Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A 2015 Catch Up Post

I'm back! I have a new computer, so I am once again able to blog! Whoohoo!

It's been quite a while, so there are probably a few things I should catch you up on.

On April 11 Nathan turned 12. That's just crazy. Ken and I took him out to dinner and then bought him a bow. He is interested in archery, so we're getting him started. Could be fun! (Or dangerous?)

Later in April Kriss and I took a group of teenagers to Billings for a conference. WAAAAYYY out of my comfort zone, but fun! We heard some great messages and got to meet Among the Thirsty. They perform my current favorite song, Completely. Take a listen - it's awesome! Here is a picture of our crew with Among the Thirsty.

Dad and Michael came for a visit in April, too. We always enjoy a couple days with them. 

In May we had an end-of-the-school-year party. Games, food, fun!

May is also the month for our first camping trip of the season! This year our first trip was to Bass Creek. We love it there. We sat under our extensive canopy, did some hiking, poked the campfire (a LOT!)...it was great!

This is Gavin's favorite place when we're camping. Crazy boy.

On June 1 Austin turned 16! Man - these kids are getting old fast!! We went to the Hub in Missoula to celebrate (a few days late). 

Gavin had a birthday in here, too. He's 4 years old now! Zowie howie! How did that happen?

Late June brought us to one more camping trip - this time to Salmon Lake north of Missoula. Another great time!

On July 7 Ken, Kriss and I left on vacation. Kriss was headed to Uganda for a month long mission trip, and she was flying out of Seattle, so we sent her off and Ken and I spent a week at our favorite campground.

Ken and I were also able to go to a vintage trailer rally while we were in western Washington. So fun! I'll share more about that on Jemimah's blog soon. 

Now we're back home and gearing up for a few more activities - our church is having a big party this Sunday that I am organizing. After that is our town's annual festival - Creamery Picnic. That's fun, but busy for us because Ken is on the planning board. It will be a great time, though. Basically, we're on a rapid run right up to the beginning of the new school year. Whew! What a busy summer! Thanks for checking out our update!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


It was the kick off service for a brand-new church. Several other churches had gathered to join in this first service. I was nervous as I got up to play the first couple songs for the fairly large congregation. The songs went fine, and the song leader and I got through it without too many problems. Through the course of the service, a couple other musicians got up and played songs also, and I felt a little embarrassed and envious of how much better they were on the piano than I. 

When the service was over I was speaking with one of the other musicians who was the pastor’s wife at another church. I made some self-deprecating remark about my ability to play the piano,  and she looked me right in the eye and said what would be the most profound piece of advice I'd ever been given. 

“Never minimize what God has given you the ability to do.”

In the moment I felt reprimanded, and further embarrassed, but the more I thought about what she said, the more I realized how important it was. 

We each have our own gifts. (Romans 12:6) That does not mean we have them to the same degree as other people with the same gift. When that pastor's wife said those words to me, I was thinking only of my piano playing, and not my Christian life in general. But as the years have gone on, I have realized how important that is in every area of my Christian life.

Am I less hospitable than Miss J (my first pastor's wife)? Maybe so. But I am hospitable. I may not always have a pie ready to serve, and my house may not be spotless, but guests are always welcome.

"Never minimize what God has given you the ability to do."

Do I have Janet's organization and administration skills? Probably not, but the bills get paid and supplies get ordered.

"Never minimize what God has given you the ability to do."

I am definitely not the teacher my husband is, and yet God called me to help homeschool a houseful of children.

"Never minimize what God has given you the ability to do."

In this new season as a pastor's wife, it takes on even more meaning than it ever has before. In my Bible reading this morning I read 1 Timothy 1:12 – "I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry."

Just like Paul, God appointed my husband and me to this ministry. He knew what we were capable of, and He knew what He expected of us. I think He wants me to make the most of the abilities I have, and not worry about the ones I don't have. He has counted me faithful even though I am not a concert pianist, a faithful pie baker, or an organization whiz. 

What has God given you the ability to do? Are you an encourager? Can you speak in public? Are you raising the next generation of spiritual leaders? Maybe you're a seamstress, or a vocalist, or a friendly face at the church door. Whatever God has given you to do, do it with confidence because God has appointed you to that ministry. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Excitement in Scrivnerburg!

It's been an exciting week for the residents of Scrivnerburg! Last Wednesday Gavin had his tonsils and adenoid removed. He did great, but he sure has been a droopy little guy since we got home. 

I hope he starts to feel good again soon. I suspect we have at least another week of sad and droopy, though. 

(After trying to swallow something he shouldn't.)

Monday was a milestone day for Dale - he bought his first car!

He bought a 2002 Ford Escape, and I think he likes it just a little bit. He's hardly been away from it since Monday. Congrats, Dale!

We've been busy with the normal, day-to-day stuff, but we're also working on Jemimah and getting to spend some time outside. Now if the weather would just stay nice for more than a day at a time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

An Exciting Day for Gavin

Happy New Year! It's not just a brand new year, it's an exciting new year! Gavin took the first steps of a big adventure yesterday - he started preschool.

He didn't quite get what was going on yesterday morning. He was thrilled with the backpack, and leaving in his beloved S'urban first thing in the morning, but he didn't understand what the point was until we got inside the school. He had a great but exhausting first day though.

Four minutes in Dale's lap, and he was done!

Today as we got ready for the second day of preschool, he still didn't grasp what was going on until we arrived at the school. As we walked up the sidewalk he waved enthusiastically toward the building and yelled, "Hi! Hi!"

Gavin and preschool are going to get along just fine.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Just Wednesday

The dining room rings with the noise of six or seven people playing Monopoly. The living room is full of the sounds of people strategizing their tank game. The toddler is laughing about his funny trucks. The house is bursting with sound, but it is not noisy. Our home is alive. Happy.

It doesn't always seem that way – there are many days when the cacophony makes me crazy. But today they are all getting along, the work is done, their spirits are calm. I am thankful for this moment. I'm going to soak it in and hold it in my memory for those days when everything goes wrong.  

Thank You, Lord, for this beautiful family. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Chaos in Scrivnerburg!

Once spring sprung the water line construction work started up again here in Stevensville. They got to our street this week, and everything is a big, ol' mess out there. The bigger kids (and adults) love to watch the equipment working, but Gavin is NOT a fan. 

Typically, he wants to spend every minute outside, but now he won't even go outside - even when the machines are all off for the weekend. That stuff is scary!

Today was the last day of school at Scrivnerburg Academy. I can't believe we just finished up our third year of homeschooling six kids. Craziness! It was an interesting year full of lessons for Mom and Dad, as well as the students. I'm ready for SUMMER!!

In case you haven't seen this on Facebook, I have to show you the fabulously wonderful coffee bar my sweet husband made for me. I love love love it! If you're in the area, drop by and have a cup of coffee!