Saturday, December 26, 2009


We have had some snow earlier this month but this snow started yesterday and is still going steady today. The dogs love playing in it and the children too:) They have been going out several times a day to play snowballs fights. These pictures show some of the snow. It is pretty deep, easily a couple inches. It is really nice!! So enjoy the pictures:)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


The pictures are of the children at the Patton Museum in KY. One of the pics is of Mercy on her 9th birthday. She loves to dress up! And the last pic is of Modesty and Gracie Unger. They are such cuties:)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New update

Since I last did a post we have traveled down to our home church, gone to a street preachers meeting in GA, visited a Church in IN, and are now in Illinois. At our home church we had a good time as always:) Had some game nights, the boys were able to go to the gym with the Maynards, and all the other normal fun stuff. We had a good Sunday meeting with Dad preaching all day. We left there on a Wed. leaving our trailer there and heading to GA for a street preachers meeting. We had very good preaching on the street as we went to the Georgia State University. I was able to go both days and I had many good conversations. One girl asked about the modest dress and I was able to answer her questions where she understood. She also thanked me after-wards for answering her nicely and where she was able to understand. It seems she had a friend who used to wear only skirts and dresses but this lady was never able to explain to her WHY she wore them. So that was a big blessing. We were supposed to go out and preach a game but the weather and all prevented us from going out. We then headed to Indianapolis to visit a Church for a couple of days. We were hoping to be able to see some friends from the home Church as they were up north on vacation but it never worked out:( We are now heading to IL to visit with a friend in Nauvoo. I will try to put up some pictures of our past couple weeks. I have some really cute pictures of Gracie. But I have to go now as we have a birthday party to start:) Mercy turned 9 today!!!
Everyone have a great day!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Well, I don't believe it has taken me this long to do a new post! It seems like just yesterday I did one but it has been over a month. We have been so very busy. We have had lots of street preaching, preaching in new churches, a breakdown, and school for the siblings. We were in Chicago for a while enjoying the fellowship and friendship of many up there. We then went to a friends house in Ohio and stayed with them for a few days having a lot of fun. We were gone from our trailer over a month so it was great fun unpacking and getting settled back in to our trailer. We then headed to a Church in Kentucky but never made it there. We pulled into a Church to park and found that one of the caps on the trailer tire had come off and was messing up the ball bearings:( Needless to say we parked there for a few days and got that all fixed. We then went to a Church in Winchester and stayed for a few days also going to another Church nearby. We are now headed down to a Church in GA where we will be for a few days before heading down to our Home Church:) It will be good to get back and see our friends! We will only be there for about a week before heading out again.
The weather this past week has been very rainy. And staying in a Church yard that is all mud is not very nice in a trailer:) We had mud tracked from one end of the trailer to the other. And not just mud but red clay mud. The stuff that if you get it on your clothes, it doesn't come out. Needless to say we have thrown away some clothes this past week:) But, Praise the Lord, the weather had changed now and it is nice and sunny but cool out. Really nice!!
Hope all is well with everyone out there! I have to go now as we are heading out. Hopefully it doesn't take me as long next time to do a blog post:)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

An update

We have been having some fun these past couple of weeks. I know it has been a while since I wrote on here but it just seems like sometimes we are soooo busy:) We were with some friends in Ohio for a few days the beginning of this month. They have some very adorable kittens of which I almost stole one to come with me:D We always have a good time with them on their many acres. We are now in Nauvoo, IL for a few weeks with our 'uncle'. We have been doing a lot of work. The boys have been doing physical work as far as putting up fences, putting together a pantry, etc. Now is also the time when I am working on burning CD's and doing our family newsletter. It is kind of a time to relax but also to get many things done. We have also had baby bunnies born last month and the girls love playing with them. I will try adding some pictures on here along with some of the girls playing with our dogs, etc. Next month we will be taking a trip up to Chicago, IL where we have some dear friends.
Hope everyone is doing well!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Our Fun Week!!

