“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Dec 28, 2010

Shooting Today!!!

So.....yes, I went shooting today. Normally, I really don't like going shooting because I am afraid of guns and they are so loud. But, my mom said that I need to get more comfortable with handling them, so...long story short, I went.

I actually had fun! I have no idea about the names of the guns except for that the only one I like was a lever action 22. The other guns I call "the big one," "the crazy one," "the loud one," and, "the one I like." There was one huge gun that Jessie liked shooting, but it kicked like crazy and her shoulder is really bruised!!!

This shooter keeps pet worms in his hair. And, you know, many animals are scared of gunshots and these worms were no exception. Each time a loud explosion occured, one of the pet worms would fly off his head. Finally, I was able to get a picture of one doing so.
The girls shooting below don't own any pet worms...only miniature horses, and they don't keep those in their hair!!!

This is "the gun I like!"

Christmas Recital

Our annual Christmas Recital went great!!! It was a wonderful evening full of music, fun, fellowship, and worship. I believe God was glorified...

Here are the videos of songs we did as a group.

Quiet Man/Glasgow Reel/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Fiddles: Tyler, Matt, Anna, Faith.....Viola: Lisa....Cello: Sabrina.....Guitar: Josiah

While You Were Sleeping

Piano: Lisa...Guitar: Tyler....Vocals: Anna & Mrs. M.....Bongos: Matt

Dec 16, 2010


Nina had her litter of puppies last night...or I guess early this morning! Everyone is doing beautifully, and they are so cute!!! Praise God for another miracle!

Dec 6, 2010

Light of the Stable

Last night, we had some wonderful friends over and started practicing some Christmas songs for the recital in a couple weeks. This is "Light of the Stable" after practicing it all afternoon. This is not the finished version.....it's a little rough :)

The captions are because Sabrina kept turning the volume up on the piano, and I was trying to turn it down. Then we were laughing so hard that we couldn't sing!

I will post the finished version after the recital.

Christmas Parade

Saturday night was the huge Fiesta of Light Electric Light Parade!!! It was so fun and there were SOOOOO many people. I am making a movie and I will post it when finished. Here are a few shots.

Some of the horses/carts...

My silly dad....

My gorgeous mom...

"Jester" Jessie...

And me (My hat is cocked to the side because I am copying a famous miniature horse trainer....or John Wayne?!?!?)

Nov 30, 2010

It's the MOST wonderful time of the year!!!!

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, "I am the LIGHT OF THE WORLD: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12

What a beautiful and amazing promise...and what better time to celebrate that promise but at Christmas-time?!?!? The most wonderful time of the year!

Our house got covered in lights today!!! (The writing on the roof says "Jesus" incase you can't read it in the picture)
Christ's incarnation is such a mystery...how could one be fully God and fully man at the same time? It makes no sense to us as humans! All we can do is accept it as truth, and be eternally grateful to Him for it!!!!
Hopefully, I'll be able to post some of the great things we do this season...like a concert on Friday, parade on Saturday, Christmas recitals, etc!!

A Different Set of Beliefs

Soooo.... my sisters and I, along with David R, are going through Worldviews of the Western World - I think I mentioned that in an earlier post. This week, we had to write an essay and answer 3 questions from a Biblical perspective:
1. Is There A God? What Is He Like?
2. What Is The Nature Of The Universe?
3. What Is The Essential Nature of Man?
This is all so interesting to me, and it is really helping me to know God better. I have a feeling that pretty soon, we are going to have to do an essay on basically the same thing from the Greco-Roman perspective. Should be some good stuff!!! OK.....so, here's my essay. Critique it, tell me it's boring, amazing, true, or whatever you think!!!!

A Different Set of Beliefs

Over the ages, the Christian belief system has proved to be different than all other religions. For some reason, the nation of America, founded on these beliefs and principles, is the world's most successful country. For some reason, throught earth history, men and women have been brutally tortured and murdered for these beliefs, and yet died willing, even joyfully, able even to pray for and forgive their persecutors. Why? What do these people have that others do not? They have the knowledge that there is an infinite God, who is also a personal God, guiding and governing the lives of each and every individual.

