Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hey why are you looking at me like that?? It's been a full and blessed season of life, and we don't always have time to document life here on a computer screen :) Thanks to Marie and her camera, we do have some snapshots of the last couple of months.

First of all, thank you to everyone who sent cards, and came out to help celebrate at Mom and Dad's belated anniversary party. I'm so grateful for your love and support to our family over the years!


True love stories never have endings...R.B.

I Corinthians 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.

Esther, posing for Marie :)

I again had a Bright Lights group this past school year. We have made a tradition of going to the nursing home and having a short program for the residents, Hosanna K has a chalk drawing, then we serve homemade snacks and visit with these dear people. So thankful for a group of girls that are learning how to love Jesus and others!!

Valentines Day came and went...Mommy made it extra special with these homemade hearts shaped out of bread dough!

One game that our family is now able to play with everyone is Balderdash! What games do you like to play with your family??

Having a wood stove requires lots of wood!! You have to admit though, there isn't anything quite so amazing as sitting by a crackling fire, sipping hot cocoa, soaking one's feet, and reading a good book!

The sun will keep on rising and setting whether we do well in geometry or not :) (for those who don't know, that's a paraphrased quote from Marilla Cuthbert!)

Rachel...She has been gone since early January serving at In The Gap ministries in Oklahoma City. Praise the Lord, several children have been saved, friends have been made, and this girl has grown in countless ways. I must say though, I am thrilled to be seeing her come home in a couple of weeks!

Rushing water...It's incredible to see winter thaw, and spring come in it's place.

 In the spring, at the end of the day you should smell like dirt. M.A. 
Early this spring, my Daddy's mommy, my Grandma, passed away. Going to Toronto, we had safe travels, and surprisingly made many good memories. So grateful for a rich heritage that Grandma and others have left to us. You can never do too much investing in the Lord and in those around you. Too often at the end of ones life you look back, and have a regret or two thinking about what you missed doing in life. Let's live in such a way that brings honor to our King of Kings!!  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31. Well, that's all for now...Soon we will post on more recent things happening in our lives...like spring planting, vacations, family and more :) Signing off: EJM

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

30th Wedding Anniversary Open House!!


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 We invite you to our home to help us celebrate 30 years of marriage...yes it was really November...but right now worked better to plan an event than the actual day of the anniversary :) It's an open house, so drop in whenever it's convenient for you. Super simple, Snacks, a slideshow, family albums, fellowship, maybe a game. We hope some of you can make it!! PS I, Elizabeth, hacked mom and dad's account, I thought I better let you know that :) Oh, one more thing, if you ever received a page to fill out for Mom and Dad's album you are more than welcome to do that still :) Better late than never! Photo Credit goes to the amazing photographer Emily Mitton. Go here to view more of her work http://emilymitton.com/

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Catch Up on Birthday's and a little bit about the NBB.


November found Marie turning 15years old. Where does time go?!! Happy Birthday Marie!! Marie enjoys photography, writing, and siblings!! 

Meaningful
Ambitious
Radient
Inspired
Excited
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Hebrews 10:24

Excited to see how God will continue to use this young lady for His glory. Below are some winter pictures that she took recently.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas :)




Though this happened several months ago, I still wanted to share a little bit about it! The National Bible Bee was such a special time. Matthew and Rachel were planning on going to help judge the competition. I thought that is sounded like they were going to have a lot of fun. Mom said "Elizabeth why don't you go along with them?" So that's what happened. Having only ever flown when a baby, Flying was definitely  exciting for me! I was so thankful for all the divine appointments that God sent my way! I would appreciate prayer for Christopher and Stephen, two Catholics that I had a really good witnessing conversation with.

The Bible Bee was an encouraging time to get closer to God, enjoy the company of other believers and to help serve the families that came:)

I would remiss if I didn't say how much I enjoyed the warmth and summer like beauty of Texas! There were other pictures I wanted to share, of friends met, of sibling moments, of intense games of Ultimate Frisbee...but decided against it. I will always treasure the first evening we spent there. Matthew and I met Rachel for the first time in 3 months. Rachel had been in Ok serving and ministering in some of the schools there. We enjoyed long talks, an elegant meal at a fancy restaurant and a cool evening swim. We really need to treasure the moments that we have with our loved ones. The time with them truly is a precious gift from God.




