........

Monday, April 7, 2014

  For several weeks now our guys have been working on a challenging and exciting project! With a burden to challenge and help fathers and sons in their super-important relationship with each other they have put together and just recently launched a ministry to do just that! To see more about this visit their website at

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A few snaps from Liberty's birthday party

Eight years old!


Someone accidentally bought relight candles and Liberty
 could not get them to stay blown out


We have a family tradition of "buttering the nose"!
Daddy used some of the chocolate icing
and Liberty is licking it off


What she thought of her clair cake!




Not sure how the ranch dressing bottle got into
this picture, but for those of you who may be wondering
Robert did NOT eat any of it on his cake.


We love you Liberty Grace!
And are so thankful for the fun and
smiles you bring to our family!

After two very dry winter months we finally got some snow

......Fifteen Inches!




Daddy and Liberty


Robert and Jeremiah

Jeremiah and Liberty
What sometimes happens at the bottom!


The long hike back to the top


"God thundereth marvelously with His voice;
great things doeth He, which we cannot comprehend.
For He saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth;.."
Job 37: 4, 5a
"..wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."
Psalm 51: 7
"..though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..."
Isaiah 1:18