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

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!! 

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 :) 


 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!!

And last but not least was Mommy's birthday!! She just had a birthday this past week!

 Life of the party
  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 

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  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Apples Galore!!

Twenty years ago when we moved here from Ontario there were three fruit bearing apple trees in our back yard! So thankful for the foresight of those before us who were willing to plant apple trees. Just think, they might not have even enjoyed the fruit of these trees that they had planted so many years ago. What a good picture for us. We are given the command to spread the good news of the gospel. So we faithfully hand out tracts, find creative ways to witness to co-workers, memorize scriptures that will help us have an answer when we are asked, pray for opportunities to share Christ, and then give God all the glory when we see souls saved. Yet there are many times that we don't see the fruit of our labour. Are we going to throw in the towel, and say "What's the use of all this work?". Please don't!! 
Galatians 6:9 says And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. It is God who gives the increase so leave success up to God and keep on being faithful, you will not be disappointed in the long run. We all want to hear Christ say to us, Well done thou good and faithful servant. So how to we start being faithful? It's a choice that you must make every day, and it's starts in laying aside your will and letting Christ rule in your life. Christ being Lord of your life will show itself in the small things...Having a cheerful attitude when you are sick, giving up your idea of what you want to play when with siblings, a kind word vs a unkind word, being quick to forgive, spending time in God's word and loving it (!!), ultimately having a true genuine love for Christ and others!! Your love for Jesus will compel you to share Christ with others.So how is your love life today with Jesus? Are you being a faithful spreader of the gospel? Wow!! I really needed to hear this today...maybe you read this and are discouraged because you figure you will never get witnessing unto Christ and he will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you don't even know!!
Yes, I know these aren't large apples, but their flavor is phenomenal.

We used to do most of the applesauce work inside, but little by little we have been moving that work outside! Here we are cooking the apples until they are soft enough to go through the applesauce maker.

Caleb got this grand idea to put the applesauce maker on the very edge of the picnic table. Typically we put the maker in the center of the table and we only have a flat plastic container the sauce drains into, and someone has to take the sauce and transfer it into a large plastic bowl to be sweetened. As you can see with the maker on the edge of the table the sauce drains into a large plastic bowl. Yes!! one step was eliminated in our applesauce process. We are always looking for ways to save time...and yet with all the years that we have been making applesauce none of us had ever thought of this idea!!

The end result. This summer we have canned well over 100 quarts of applesauce!!

Apple wars!! Who says you can't have fun and work at the same time:):) Totally thankful for my mom and my three youngest sisters, Marie, JoAnna, and Esther for doing the bulk of the work processing applesauce this year.
 To close I have a couple verses that were a big encouragement to me this morning.

14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 Signing off: EJM