December is also a birthday month for Caleb and our sweet sister in love Emily. Caleb is most definitely our handy man! He is so diligent and enjoys science, math, hockey, juggling, and anything out doors. He recently acquired throwing knives and a cross bow! We will have to see where that will take him :) 


 
 Courageous
Alert
Loyal
Encourging
Bold

 Happy 17th Birthday Caleb!
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: I Peter 5:6

Whether Em is shooting a gun, playing a game, mothering her son, capturing memories with her camera, doting on Ben, cooking a scrumptious meal she's doing it with grace and style!!

Ecstatic
Motivated
Intelligent
Loving
Youthful
And last but not least was Mommy's birthday!! She just had a birthday this past week!

 Life of the party
Insightful
Nurturing
Delightful
Adventuresome
  We are incredibly blessed to have a mother who loves Jesus and others so intensely!

One last thing...2018, a new year! What are some of your goals and things you hope to accomplish this year? We would love to hear about them!
May you keep serving and loving the King of Kings who is the true lover of your soul.

Until another time I remain Elizabeth Mitton :)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fall Moments

When I look back on this autumn season, I am thankful. What do we do to deserve such a loving God and family?? Absolutely nothing!! I can't explain this paradox. Then I think of these all familiar verses that we all need to be reminded of again and again.
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
There! If that doesn't explain things than nothing ever will. It is a matter of faith. Faith in a infinite God who though we can't always wrap our minds around him we can absolutely trust him. He makes no mistakes, nothing is ever random change. Whatever God sends our way we have the opportunity to embrace it as part of God's will for our lives, or we can doubt and question this incredible God.(Which will only lead to trouble). Yes, this type of faith might be mind blowing to think about. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 
So let's put away the doubting Thomas of our minds, and put Christ back on the throne of our hearts and minds where he belongs. Expect great things from God attempt great things for God. William 
Carey

So I had first come on this blog to share some pictures from our autumn experiences, but I guess God had some other plans :)
Ok, I suppose I will share those pictures after all, be warned their are a lot of pictures. My mother suggests I share the pictures in several different blog posts. Wise woman! The first set of pictures date all the way back to Labor Day Weekend. We took a family trip to Cooperstown Family Bible Camp. Though we were minus Matt and Rachel (and the older boys who are out on their own) I am learning that you must embrace new normal's and enjoy what God has given you. There is always something you could wish for or long after, but God has put us each in the perfect situation for us as an individual and until we are content with just that, we will never live up to the potential that God has in store for us.
 

Early morning smiles.

The food they served was fantastic, and there was always enough for seconds.

The beauty all around us just soaked into my soul and refreshed me. It encouraged me to look to the Creator of all this creation.

We had many firsts at this camp. Here mom is getting ready to zipline. When you face your fears (heights) you enjoy so many new things in life!!


Marie getting a lesson from Tyler in how to use a .22.

Caleb and Esther...We had many games of Frisbee golf.

Elizabeth and Jo canoeing. The current was very strong which made for a very zig-zag ride :)

Esther and Jo. Who can climb the fastest and the furthest? Another first for some of us...rock climbing!!

We attended a drag race for tractors. This was one souped up tractor!! The driver wore a helmet and kicked up a lot of dust.

"Be still and know that I am God"

Always wanted to walk on a suspension bridge!

Game night...Pit anyone?
A blurry picture, but this shows the zipline in use. Such a fun feeling when you are in the air. It does require you to take a step out into thin air...You must trust your suit and the cable you are attached to, to hold you up.

The Chapel...Tom  Harman was the guest speaker. He encouraged families through looking at the life of Noah, in memorization and to have  a generational vision. Well, that's enough for now! Until the next post, I remain yours truly, Elizabeth Mitton