What a fun week we have had! My sister and I have been staying with the Owen family in NY while the rest of the family was in PA. Needless to say we have had some great fun and it has been a nice rest. On Wed night we went to Antioch Baptist for Church and on Thursday we went to the Square in Buffalo. The concert had been canceled because of the rain that day but we still went down and had many good conversations with the Gothic youth and others.
Then on Friday there was supposed to be a concert by Billy Joel and Elton John that we were going to go preach at and pass out tracts for. A couple of hours before it started we found out it had been canceled because one of the singers had become sick. Well, we went down anyways as many people did not know it had been canceled:) We still had opportunity to witness to some and pass out many tracts. It was amazing the distances people had driven for this concert. Many were from several hours away in NY and we heard some from Ohio, etc. These people drove a long ways for their idol but yet many Christians will not put themselves out to hear good solid preaching, etc. Anyways, we still witnessed as we walked to the HSBC arena and back to our car. We met the Church of Scientology who were in downtown Buffalo with a table and literature. Bro Greg was preaching as we went by them and one man came over to talk to us. He made many false statements such as a fool cannot witness for the Lord, you have to be highly educated to tell the Gospel, that Christ never raised his voice but was always meek and mild, etc. We finally moved on as he was just wasting our time.
Today we went down to the Canal Fest in downtown Tonowanda. We passed out many tracts as we were on our way to our preaching corner. We got set up on the bridge in an out of the way corner and Bro Greg started preaching. Within about 30 minutes the Event Staff came over and told us we could not pass out tracts, nor could we preach on that sidewalk. Eventually everything got settled and we were able to continue preaching and passing out literature. We had many who gave us a thumbs up or came over to say they agreed with us. What a change from the normal! Hannah was getting kind of fussy as we were ending and it was starting to really rain so we packed it up and headed back home. There were several others out from different Churches who were also giving out the Gospel.
Now we are getting ready for dinner tonight and Church tomorrow. It has been a busy week but it has been very fun too. Hannah has been such fun to play with and Sally is a very good friend. I will greatly miss them when we go back home but I will see them next Thursday.

Have a great weekend all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

In New York after camp meeting

Whew!! What a busy week it has been! We have been in Lockport, NY for an old-fashioned camp meeting at Antioch Baptist Church. The first two meetings I did not get to go to because I was sick(: I still am not feeling good but I feel better than I have. It looks like I may have bronchitis but I am taking lots of herbs and natural stuff. As I was saying though we were at a camp meeting this past week. Bro Ron Williams, Bro Tim Hargett, and many others from different states, including Florida, Vermont, Ohio, etc came up for the meetings. I really enjoyed the preaching, especially Bro Hargett's. We had meetings every morning and then we had lunch, some free time and then dinner and back to meeting until about 10:00 every night. What a week! Then on Friday we went to Niagara Falls for some evangelism and playing of instruments. It poured the whole time but we got many tracts out anyways. Then Saturday we had our own day full of witnessing at the Jehovah's Witness convention, the pride parade and then the Mormon Hill Cumorah that evening. It was a late night and then up again early in the morning for Church. I loved the whole week though. It was tiring but refreshing at the same time and I know I needed the preaching. Hopefully, Lord willing, they will do the camp meeting again next year and we will be able to come up for it. Now my sister and I are staying at a friends house here in Lockport while the rest of the family is in PA for the week. We are having lots of fun and a great time of encouragement and refreshment after being on the go all last week. Please everyone pray that I get better soon though. It is definitely no fun being sick and this cough is pretty bad(: Hopefully it will be gone soon. I can't wait:)

Monday, June 22, 2009

In New York

I have safely arrived back with my family after a little bit of trouble departing Panama City:) It never worked out to get pictures up on here from my trip down south. I didn't have room to bring my camera and was going to borrow one but just never got to it. It was busy, busy the whole time I was there. Not that it is any different from normal:) We had lots of fun though. Our flight went well with no other problems. After arriving in Indy we went to Ohio to a friends house for some fun. We stayed there for 2 days and then had to go to a Church in NY for a meeting. This is the first time at this Church and all went well. Dad preached all day yesterday and many came to the altar. We are now going to a state park near Erie, NY for a little while. Then we have another meeting next Sunday. Hope the weather clears up as it has been rainy and muggy up here.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Babysitting at the Home Church