Throughout Scripture, we see many times that God has two main character traits - He is infinite, and He is personal. In Jer. 10:16, it says the God of the Bible is not like other gods, "He is the former of all things." He existed before anything else did. Again in John 17:24, Jesus Himself states that both He and God were existent "before the foundation of the world." As finite humans, it is impossible for us to fully grasp what that means. All we can know is that it is true, and that God is much bigger than us, and for beyond our comprehension. This would be a disheartening realization if we did not also know that He is a personal God. Before the fall, (Gen. 2:16) and after the fall (Gen. 3:8-9), God communicates with man in a loving and personal way. Considering that this is God's nature and that He created all things, it is easy to see that all of His creation was created for a purpose. The universe did no form because of random chance - it was created by the infinite, personal God.

Originally, God created the universe to be subject to and serve man, yet ultimately to be subject to and serve God, but after the fall, things changed. We know that God created the universe (Gen. 1:1) and that He is able to work into it and change it whenever He wishes - as in the time of the Flood (Gen. 7:10-11). Thus, it is not hard to believe that God could change the way His creation worked. Before the Fall, man had dominion over nature and was in harmony with it. When man fell and his nature changed, that which was subject to him changed in it's nature, also. Gen. 3:17-18 shows that God spoke, and the earth changed - it now would not be easy for man to till the ground; it would oppose him. So now, the universe is abnormal. Man knew why the ground opposed him (Gen. 5:29); God cursed it. However, even though the universe is abnormal, it is still under man's dominion because he bears God's image.

God created man in His image and gave him dominion over the earth, but when man chose to disobey, God cursed him. As God's image bearer (Gen. 1:27), man is set apart from the rest of God's creation. He has dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28), and that dominion is given to him by God. However, in spite of his superiority, man is fallen. God created man with the ability to make choices, and man chose to disobey God (Gen. 3:6). Because man sinnsed, God, as a just God, cursed man (Gen. 3:17). No longer a sinless being, man still has dominion over creation, but he governs imperfectly. However, God, in His mercy, ahs always provided a way for man to still have fellowship with Him. For us today, we have open communication with the infinite, personal God through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.

In conclusion then, we see that God, as an infinite Being, created the universe and man to relate to Him as a personal Being. We, as sinful, fallen creatures, are able to have fellowship with our Creator. Being made in His image, we are different from the rest of His creation and have dominion over it. This givews us a responsibility - no man can deny the existence of God. For those of us who, as Christians, accept and believe that fact, we are responsible to help others accept it, also. This is the reason that Christianity is different - we have a God-given purpose and meaning in our life.

Nov 26, 2010

Christmas is COMING!!!!

OK....as soon as Thanksgiving is over, it is now "officially" the Christmas season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!! FINALLY!!!!! Can you tell I love Christmas?!?!?!?

Since I get to start putting lights on our house, I get to put them on my blog, too :)


Wow...we had one amazing Thanksgiving!!!

It started on Wednesday night when all the K girls came and spent the night. We stayed up till 1AM watching movies, talking, telling funny stories, and watching Sabrina pretend to be different people from church. We all slept in the living room with a big fire and had a great time.

Thursday morning, we slept in until around 8:45, and then did chores. We had cinnamon rolls for breakfast but, since we had a turkey in our oven, Brooke and I went over to the R's house (who are out of town) and cooked in their oven. After breakfast, we took the horses out and went driving. It was cold, but it was really pretty, too! When we got home, we started cooking. And we cooked....and cooked.....and cooked.

By the afternoon, there was SO MUCH FOOD!!!! We had all of us, the K's, the F's, and Matt and there was still tons left over. We had a great time fellowshipping and just hanging out!

As we all calmed down, we had an awesome family worship time singing songs and telling what we were thankful for. There was lots of food, lots of fun, lots of laughter, lots of noise, and (as always) lots of kids!!! Over all, it was a very memorable day, and a good time was had by all!

Enjoy the pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The whipped cream got out of control! I tried to put a "20" on Brooke's face....

...and it got worse.....

...and worse!!!

I couldn't stop laughing! She told me we're not friends anymore :) It was so so so funny

Laney was horrified at Brooke covered in whipped cream :)

Sabrina ate too much.....

...and paid the price! (Doncha think she needs to be on a diet?!?!?)

Our 30lb turkey!!! You can't tell how big it was, but this was one GORGEOUS turkey!! We were all a little in awe of it. It fed 14 people and there was incredible amounts left over. Mrs. K called it "thunder thighs" because the drumsticks were so huge :)

Someone stole food while the backs of the "kitchen guards" are turned

Mr. K smoking tuna...and torturing the dogs!

