It was VBS week this week.
Many of you are nodding right now. You know exactly what VBS week means.
Busy days, late nights and exhaustion!
But also fun, laughter and blessings.
I worked with an incredible group of kids!
A crazy bunch of teens who served with their whole hearts and kept me laughing!
They memorized, rehearsed, and brought the characters of the nightly skit to life.
Teaching truth, sharing the gospel, and loving on the kids.
I sat back each night and watching God work in and through these servants.
And I was blessed.
We had another epic shopping adventure last week.
It was Martha and I and our girls.
Just like always.
Hitting all our favorite thrift stores in St. Joe.
It’s a tradition now.
Started several years ago on our first extreme thrifting adventure. (Look how young they are!)
It’s been modified to just one city and always includes a trip to Hobby Lobby, lunch at Chick-fil-a and snacks at Big Lots.
Almost every stop has a memory.
“Isn’t this the store that you lost us in and we finally found you sitting on lawn chairs two stores down?”
And every trip has something new to explore.
This trip including one new thrift store and a natural grocery store that both of our girls were excited about.
Yes – a natural grocery store where they bought health food for themselves.
Yes – these girls!
The same girls who used to eat twizzlers and peanut butter in the backseat all the way home.
Which only shows again how quickly they are growing up and changing.
And how thankful we are for every moment together and every memory made.
May the tradition continue!
Are you sitting down?
I have some BIG news to share – and I mean BIG!
You’ll never guess what happened on the Fourth of July!
With fireworks exploding in the background – he asked.
And she said yes!
So many prayers answered.
The ring is beautiful!
Her eyes are glowing!
Her face is radiant!
My Dagmar – oh wait – I guess if she’s old enough to get married, she’s old enough to use her real name on my blog.
My Laura and her Steven are so happy!
I can’t believe my girl is getting married!
Oh good gravy people! We get to plan a wedding!
We joined the crowd of people in the little Missouri town of Allendale today.
Every July 4th since 1964, this little town with a population of 53 (more or less) have been serving up an Independence Day breakfast for upwards of a thousand people.
That’s a 52 year old tradition.
Neighbors greeting neighbors.
Entire families sitting around picnic tables.
Three generations of men manning row after row of grills frying sausages and eggs.
Pouring coffee and juice.
Flipping piles of pancakes on a rotating grill.
Pounds of butter.
Gallons of syrup.
There were flags flying.
A band stand decorated and filled with patriotic songs.
And veterans honored.
Made me proud to be an American.
Made me thankful for all those who sacrificed so much for my freedom.
Made me remember that it’s people like this – all over our nation – that make America great.
Thank you, Allendale, Missouri!
And God bless the USA!