Archive | February, 2012

The Hope of a Soldier

In camp or out . . .

From “A Mother’s Parting Words to Her Soldier Boy” Ah, my son, if you have no soul to save,—no sins to be forgiven, if Christ did not die for you,—if there is no Heaven, ho hell, no immortality,—then you may live without repentance and salvation. But you have a soul—you are a sinner—Christ shed His […]

A Blessed Weekend!

A delightful afternoon with our dear friend Mrs. Lawlis

While our parents began planning for the Family Encouragement Weekends, the rest of the Wilkes came to our house to help us with some projects and visit. This was a very encouraging time for us and we treasure the memories!                   The Lord really blessed our parents […]

Celebrating Uncle Tim’s Birthday!

The party people!

The theme for Uncle Tim’s birthday was Florida! Grandpa and Grandma’s dining room was transformed with the beach backdrop, seashore table decorations, and shells from Sanibel. Grandpa’s apple black walnut cake and Aunt Melba’s fresh key lime pie were real treats! We have so much to thank the Lord for including terrific extended family and […]

Rosemary Update

Rosemary in bloom

Its has already been four years since I first wrote about growing rosemary outdoors up here in the mountains! I still do not know if anyone else grows rosemary outdoors year-round in north-central  West Virginia. But the Creator has given us a treasure in the Rosemary plant with many hygienic, culinary and medicinal uses. Can […]

About the 2012 Calendar: December


The Essence of Christmas A freezing, snowy night + an old, rickety piano + an ancient, homely building = a cozy, fantastic picture! This is what went running through my head as I passed through the deserted Staff Center meeting room at the IBLP Headquarters in Hinsdale, Illinois, that late, wintery night in mid-December 2009. […]