Beautiful, beautiful Ainsley...one more thing to be thankful for! She is one of God's wondrous works!!!!

Proud Mama and Papa :)

Macie looking "cool" in her shades :)

By the end, we were so tired that we dissolved into fighting...

Lisa and Sabrina were fighting over the recliner

And Hadleigh and Laney were fighting over "chapick" :)

I hope everyone else had a great day!!!


Nov 23, 2010

Sabrina Singing

WOW....what talent Sabrina C has!!! She is only 14 years old, and she can sing like a pro!!! She surprised her Dad on Friday night with a beautiful recording of her singing I Can Only Imagine with Matt on guitar. She has an absolutely beautiful voice!!! It is so neat and encouraging to see the young people in our church using their extreme God-given talents to glorify HIM. If you know Sabrina, be prepared to cry while listening to this!! (I did) The movie may not be up for a little while...

This Thursday is going to be a memorable Thanksgiving!! The K's, F's and Matt are coming over, and us and the K girls are going to make the whole dinner. We bought a 30 pound turkey last week...this thing is HUGE!!! There is soooo much food being planned that I will have to take a picture of the table before everybody starts eating. We are really excited to do this and I know it is going to be a really blessed time as we all talk about what we are thankful for. God has blessed us so richly!!
Some of the things I am thankful for this year:
1. That God PREDESTINED me to adoption before the foundations of the earth!!
2. For parents who have been married for 18 years
3. For my sisters who make me laugh and see life in different ways
4. For being raised in a home where everyone is seeking to obey God and honor Him with their lives
5. For being homeschooled and being taught the VALUE of staying pure
6. For being able to own and enjoy horses
7. That God gave me the talent to play the piano!!!
8. For a year where I have learned to know God and walk with Him like never before
9. For Godly friends who encourage and support me
10. For our AMAZING church family!!

Nov 3, 2010

Holding For Ransom....

There is a cowgirl over here at the D's Ranch who is holding this hat for ransom...it was left after the party last weekend. We will trade this hat for the little boy who was wearing it on Sunday :)

One Amazing Sunday!!!!!!!!!!

Well, last Sunday was totally awesome! Around 8 AM, all of us girls were ecstatic at the HUGE trailer coming down our little road. Dr. Sterrett's trailer is (guessing) a 12 horse and it is pulled by a semi. AMAZING!!!

We started unloading the round-pen panels, sound system, and crates of books/movies/shirts, etc. As we worked, more people showed up and things started moving along. At one point, Tyler said that there were 38 cars here!!!!

The sermon itself was great. He took a totally unhandled long yearling and within 1.5 hours was on her back trotting both ways. I think it was harder to understand what he did for those who don't understand horses, but this little filly was a jerk. At first, I actually thought, "Hmmm...I wonder if he bit off more than he can chew. He may not be able to break her?!?" But, no sweat. Again, I can't believe at the way he can handle a crazy horse and the whole time relate it to our lives. He covered so many topics in such a short time that you felt a little breathless afterwards :)

Lunch in our beautiful front yard was so fun. There was unbelievable amounts of food and desserts especially! Always a great thing to have lots of, right?!?!? We fellowshipped, talked, danced, and hung out for a little while, and then we started re-packing all the equipment into his trailer.

We had 13 EZ-Up canopies down in the arena to provide shade for everyone who was watching. There were also lots of folding chairs. So, after about 2 hours of working, we got the barn area cleaned up and sent Dr Sterrett off to his next stop. I really hope he comes back next year!!!!

The front yard was really fun to clean up....some of us started racing to clean up tables/chairs...which was fun until Jessie and Geramy almost ran over me and Brooke because they were carrying tables and racing for the gate :) It's so great to work with friends because it's just fun the whole time. Everyone pitches in and a huge amount of work gets done in a very short time period.

As it got later/darker, the boys played football for a while. David slipped on our grass and landed on his side...creating a nice bruise on the side of his leg in the shape of the knife that was in his pocket!

After that, we started playing Capture-the-Flag, but that ended abruptly. As soon as the game started, I ran as fast as I could from where I was hiding towards their flag because they didn't have anyone guarding it. Well, I tried to turn on the wet grass and my right leg slipped out from under me and I really hurt my knee. At first, I thought it was really hurt; I couldn't walk on it at all. But, then it eased up a little, and I am doing OK, but wearing a brace on it.

