Archive | 2011

West Virginia Thanksgiving

Thank you, Governor Tomblin, for reminding us to love our neighbors as ourselves in this joyful season. Truly it is more blessed to give than to receive, and no one cares for neighbors better than neighbors! It is a blessing and a joy to live in a Christian community. From The Governor’s Desk: A weekly […]

End-of-the-Month Challenge!


Last updated: 11/30/2011, 11:00PM We reached $500! Read the exciting details on the Purchase with a Purpose page. And we have now reached $1000!! At 9:00PM, three hours before our deadline, we reached exactly $1002. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated! More details will be posted in a different post. To reach […]

Congratulations David & Priscilla!

David Waller & Priscilla Keller were engaged November 16th and are happily planning for a February 4th, 2012 wedding! Congratulations to you both and may the Lord bless your wedding preparations!  For more information, visit their website that my talented husband put together (you’re amazing, Robert!):

God of Creation


The church was packed. Even with a few minutes left before the service would start last Sunday morning, it was hard to find a spot to sit. But once this was accomplished, squashed with two other guys at the end of a pew, I asked someone what the reason was for the crowd. “Heard of […]

Weekend with the Johnsons!

Everyone together!

What an action-packed, energetic weekend it was! There is something encouraging about being surrounded with enthusiastic smiles for a whole weekend! We praise the Lord that it worked out for the Johnson family to be able to come and visit and we hope it works out again sometime. Thank you for coming, Johnson team!

…And Then Two Became Three!

Robert and I are pleased to share some wonderful and exciting news…we are expecting! Nestled in our cozy little house here in the large and bustling city of Chicago, we are eagerly making plans for our new arrival in mid-May. We decided that we are going to wait until the birth to find out the […]

Horrah for Hardy Kiwi! 2011 Report

David standing under our hardy kiwi vine

Experimenting with hardy kiwi in the mountains of north central West Virginia has been an interesting experience. Also called “kiwi berries”, Actinidia arguta is a species of kiwifruit that grows a smaller, smooth skinned version of the big fuzzy ones we are familiar with in the grocery stores. As its name implies, it is much […]

Salem Apple Butter Festival!

Time to celebrate!

Earlier this month everyone pitched in to make it possible to have a family booth at the Apple Butter Festival. This year we added cookies and West Virginia Fruit and Berry jellies in addition to the honey, candles, calendars and artwork sales. Just for fun, we put up a little table for anyone interested in […]