What a busy spring we had (can you believe it’s summer already?)! We’ve already had some wonderful road trips and met lots of wonderful people.
If you follow us on Facebook (you do like us on Facebook, right?), you probably have been reading the interesting journey we’ve had with our friend Mal. (If not, here’s a post that will give you an idea of what’s been going on.) During the month of June, we made a number of trips to different hospitals and assisted-livings; it was a roller coaster ride with cancer, surgery, and recovery. Mom has given much time and energy to assist Mal, and though he is recovering his strength, his dementia is progressing rapidly. We do appreciate your prayers for him and our family during this season.
One of the most exciting happenings in June was the arrival of Jayme’s new mandolin. She sold her violins that she had outgrown and used the money to purchase a Loar LM-500. She is thrilled to finally have her own mandolin (and is already becoming a better picker than I am)!
The weather finally warmed in June, and of course, warm weather means working and playing outside! With the wonderful rain we have been receiving, our lawn has been demanding numerous “mowings”. At least once a week, Dad, Ben, and Sam fuel up the mowers and spend the day cutting grass (and dandelions). The only downside to the warmth and rain are the mosquitoes. Eek! They have been particularly nasty. We have also enjoyed playing games of “Horse” with the “new” basketball hoop Dad recently hung up. Our grandpa gave us his old hoop earlier this spring – the same one much smaller versions of Ben, Leesha, and I
tried used to shoot hoops with – and Dad mounted it on our garage. Sam, Jayme, and Caleb (or as they call themselves, “The Pioneers”) can often be found having some serious basketball games!
June found the Glory Bus heading into northern, southern, and western Minnesota…and even into Wisconsin! We enjoyed going to several new churches and sharing brand new songs. Our first stop for the month was at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN. It is our grandpa’s home church, and he’s been wanting to get us there for quite some time. So, Cindy Rupp, Hosanna’s extremely talented music director (seriously, she’s probably the best piano player in Minnesota!), invited us to sing during worship on June 8th and 9th. Grandpa couldn’t have been any more excited! Despite a dying water pump on ole Glory, we made it safely to Mankato and had an absolutely delightful weekend. It was refreshing to worship with and minister to the people of Hosanna! And it was great to spend time with grandparents, 1st and 2nd cousins, and other family members. Grandpa took us out to eat at Old Country Buffet on Saturday and wowee, was that good – and filling!
Here’s a video of Sam, Jayme, and Caleb sharing “Boundless Love” (one of the songs on our new CD, “Out Front”) at Hosanna:
Regrettably, I didn’t get any pictures at our next stop, Living Savior Lutheran Church in Nisswa, MN, but we had fun meeting up with friends we have gotten to know over the years! Thanks to Dick and Mavis Erickson for inviting us up again, and special thanks to Mayor James Wallin for the brats and beans – they were fantastic!
We had sound issues before the concert in Nisswa, and we decided that we needed to set-up our equipment in our house to E-Q the troubling frequencies. So, for the next couple of days our home was filled with all our sound equipment. It had been years since we practiced with microphones and speakers, so it was a very beneficial time for us.
We spent the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd in Wisconsin for the Blessed Assurance Gospel Fest. Linda and Kurt Holtz hosted the event and we were glad to be able to attend this year again - thanks Linda and Kurt for asking us to come! Also at the fest were The Herrlinger Family, Gary Froiland, Almost There, Rich Eberly, and Cindy Begert. It was enjoyable to visit with friends we’ve made over the years.
That Sunday morning we sang at Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshfield, WI; what a fun, supportive congregation! It was a special opportunity to join them in worship. Pastor Joel Deaner-Rogers and his family were great to meet and talk with. We hope to come again soon! (And thanks for the rolls and mugs, y’all!)
Pastor Bob Benard invited us this year to come back to Eagle Bend Assembly of God, Eagle Bend, MN the weekend of June 29th and 30th, and we were excited to return. For one thing, Pastor Bob makes the best grilled pork chops ever (his secret is his secret seasoning!), and for another, the folks are so kind and encouraging. There was a community concert on Saturday evening, and we sang during worship on Sunday. Mom and I even played piano for a couple of congregational songs!
Here is a photo gallery highlighting the concerts I mentioned above. Enjoy:
We look forward to meeting you somewhere along the journey! God’s blessings to you today and always!
“Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.” (Psalm 25:8-10)
Respectfully submitted by The TGF Blogger (aka Taylor) Pictures taken by Taylor and Jayme