We have found in the last several years that Tennessee is a great place to spend Thanksgiving! Not because of the beautiful mountains and a few green leaves still hanging onto the trees…but because we get to be with people we love. And as we sat around the table with grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins and said what we were thankful for, over and over again it was mentioned—family. So here is a photo recap of our time with them!
always a feast!
one of the dogs had an assigned seat next to Dad, since she is now his Thanksgiving buddy (click here to see how it started)
That weekend was Grandpa’s birthday so it was fun to celebrate with everyone.
Grandpa with three of his sons and four of his grandsons
The last night we were there we piled into two vehicles and went to the nearby NASCAR speedway to drive through a lengthy Christmas lights display. It was a lot of fun.
amid the many displays we were glad to see the true meaning of Christmas represented
It probably took over an hour to drive through the drag strip and winding road full of lights which led into the speedway.
entering the speedway
yes, that is our 15-passenger van driving on a nascar track
We’re grateful for family and the time spent together. And heading home we got to stay with more family…climaxing with a late-night major snowball fight!
It is good to give thanks to the LORD. Psalm 92:1 NKJV
Not too long after getting home from our more southern excursion we loaded up to head north. It was a beautiful time in the season to drive to Thunder Bay, Ontario. NEFC (Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada) was hosting an outreach weekend of music and messages and it was exciting to have a chance to be a part of it! We knew many of the people involved and in some ways it was almost like a family reunion.
there were a number of music groups that played several times over the weekend
Daniel and Jonathan did a great job helping with the sound
along with singing some shared their testimonies
smiling faces at the book table
On Saturday evening there was a group of young people that came who probably had little to no church background. Most of them really seemed to be paying attention to the message being shared that night.
Gary Quequish preached several times
these two may have had too much fun together
we were grateful to be here
The gospel went out so many times over the weekend in Thunder Bay and through the radio. Pray for lasting fruit! God is the one who gives the increase.
The first stop on our trip was a baseball game with friends. Fun fun!
we like batter’s practice for a chance to get a baseball
After that it was time for family camp in Iowa. Every year we’ve gone has been an encouragement and we leave with challenging messages lingering in our minds. Are we being a wise steward of the time God has given us? Do we have a godly vision for future generations? And what are we doing about it?In addition to the hours of wisdom that camp provides, we enjoy fun activities and lots of fellowship.
Dad and Abby went ziplining
Due to an injury Jonathan was on crutches so sometimes he had a personal chauffeur!After camp we went to North Carolina to sing in a couple places, one of which was a community awards dinner…a great chance to share the gospel in song with many people.
While we were there we had the opportunity to visit a living history Cherokee village. It was really interesting and educational. One thing we found fascinating was a hand-powered drill they invented way back in time.
Jonathan did a great job getting around
some of us enjoyed a walking trail afterwards
Our next destination was Tennessee to visit our grandparents and extended family.
And on the way home we enjoyed more mountain scenery. It’s an amazing world God has made!
I will praise You, O LORD, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations. For your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth. Psalm 108:3-5 NKJV