ATI Family Connection – Phoenix

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Special guests

The ATI Family Connection team just departed after a brief visit in Phoenix.  They are making their way around the US with a message of encouragement for families to be strong in The Lord.  It was such a blessing to meet the team and have them stay with us during their time here. We praise the Lord for the opportunity to meet and fellowship with other Arizona families that are desiring to live for Christ.

Below is a clip of the Waller Brothers Quartet singing “Are you Washed in the Blood”.  I apologize for the shaky video.  Along with forgetting to bring the butter, I also forgot the tripod!

Here are a few pictures from our time with the Waller family and Gabriel Cleator.

Katey’s 16th Birthday

Although the celebration began 4 days ago, today is Katey’s official 16th birthday! The Balkan girls joined us for a day of festivities that included pedicures (I did not participate in this event), photo shoots, homemade waffles, and many other fun activities.

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Katey with her new harp


Happy Birthday Katey! We love you.


AFHE Homeschool Convention

We just returned from spending all day Friday and Saturday at the Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) annual homeschool convention in Phoenix.  This year, we signed up as exhibitors in order to promote our family ministry, Abiding Radio.

We just returned from spending all day Friday and Saturday at the Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) annual homeschool convention in Phoenix.  This year, we signed up as exhibitors in order to promote our family ministry,

It actually went very well considering that it was our first attempt at running a vendor booth. We had been wanting to created a looping video that would explain what Abiding Radio is and how to listen.

We met so many wonderful, gracious people and are already looking forward to doing it again next year if The Lord is willing. Here are a few pictures from the event:

Happy Beiju Uncle Mits! 米

DSC_0388Today we gathered with family and friends to celebrate our uncle Mits’ 88th birthday. In Japan, a person’s 88th birthday is called “beiju” and is a special celebration where either yellow or gold colored gifts are given.  Uncle Mits asked that we stick to plain white golf balls as he still plays golf every Wednesday!

You might be interested to know that the “bei” of beiju comes from the three kanji characters for eight “八”, ten “十”, and eight “八”, or “hachijuu-hachi” (88), which combined together form the character kome, or rice “米”.

We enjoyed our time with you Uncle Mits.  Happy Birthday!

Lauren’s Piano Recital

After seven months of piano instruction, Lauren had her first piano recital. She has been taking lessons from a neighbor and has progressed remarkably! We are grateful to Gabe and the rest of the Smith family for hosting.

Here is a clip of her performance