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Archive for January, 2013


Posted by The Neely Team



Brothers, both biological and within the body of Christ, are a blessed gift from the Lord.

Two events recently caused us to thank the Lord again for both categories:

A visit from two of the Barnes guys.

Though the whole family was unable to come up, Tim and Wes came for a brief but great visit last weekend. Outside work, music sessions, games, fellowship, shooting, laughter, and memorizing a portion of Psalm 20 filled the time and made for many fantastic memories.

Clearing the back bankPruning...... the fruit trees.

Watching it all...Happy helpers -- getting the cut branches over the creek to the wood pile

A favorite pasttime

DSCF7628-dsHmmm... brothers also have a knack for snacks... well, actually, he was helping clean up the kitchen. :-D

Deep in thoughtSmile!

Singing around the piano

The birthday celebration of our manly brother Samuel!

How we praise the Lord for the work He is doing in the life of such a dear brother! Happy Birthday, Herman! You bring such joy to our lives… we love you!


Excitement over a new small pocket BibleExamining the gift from Papa and Nana Conn

Herman, may the Lord someday give you a virtuous daughter of Zion with whom you can share the numerous joys of life!

Welcome, Valiance!!

Posted by The Neely Team



Today marks the two-month birthday of the newest member of the Neely Team —  Valiance (German Shepherd)! She came to us through a series of unexpected and pleasurable events, including a renewed contact, a family discussion, and a shocking(!) conclusion. Arriving as a small bundle of squirming fir, Valiance brightened our day and lives with her many bright  and winsome ways. We love having a puppy around again, with all of the entertainment, opportunities, challenges, and joys that she brings.


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Displaying a certain lack of photogencity :-)

Wonderful bedmates Smile


“Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.”

~ I Chronicles 19:13

Barn Blessings

Posted by Kathryn



My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise… I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Psalm 57:7,9-10

A few weekends ago we were blessed to take a trip down to south GA with Matthew to see Grandmama and Uncle Fudge, as well as our adopted grandparents, “Uncle” Bill and “Aunt” Peggy. Besides getting to spend quality time with these precious, godly older couples, our missions for the journey were to re-roof Grandmama’s barn, a rather daunting task when you consider that you only have two days to accomplish it, and to take some time to go hunting.

The blessing of the Lord was upon the entire weekend. Early Friday morning, Matthew had the joy of helping his beloved Amanda take two deer from the woods! Following that excitement, work on the barn began in real earnest, and the Team set in motion.


Story time with Aunt Peggy"Before"

IMG_4191Working in the kitchen with Aunt Peggy -- how sweet! They, along with Grandmama and a few others, kept the barn roofers supplied with nourishing meals and snacks.

Project underwaySupervising :-D


Fun on the 4-Wheeler :-D

:-DBreak time!

Teaching Grandmama and Aunt Peggy how to play Phase 10 - quite the hoot!IMG_4224

We love you two!

Getting the new sheet metal off the truck and ready to pass to those on the roofWatching the other side's progress

ObservingRemoving a myriad of rusty old nails, meanwhile trying hard to not fall through the rotten beams onto the farm implements below

It’s amazing what a man can accomplish… when he has a hardy helpmeet by his side!

Dad...... and his excellent helper!

Matthew... and his helper-to-be!

Working together, the project was successfully completed in time to drop everything, clean up, and race off to a singing commitment we had Saturday night. (Whew! Smile) Praise the Lord!


Before heading home, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a couple group shots. How grateful we are for the time to fellowship with and glean wisdom from these dear people!

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise… Proverbs 13:20



As we left Bainbridge, we took Matthew by the cemetery where Grandpapa is buried.

IMG_4279For those of you who have heard our Patriotic CD, this is the tombstone that was placed in honor of the two Neely brothers, Gordon and Willard, who were lost in WWII.


Grandpapa’s life verses were found in Psalm 34, and following the Lord’s abundant blessings on our weekend, they seem very appropriate. What a heritage we’ve been handed!

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3

The Existence of God

Posted by Victoria



Renaissance chemist Robert Boyle is attributed to have said the following:

“The vastness, beauty, orderliness of heavenly bodies; the excellent structure of animals and plants; and other phenomena of nature justly induce an intelligent, unprejudiced observer to conclude a supreme, powerful, just and good Author.”