Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Jason turned 40 this past week and we celebrated it for a full week.  

I have lots of things to say about this man and the work the Lord has done in and through him.  I am so grateful for his testimony. I am over-blessed by God's mercy in giving saving faith to Jason.  

I have lots of pithy things to say about why I like Jason so much, but the biggest reason is found in Ezekiel 22:30.  The prophet speaks for God saying, "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land." Jason has been a foretaste of the faithfulness that can only be found in our shared Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is a gap-standing-man and I so very, very glad he was born.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dressin' up 2017

Soon to be mommy of four...
I think she's a zombie, she might just be a tired mom.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Changing focus

This year has been a big shift for Gabe.  Grade 9 has a very different type of course load.  It has less subjects per se, but significantly more requirements: tests, reports, challenges, competitions.  It's been a blessing to watch Gabe take this year on with a sense of ownership.

He has started a small web development side business.

He did three independent sites thud September - one for our church, one for his EV team and he was offered a 1-year contract from the Middleville Fair to maintain their webpage.

I'm pretty impressed.  You should check them out:

500th Anniversary of the Reformation
The Pioneers EV Team Challenge
Middleville Fair

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Education of Esther Braden

Many days Essy gets shuffled around the boys activities, put in front of a workbook, and asked to  empty the dishwasher for me...  but not Tuesdays.  Tuesdays she gets poured into my my sweet friends.  This group of little guys are shepherded around the forest.  

They spend the morning memorizing scripture, working through Nancy Ganz's Bible commentary for children, naming the flora and fauna they've seen during their walks, doing art history, reading lovely books and drawing in their nature journals.   They are fed food almost too good to eat and just generally loved and cared for.  

I am so very thankful.