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Happy Birthday, Mommy!!!


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Beloved, Dear one, Darling

Favorite Verse:
Jeremiah 29:11
”For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you very very much.


Several of the kids are gone, so please leave a comment wishing her a happy birthday! :)

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Fun Times with Family


Our brother, Caleb, works for Kimray which hosted a free day in Bricktown for their employees and their immediate families! So all of our family(except John-Clay) got to go do some fun things in Oklahoma City.


Family on the water canal ride
Water taxi tour of Bricktown. By the way, it’s a small world…we found out that our tour guide was a student in my aunt’s English class and graduated with my cousin! 

Devon Mosaic          

Devon Mosaic
The Devon Mosaic. This was really neat. It is made up of 650,000 two-inch square ceramic tiles. Here’s a little description of it… “This is an 1150 sq. ft. mosaic mural depicting Oklahoma’s landscapes and wildlife with the purpose of educating the public about official state symbols and emblems from nature. This is a nine-panel work constructed of handmade porcelain and Oklahoma clay tiles.”

Myriad Gardens
And we walked through the Myriad Gardens and the Crystal bridge.

rain delay
Had some wonderful food, then went to the OKC Redhawks baseball game! It was delayed for 30 min. because of rain. You can just barely see the rainbow in the sky.

Hannah and KatePitcher Benjamin getting his ball signed
Benjamin(in the red hat) got a baseball while the Redhawks were practicing then asked a player to sign it.

Anyway, just a little sneak peak of a fun day with the family in Bricktown, OKC.
More posts coming soon.

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Impossible? …not with GOD!


During the ATI conference in Big Sandy, we heard a really good message by Mr. David Gibbs on asking God for the impossible.

After I heard this message, I started praying that God would provide a way for me to go to the ATI conference that is held way out in Sacramento, California. I wanted to help out with the Children’s Institute (CI) -  a program for kids, ages 4-7. This was quite a prayer, because if folks go out there from around here, they usually fly.

Guess what God did?! Almost 2 weeks before the conference started, we found out that a mom and daughter from Texas, who Hannah knows and has worked with, were planning on going to Sacramento, and they were going to DRIVE!!! They let us know they would be happy for me to ride with them out there, but that they were leaving the conference early to vacation in Colorado for the summer. I was thrilled God had provided the way!

I hadn’t even thought to pray for a ride home – I’d only been praying for a ride out. :) So I started praying, and the very next day, God provided the money for a plane ticket home!!! I’ve been doing some studying on faith recently, and like it says in 2 Thess. 1:3, my faith grew exceedingly!

About 10 days later, I left for the exciting adventure…I love to travel!

 Abbie first train ride

I rode the train for the first time, down to Ft. Worth, TX, where Mrs. Smith picked me up. I stayed the night with their family. Riding the train was great! I had a beautiful view from the upper level.

Abbie and Danielle Smith

The next morning, we got up early and headed out. We drove to Arizona and spent the night. It was such a blessing to spend time with Danielle and her mom, they are both so sweet and encouraging!


Abbie and Danielle Smith

We drove again all day, spent the night in California, then on Sunday around noon, we finally arrived in Sacramento. We were so blessed to have no problems with our vehicle and the hand of the Lord to protect us all the way there.


Driving through California, we saw all these beautiful flowers in
the median that went on for miles and miles.

These were DELISH!

Palm trees. Not an everyday sight in Oklahoma. :)

Hannah flew in to Sac. on Monday, (She was the Commit coordinator) and we both got to help set-up for the conference. In that picture she is decorating the stage.

I love this job!

Helping set up the book tables was one of the highlights of my
whole trip! It would have to be labeled ‘an organizer’s dream job!’ :)

On Wednesday, all the classes started. I really enjoyed helping
teach one of the small group teams.

"miss Abbie"

My team drew ‘Miss Abbie’ on the board for an object lesson. ;)


Another high-light of my trip was sharing the gospel with my
group of children. One of the girls asked SO many questions about
the gospel and was like a sponge!  I know seeds were planted in
her heart.

my little buddys :)

I really enjoyed seeing some of my buddies from last year. =)


Hannah and I had the opportunity to play two special music pieces while we
were there. The pieces we played were “O, the Deep Deep Love of Jesus”
and “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb.”

“Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” Mark 10:15

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Happy 54th Birthday to our wonderful father!!!

Daddy’s Fun Facts:

What is your favorite snack? Yes. I am not sure I have met a snack I did not like. But, raw, frozen, chocolate chip cookie dough is tough to beat.

What is one characteristic of God He has most made known to you this year? This year…patience. We usually think of the patience of Job, but I think of the patience of God with Job. Oh the long suffering God demonstrates in my immaturity in the faith. Why does it take me so long to learn a lesson–not just know a principle but live it?

Name five things on your happy list: 1) Salvation 2) The Church–the Body of Christ–the pillar and foundation of truth 3) The Word of God 4) Family (Cheryl ;-), children, parents/in-laws, relatives) 5) Outdoors (hunting, fishing, working bees…).

What is one thing you are really looking forward to the most this next year? God’s work in the lives of my children.

If you could vacation anywhere you’ve never been…for a week, where would it be? "I’ve been everywhere man." Wow, probably Israel, although it really doesn’t matter, as long as family could be with me.

Dad, words are not enough to tell you how much we love and appreciate you! You don’t just tell us the right way, you SHOW us with your life Thank you for your everyday example of loving Jesus! May He reveal Himself to you in a new and life-changing way this next year. HUGS!!! =)

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