Quilts from left to right... The squares for the 4 on the left were done by mom's mom in the 50s to early 60s. She died before she got them quilted. Friends or family have finished them for me throught the years. The one in the middle with the snowman was done by tracing and coloring the pictures from a farm coloring book, then ironed over with wax paper. I believe there are still 2 quilts that Mamaw Medearis started that need to be quilted. The burgandy lap quilt was done by either dad's mom or her sister Aunt Chee. And I won the one on the right in dad's family reunion drawing this summer. My goal is to wear them out while I'm alive to enjoy them!
Lots has been happening. Our daughter and her children from Houston were here for a week while her husband cleaned up after Ike. She had the opportunity to visit with many friends and family. xxx Plans are underway for Sierra Leone 2009. Our team from this year had an evening of fun, and several intend to make the return trip. xxx Tom has been asked to be part of a 6 man construction team to South Africa in February. We are praying toward that end. xxx Our pastor's wife had her first
chemo treatment and she is doing well. A bunch from the church will be walking a 5K in her honor on October 18th (t-shirt above). xxx My students will be taking 6-week exams Wednesday. Unbelievable! This school year is flying! xxx Seed Sowers Prison Ministry is preparing for our fall banquet. God exceeded our expectations last year. We anticipate a great night November 14th.
I had the opportunity while we were with Rob and Julie to speak to some of the youth of their church. What a great group of people! They spent 4 days this week involved in "Mission: Van Horn." They ministered to folks all over town. True servant's hearts.
Rather than travel straight home from Colorado we drove south through New Mexico to El Paso, then 120 miles southeast to Van Horn, Tx. Our daughter and her husband, Rob, rolled out the red carpet as always. This was the first time Beck's parents had been in their home. One evening they invited a few friends over for an informal share time of our Sierra Leone mission trip. God raised up several prayer partners from Van Horn leading up to our trip. What a blessing!!
the family reunion we decided to take a detour to Groom. Here the tallest cross in the Western Hemisphere stands at 190 feet high. It is visible from 20 miles in any direction. There is also a path with a series of statues that begins with Jesus before Pilate and ends at the empty tomb.
Recently 58 family members converged on Yellow Pine Ranch in Cuchara, Colorado for our (Beck's dad's) annual reunion. It was wonderful to visit with family from Colorado, Texas, Idaho and Hawaii. And after weeks of Texas heat...WOW!!...the cool temps were great! Some of the highlights:
16 of us met for breakfast near
Des Moines, NM
as we traveled up from various places in Texas.
From there we caravaned to Mt Capulin (volcano) for the
opportunity to take in an amazing view.
A drive along the Highway of Legends from Trinidad
Excursions to Blue Lake and Bear Lake.
A bear entertained us on the side of the road.
Other bears strolled through the ranch at night turning over
trash cans, drinking from the
and leaving paw prints on our car.
Family meals for the whole group of 58 with great food.