More Fun with Everyone!

The week of Thanksgiving was full of happy reunions. Michael, Robert, and James drove in Saturday and Esther arrived on Monday! Then on Wednesday we met the Wilkes team from VA at the ice skating rink! The two hours were packed with fun as we played the ice version of Bible runners. The game was especially adapted so that skaters of all speeds could play because it’s more fun with everyone. The climax of this outing came right before leaving when James shared the good news to another young man who was ready to receive Christ as his personal savior. James’ example was an encouragement to always be ready to share the hope that is within Christ.

We celebrated thanksgiving the next day with both sets of grandparents, while the Wilkes spent the day in Elkins with their cousins. One of the major blessings we are thankful for is our grandparents love and prayers for us! Good family relationships are not to be taken for granted and it is good to set aside a day to express our gratefulness to the Lord.

The next morning, we gathered in the living room for a good time of sharing what God is doing in our families to make us spiritual salt and light for Christ in our culture. In the afternoon, we followed Jonathan’s special treasure hunt all over the property from the dog house to the loft in the barn! It was unique how Jonathan researched facts and used Thanksgiving trivia to develop this fun game. Obviously, it was designed for a crowd because it’s more fun with everyone!

We were eager to have a game of Settlers of Catan but only had one board. It would simply not do for only half of us to play because it’s more fun with everyone. So we started thinking. Before long we came up with a quite complex rotation plan that worked splendidly! There were also about 5 different versions of ping pong invented over the weekend to expand the range from 4 to 14 players. Why? Because it’s more fun with everyone!

I see an analogy between this week and the way the church functions. Not independently or competively but in unison as the body of Christ. “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members of another.” Romans 12:5 It was a motivational week for us as we experienced this truth in the many opportunities we had for everyone to participate. We found that it is truly more fun with everyone!


  1. Elizabeth Rauch December 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm #

    Hey, It sounds like you all had alot of fun! You did a good job writing and getting this all together Esther! Really enjoyed talking to you today, sorry I kept you so long! Looking foward to our “scripture memory time” again on Monday!

  2. Chad December 1, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    Hello all…=) Sounds like you had a great time of fellowship and fun during Thanksgiving. God bless the remainder of your year that you may enjoy wonderful times of uplifting fellowship with other believers.

  3. Hannah Burnett December 2, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    Welcome home, Esther! =D Sounds like y’all had a very blessed Thanksgiving!

  4. The Wilkes Team December 2, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    THANK YOU for such a WONDERFUL time!
    We praise the Lord for each and every member of the Staddon family!
    May the Lord richly bless you all with creativity, diligence, and joy as you go about the tasks that God has called you to.
    You all are such a great inspiration to us!

  5. James December 4, 2008 at 5:12 pm #

    This is the first time I got to sit down and read your post; I absolutely love it! I’m so glad Robert and I were able to be there for that wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

  6. Joshua & Sarah December 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm #

    Whoopee! What fun had we!

    The weekend was indeed a time of refreshment & rejuvenation as we launched into a new year of Thanks-Living. We appreciate you all!

  7. Michael December 4, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Very well put. How fun it is with everyone! It is easy to miss out on a lot for the simple lack of love and creativity!

  8. Becca December 6, 2008 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi there, I’m a first time visitor to your blog. I was searching for pictures of Apple sauce stack cake and your pictures came up. The cake looked delicious! I was wondering what the triangular instrument is?


  1. The Wilkes Team » Blog Archive » The Beginning of a New Year - December 4, 2008

    […] Thanksgiving weekend, our family had the joy of spending several days with the Staddons. Each day was full of creative fun and joyous adventures as everyone strove to make the most of every moment. Whether playing ping-pong, king-pong , Settlers of Catan, ultimate frisbee, music, or in the snow, we found that things are ‘more fun with everyone.’ […]

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