Simple Fun… as Siblings

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What a joy it is to be able to take time out of the busyness of life and make some memories together as siblings! While giving Dad and Mom some time alone together to celebrate their 26th anniversary, we decided to take the younger ones to enjoy the monthly Kid’s Workshop at Home Depot. We were joined by some good friends of ours, Mrs. Kim and Dyanna, whose husband/father was away as well, and what a day!

The Lord blessed us with lovely weather and just a joyous time of simple fun.

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Following the construction of many little trucks, we went to a local park and enjoyed lunch in the shade of some giant trees near the creek. But, of course, we couldn’t just look at the lovely cool water… we had to feel it too…

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The Canadian geese provided another form of entertainment – they had their minds set on feasting their little beaks on a portion of our lunch. Smile

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The day was a reminder that meaningful memories and precious moments together don’t have to be based around big, glamorous events. Things such as building little toy trucks, laughing over an obstinate goose, or wading in a creek, can be used by the Lord to strengthen relationships. May we all look for opportunities to use the simple things to life to encourage those around us!

96 Years of Faithfulness

In a nation where marriages seem to be crumbling on every hand; where the glorious privilege of mirroring the relationship between Christ and His Bride before the world is desperately undervalued; where husbands and wives are losing sight of their calling to oneness in Christ…

… it is with heartfelt gratitude to the Lord that we have recently had opportunities to celebrate the marriage anniversaries of two very special couples!

 

~ Our dear, precious parents… We are the blessed beneficiaries of your choice, and of your daily choices, to remain faithful to each other, to love one another with self-sacrificing commitment and devotion, to display before all who are watching what it means to bring glory to the Lord through the relationship of two individuals made one in Him. We love you dearly!

Happy 26th Anniversary!!

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~Uncle Willis and Aunt Myrtle Smith… It doesn’t seem like five years ago that we were in GA to help celebrate your 65th anniversary, but what a joy it was to be there again a few weeks ago to celebrate your 70th! You two are a lovely example of love in Christ that has not grown dim even through the passing of many years. We love you!

Happy 70th Anniversary!!

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(And, for those of you who like interesting little details, in the past two weeks we’ve celebrated 96 years of faithfulness! Smile Hip, hip… HOORAH!)

Blueberries & Special Thanks

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For many years we have waited for our blueberry bushes to bear fruit, and at last, due to the unfailing goodness of the Lord and the experienced skill of Michael Staddon, the first deliciously fresh blueberry pie made it to the table.

Thank you, Michael!

Praise waiteth for thee, O God… Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God… Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settles the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness…

Psalm 65

Thoughts on the Impossible

“You do not test the resources of God till you try the impossible.”

F.B. Meyer

“God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.”

W. Booth

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“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

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Come, behold the works of the LORD… Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

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He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

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The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

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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.

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I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

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Additional Wedding Photos #1

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Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

For those of you who have so patiently waited for additional wedding photos, here they are at last. We hope to do a series of posts about that glorious day… so keep checking back!

 

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Wilkes!

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My beloved is mine, and I am his.

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Behold, thou art fair, my love…

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First sight

My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

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Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

Wilkes & Neelys - Age order

Wilkes & Neelys - Height order

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250 K!

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Milestones serve as excellent “stopping points” along the path of life at which to recall and communicate the providence and mercy of our Heavenly Father. Yesterday, shortly after we left home to enjoy an evening together at Wayah Bald, we encountered one of these important milestones: our van turned over 250, 000 miles! All those miles traveled together, and in safety, over the past 10 years, remind us of the beautiful truth that “Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it.” The Lord has directed each trip, each opportunity for ministry, and He has faithfully provided and sustained. To Him be praise!

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Following that excitement and celebration (which we were privileged to enjoy along with Wes Barnes, loaned to us from his family for a few days), we spent the evening marveling the breathtaking scenery of Wayah Bald. As we stood looking out over the vast expanse visible from such a height, one person accurately summed up our feelings with the quiet reminder that “We serve a great Artist.”

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