Our Family Mission Statement

We are a real family seeking to serve a real and living God. Our desire and mission is to magnify and glorify God in our everyday life at home, church and abroad. Our goal is to help families understand what their purpose and design is in regards to the family; recognize the enemy for who he is and what he is doing; and to point families, both saved and unsaved, to Christ as to become living pictures of Christ and His bride and of God and His children. As families are strengthened the church will be strengthened, therefore, being a brighter light to a dark and hurting world.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

First Haircut :)

Yea! Daniel finally got his much needed first haircut! Papa likes to be the one to give the first official cut, but we're glad Mama did the rest :)

 Sweet, innocent, little darling baby boy! He did so good, but it was a whole family effort!

 The very first snip! Congratulations Dan!

 Then Mama took over :)

 Daniel was oblivious… entertaining himself with a favorite toy :)

 "Humm, should fall asleep or think of something else to grab?"

We needed some help holding still, so big sister came to the rescue :)

Well, Mama couldn't get it all with just the scissors, so we transferred to the side of the fish tank for the rest so Mama could get the buzzers, and Daniel could have something else to look at.

 Hold still, buddy, we're almost done!

 Just a little bit longer...

Hurray! We made it! And doesn't he look so sharp?! 
Good Job Daniel, and Thank you Mama! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

An Irish Wedding

So, back down to Texas we headed for Mama's youngest brother's wedding. The Lord provided some wonderful accommodations for our family over the weekend through some wonderful, long time friends of ours. We had encouraging fellowship, and great food, thank you to the Dalton family! It was a very relaxing family vacation and visit to friends while we were there for the wedding. 

The wedding theme was Irish, so all the groom's men wore kilts and the bride's maids wore an Irish maiden outfit. The Mothers of the bride and groom were dressed as queens, and Grandpapa took on the resemblance of an Irish Captain! The wedding was on the side of a lake in the evening, and the whole picture was stunning! 

 Our family got there quite a bit before the wedding, so we jumped in and helped as much as we could, while snapping a few fun shots in between :)

Our Dear Aunt Rhoda with me, Sarah, Carolyn and Daniel

Elisabeth and Laura having fun visiting with cousins Lydia and Teddy

The captain and his beautiful bride, Grandmama and Grandpapa 
(Mama's parents and the parents of the groom)

The groom and groom's men waiting

Here she comes!

Exchanging of the vows

The new James Cannon family

Josiah enjoying talking with Uncle Titus and the other groom's men and ushers

The wedding party

It was a beautiful wedding. Our prayer is that the Lord would continue growing this new family in His ways and that they would be moldable and usable for His honor and glory. 

Praise the Lord for His protection in travel for everyone and we are looking forward to seeing them at the Guess family reunion! :)

~ Anna

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Harmony Hill

Last week was a full one, but we had to end it with a quick trip to TX for the day :) Leaving at 3:30am last Friday, everyone, except Papa, Josiah and Joshua headed toward Harmony Hill's 60th annual Singing School, a week long camp that Mama grew up attending. The Lord provided for us to attend the last day of the camp and we really enjoyed it! We were able to see old friends, meat new ones and enjoy using the gift of singing for the glory of God with fellow believers. After we arrived, everyone gathered for a morning devotion given by Mama's Uncle Zach. Then we all scattered to our respective classes which were divided according to age/grade, teaching the foundations of the shape notes (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do… for any of you that would understand :), rhythm, sight reading, singing parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenner and Bass), theory, proper singing posture, vocal warmups, as well as just having fun vocally experimenting with different chords and different hymns! The food was delicious and the fellowship was great! We missed not having Papa, Josiah and Joshua along, but we were thankful they stayed safe while we were gone. Hopefully they will be able to join us next time!    

Elisabeth (right) and I were the driving team and we enjoyed it :)

Part of the already loaded up crew, half asleep and still ready to go…

Caleb, awake enough to smile before falling back to sleep

The sunrise was pretty to watch and was helpful in waking everyone up!

Daniel… not time to get up yet.

On the road. We didn't have to stop once, even with all the little ones in the van! :)

Caleb and Joanna's class

4th - 5th grade

6th grade

Mama talking with a good, longtime friend (and since Mama's from the south, she happened to be a cousin, too :)

Laura, Christina and Charity's class

Elisabeth attended the advanced class, and I would have been there with her but was enjoying helping the young ones in the beginner's class :) Bro. Joey was and is a great teacher!

The young ones' class heading to lunch :) I got back a little too late to snap a shot of them in a session, but they did have a great time learning, singing, coloring and eating a snack :)

Our crew at the children's table ready to dive in!
Left to right: Carolyn, Sarah, Rachel, Joseph and Mama

Daniel! :)

The afternoon "sacred harp" session for the advanced class

They had the swing set all to themselves for once! That's a rarity at Harmony Hill…

Christina and Charity playing tether ball

Sarah ready to sing!

The beginner's class performed that evening first

Sarah (in the middle)


Joanna, Naomi and Caleb's class performing (Caleb opted out, but enjoyed the evening in the crowd :)
Joanna and Naomi

Their class learned how to song lead, and lead the congregation in a number together. The girls did great!

Laura, Christina and Charity's class singing for everyone


Christina and Laura

Then was the advanced class which Elisabeth and I enjoyed participating in for the day!

There we are :) We weren't familiar with the song enough to look up, but we were keeping one eye on the directer!

Two daughters of the couple who started this singing school 60 years ago!
Aunt Helen and Aunt Ollie as they are known :)

What a blessing to be a part of this wonderful group for the day! We have attended the whole week as a family a couple times in the past, and this singing school has hugely impacted Mama's life which has in turn influenced us children. Praise the Lord for people who are still seeking to serve the Lord through music!

~ Anna