Lily’s Baptism

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December 3rd, AD 2017

“Although I cannot pinpoint the exact time I was saved, God has been working on me since I was young. Proverbs 1:7 says that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…”, and even though many of my childhood fears were misplaced (just ask my family!), I think it was the beginning of His work in my life. I realized that I was a sinner in danger of God’s righteous judgment, and I could not make myself good. This drove me to Christ. I have struggled with fear and doubt, but I recognize God’s work in my life and I am so grateful for His mercy. I’d like to share 1 Peter 2:9-10:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
To God alone be the glory! Amen.”

 

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Living Life

I know it has been awhile since I (Skye) posted much on our blog, but I thought I would just share a few recent pictures. It has frosted here now, so our zinnias are no longer blooming, but some of them were vibrant until just about two weeks or so ago. And now our yard is covered in leaves. The air was crisp and clear most of today – a beautiful day for being outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My sister Ruby and her doll, enjoying the leaves several days ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ezra:-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little guy was born last night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up  for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” Ps. 31:19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lily, my dear friend and oldest little sister.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“But I trust in  you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!” Ps. 31:14-15

Blessings,

~Skye

 

 

Happy Reformation Day!

Celebrating 500 years since that momentous day Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg.

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A Mighty Fortress

Text and Music by Martin Luther, translated by Frederick H. Hedge

A mighty Fortress is our God,
A Bulwark never failing;
Our Helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His Name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His Kingdom is forever.

 

Solar Eclipse 2017

We got to see the total solar eclipse on the 21st. It was quite an experience!

We left our home around 9:30 am, wanting to miss the anticipated traffic as we drove to where the eclipse would be total (we weren’t quite in the path of totality). We didn’t actually have a plan for where exactly we would watch the eclipse, but in God’s providence, it worked out pretty well. Some friends of ours had invited us to come up to their friends’ farm to watch the eclipse, though we didn’t immediately take them up on their offer. While we were driving through town, we drove past some other friends. Mom called them up and asked where they were headed. Like us, they were just planning to head to the Cuba area.

Well, we ended up going to our friends’ friends’ place, with our friends, and their friends. When we got there, there was even more people 🙂 Our hosts were very gracious, and we were so thankful that God provided such a nice place to watch the eclipse – it was much, much better than going to some city park.

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We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the lawn as the eclipse was just starting. You couldn’t tell that anything was happening unless you looked at the sun with your eclipse-glasses. As the moon covered more and more of the sun, the lighting gradually became very odd. But without looking through eclipse-glasses, you couldn’t really tell that the moon was going in front of the sun. It was amazing how much light even just a sliver of sun gives. And the difference between a partial and total solar eclipse is, truly, the difference between day and night.

As the moon covered the very last sliver of sun, it got dark very fast. When the eclipse was total, it was dark as night. And you could definitely tell, without eclipse-glasses, that the moon was in front of the sun. It was awe-inspiring!

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 8:3-4

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Wow! How great is our God!

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This is minutes after totality, when just a sliver of sun is not covered by the moon.

We took route 66 on our way back home, as there was lots of traffic on the interstate.

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To top off the day, our friends invited us to this lake. It was really nice – no one else was there, and the water was almost warm! We enjoyed an evening of swimming, boating, and tubing, then pizza at their house.

 

August Adventures

We went to Ohio and Kentucky last week for the Noah Conference. I say Ohio and Kentucky because we were staying in Ohio, but the conference was in Florence, Kentucky – we had to drive about an hour each way. But it really was worth it; good speakers and enjoyable fellowship. In case you haven’t heard, they’re having another Noah Conference in Ocean Shores, WA this October…

Afterwards, we visited to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY. I’ll share some of the pictures below, but first a few shots of things at home (-:

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Our honeybees getting a sip of water

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Aunt D. came for a visit from Boise, and also stayed with Grandma while we went on our trip. That was a big blessing, and we’re really grateful to the Lord that He worked out the details so we could go. In these pictures, we were on a walk down the road. We had a nice break from the Summertime heat… it was cool, in fact!

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And we also got to take Aunt D. to Meramec Spring Park. It’s a beautiful place in these ‘hills and hollers’.

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And then our family was off to Ohio and Kentucky! The great big tree stump behind us is the remainder of Indiana’s Constitution Elm. When the courthouse that the framers of the state’s constitution were in became too hot, they moved outside under the shade of this once-thriving tree.

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We also visited the site of the battle of Corydon. The forest around this cabin was rather junglish – we wondered how people could have fought in it.

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I know it’s hard too tell in a picture, but that chain was pretty big and heavy.

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Some of the girls said that one of their favorite parts about the Ark Encounter was getting to ride the bus from the parking lot to the Ark (-:

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You really have to see it with your own eyes to understand how huge the Ark is!

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Skye said she liked the kitchen area in the Ark (-:

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The yaks in the zoo outside the Ark.

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Laurel and Ruby got to ride the camel, ‘Luke’, with Mommy (-:

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Petting the goats in the petting zoo

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One of the zookeepers took us behind the scenes into the barn, and we were able to see and pet some other creatures… we didn’t pet the porcupine though!

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Can you tell that the sun has gone down? We spent several hours at the Ark Encounter and used up both mine and Skye’s camera batteries, taking hundreds of pictures (-: Just keep that in mind if you ever visit the Ark… and hopefully you will!

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As we were getting ready to leave, the Ark was being lit up by the rainbow colors – a lovely reminder of God’s promise in Genesis 9:

“And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.””

(Genesis 9:12-16)

Busy Summer

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We did Farmers’ Market several times this Summer. We may do it more, but it does take a lot of time and effort. Meeting people and making a bit of profit is good, though.

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We are getting lots of cucumbers again this year (-:

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Homegrown cabbage

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We harvested the violet potatoes too,

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they make lovely mashed potatoes!

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I think this was the best picture of our 4th of July fireworks :-/

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Poor bees, they are hot these days. At least their homes are equipped with thousands and thousands of fans! 😉

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Someone made a scene out of the cicada shells: two of them are talking, and the other two are fighting!

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Playing a water relay game with friends.

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Ezra is growing up! He crawls and tries to walk and talk. He figured out that the door to our basement has a little cat-door in it that fits balls… (-:

As some of you may know, our Grandma Leslie was not doing so well recently. She was in the hospital for a couple weeks. We praise God that she is now doing better and was able to come home. Please keep her in your prayers.

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“But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:21-23