Space Then and Now

Good Evening Friends,

Another day, another adventure.  Yesterday, we took the day and went to the Kennedy Space Center  Oh my goodness there is so much to see and do there.  We spent the entire day there and still didn’t see everything.  The Lord blessed us with an absolutely beautiful day with sunny skies and warm weather.

We started the day off with the Atlantis exhibit.  This was incredible.  We started with a short video showing how they came up with the concept of the shuttle program back in the early 70s.  It was not an easy task to figure out how to make it all work as far as getting the astronauts out into space as well as bring them back home.  After seeing this short video, we moved to another room where they showed a movie on the different shuttles.  They ended with the Atlantis on its final mission.  It was absolutely incredible to watch this movie.  After completing this movie, we then entered the exhibit.  There on display, was the Atlantis.  It was HUGE!!!  Also, there was a replica of the Hubble Telescope.  Sarah and Ritch experienced what it would be like to be on the Space Station.  It was a great experience.

We decided that we wanted to take the Cape tour Then to Now.  This tour was filled with so much information.  We learned about the early space program and the developments along the way.  We were able to see some of the old equipment that was used when the space program was started.  We then moved on to Launch Pad 39 where we learned about the astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee who unfortunately lost their lives while they were on a dress rehearsal for their upcoming mission.  Hearing about this reminded me that the men and women that choose to participate in the Space Program really are taking a risk and there could be serious consequences to this job.  So thankful that they are willing to make this courageous choice.

After taking this tour and seeing pictures from outer space, I am truly amazed at God’s beautiful creation.  God planned every detail and put everything precisely in its place.  I am so thankful that God loved us so much that He made this beautiful planet for us and that He sent His son to take the punishment for our sins.  Much like the astronauts, Jesus knew that there were consequences and yet He still chose to take the punishment for our sins.  So thankful that Jesus chose to be obedient to his Father.

Hope you have enjoyed our space adventure and the adventure will continue….



Downtown Disney

Hello Friends,


What a glorious day we had yesterday.  The sun was shining and the temperature was warm.  So nice to be out of the sub zero temperatures at home.  We are on an adventure in Florida.  Ritch and Ed went to the Fantasy of Flight and Sarah, Marsha and I went to Downtown Disney.  It was so nice to walk around and look in the shops and visit.  Of course a little bit of shopping was done.  We even splurged and had a hot fudge sundae from Ghirardelli.  It was absolutely incredible.  We had wanted to take a boat ride, but the lines were very long and Ritch and Ed would be there soon to pick us up so we decided to skip the boat ride.


Ritch and Ed enjoyed their time looking at all different kinds of airplanes and learning more about each one.  It is so nice for them to be able to spend a day there because they both are pilots and is really fun for them and they could spend as much time as they wanted looking and talking about each plane.


While we were at Downtown Disney, we watched a person doing ring carving.  It was so interesting to watch.  I was admiring his work and thinking what an awesome talent he has.  Then I shared with Sarah how 15 years ago when her daddy and I were at Disney World for our honeymoon, her daddy had a ring made for me.  She thought it was pretty cool and I enjoyed remembering precious memories from our honeymoon.  We then went into the store where there were gentlemen doing hand blown glass.  I am always amazed when I watch them at work because the temperatures are so hot and the glass they are working with is so fragile.  The finished product is always so beautiful.  The glassblower has to take his time and be so gentle as he works and of course know what the finished product should look like.  As I was watching yesterday, I was thinking about how God is working in my life.  He knows the path that I need to be on and of course He already knows what the finished product will look like.  Sometimes I wish the Lord would just let me have a peek in to what the finished product is going to look like.  I am so thankful that the Lord still has work to do in my life and that I am safely in His hands.


After our wonderful day in Downtown Disney, we headed for home.  We stopped at a little Mexican restaurant and had a wonderful dinner.  After dinner, we went home and just spent time together watching a movie and being together.  Spending time with family is so precious.  So thankful for these times that the Lord gives to us.


The adventure continues tomorrow…..


Have a wonderful day.




New Year and A New Blog

Good Evening Friends,

It is a New Year and a New Blog.  Sorry it has been so long since I have posted to our blog.  Life has been very busy with the end of co-op, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  With the beginning of the New Year, we decided to change the format and look of the blog.  It took awhile for the new blog to get up and running.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  We were very thankful for the blessings the Lord gave to us over the holidays.  We were able to slow down and spend time together as a family and enjoy our friends and the snow.  Our Christmas was rather quiet and was nice to be able to reflect on the year as well.