Needless to say, I was done with the physical activities for the night, so we built a little campfire in the driveway. We were going to do a bonfire with the tree we took out on Sat., but it got too late. For a while, us three girls, David, Noah, Josiah, and Matt all looked through the piles of dead wood for scorpions using black lights.

After about an hour of unsuccessful searching, we begged Mom and Mrs. R. into going and getting marshmallows. Some of us burned ours, and some of us made them gooey and delicious. As we all wound down, Matt and Josie pulled out their guitars and we sat around the fire and played and sang for a while. It was beautiful.

So.....the whole thing was incredible. We had quite a few people hint that we should do church at our house during the months when the weather is nice...I don't object at all! Everyone was awesome about setting up and then cleaning up. By Monday afternoon, you could have never known that 200 people were at our house 24 hours before. Thank you so much to all of you who helped so willingly. My mom was kind of hesitant to have a big group at our house just because of the clean up afterwards, but she was so pleased, and said she wouldn't mind doing it again at all. God has really blessed us with an amazing church and amazing friends.

I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did, and now.....I'm still catching up on sleep, so I'm off to bed :)


Oct 30, 2010

Falling Trees, Scorpions, Wishbones.....

Well, today was a very eventful day. Trying to get ready for the Lew Sterrett presentation tomorrow, we had a couple families come help us set up the tent, shades, chairs, etc. When all that was done, Dad and some of the other guys decided to take out a huge dead cottonwood tree in our back yard. After pulling down some HUGE pieces, they got the whole tree down, and proceeded to start cleaning it up.
Here's a video of the guys pulling down part of the tree. I think they enjoyed yelling "TIIMMMBBEERRR" more than anything else :)

Then....we found the scorpions. In the bark of the tree were TONS of gigantic scorpions. (we decided it was evolution...you know, the tree evolving into scorpions) It turned into a game...the younger boys would use hatchets and strip the bark off the stumps and then when they found a scorpion, Mr. K or Geramy would grab it (they had gloves on), and then we put them all in a jar. Final count....16!! And we could have found more.
Dad: "This is heavy!!"

Geramy: "This is easy!...carrying scorpion-infested wood!"

It was fun, until Mr. R got stung. A scorpion crawled up his pants leg and stung his knee. Pandemonium broke lose as everyone ran around getting ice, Benadryl, etc. Everything turned out fine, but it made some of us put on boots and tuck our jeans into our boots so no scorpions could go up our pants! Aaahhh...I hate scorpions!!!!! They're so evil looking!

Here's a video of Dad and Mr. K breaking our "Waddell Wishbone." Yeah, we grow 'em big out here in the country!

So, I think everything is ready for tomorrow. Brooke and I had so much fun because we had so many inside jokes that we would just start laughing about and it was driving the girls crazy cause we wouldn't tell them! We got called "trouble," "cohorts," and "hard working airheads!" (The last was because we were trying to set up tables...and failing!)
It was really fun, and thanks so much to everyone who came and helped!!
Sooooooooo excited for tomorrow!

Oct 23, 2010

Random Facts....

So, if you've seen my "random facts" on the right side of my blog, comment on this post and tell me some random facts about yourself!

A Summary of Our Recent Life

Well...I have tried to hold off on saying that "fall is here" until the weather actually feels like it...and it finally does! I have been running around in sweatshirts/jeans instead of t-shirts/shorts finally! I haven't pulled out my Carhartt jacket yet, though :) Still, when you're used to 109 degrees, 55 feels like freezing! Soooo, it is now "officially" fall and so I changed my blog background to something more "fallish."

I can't wait till Christmas...then I get to start putting lights up on our house. Christmas is my absolute most favorite time of year! Not so much Christmas Day as the whole month of December. We have a ton of decorations that we do our whole house in and so as soon as it gets towards the end of November, I will be posting pictures of a Christmas-y house! YAY!!!

Something exciting is going on here next Sunday (Oct 31st). A man named Lew Sterrett is going to be coming to our house to do church. We have had the opportunity multiple seems to see him and he is amazing. He is a horse trainer to the level of a Parelli, Clinton Anderson, or Chris Cox, but he is a Christian. The whole time he is working with the horse, he is comparing how the horse has to submit to it's human master in the same way our heart have to submit to our Master, Christ. The really incredible thing is that he will be working with a totally out-of-control 2 yr old, and the whole time, he is quoting Scripture, preaching, etc. When I'm working with a crazy horse, ALL my attention is on the horse...I don't know how he does it.