Wow! So much has happened since my last post. I will back up a little bit so everyone knows what is going on since it is kind of confusing. After the Indy 500 we had gone up to a brothers house in IL for a while to kind of rest and relax. His house is set up for us all to come in and we have plenty of room to spread out. We had been there for a couple of days or so when we received a call from our Home Church. Basically to make a long story short, they needed someone to come down and help with the family of the little boy who has cancer. This whole month is going to be kind of full for everyone around here with all the camp-meetings going on and babies being born (soon!) and then with Silas being sick it was putting a lot on so many people. So, they came up with the plan to fly 2 of us down here to help out and take over watching the rest of the family. Elijah and I flew down last Wed. leaving from IL, having a layover in Atlanta, and then getting in Wed. afternoon. It was fun to fly as that was the first time on a long flight. I am now staying here with four of the little ones. Two are with their Dad and another one is with her Mom and Silas. I am doing their school:) and pretty much being Mom to them. It is a little rough at times but they are having great fun, as am I. There have definitely been moments I just wanted to have them all nap and get some rest myself:) I will try putting up some pictures here soon of them playing outside and doing school, etc. In the meantime it has been so niceto be back at home and able to see all my close friends. This mornings service was great. Bro Buddy preached a message about being filled with the Holy Ghost and you could tell the Lord was present. It started though with Clay playing and singing a song he wrote recently. The words are so good! It is about salvation and how some people doubt it is real and then goes on to talk about how it is real, where there were doubts and fears before, now there is peace. It is a very wonderful song. Anyways, I will be here for 2 weeks and then will fly back to meet my family in Indy. Hopefully I will be back in October for our meeting here.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Well, it has been quite a while since I have had time to put up a new post. We have had the Kentucky Derby and just recently the Indy 500 for events but we have also had meetings up in Chicago, IL.
The Indy 500 went well. Most people came in Friday but we had some dear friends, the Owens, come in a day early so we were able to spend some time with them. On Friday we were busy getting set up for others who were coming in. We had a good crowd this year with over 50 people. Many from Michigan, Chicago, Ohio, NY etc. Our family had to set up beds and get arrangements for all those people to sleep in the Church:) Many came in during the middle of the night and early morning. We had a good day Saturday out witnessing and passing out tracts for the parade. Some of the people had to leave after the parade as they had to get back in time for Church. They were greatly missed:( We did a big meal that afternoon for everyone. We had a pasta salad along with deli sandwiches. The pasta salad was great, compliments of a wonderful friend from NY. Then that evening the men went out to preach at Georgetown, which is a time that the men only go. It gets kind of rough so they prefer that women stay home. Which we did and had a great time of fellowship together! Most of us stayed up until the men got back around midnight. Then it was up and running again early the next morning. We left by 8:15 in the morning after getting the Church set back up for them to have service that morning. The preaching went very good. We had a mild time with only one incident where the police had to pull someone away from us. It was very mild compared to the Kentucky Derby:) After it was over we went to get something to eat and then went back to the Church. Many of the people left within a few minutes so they could get back home but some special friends from Chicago stayed and we had a volleyball game with these two ladies and the Craft family. The boys team won one game and the ladies team won the other. The ladies from Chicago had to leave soon after. We were wishing they had been able to stay. They are like sisters or as the girls say, Aunts:) We should be seeing them in August when we go to our Northern home church.
It is now raining here in Indy but we will be leaving soon to go to Illinois to a friends house for a while. We will be able to tune in to some Church meetings from home on Skype:)!!! And get some rest. Too bad we missed the graduation at our home Church but we heard it went well.
I can't believe the year is already almost half over. It has really gone by fast. We are planning on going out west a little bit in August-November. Hoping to be able to go home the end of October for a quick visit!:)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We are now in Ohio at a State Park. The weather is really lovely, JK. It is raining and one town about 20 minutes away had sleet. The temperature has dropped too so it is about 40 degrees here. Not too bad if it wasn't so windy. We are preparing for the Kentucky Derby which is coming up fast. We have people coming from NY, FL, OH, IL, etc. It will be 2 very long days. Praying that we get some good conversations. Missing friends from down south more and more.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Helplessly Homesick

Well, we are finally leaving to go up north. It is so hard to be leaving our family and friends for a while. We are in Alabama right now and are heading up to Ohio for a couple weeks and then we have the Kentucky Derby. We were blessed to be able to go home this past Sunday morning for service. The preaching was great and the singing was wonderful. No Church can sing quite like ours. (Yes, I am biased) We will be back in October and I am sure it will go fast just not fast enough. Let's just say, I can't wait to get home!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


