Two Wonderful Weekends With the WilkesTeam!

Two whirlwind weekends in a row! How can we summarize such a wonderful time?

It took some work beforehand to make one of the larger easels.The best-looking room, don't you think?The Staddons' table The Wilkes' table November 20th was a large Craft Show in Fairfax, Virginia. It was the largest craft show we had ever been a part of and all together with the Wilkes we had close to fifty different things for sale. Each one was unique and people showed a lot of interest,A team effort Happy customers! particularly in Michael’s pure West Virginia honey.

All together the best draw was to have a wide variety of unique products. Saturday evening we had the chance to go and see the progress on the Wilkes’ barn. With eyes of faith, they shared the vision God is giving them for using the property to it’s fullest. From the highest story in the barn we looked out to see the sunset over the mountains to the west and afterwards enjoyed HUGE s’mores around the bonfire under a bright full moon. (Perhaps best of all we were there as witnesses when the good news came that Matthew had brought in a big doe. Daniel helped him track it down and we assisted with the field dressing.) On Sunday we joined the Thrashes and Halbauchs for a message from Luke and uplifting fellowship. The Lord united our hearts.
"Circle the wagons!" Enjoying the work. God blesses the habitation of the just.

Welcome home. The week of Thanksgiving flew quickly by. Robert, James and Daniel came in from Chicago along with our friend Barak Lundberg. His initiative and availability helped us throughout the week David's first butchering experience.processing our deer meat and tending beehives. Thanksgiving Day finally arrived and we were happy to celebrate with Grandma Brown, Uncle George and Aunt Joyce. There has been so much for which to be grateful.

These place holders reminded us of Thanksgiving with the Olson family.Dessert dividing . . .. . . and dessert dipping.

With Friday came the Wilkes! and their enthusiastic everyday-type-of-encouragement. They joined us for our first visit to Pruntytown, working with the Glick Family in their prison ministry: singing, playing instruments, and sharing words of encouragement with the men. That night we sang even more for our church.

Fellowship: traveling life's road with others who are going in the same direction. On the way home in the car that night we couldn’t stop singing and finished out the time with some grand Christmas caroling. May it continue as we enter this joyful time of remembering the inestimable Praise God for a fruitful year. (Chalk talk, copyright D. Staddon III) gift given to us in the birth of Christ. Thank you for ministering with us Wilkesteam! “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).


  1. Michael December 13, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    Good report, Donald. We sure praise the Lord for all He has done!

  2. Sarah December 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    Those were definetly two wonderful weekends with the Staddon Family. Thank you for being such a blessing to us. Can’t wait till the next time!

  3. Mrs. Ant. December 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Oh it looks like you all had a blessed time! How wonderful to be able to gather with like-minded families.

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