Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Tour

Because I have been asked I will try to include a link for a tour of our house.
Someday I'm sure that I will be glad to have this video but right now it feels so.......weird to have our house out there for all to visit and go through. :)

I wish I could greet you at the door and walk you through myself. Or better yet, sit down with you and have a cup of tea (or coffee) and chat. We have been blessed to see so many friends and family come through these doors.

We, of course, had to have it in the best of shape for the video but please know that it is our home. We have truly lived here. Toys have been strung out across the floors, dishes have been piled high after family meals, beds have been unmade, muddy tracks have been left on the laundry floors and there have been rings in the tub. :)
Laughter has echoed through it's walls, tears have been shed, praises have been sung and many, many prayers have been cried out here. We have danced (yes we have, but only behind closed doors!) and played games, had birthday parties and brought all of our new-born grandsons here.
We have fought and we have loved here.

It is our family home.

We recognize that it is an undeserved gift from God that we have been able to call this place home.

And we are grateful.

picture by Lionel Wilson

Saturday, March 21, 2009


The time had come
and we did it.

The house is listed for sale.

We're excited.

No, really we are.

Okay, maybe there has been a few tears!

pictures by Jodi Yoder

Friday, March 20, 2009

One Important Day

Oliver Isaac - our little "laughter" boy. When Jodi was pregnant with him Jake and Max insisted he be named Isaac or "laughter". That became his middle name and his older brothers couldn't have named him anymore appropriately. This boy knows that laughter is good like a medicine!

We love you, little Ollie.

We are in awe of you!

pictures by Jodi Yoder

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


It's humbling to receive correction. But it was lovingly given.

Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge.
But he who hates correction is stupid.
Prov. 12:1

I hear I should be giving credit where credit is due. Of course, I should. Why didn't I think of that myself?

Because I am NOT a good photographer and because I do NOT normally have a camera with me, I very seldom have pictures to share. (and now our camera is broken!) So what did I do? Well, I did what every electronically- handicapped person would do - I stole pictures. Unintentionally, mind you. So, having had that brought to my attention, I apologize to those I have stolen from and will try to give credit of the last two. (I hear I'm suppose to link it. Oh man! How long is that going to take to figure out?.....)

Again, I am sorry.

They are great pictures!

From my last post:

The first picture was taken from Brett's Facebook page. Probably taken by Jason.

The second picture was taken by Heather Smith, one of Kellie's best friends.

I know I've used some of your pictures, Jodi. Sorry. I'll try to do better......

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Soul Rejoice!

Life is sometimes hard but there is always something to
I've been feeling a bit "wordless" lately and for the first time just haven't had anything to say. Stick with me loyal friends - I can't remain quiet forever!