Jan 23, 2018

Our 2018 Winter Tour Begins!

We are on the road again!!! 
Our departure date was Jan. 8th.



  This is an exciting time for our family! We always look forward to this part of our year with anticipation and joy. 
It is not always easy to be on the road for such a long period of time (about six weeks). But every year God proves himself to be faithful and uses us in ways of his chosing. 
 We can't wait to see what He'll do this year! So many opportunities to serve! Not only in churches, but also in various prisons in a couple of states. 


Matthew, in the "seat" for a turn at driving.


Our first day of driving took us to some good friends of ours in Iowa for the night. We caught this gorgeous sunset on our way down.


The next day we drove to Kansas City where we stopped at a music shop. It was fun trying out their beautiful instruments! 


And of course we had to get a picture of the banjos they had there! ;)


After our visit to the music shop we met our uncle at AppleBees for dinner. 
 It's not to often we get to see this dear man. Our time with him was special!

Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church



Our first show was in Enid, Oklahoma at a cowboy church. 
We were all very suprised to see that our concert was held in a stockyard sale barn! Not to often do we get to sing and play in one of those. 
We had a good turn out in spite of the chilly weather, and we are praising the Lord for his presence in our midst. People were blessed, encouraged, and a soul was one for Christ. We are so humbled to able to be a part of His work.


I'm posting this a bit late, so it would have been last week we had seven concerts in a row of just five days. Three of those were all on Sunday, which included two Hispanic churches in Oklahoma City. The cultural and language experience was very interesting!


These beautiful people hosted our family during our time spent in Oklahoma, City.


Last Tuesday we sang at a mission house in Guthrie, OK. 
We arrived a little early, which gave us some time to sprawl out and practice a bit individually. 


Miranda, on the guitar.


Allison, practicing up some dobro. 


The guys getting the sound all tuned in for us.


Show time!


What a joy it is to share God's message to others in music and song. 
We were all greatly blessed to serve at God's House Ministries. It was a fun night!


Another venue for us, at a church in Paden, Oklahoma.
Again we were blessed greatly!




"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."


Dec 26, 2017

A Visit to Canada

Usually when we go to Canada to visit our sister we make it one 8 hour day of driving. This time we decided to split up the driving a bit and make a night's stop at some dear friends of ours near the Bamidji, MN area. 
The night and morning spent there was very special! Lots of fellowship, games, good conversations and side aching laughter. 


All the youngsters.


Passing the time before brunch with a game of Dutch Blitz. 


We were all pretty sad when we had to leave.  For a while we thought we might have to stay a few extra hours because our brakes wouldn't release on the bus.
After a good fifteen minutes of waiting the sticky brakes decided to let go.



We arrived at Andrea's on Thursday, the 9th of November. Matthew and Justin joined us the following day.
It was so nice to be able to relax a little and take some time off from the craziness back at home.
We played lots of games, sat around and chatted about life, read books, and ate lots of yummy goodies from Andrea's cupboard. She fed us like kings and queens while we were there.



The guys relaxing to a game of Gobblet. 


Leana LOVED her time with the aunties!!!
Here Miranda is helping her with a school project.


The girls in the kitchen busy making a Thanksgiving dinner.


It's not to often that we are all together like this. The time was SO special! 

Our Thanksgivng meal was a bit rushed because we had a big concert that same evening,
a large stage at a Theatre holding around five hundred people.
If you were there you may have detected some nervous jitters from a few members of the family. ;)


Tuning up and getting ready to go. 


It's show time!






Church on Sunday was held at Andrea's brother-in-laws place. They have a nice big shop there that they hold church services at. We were asked to play a few songs for the service. 


After church we took a trip to Winnipeg and experienced what it's like to be locked in a room for an hour. The Real Escape! 



We were to large of a group to be put into one room, so we had two groups. Neither team broke out, but we came very close to. Within seconds actually! It was a fun experience! 


Monday Dad took the bus to the Huderite Colony (where Joel grew up) to work on it and get some of the minor things fixed up, one of them being the door that didn't shut properly. The bus came back tuned up and ready to go again.

Tuesday we left our sister's and traveled on to Ontario for a concert that evening. And by Wednesday afternoon we made it back home. 
What a full and blessed week it was! We count it a privilege to be able to travel and sing like we do. To God be all the glory!


"BLESS the LORD
O my SOUL
and ALL that is WITHIN me
BLESS his HOLY name."


Oct 27, 2017

A Trip to Door County

The day after our Cup of Joy concert in Green Bay was spent exploring the beautiful country of Door County, Wisconsin. 
The Peninsula State Park was absolutely beautiful to visit during that early weekend in October. 
We would totally recommend anyone to go through the area sometime. It's gorgeous!  


:: Peninsula State Park ::



~ Miranda ~


Looking down, over the ledge to the water below.



Slowly making our way down the ridge.


For some it was a little more challenging getting down then others... ;)


~ Daddy ~


Mama was a little too scared to make the hike down. ;)






Hand in hand... 
After over 30 years of marriage their love for each other is still going strong.



~ Daddy and Laurissa ~



Sweet smiles.


Gazing out over yonder...


Miranda, she never ceases to make us all laugh. 


Together...


~ Naomi ~


Sister + Sister
= Best Friends 




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A photo taken from about 150 feet above the water's level. 


Looking out...


Capturing a bird's eye view of a nearby island.


Enjoying the quiet moments.




Hiking...




"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
The whole earth is full of HIS glory!"


:: Apple Picking ::

Driving on some back roads of Door County we came across some wild apple trees. 
We helped ourselves to a few bushels of some sweet, crispy juiciness. 


Gotta climb up and shake the tree.


And the picking begins!




O the deliciousness! 


And yes, I think this girl would think so too. ;)



"Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen,
I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10