This is my Pastor and his family. I was not the one who recorded it though:)

Reading tastes

Well, recently I have been having a discussion over the Internet about reading tastes and then a friend and I were talking about the books we read and I thought that maybe it would make for a good post and it might help somebody. It started with someone asking what I thought about reading books that were not Christian and how much do I allow in my books. First I am going to give the Bible verses I gave her and then I am going to give what are my standards but they are my personal convictions.
1.Phil 4:8. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things". Personally I think this verse really sets out what should be the standard for any Christian in anything in their life, but I really think it is pretty clear for what we read.
2.Romans 14:21 "It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak". This is something else I have thought of before. I need to make sure what I read is not a stumbling block to another Brother or Sister in Christ.
3. "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity". Now I know this is not necessarily talking about what I read but to me it tells me I need to be an example. Which we all are an example, either a good one or a bad one, but I want to be a good one to those around me.
Now, this is where I am going to talk about my convictions. These are my personal preferences for what I read. This person I was dealing with over the Internet asked me about how much profanity, relationships, violence, etc I allow in my books. Personally, I have read books where I had to mark out one swear word, etc. I will allow 2 words, otherwise I get rid of the book. As for the relationships it is kind of hard. I know people who will not read books with any holding hands, kissing, etc. Even if it is a married couple. Personally, I will allow a little, especially if it is a married couple in the book. The one friend I was talking to about this said he had some problems with one fiction series because of all the touching in them. There are some Christian fiction books though that I can't even read because it is explicit in the relationships. I also don't allow fornication, or adultery. That is not something that I believe is allowable even in a fiction book. This person also asked me about non-Christian books. I read a few, mainly non-fiction, and my younger siblings read some older fiction books. There might be some good books out there that are not Christian, but they are very few. Books out there are getting worse and worse. I believe as Christians we need to stand up against these things, but how can we if we are reading them? Or we are reading the Christian things that have the same stuff in them? One last thing she asked me about which I don't think I need to get into was, do you read any fantasy or para-normal books? To me that is definitely out of the picture for any Christian.
If anyone has any thoughts on this, please email and let me know. Hope I haven't gotten anyone upset with this.:)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Some Friends at Our Home Church

Here is my sister with one of the little girls I watched this past week. She is a real sweetheart:D
Here are some of the little boys from my Church.
Here is one of the ladies from our Church, Mrs. Kim, with her little girl, Christina. (She doesn't like her picture being taken as you can see from the closed eyes:P)
This is one of the cute little boys I was watching this past week.
As you can see, our Church has many cute children. They are all a blessing.

Our Weekend of Street Preaching

Well, it has been an interesting weekend. We went out street preaching for Spring Break in Panama City, FL. Many of the members of our Home Church came out with us. It was a real blessing going out. We were able to talk to a few people who were walking down the sidewalk and

we had a lot of conversations with the people in vehicles. Hopefully some of them listened. It is sad to see all the people who think they are saved and are either not saved, or they are not following the Lord. We dealt with three girls who, two of them are Baptist and one is Pentecostal, they said we were doing it the wrong way. They said we were only showing anger and calling people names. By the end of the conversation the one girl was crying because we were making her job harder. She couldn't see that the reason we are out there is because we care. Many of those people will never walk into a Church. Hopefully they will read the signs, hear the Scripture or even get preached at and get mad enough to go home and open a Bible and read it. We did get out some tracts also which many put in their pockets. Overall it was a very good time and hopefully we can go out again next week.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Busy But Satisfying Week.

Well, this week has been very busy. We are finally back at our Home Church and everything is like normal. I personally have been helping one of the ladies here by watching her children for her so she can sew and plan for a wedding that is coming up. They have 7 children so it is a full-time job watching them but it is fun. The youngest is an adorable little girl and then the next 3 boys(who are all boy) are so fun to be around! They found two frogs the other day and thought they were the greatest thing. Of course, younger sister had to play with them too:D It makes for a busy time but I enjoy it. I love children and these little ones are very cute. We have also been working on Masters Club with many of the children here at our Home Church. Timing while doing relays, quizzing on Bible verses, etc. The big event is the end of this month in Pensacola which is always fun. So, while it has been a busy week, it has been very satisfying and fun.