Anyways, our whole church will be coming to hear him, and then we will do lunch in our front yard. It should be an amazing time, and I am really excited.

As a result of him coming, we have been doing fun stuff like re-painting the front porch, fixing shade cloth at the barn, buying EZ-Up canopies, and more. Hopefully I will be able to post pictures afterwards.

A couple weeks ago, we started doing David Quine's High School Worldview Study with the R's and the K's. It is amazing! Right now, we are comparing the Judeo-Christian worldview with the Greco-Roman worldview. This means we are reading the Bible and summarizing passages from that as well as reading the Iliad (Homer) and doing the same. Wow...those Greek gods were some characters! Really messed up, let me tell ya! David is not too thrilled with the Iliad AT ALL..but then again, none of us are. Sabrina says it makes no sense, and Jessie is freaked out by the in-detail descriptions of how guys get killed. BUT..aside from all that, contrasting the two wv's is really good. All 6 of us kids are really loving it. (Except for I need to get better on summarizing!!!!....HA HA HA for those of you who know what I mean!)

After worldview, the K's usually stay for dinner which is usually pizza. Last week, we scraped all the old paint off of the front porch, so we can re-paint it. Then, after dinner, Brooke and I tried to sneak up and scare the girls (Anna, Jessie, Hope, Macie, Sabrina) who were on the front porch, but we couldn't because we were laughing too hard. I don't know why Brooke was laughing...I was laughing cause she was laughing :) Ahhh...it was late and we were crazy tired and rather delirious. And then, she and I tried to have a serious conversation back in my room, but were interrupted by the cold driving the 5 younger girls inside. No serious conversation from then on!!!

Right now, I am actually not at home. Mrs. F asked me to come do some photography at their Pilate Studio (work-out room, basically), and so I am now sitting in her office while she is finishing up stuff before she runs me home. Hadleigh & Laney are at our house with Anna & Jessie probably having the time of their life. They are sooooo cute!!!

Well, I should probably stop playing and go back to...guess what?!?!?...reading the Iliad!!! Did I mention that this study is VERY time consuming??


Oct 19, 2010


So, Mrs. M wanted to sing for communion last Sunday, and she asked if Matt and I would accompany her. It went great, and here are the videos....

Grace Flows Down

In Christ Alone

Oct 4, 2010

Family Camp...my version!

Well...I have finally put together a slideshow of all my pictures from Family Camp. Actually, I had it all made about a week ago, but didn't have any music to go with it.

So, last night when they came over for dinner and a farm tour :), we recorded Matt playing How Great Is Our God/Come Thou Fount/Jesus Paid It All and it turned out just beautiful. Perfect for the video!

I apologize that there aren't pictures of everybody in this...maybe some of you are glad of that :) Comment and let me know what you think!

Oct 1, 2010

Brownies/Cookies....it's late :)

Well....it's sometime around 9:45 PM and we have the men's meeting here at our house. Mom and Anna just got home from the hospital this evening, so we are all pretty tired.

I just went in and told Mom that I reeeeaaaally wanted to go get a cookie (I made really good chocolate ones with M&M's), but since the men are still praying, I am banned from the kitchen area. So, I said that I hoped there were some left in the morning. Then it hit me....Tyler is on a special diet so he can't have any of the sweets!! Which means there will probably be some left for me! YAY!!

When he came tonight, he was dissapointed because we had made two different kinds of brownies (with icing and chocolate chips), sugar cookies, and chocolate/m&m cookies. Normally we don't make so many, and the one night we do...he can't have any!
Sorry Tyler...but I'm really glad you can't have any brownies/cookies right now :) Maybe next time!


Sep 28, 2010

Family Camp

Yep...family camp was last weekend! It was an absolutely amazing time; I think it was one of the best camp's ever. I was very convicted in some areas, and spent some time in tears, but it was great.

We also had an awesome time doing music. I have something like 500 pictures and videos that I will try to make into a slideshow and post on here.

For now, I am thanking God for men like our pastor and the pastor of Legacy who will speak the truth even when it is not comfortable. You can read my summary of Pastor Y's sermon on my sermon summaries page.

