Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Father's Day To The Best!

  Where would I be without my father? I'm sure I don't know. This past year I've come to appreciate him in greater degrees as a close confidant and friend. Not only from working with him on a daily basis, but from learning from the wealth of wisdom he holds in life experience. I don't know what I'd do or where I'd be if it hadn't been for his input in many of this past year's life situations. I know God divinely placed him in my life for such a time as this…

Where to begin… there are so many incredibly awesome areas of my dad’s life that have greatly impacted my life. Innumerably my dad has given up his desires and life for us all. Over the years countless stories of the early days of family life have sifted to the surface asserting the sacrifices he has made in our behalf. Working day and night shifts to make sure that we were in need of nothing. His continual forgoing has spoke volumes to me that words or other means would never have. I praise the Lord for you, dad, and the example you have set not only for me but others. Love you.

I’ve been blessed beyond what I could have asked for throughout the past many months. These blessings have come due to working along side my dad. He has given me an education that no traditional school could have given. Late last year when we opened a retail store in the hardware and feed industry, I was to learn far more than just what nuts and bolts cost. I’ve been able to enter into my father’s brilliant business mind and learn from the pearls of wisdom that he has gained along the many years of his life as an entrepreneur.
My dad has taught me the importance of keeping integrity as a high priority in my work along with every area of my life. His daily love for God has inspired me to also have a love for my Creator and to please Him through the choices that I make for my future.

A father's love towards his little girl, and her's toward him, is nothing to be compared with. There's something to it that I can't explain… Something so deep and precious, something that cannot be replaced or duplicated by any other thing. I think it must be a special gift from heaven… A gift that every father and daughter should posses. Its a relationship quite similar to that of every Christian and their Heavenly Father, really. I am so thankful for the gift of my dad and the relationship we share. The blessing from my daddy's sensitive words, the look of tenderness and deep adoration in his eyes for me as he has and continues to guide me through the paths of life, his constant love and care, all remind me of the tender compassion and unfailing love of my Heavenly Father. And I have found that this tender affection between us grows even stronger, just as it does with my Heavenly Father, as I choose to willingly give my heart in perfect love and submission to him… 
Thank you for being the best, for all those growing up years when you would tuck me in to the song, Butterfly Kisses, for all the daddy/daughter dates, for being an example to me of my Father in Heaven, for just being you and showering your love upon me.  
Forever and always, I'll be your little girl…

We love you Dad! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Birthday, Quint!!

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 
Psalm 119:9-11  

Quint turned 25 on June 14th. His life has been one of maturity. We (us 3 youngers) have always looked up to him as our example. He has a quiet yet compelling personality, encouraging those around him to serve the Lord with their gifts and talents... with all they are.
We love you Quint!

Quint's highlights of the past year

Recently, I was talking with a friend and we were commenting about how much one year… one month… one week… one day… and even one moment can hold. Yes, even one moment can change life, our perspective, and our plans. This year has held many such moments. 
  • I love my work!! I love to work with horses and meet knew people.
  • This year we had several opportunities to travel- GYC in Houston, Texas, our mission trip to Honduras, Oklahoma Family Camp where we spent lots of time catching up with friends from across the country.
  • Riding horses with Becky (and sometimes friends) up in the hills, mesas, and mountains surrounding our home.
  • Cattle drives with the neighbors.
  • Lots of family time talking.
  • Learning more about God's enduring love and promises.
  • A prayer of the year, " God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us. That Thy way may be known upon the earth…" Psalm 67:1-2

Friday, June 15, 2012

Texico Conference

Last weekend was our 3rd year in joining friends to provide the music for our Conference Camp Meeting. Because of our busy schedules, there was very little time to practice this year. The Lord really blessed our efforts (and our fingers). Unanimously, this was the best year yet!

 Joshua, Stefanie, and I playing, Morning Has Broken, for special music

Pie Town men's choir singing, Here is Love

Fellowship around the meal table was often the place to find animated conversations and lots of good laughter.

Putt Putt Fun

Sweet friends

Fun times... beautiful memories


I'm a little behind on posting due to our internet being down at the house, but I still wanted to share about our time in MD... even though it's a little outdated.

During the week we were there, we stayed on the Ketts' Family Farm where my grandparents live. It was so nice to see and visit with the family again. For some its been over a year!

We all thoroughly enjoyed times alone in thought and prayer as we walked along the country dirt road beside the fields where the horses peacefully graze, read and study on the dock with the sound of the waves patting along the shore, or walking through the fields listening to the birds sing.

Around the farm~

At the beach near Mom Mom's house

A day on the river with family

A view of the farm from the boat

Little Kinley Rae Deen- the newest addition to the family. So precious...

left to right- Andrew, Matt, Josh, Tyler, Aaron 

Abby and I

Friend time too

 Tyler's childhood friend, Nicholas, graduated from the Naval Academy. We were privileged to attend a bagpipe concert he preformed in as well as his graduation ceremony.

Graduation Day

Throwing of the hats

Nick graduated with honors as the 24th in his class of 1,100 graduates. He has been commissioned into the Marines, and with a major in Arabic, will most likely be sent over to the Middle East. He continues to be in our prayers.