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, September 30, 2016

What You've Missed (catching up to now :)

Posted by Anna :)

Well, we are back after a brief, unintentional absence. Life has been a down-hill skiing slope, going faster and faster as the days fly by! But, thanks to our parents for having taught us to make the most of each moment, even spontaneous spots of time squeezed in here and there, we have still been able to capture some precious memories, and thought we would share a few with you.

Several months ago we were able to get a pass to the Science museum, and have enjoyed putting it to use. You can see here the different interests and responses through their expressions, but Papa is a captivating teacher, and this was right up his ally with electrical conductors and experimental inventions, so the crew had a great time exploring under his exuberayting leadership.

 Over the summer, some of the girls had an experience with head lice... not necessarily the most exciting journey, but definitely some bonding time as they all shared the responsibility of combing each other's hair out almost every night for several weeks. This snapshot was taken during one of those episodes, but I thought it well expressed two different rolls of sisterhood :)

About mid summer the Lord allowed Elisabeth and I to take a road trip to the east coast so I could attend a Suzuki teacher training course in Washington DC. But it was also a good sharing time between Elisabeth and I, though we both were focused on different seasons of life and upcoming events. :) Through our travels, we were also able to visit several extended family members on Mama's side and had a wonderful time catching up on life with each other!

Bridesmaid Dresses

Soon after Elisabeth and I got back we began to dive right in to making the brides maids' dresses for the wedding, and the other more intense parts of wedding planning, shopping and preparation. The Lord has blessed and things are coming together speedily and smoothly. We are excited as the countdown is on and the finalizing details are almost done! Elisabeth and Nathan have done a great job working together and uniting their hearts as a team, and have Together Effectively Accomplished Much! Looking forward to seeing how the Lord uses them as they unite as one family unit and continue seeking the Lord together for the rest of their lives.

Dodger's Baseball Game

Our Church Choir was invited to sing at the Dodgers Baseball game again this year, and so we all made a grand church/college wide activity out of it. Another fun time with us all together!
 Fun Times with Close Friends 

             Continually growing in love :)                 The new couple, Nathan and Elisabeth, and
                                                                                        Mrs. Radfar snuck in as well :)
                     Me :) and Charity                                             All sisters in heart

 Celebrating Daniel and Nathan's birthday together, as they fall just a few days apart! Fun times :)

Elisabeth finally got her driver's license! And Nathan was a good coach and most supportive encourager through the testing process :) They go good together!

Our "Twins" (R) are such cute playmates! They do everything together! Growing so fast and edging each other on in learning about life. These almost inseparable two are such a bright spot in our lives!
 Our Newest Little Blessing  is due to arrive any day now! Please pray for smooth delivery and speedy recovery for Mama and Baby (L) as we excitedly welcome # 15 into our growing family! 

Life continues to happen! School is an ever going process (above), and so are dishes (below)! Elisabeth did a masterful job stacking our stainless steel drainboard! In our family, dishes has become a work of art: See how small you can stack all the dirty dishes to save space on the counter, and see how efficient and high you can stack the drainboard after you wash them. :) There's always something you can get better at!

 Amanda is a little sunbeam every day! This active and quickly growing little helper is ready and prepared to lend a helping hand to any activity she find herself in the middle of, even if it is house cleaning day! Here (above L) she is helping Christina clean the living room by making sure underneath the entry rug has been swept. :)

One of the many creative gifts of thoughtfulness and love from Elisabeth to Nathan 
Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saint rejoice in goodness. 
~ II Chronicles 6:41 ~

Monday, September 26, 2016

Embracing the Changes of Life

 By Anna
From wedding bells ringing to welcoming a new little life into our family; from older ones learning the ins and outs of balancing family life with outside responsibilities to young ones just being ushered into the realm of learning how to learn; from senior high school students seeking what the Lord would have them to do concerning the next step in life to elementary students wondering if they are doomed to academic study for the rest of their existence; from joyfully living life as close friends to patiently mentoring toddlers in training... Our family has it covered, and yet it's still hard to let go of "Life as we have always known it." 

Autumn is my favorite season of the year. The crisp air, the cooler weather, the brilliant colors, the cozy holiday preparation, the festivity of get togethers with friends and family gatherings, the special once-a-year treats that are brought out for sharing, the music of celebration and rehearsing the memories of yet another year of God's blessings... 

Autumn is the last full season of the calendar year, and though it is comparable with other seasons in this aspect, for some reason it resonates in my mind as the season that reveals the most obvious evidence of change. The intensity of the Summer heat morphs into the revitalizing autumn breezes that carry the colorful leaves from their high residency in the boughs of the trees down to the low grounds for to become fertilizer for the next season of life after the quiet rest of winter when everything Springs into action and brings with it the freshness of new life. Autumn is a time of thoughtful harvest when the fruit of what has been sewn in the early part of the year reaches it's full maturity and either brings comforting knowledge of sustenance through the winter months, or the revelation of flaws and mistakes that cannot be corrected until the next year's planting. It is also a time of evaluation and pondering over the events and happenings of the year, in preparation for planning out the next year. Autumn brings the year into perspective and allows us to reflect on the opportunities the Lord has given us, whether observed and embraced or passed by and lost. It can either bring discouragement and regret for what all we have not done, or it can usher in joy and thankfulness to the Lord for how He lead and provided in spite of the impossibilities that seamed to loom ahead in our path, bringing us through yet another year of walking with Him and growing closer to His heart. 

In this part of the journey of our family's life, I am being reminded daily that each season does not last forever. As a child, I remember dreaming of our future young adult days when the Lord would begin to move each one of us along in the plan and purpose that He had created us for. As we got older, Elisabeth and I would often talk about the reality of the changes ahead and what they might mean for us. And now, being on the brink of having our first send-off with the marriage of Elisabeth to Nathan Radfar, we are rejoicing that the Lord has brought us thus far. Everything we have learned, the experiences we have walked through together, the joys and victories we have gained through the Lord's help and strength, as well as the struggles and storms we have been through as a family seeking to bow into them with humility and courage, God has been there all along.

I once came across a quote that read, "Change is inevitable, it is essential to survival. Why fear it or fight is when you can simply embrace it?" Most of us in our household, if not all in one aspect or another, do not like change. But if we did not change we would not be who we are today. God has us in a continual education process that requires change if it is going to have the right result. Growing requires change. Learning takes change. Improvement can't happen without change. And accepting change takes faith that God knows what's best and has a plan and propose for each and every one of us, individually. 

As we launch into this new season of our lives, our prayer is, first, that we would remain close to the Lord in our personal walks with Him. Then as these changes happen in our lives, that we would embrace them as God's will, purposing to receive them with thanksgiving and allowing these new experiences and situations to draw us closer not only to the Lord, but also closer in heart to our family members, including the new ones that will be welcomed into our family through the Lord's leading. 

We are definitely looking forward to what the Lord has in store for us as we continue seeking Him and following His leading, looking into the future with excited anticipation and calm resolve to keep His heart as our compass and His Word as our road map. 

Stay in tune: we will have a lot to share as the weeks come and go. We'll look forward to keeping y'all posted!

All Along Lyrics by Rebecca J. Peck
For thou art my rock and my fortress: therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. 
~ Psalm 31:3 ~