Sep 7, 2010

Our Ode to the Tyler/Perry Courtship

The people at Heritage are terrified;
Tyler, our friend, has been "Perry-fied."

David can no longer discuss paintball,
'cause Tyler thinks "Perry" - that's all!

Mrs. K has said with a moan,

"I have a feeling that I've been dethroned."

Mrs. D is worried about Tyler's weight;
she's contemplating sending brownies by a crate!

Maggie says, with a roll of her eyes,
"Emily's obsessed, and she's had a good cry."

Tyler used to be politically alert,
but his pictures reveal he's now a flirt.

Lisa & Tyler used to talk music,
now Lisa's decided he's utterly lovesick.

When long distance courtship jacks up the bill,
the guys at the phone office get a big thrill.

Tyler's boyish passion for water guns passed
to David - who got what he wanted, at last.

His beloved dulcimer is literally "Dusty,"
and his musical skills are getting rusty!

Will he still be team captian of Capture-the-Flag...

or will he be packing his Oregon bag?!?!?

We're only just kidding - you know that, you two;
We're excited, we love you, and are praying for you!!!!

My 17th Birthday!!

Yesterday was my 17th birthday, and I had an awesome day! We got up early and did all the chores before our friends, the K's, came over. Around 8:15, we left the valley and headed up north toward Prescott. Arriving at Lynx Lake around 11:30, we all jumped out of the car...glad to stretch our legs! (Let me just say that the car ride up was a little noisy...considering we had five teenage girls in the car I was in!) As we walked around the corner and came upon the lake, everyone caught their breath. The water was surrounded with forest and the clouds above were reflecting!! The pictures don't really do the beauty justice...

We rented paddle boats at first, but upon finding out how difficult they were to manage, we exchanged them for canoes. After about 1 1/2 hours on the lake, Kailey, Macie, Brooke, and I all went up and left Anna, Sabrina, Hope, and Jessie in the canoes. We started getting lunch ready (my dad grilled amazing hamburgers!), and from up at the grill, we could hear the girls on the lake screaming and laughing. By the time they came in, they were soaked from head to toe from splashing eachother with the canoe oars (immature.......or not?!?).
There were many amazing creatures, including this HUGE tarantula-like spider that had everyone ooing and aahing and taking pictures.
Anna, Brooke and I hiked all the way around the lake (over 2 miles) and then when we were partway around, we saw all the other girls coming towards us. We decided to try and hide from them and so we ran straight up this steep hill....and, to our shock, came out on the main highway! Sliding back down a little ways, we all laid on our backs on the face of the hill. But then, Brooke started sliding, and she grabbed my foot, which made me start sliding! We decided to abandon that plan, so we scrambled up onto the road and ran towards the parking lot. We ducked and dodged and almost got past them, but then they saw us, finally, and threw water on us!!! It was fun.
This is Brooke and I...
Then, after already hiking, canoeing, hunting for snakes, skipping rocks, fishing for crawdads, and more, we had to hike another half way around the lake because at the other end, there was a lot more shade. We were all getting really tired, and I had a blister on my ankle, but we kept laughing and making jokes the whole time. My mom came with us this time, and she took some pictures of us along the trail.
We like this one cause of the reflections in the water
It went back and forth between sunny and overcast. The high was around 82 degrees, and it was just GORGEOUS!!!

Don't ask me what Jessie, Sabrina, and Macie are doing...I don't know :)
When we made it to the other side, there was a really cool little sand bar and we all gratefully took off our shoes and buried our toes in the sand. It was an amazing feeling! Our feet hurt, and we were so glad to get our shoes off and the sand felt really good on them. We also waded in the water which was freezing cold by now! (This was around 6:00 pm)
On the sand bar, we contemplated trying to build a standing pyramid.......
...and after much trial and error, we succeeded!....
...but decided that kneeling ones were much easier!!!

As it got dark, we all gathered around, and Mr. K and my dad did a really neat Bible study. They were reading Psalms and found the verse about how God's thoughts towards us are more than the sand in the world. And, since we were sitting on sand, we all tried to count the grains and got nowhere. Pretty amazing!
After that, we sang praise songs for a long time. It was so powerful with the sun setting over the lake, and all of the wildlife sounds getting quieter and quieter and us all singing. It made it really hard to leave, but we were really tired.
I am so grateful that God has brought the K's into our life right now. They have been a blessing to our family, and I am really looking forward to getting to know them better!!!