Monday, November 15, 2010


We have our assignment:

We are so happy. We will be taking over the ministry from a wonderful couple who have spent more than 16 years doing house ministry. For the last 10 years they have been doing the ministry in this house. It has two sections: The front half is ministry based, and the back half is the private residence. The house sits on more than 17 acres. There is a basketball court, above ground pool, a volleyball area, a huge front porch and room for our kids (and plenty others) to roam. In the last two weeks we have gotten to experience ministry, feel the love and heartbeat of our military, and we have a better understanding of our chaplains. We are so ready to be here. As soon as we raise the rest of our support we will be back to get to work!!

Outside of our new ministry!

Serving Food in the Big Room

More of the Big Room

The front of the house

From the back of the property

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Welcome Home III Corp

Jennifer has been staying at the Hospitality House waiting on two things:
1. Her husband to return from Iraq
2. Her housing to become available

During the time she has been here, we have gotten to be friends, and we have prayed for her hubbies safe return. So today, we got to go welcome Sam home.


My cute costumed kids

What Cracks me up in this picture: Abigail is practicing stinging

Fall Festival

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Friend's Response to the post below

"I love when those breakthroughs come! On the back side of them we can see how heavy our hearts were before we gave it to God - and we were clueless that we were being weighted down!"
Aimee Hart

Isn't it good to know that even when you feel like you can't put into words how you feel, God knows, and sometimes he sends a friend to help you too!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Sometimes when we ask the Lord to do something for us, he reveals something we are suppose to be doing for him. As my children have the learned: The Bible tells us what man must believe about God and what God requires of man.

So for a few weeks now God had been convicting me about my time with him. I tried so hard to be in the word everyday and yet I felt this struggle to beat the clock. I would find my quiet time haphazard. But I knew when Chris taught Bible study Friday night that it was for me. It was on taking up our Bible daily and setting time apart for God as a priority. In that moment I knew I had been sinning. I prayed and asked the Lord to forgive me. Saturday morning and everyday since, I have gotten up and read from his word. I have enjoyed it again.

I have held somethings from God without realizing it. But the more I pondered it, the more I knew I was keeping just a few things for myself. And do you know they all had to do with the location in which we are going to be assigned. I have let go and told God that I want to be where he wants me and I truly mean it. Most of it came from accepting the fact that I might have to live very far from my parents and friends. I mean we are talking outside the 16 hour driving zone I thought would be good. I really want to be able to say "here I am Lord send me" and be willing to go.

I have crossed that place, thanks to my missionary friend Becky. And I realized that if I was asked to go overseas today I could have my passport in 48 hours and go. I mean we already live out of our suitcases! And I knew then that I had fought and won the battle.

So I pray that whatever you convictions are, that you listen to the Holy Spirit and allow God to work on you. You might even need to physically get down on your knees and pray. But there will be that peace that the Lord uses like a balm on our weary souls. And we will wonder why we ever chose to hold on, inside of letting go.

I am praying for you and pray that you feel His peace.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mission Field

After being in the Soldier's Hospitality House for the last 3 weeks, we are ready to go. I think before I might have thought I was ready in some dream like way. But now, we are ready to work in our house. Ready to come along and disciple soldiers, to encourage them, to cheer with them, cook for them, and befriend them. It has been great getting to know the soldiers we have met here. One thing I know that I like about the military is this: They make friends easy too. I guess they are always on the move and are use to being together. It reminds a lot of our seminary days.

I know that all of us feel ready to get to work from this little moment with David today:

We took the kids to McDonald's to play on the playground. They are having the Monopoly game going and you could win 1 Million dollars. Well, David saw this, and said "If we win this, we could go straight to the mission field and get to work." I was so humbled and blown away that my 10 year old gets it. He didn't say anything about an XBOX 360, Netbook, MP3 player, toys, movies, etc. This boy wants to get on with the Lord's work. I was so thankful that God let me see his heart in this ministry too.

With that said, we grow closer and closer each day to going on the field, can you join us??

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fort Hood Hospitality House- Banquet

Our Family getting ready to greet people.

Soldier "T". Sweet guy, loves the Lord and has been blessed by the house.

Praying over "J" who left on Thursday for Afghanistan

Spouse wife "I" who encouraged everyone to remember the spouses. She shared how the house had helper her and her daughter while her husband has been in Afghanistan.

Officer "J" who loves the Bible studies and spiritual growth he gets at the house.

Soldier "L" who came to the house before he went to Iraq. He became a Christian and grew before he left. While in Iraq he meets his wife Soldier "N". After returning from deployment they have made the Hospitality House their other home and grow here, as well as volunteer here. Precious family.

Soldier "J" - chatting before the banquet.

Mr. & Mrs. Hyde who are the other Cadence missionaries here at Ft. Hood.

My Parents can still make me laugh!

My Mom loves the Backyardigans!

Can you tell someone like being retired from the railroad?

Glad Abigail got this guy locked-up

Mom watching the kids

Caleb Celebrates His Birthday

Fall - Pumpkin Patch

With Mom and Dad in for a visit, we have enjoyed some fun activities together. A visit to the Pumpkin Patch turned into a great photo opportunity too. Enjoy.

My brother Nate, and his girlfriend Megan


Uncle Time

GranDaddy Barron and Grandma Jan

I love how Woody is patting him on the back

My Silly boys

We are Huge Charlie Brown fans, as you can see from the boys shirts.

I use to love Strawberry shortcake, and now my girls do too.

101 Dalmations