After the first of the year, unfortunately my mom fell and broke her elbow in two places and that has taken up quite a bit of our time.  It is a privilege to be able to take care of my mom and her sister.  These two ladies are such a testimony to me and such wonderful prayer warriors.  I am so thankful that the Lord allows us to still have them in our lives.  Sarah is so sweet when it comes to grandmom and Aunt Betty.  When we take them out, she always makes sure that she gives them her arm so they have something to hold on to.  Sarah has such a tender heart and is always so caring.

Our winter has been CRAZY!!!  We have had lots of snow and very cold temperatures.  I know spring is coming, but just not sure when.  It is really hard to have the wonderful snow and not able to play in it because the temperatures have been below zero.

Earlier, both Sarah and I had a touch of the flu and fortunately, we were able to fight it off using our doTERRA Essential Oils.  We used doTERRA’s On Guard protective blend, Frankincense, Lime and Peppermint to help reduce our fevers and to settle our stomachs.  I am so thankful for these wonderful oils to help my family.

We were so excited for co-op to start on February 5th, but unfortunately with the sub zero temperatures, co-op was cancelled.  Sarah was so disappointed and so I was.  We were looking forward to seeing our friends again and finding out about their holidays.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and there will be co-op next week.

On Tuesday mornings, I have started a Bible study on Psalm 91 at church.  What a blessing this study has been already.  I am in the process of learning Psalm 91 so that I can recall these scriptures when I in situations that are challenging.  I am reminded how God gives us our protection and we need to be willing to call on God’s protection.  I love how God is reminding me that if I am trusting Him, He will deliver me!  How awesome is that.  I also enjoy the ladies that the Lord brought together in this study.  I am learning from all of these ladies.  Each one of them has a wonderful testimony and they are such prayer warriors.  They are an encouragement to me.  God is good all the time, all the time God is good!

Well, friends, I hope and pray that you all have a blessed week and remember to keep trusting in the Lord.



The Great Commission


Sarah and I finished working in the school room today. We were struggling trying to figure out what we wanted to put on the bulletin board. I enjoy putting up a new bulletin board for the beginning of the new year. Sarah and I had been talking about it and we just could not come up with a good idea for the board. I decided to think about it and see if I could come up with something catchy to use. Well, needless to say, I could not think of anything.

We are using a new curriculum this year for school. We are going to be using My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures. Both Sarah and I are really excited about this new direction for the school year. It will be a lot of fun to learn about different countries and their cultures.

As I have been praying about the new school year, I asked the Lord to give me an idea for our bulletin board for this year. Today, the Lord laid on my heart Matthew 28:19, The Great Commission. How PERFECT this verse is for our bulletin board! I shared with Sarah what the Lord had placed on my heart for the bulletin board and she immediately LOVED it too. It is so incredible how God reveals the plans that He has for us. So, Sarah and I punched out the letters and placed them on the bulletin board. When we were done, we stepped back and we both knew it was perfect.

If you are a missionary and happen to read this blog or know of a missionary that we can pray for throughout the school year, please leave a comment below. If there is a specific need that we can be praying about also, please let me know as well. Sarah and I really want to be a blessing to those that are serving the Lord as missionaries by praying for them this year.

Hope this post has been a blessing to you today!!!


Working in the school room

Today, Sarah and I started to work in the school room. We will be starting school after Labor Day. It is always very exciting to start cleaning and organizing the school room. This will be our 7th year of homeschooling. We will be using a new curriculum this year. I will talk more about that on a later blog post.

It was fun looking through some old papers and remembering what we did last year. This year we were able to purchase two really cool cubbie book cases to use in the school room. We were moving some things around so we could put the book cases in a better spot. This is exciting because now we will have a place to put all of our books. I have always wanted book shelves in our school room, but just never found what I wanted. I was really praying about it when the Lord provided the book cases for us.

Cleaning and organizing the school room is always fun for Sarah. This is a project that she really likes to get involved in because she likes to share her ideas on how the classroom should be set up. I enjoy hearing her ideas as well as putting some of them into place too. Allowing Sarah to have input in getting the school room ready really gets her excited for the new year.

We have more to finish before the school year starts, but we did a good job today.