As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Can You Do Me a Favor?

Construction on Metekle School

In 2 weeks, we will be traveling to Ethiopia. Among other things, we will be working on Metekle school, the project for which we have been fundraising the past year and a half. There are still lots of things that need to come together before then, and we need your help with the following items:

1. Will you please pray for our team as we prepare to leave? Pray that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to the poor and hurting, and that all that we do there can be a glory to Him. Please pray for our health and safety, and for the children we leave at home. I know that we will experience some very emotional moments on this trip, and that we may be sadly lacking in sleep (especially since we are taking a 6-month old baby along), but I'm trusting God to see us through! Thanks!

2. We are still about $4,250 shy of the $120,000 total amount needed to finish the school project. If you feel moved to do so, please donate at or pass this along to someone that may be interested. No amount is too small, and we appreciate your support and generosity so much! Many children, both now and in the future, will be blessed to receive an education because of your willing heart. Thanks again, friends!

"Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble." Psalms 41:1

"He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack..." Proverbs 28:27

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

6 Months!

Quintin is 6 months old today! Wow...half a year already! We love this smiley little guy so much, and are so thankful that God blessed our lives with him.

May 25, 2016
Quintin Bennett
16 lbs, 2 oz.
27 inches long

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hello, Summer!

Today was the last day of school for everyone but Shana...since she received all A's, she didn't have to take her high school final exams. She finished school last Thursday. Here are the kids' first day and last day pics:
Shana - 9th grade

Adrian - 7th grade

Ashton - 5th grade

Malia - 4th grade

Jalen - 1st grade

Jordan - 1st grade

Friday, May 20, 2016

Snippets of Our Lives...

We recently celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. the years do fly! Each year, I am more thankful for the wonderful man God gave me.

The elementary school had a talent show this week. Haley and Malia sang "On the Wings of a Dove," and Ashton and Carter did a magic show.

We celebrated Ashton's 12th birthday!

Daddy and Quin hanging out...

Malia made this rose for me out of clay.

Jalen and Jordan were both chosen as Student of the Month! I am so proud of these guys!

 One day, I found Quintin like this. He had somehow flipped his activity mat over and was peeking out at me. :)

Quintin got a new little buddy! Cousin Edison was born on May 11 to Uncle Andy and Aunt Laura.

Telling Malia goodbye one morning before school...

Cheryl and me...

This little guy got his 3rd haircut...and he's not even 6 months old yet!

Precious baby...

 Ashton and Ethan made an electric house. It had rooms, furniture, and lights that worked!

Now that it is warmer outside, our chickens are producing more eggs. Farm fresh...yum!

 I attended the high school and middle school award ceremonies this week. Shana and Adrian each received several awards. Great job, guys!

It's definitely that time again...field trips, talent shows, award ceremonies, Relay for Life Day, field days...they all point toward the last day of school for the year. Shana actually finished yesterday, and the other kids' last day is next Tuesday. I'm not sure how the year is already over...didn't it just start? I guess I'll end this post the same way I began: wow, how the years do fly!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Birthday, Ashton!

This guy is 12 years old today! Happy birthday, Ashton! We are so thankful for you, and love you dearly. XOXOXO