Katey and Jed Engagement

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the LORD.” Prov. 18:22

Video Credit: Steven Fuller
Music: “Speak, O Lord” Dave Mincy

Katey’s Graduation!


The Graduate

Tonight we gathered to celebrate Katey’s graduation from high school. I had anticipated this milestone in Katey’s life for many years but am amazed at how fast it came!  The ceremony was sponsored by Arizona Families for Home Education and was a fitting tribute to each student and their families for their hard work in training up children in the nurture and admonition of The Lord.  I appreciated the charge given by Congressman Trent Franks to honor The Lord in everything.

As a father, I could not be more proud of Katey as I have been blessed to witness the mighty hand of God at work in her life, especially over the last four years. We made the transition from public schooling to teaching our children at home just four years ago, as Katey was about to begin her freshman year. That decision was met with “Dad, you are RUINING MY LIFE!” as you might imagine.  It was tough, just like we expected it to be, but God, in His faithfulness, began to transform her heart almost immediately.  He took a 13 year-old girl who was concerned only with being accepted by the world, and brought forth a new creation in Christ Jesus.

Now begins a new path in her life as she seeks opportunities to minister to and serve others during her single years.

Join us as we celebrate His work and His faithfulness in and through Katey.

“Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit; speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.”

Ephesians 5:15-21

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.

Katey’s Baptism

Today I experienced the greatest joy a father can know. After years of prayer and preparation, Katey made the decision to submit her life to Christ. I could not be more proud of my precious daughter as I have watched her wrestle with this decision for years.
In the week leading up to this day, we met each day to study what it meant to be called of God, hear the message, believe, repent, confess, and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins.  My faith has increased as I have witnessed the work of the Holy Spirit in her in these last months like never before.  I am humbled by God’s faithfulness.

Last night, she and I went to the Compass Room for a special father/daughter dinner.  It was great to spend that time with Katey and get to know more about her.  We made a memory that I will never forget.  I love you sweetheart…

Katey’s 11th Birthday!

_KRN9181It’s always tough keeping a birthday party a surprise, but we pulled this one off. Katie was taken back when she walked into the house to the loud screams of “SURPRISE” when her friends, Alison, Caroline, Maria, and Ruby, along with Lauren and cousin Tyler, jumped out from behind a wall. They immediately wrapped a grass skirt around her waist, donned her with a lei and puka shell necklace, and welcomed her to her end-of-summer/ birthday Luau.

The afternoon and evening was loads of fun. It started out with barbecued burgers, Hawaiian chips, and a fruit salad served in a hulled out watermelon. Miniature tiki torches adorned the tables and island music pumped throughout the house and backyard. The highlight of the night was the limbo contest, of which the twins won hands down. Their limberness surely paid off. We are still singing IZ’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which we all agree is a beautiful rendition. The night ended with jumping and splashing in the pool and a new “wave” dance by dad. It still gets giggles to this day.

The festivities continued another night with pizza and games at Peter Piper Pizza followed by Rollerskating at Skateland in Mesa. Nothing brings back the groove of the 70’s and 80’s light rollerskating. Too bad Kory and I threw away our headbands and wristbands. We would have fit right in. It really was a fun night until the late night crowd started showing up, then it was time to head home. The evening culminated with black & white cupcakes from Sprinkle’s of Beverly Hills and a sleepover with six girls in the family room.

Katie, we hope you felt special on your 11th birthday, and that you know how special you are to us every day.