Greer 2016

IMG_6389This is my first post so leave a reply if you would like! Two weeks ago, our family was blessed to be able to enjoy some time in the beautiful White Mountains of northern Arizona. We stayed in a little town called Greer that has only a couple of restaurants and one tiny grocery store, the Lazy Trout. When we think of Greer, we think of cool weather, incredible storms, and a pretty forest.
Prior to us heading to Greer, we actually had no plans of leaving town over the Labor Day weekend. However, after looking at my school schedule, and realizing that we had taken Labor Day off, we started brainstorming what we could do for the next three days. The thought of heading to Greer came to us instantly, so we prayed about this decision and thanked God for this sudden opportunity to get away for some family fun!
We packed our bags quickly while dad made a flight plan, and then we took off. We arrived at the Springerville airport 40 minutes later and were able to borrow a car, which happened to be an old police car! ☺ Had we driven, it would have taken us 4-1/2 hours!
Once we arrived at our little cabin (called Aspen), we unloaded our things and enjoyed wearing jackets outside ☺! Later, we were fortunate to be able to move to the vacant Willow cabin that overlooked a little meadow. It was so quaint and cozy. After putting our stuff away, we took a walk around the campsite and then walked across the street where we enjoyed the swings and teeter-totter. That night, we enjoyed dinner at Molly Butler’s Lodge!
The next day was our first and last full day in Greer, as it really was a short weekend. That day was filled with walking on trails, painting out in the meadow (which was nice, but the wind didn’t help!), and me getting some experience behind the wheel! ☺ We also enjoyed spending time in our cabin together.
The next morning, we departed for home with joyful hearts after a short, but wonderful stay in Greer!

“Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy” – Psalm 96:12

Family Connections 2016

Family Connections, 2016

It’s always such a joy to be around like-minded friends.  Our family especially enjoys when the Family Connections team comes to town on their annual trip across the country to teach and encourage families.  This year’s conference was no different in that we each left strengthened and inspired by the heartfelt messages and much-needed fellowship.

I love the verse in 1 Peter 5 that says, “But resist him [the devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”  We are not alone in our Christian walk and in our struggle against sin.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we are unified in Him, which makes spending time among brothers and sisters in the faith one of the most exciting and beautiful things to experience.

To learn more about the Family Connections tour or to find out how to attend a Connections conference in your area, click here.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!”

Psalm 133:1

 

 

 

Operation Impact 2016

Katey with her team

Katey with her team

Please pray for Katey and the 35 other missionaries who are currently taking part in Operation Impact. This 3 week program in Oklahoma is purposed to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to children.

The six teams will be hosting Bible Clubs for children each weekday where they will share the gospel, teach songs, lead verses, and tell missionary stories.

Please pray that many children would attend each of the Bible clubs and that they would put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.  Additionally, pray that each team member would stay personally connected to the Lord throughout this ministry outreach.

Operation Impact 2016

Operation Impact 2016

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Shortly after graduating from high school in May, I (Katey) was blessed to be able to take a special celebratory trip to Niagara Falls with my daddy.  It was by far the most memorable trip I’ve ever taken.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity to spend time with him before the busyness of young adult life sets in.  We took as many pictures as we could, but quickly realized that pictures simply don’t justify the awe-inspiring magnificence of God’s creation.

I thank God for the wonderful trip that He gave us, and more importantly, I thank Him for such a loving, caring, Christ-like father who has blessed me and encouraged me more than anyone else.  I love you, Daddy!

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise),  so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.”

~Ephesians 6:1-3

Secrets, Surprises, and Celebrations!

Secrets, Surprises, and Celebrations!

It’s hard to believe that the month of May has come and gone.  The past few weeks have been especially busy around here as they have contained a graduation, two birthdays, and a surprise party!  Let me first explain the title of this post.  Secrets- many secrets have been floating around our house lately whether they have related to a birthday gift or the plans to throw a surprise party for a certain 50 year old (DAD!)  Surprises- It goes without saying that a 50th birthday surprise party *must* be kept a surprise!!  It’s actually quite funny that Dad was preparing a surprise graduation video for me while I was working on a surprise birthday gift for Kerry who was planning a surprise party for Dad!  Yikes!  Celebrations- We enjoyed celebrating my graduation along with Kerry’s and Dad’s birthdays, all within about a week!

For the past couple months we have been plotting a surprise birthday party for my dad. (Note: my dad is EXTREMELY hard to surprise and very suspicious, which added to the stress fun!)  We decided to disguise the party as a graduation party for me (technically it was for both of us, but he of course was oblivious to that little detail!)

My job was to distract the birthday boy for a few hours on Saturday (party day!).  The humorous part is that he thought he was taking me out to distract me while “my” party decorations were being set up! 😉

 

Distraction time!

 

Laying tape at the hangar earlier that day (another distraction!)

 

A graduation table set up for the party 🙂

 

After they yelled “SURPRISE!”

 

 

 

 

Watching a birthday slideshow for Dad.

 

My dad’s cousin, Marty, is an AMAZING pastry chef.  He made cakes for both of us!  Dad’s was a chocolate mousse cake (containing 8 different types of chocolate!) and mine was strawberry cheesecake 😀

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Marty with his cakes

 

 

Dad’s good friend Richard brought him a raspberry pie…take a closer look!

 

How cool is that?!! 0x32 is the number 50 in hexadecimal format.  Yep, they’re really smart!!

 

A party just isn’t the same without a…confetti cannon!!

Kerry and Joy

 

 

Then came Dad’s actual birthday…

 

 

 

Whew!  We sure had fun with all these surprises, but it’s nice to be back to non-whispering-and-suspicious mode. 🙂 Now everything is finally out in the open around here…no secrets!!

“My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” ~ Psalm 62:7