This past Sunday was a very busy day for the McDaniel Family. Saturday, some of us arrived home exhausted yet joyful from Music Camp in Flora, Illinois. Sunday morning, after worship, we travelled across the county to share in the Homecoming festivities of Union Missionary Baptist church. After a nice meal shared together, we proceeded upstairs to present the Gospel in song, followed by a convicting message from their guest speaker. Following this, we scurried home to change our clothes and do the afternoon/evening feeding before heading off to Dale Christian church to meet the DeLaughter Family and the rest of the church family at DCC for our quarterly fellowship. Chris was one of the chef's for the occasion. The DeLaughter Family was in the US on a medical leave after the birth of the newest addition to their family- Jonathan. It was great to catch up with what is happening in their lives and their work in Tanzania. With the fish fried to perfection and crispy potatoes and hush puppies, along with the rest of the side dishes, we proceeded to the fellowship area to break bread together. The evening service included an update on the work being done for the Lord in Tanzania, Africa.
It was a great week at music camp again this year! Our family again led the string ensemble. They were a great bunch of young people who worked really hard all week. We were blessed to have had the opportunity to work with them. Thursday saw the first concert at Salem followed by Friday's held at Toledo. All went well. . . very well.
There was fun, flag raisings, fellowship, fortissimo-s, findings, festivities, fireworks, and finally farewells at Flora. Music Camp 2009 was one to remember.
"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
How exciting it was to pick up the latest addition to Providence Prairie- two horses! Lady and Ribbon are both quarter horse mares that stand at 14 and 16 hands tall, respectively.
They loaded quite easily into our small horse trailer and made it safely home. When we arrived home, we kept them separate to visit with and warm up to us before introducing them to the rest of the herd. They seem happy. . . and we are looking forward to hitting the trails of Providence Prairie! Spanky Hank now is blessed with two riding companions, as well as those who will be on their backs!
We were privileged to sing for the wonderful congregation of Noble First Christian church on Sunday, June 14. The sister church was full of life with joyful looks on the members' faces as we praised the Lord in song during their Family Day Celebration. Thank you all for blessing us!
The Christian Home Educators of Hamilton County met for a fun evening of Carnival games, fun, food, and fellowship at Providence Prairie. The children were allotted a certain number of tickets to use to play their choice of the many carnival games set up around the barnyard, while the young adults manned the games. It was a fun evening followed by a wiener roast and marshmallows!!
Once again, we planted a few acres of pumpkins! We had last year's experience of the planting method under our belts, making things move a little quicker this year. We use PVC pipe that is cut at a slant on the end for planting, as well as a sling to carry the pumpkin seeds in. Sticking the end of the PVC pipe in the ground, you drop a seed down through the top, pull your pipe out of the ground, and step your seed down. It's as easy as that! It is a lot less back breaking than bending over to plant that many acres of pumpkins!! We hope for a crop as good as last year's!
The day was greatly anticipated by all of our music students, their families, and us! It finally arrived~ June 8, and we gathered at McLeansboro Christian church (who graciously lent their facility) for an afternoon of music. Several of our students were away on vacation, but the turnout was great and the crowd was large. All of our students had dedicated their time to practicing their pieces of music and they each did an exceptional job! What a great day!
We had an exciting weekend camping at Dolan Lake in Hamilton County, with brothers and sisters from Dale Christian church. The weather was cool and the sky was beautiful the whole weekend, making it perfect for camping and our campsites were surrounded by many majestic and tall pine trees that kept us in the shade during the day time. We had several good ole' camp meals cooked over an open fire, played games, and even went on a few bike rides. What fun!
Our family has taken a step out of the typical run of the mill lifestyle in lieu of a back to basics way of living. The world looks different from our perspective. Our homestead is an ongoing process of trials and triumphs in pioneer activities, enhanced with technology available today.
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