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Archive for April, 2013

Spring Musings

Posted by Kathryn




For as many years as we have lived in here in the mountains, I don’t think I have ever seen our blooming cherry trees break forth with such loveliness as they have this year! To see the fluffy pink blossoms decked appropriately with hints of green as they bend and sway with the spring breeze… it gives such joy to know that the same One Who formed such beauty is the One Who holds my future, Who hears my call, Whose mercies surround each new day. Can I not take Him at His Word and depend upon Him to cause my life and testimony to radiate such beauty?

“O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days… Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us; and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” Psalm 90:14, 16-17


“Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.” Psalm 72:18


“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” Psalm 33:18-22

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

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Going Home… to the Wilds

Posted by Kathryn



The Wilds has always held a special place in our hearts. It was there that Dad made sure of his salvation while attending camp in high school… one of our aunts trusted Christ there as well… and it has been the location sparking many precious memories for our family through the years.

A few weekends ago, we were blessed with the opportunity to attend Family Camp with the entire family, Matthew included! It is hard to describe the joy of being there once again… everything was so familiar, yet, as it had been several years, there were many new changes to explore. It was truly like going home. The Lord used the weekend away from the race of normal life, surrounded by glorious creation, God-honoring music, and sound preaching, to refresh our hearts and renew our energy for the events and duties before us.

A pictorial commentary on the weekend:

An evening in the CoolBeans coffee shop, enjoying our favorite ~ Raspberry White Chocolate Mocha Freezes!



Since living in a duplex once again was so wonderful,  one of our “littles” made a hilarious contribution to the experience. Smile 

Always a reason to smile :-D

Other photos:

Headed to the dining hall for a delicious repast...... and waiting on the porch for the invitation... "Come on in!"IMG_0460

Time to fellowship with our friends on staff was a tremendous highlight!

Ken Collier -- a big twin brother!

On Saturday afternoon, every forecast was predicting rain in high percentages, but the Giver of all good things saw fit to astound us with His goodness once again by clearing the skies and giving beautiful sunshine so we could enjoy time in the fresh air together.

(Notice Mr. Smiley in the background :)) About to experience the ride of their lives......on the Giant Swing! (A thrilling 65-ft free-fall)

May we all be pressing onward, climbing higher!IMG_0471


IMG_0470Getting ready for the Land Trolley

Coming in for a landingOn their way up the mountain for a ride IMG_0501

Blessed is the man that hath his quiver full!

Time for two of the dearest couples on earth to talk heart-to-heart!



We are so grateful for the opportunity to have “gone home” for a season of refreshment, which reminds me of the beautiful passage in Isaiah 41:

“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” (vs. 17-18)