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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Final Finale

By Anna & Elisabeth

As a grand finale to our trip, Papa took us to Grand Lake--the biggest and deepest natural glacier lake in Colorado, as well as the headwaters for the Colorado River which runs through the Grand Canyon.
Here, we rented a speedboat!   

We had ridden big ferries, little canoes, and smaller kayaks, but the thrill was on when we got to ride this fast wave-maker!

A crew preparing to embark

Joseph                                                 Caleb

Charity                                         Joshua & Daniel

Papa & Mama

Elisabeth & Anna

A father's love is a guiding force
That helps to keep our life on course.

Papa and Mama

There is nothing like being out away from the bustle of city life and being surrounded by nature--the sounds, scents, scenery, and serenity is an ointment to the soul.

It was quite chilly in those big hills! But it sure was beautiful!!!

On our way out, we had a picnic by one of the mountain rivers. 

(Notice, what's missing? Everyone voted to be sure we would NOT have sandwiches--again!)

So, I suppose you could say we went up the west coast, then finished where the west begins.

"Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all."
~ 1 Chronicles 29:11 ~

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Trail Ridge Road

By Anna & Elisabeth

Rocky Mountain National Park was a huge highlight and a wonderful finale for the whole trip!  

We drove in under clear skies...
...Watched the clouds roll in over the mountains...
And had the sheer thrill of driving through rain and hail 
as we toured the highest through highway in the world!

It was breathtaking and absolutely beautiful!!! 
This is definitely another place you MUST see for yourself!

At the place where trees can no longer survive and you must look down to see mountains, 
we stopped for a good family picture.

This unique overlook on the tundra gained a new name as Joseph exclaimed, 
"This is Rocky Mountain Plateau Point!"
(Plateau Point is where two of the boys hiked down to in the Grand Canyon)

It was pretty cold up there, so at the top of the mountains, surrounded by tundra 
we treated ourselves to hot chocolate in July!

Papa and Mama claimed this beautiful aspect of the trip as part of their anniversary, as well! 

Some of the wildlife we saw was elk (plenty of them!), moose, and marmots. 

We had anticipated camping in the Rocky Mountains, but due to the cold and rains, we stayed in a pleasant lodge. It was a nice alternative and everyone enjoyed just relaxing together...warm and dry!

Elisabeth, Joshua, and Joanna

"Thy righteousness is like the great mountains;
thy judgments are a great deep:
O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!
therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings."
~ Psalm 36:6-7 ~

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Beautiful, Exciting, Adventurous....Traveling :)

By Anna & Elisabeth
After leaving the coast, we headed inland through scenic Idaho, 
beautiful Montana, and open Wyoming. 

A rather large dust devil in the distance was a unique sight!

When you're in the middle of "who-knows-where"
it's always nice to stop for a tasty treat!

A view from the car window

~ Stopping to Camp ~
We had the joy of staying at the world's first KOA located in Billings, Montana!

There was a nice pond across from where we camped. Several of the children enjoyed 
watching the ducks and throwing a few pebbles into the water, and Caleb caught a tiny catfish! 
He did let it go after watching his little pet swim around in his bowl-aquarium.

Josiah and Elisabeth pack up once more. By now they got their system down pretty good!

I think the picture speaks for itself... This type of stop is our good acquaintance!  

This station was particularly a favorite as it had both a meadow to play in and rock-climbing walls! 
(Okay, maybe it was a little boys creativity, but it sufficed!)

One more good shot of our "star stop"

We saw several rain storms along the road, but we were not able to actually drive through them...

...Until we got to the airport. Then we hit a storm of cotton, followed by some rain!

In Denver, we bid farewell to our dear travel companion and valuable driving partner so he could get home in time to go to Senior Camp with a group from Church. 

Josiah was such a delight to be with on this trip. 
We missed him, but we planned to reunite with him at home a few days later.

Last interactions before sending him off

"Goodbye, Josiah! We look forward to reuniting and sharing what
 the Lord does in the remainder of our journey!"

After leaving the airport, our insides began talking to each one about the fact that it was well past dinner time! So we all began looking for just the place for a big crew to fill up. 
But this was not just any day; on this particular evening, we children were finally able to do what we have always wished...go out for dinner with Papa and Mama on their anniversary!! I'm sure we were all good, quiet, little "flies on the wall"...although Papa kept saying something about needing a fly-swater! :) 

Our parents celebrated being married for 23 beautiful years!!! They were so gracious to allow us to be a part of their date-night, though it seems I hear rumor that another one is in the plans for a time when they can go away without extra "guests" along!

Golden Coral is a great place to eat and one of our favorites...because it's one, decent price and you do not have to hassle with menus! It's always fun to see what each one chooses to make dinner with.

Daniel isn't quite up for a varied menu yet. He still takes pleasure in his 
custom made meal that is suited to his taste :)

Mama and Papa enjoy their foods of choice as well.

"For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a 
good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;"
~ Deuteronomy 8:7 ~