Friday, August 30, 2013


Ana has been busy in the kitchen baking cookies and brownies for an order from a  neighbor. 
It smells so good around here!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Visit with Grandma K!

Last week we dove down to visit Grandma K in the small farming town she's lived near for many years. 
This is the church my mom went to as a child. :)

We were looking at some older framed pictures in Grandma's room and found this picture puzzle of Grandma and Amy. :-)

We enjoyed spending the afternoon with her!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mr. D's Birthday Party!

Thursday we went to a surprise birthday party for our friend Mr. D who turned 71 that day!  
Ana baked and decorated this cake for him."Sky King' was his nickname in the air force, and the airplane was the kind he flew/worked on. (Above picture from Amy.)

The baker and the cake on the way. :)

 The party was held in the old barn he and his wife had restored.  It's such a pretty place!

 A funny gift from one of his military friends.  He seemed to really like it!


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summer Square Dance!

Last Saturday we went to a dance at a friend's place.  They started off with the "Virginia Reel" and then went on to square dances!

The caller and his wife demonstrating a move. :)

Love this pic!

Mr. and Mrs. S.

It was fun to see all the happy faces!!

"Don't forget your sword!"


Thomas showing Ana his cap gun.

Supper under the trees.

Visiting with Emily. :)  
It was a fun afternoon and I even though I couldn't dance, I really enjoyed watching and taking pictures.

Monday, August 12, 2013

She Just Happened To Go There And Just Happened To Meet Him…

I found this article very encouraging today and wanted to share it here!

By Mark Altogge

So she (Ruth) set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech. Ruth 2:3

Ruth had recently come with Naomi, her Jewish mother-in-law, from the land of Moab. She was an impoverished stranger in a strange land, just hoping to eke out an existence. God had told Israel that they shouldn’t pick their fields clean in the harvest but leave the droppings and the edges for the poor to glean. That’s what Ruth was hoping to do – to find a field, any field, where she could get permission to glean enough for her and Naomi to survive a few days.

She found a field and she “happened” to come to a part of the field owned by a man named Boaz. She just “happened” to come there. At least that would have been how Ruth saw it. Little did she know, but someday, this “random” happening would lead to her becoming the wife of Boaz, and an ancestor of king David, and Jesus himself.

We can see that this is God’s providence. God was directing her every step. Years earlier, Naomi and her husband “happened” to decide to move to Moab, where they “happened” to meet Ruth, who “happened” to marry their son. Years later, forced by poverty, Naomi and Ruth “happened” to return to Israel, and now Ruth “happened” to come to a particular field.

How many times in our lives do we just “happen” to go somewhere or meet someone and later find out it was God’s wonderful providence? Yesterday as I preached, I saw a family sitting there who years ago, just “happened” to move next door to another family in our church, who invited them to a dinner where they heard the gospel and eventually got saved.

You didn’t just “happen” to meet your husband or wife. You didn’t just “happen” to wind up living where you live. You didn’t just “happen” to join your church. God has been directing your every step.

And life isn’t just “happening” to you. You may work under a miserable boss. You may be going through tough times. You may have just been told you need a hip replacement or have a serious sickness. That unexpected tax bill, that transfer to another job, that tree that fell on your garage…you get the idea. Nothing just “happens” to us. God may have transferred you so you’d meet someone you will share the good news of Jesus with. That tree that crushed your garage? The tree service foreman may someday lead the Children’s Ministry in your church.

The next time you ask, “Why is this happening to me?” remember God’s loving providence. He has you right where he wants you, for your good and his glory. Nothing just happens to us. Not a sparrow falls apart from God’s will. He hand crafts every snowflake and lightning bolt. Our blessings and our afflictions are tailor-made by the loving hand of God.

Keep an eye out for God’s providences in your life. Someday you will say, “Oh, so THAT’S why that happened.” It didn’t seem so good at the time, but if THAT hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be enjoying THIS blessing right now.

And heaven will be the grand review of all God’s providences in our lives. Seeing how God orchestrated events and lives to bring you into the world, and bring you to Jesus and transform and use you for his glory. What an incredible day that will be.

Saturday, August 10, 2013