I Scream, You Scream…

We all scream for…homemade ice-cream!!  And that’s why our family will be selling homemade vanilla ice-cream on Saturday, June 17 (late morning-late afternoon). We will be located on the NE corner of Val Vista and Main in Mesa, AZ (right next to Southwest Pottery).  So, stop on by if you’re in our neck-of-the-woods!  We will have our faithful 1929 John Deere Model E hit-n-miss ice-cream machine on display. 😀  Click here for more info on the machine, and to see my dad’s complete restoration of an original engine!

 

We hope to see y’all there!

Katey, for the Nakatsus

Big Sandy Family Conference 2017

Big Sandy Family Conference 2017

We just returned from yet another uplifting and refreshing ATI Family Conference.  The theme of this year’s conference was Trust in the Lord.  Throughout the week, we heard messages that challenged us to put our trust in Him in all things (finances, purity, relationships, parenting,  etc.).  While each sermon was centered on trusting the Lord, every message was unique in the way the speaker conveyed trust, providing for an edifying conference. 

As usual, we were thrilled to reunite with old friends and meet many new ones.  One of my highlights, was when we sang the traditional closing song of “When We See Christ”.  Though some of us are but strangers to one another, a true spirit of unity permeates each heart as we sing that treasured hymn every year.  It reminds us that we are all in the fight together with our eyes fixed on Jesus.  I think of the verse in 1 Peter that reads: “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.”   I suppose that bond of fellowshp is one of the many things that make our annual trip to the conference so special.

It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus. Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ.  

One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase. So bravely run the race, til’ we see Christ!

 

Let us run the race together, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith”

-Katey, for the Nakatsus

When Trees Give You Lemons…

When Trees Give You Lemons…

make lemonade!! And might I add, the best lemonade you’ll ever try!  We’re so blessed to live around many citrus trees (orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangelo…).  While most of our trees produce oranges, we do have one lemon tree that yielded quite a crop this year.  Interestingly, Arizona is one of two states  that produce the most lemons.  The other is California.  Our favorite thing to do with fresh lemons is squeeze them and freeze the concentrate so that we (and other appreciative consumers) can enjoy the delicious lemonade year-round!

 

What fruits/veggies grow where you all live?

“He has made everything beautiful in its time…”

– Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

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

 

 

 

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