Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Holidays

We had a special time celebrating Christmas in the comfort of our warm, cozy Iowa home with just us! Then a couple days later, Caleb's family all came to visit (from GA, OK, and KS!)! After that, it was just a few more days and time to head out for our Spring Tour! Here are a few pictures of our Christmas and last few days at home!

The three Garraway munchkins on Christmas Eve

Traditional Bible reading before stockings on Christmas morning

We always open stockings in pjs and then get dressed before opening gifts!

Excited about CANDY!

Helping Alyssa open a present :)

This girl and her baby dolls.... <3

Ready for a battle!

Laser tag guns!!!

New phones!

So glad Caleb's family could come visit for a few days after Christmas!

The Garraway Cousins

Johnny loves doing "school" with Mommy! He's my first lefty (takes after Daddy) and I was very nervous about teaching him how to write! He's doing AMAZING - I had nothing to worry about!

Next munchkin's a lefty too!

Singing/praying together before my boys!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Fall Recap!

We had a busy fall hither and yon! A picture is worth a thousand words right? So, in lieu of words, enjoy the following captioned photos that in a little way summarize what our lives have looked like the past few months!

One highlight was getting to fly, just the two of us, to Connecticut, for the Powerhouse youth conference! It was a blessing to get to glean from the sweet testimony of Pastor and Mrs. Bish. Mrs. Bish had cancer and actually passed away about 4 months after we were there. Her amazing love for God despite the trials was such a blessing to me!

We got to walk around Boston for a day!

In the beginning of August, David got baptized!

So proud of our boy! He loves his Savior and wants everyone to know!

David (and his siblings) started kindertarten! We love Mrs. Reese and the ABeka DVD program!

Wonderful revival in Zion, IL with our dear Filipino friends at Berean Fundamental Bible Baptist Church!

David quoting Scripture and singing at that meeting

Family fun at the Mall of America!

All ready for church!

Great revival meetings in Pueblo, CO at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church! 
Johnny sang his first solo this week!

Roundup Sunday at Harvest Baptist Church in Manhattan, KS!

We got to see Moses just before it ended in Branson!

Special week of meetings at Hope Baptist Church in St. Paul, MN! This was the church my parents went to during their college years and even got married in! And the neat thing was that not much has changed in the past 35 years! Same walls, same carpet, same pews! It was very nostalgic!

Me with my three blessings on my 32nd birthday!

Caleb and I spend the second half of November and the first half of December helping write our church's Christmas Play script again this year. I also wrote a bunch of songs for the play and we enjoyed playing Mary and Joseph again this year! Thankful for this amazing opportunity to get the Gospel out to thousands during the weekend of our 7 play performances!

At one time, each of these cuties was our baby Jesus in the play! 

Beautiful new bunkbeds built by Daddy and PopPop while my parents visited for the play!

Shopping with Grandma! So fun!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Birthday Boys!

August 14 -

Jonathan is 3! We are so thankful for our precious second-born! He has blossomed verbally the past few months and loves to join David singing and quoting Psalm 100 in churches as we travel. He continues to be our friendliest child who doesn't know a stranger! Our little lefty determined to learn how to write his name in time for his birthday and it's been so neat to see his love for learning grow! He enjoys sitting in school with David and learning along with him as he does Kindergarten! He has mastered potty training in record time (way faster than David did) - I am shocked at how amazingly fast he learned!
One of the things I love most about Johnny is his sweet, loving personality! Many times a day, he will stop what he's doing and just run up to me, give me a bear hug and say, "I love you, Mommy!". It melts my heart every time! God sure has blessed us by giving Johnny to our family!

September 20 - 

My firstborn is FIVE! There are so many things I love about David! He loves to learn, he is fired up and passionate about everything he does, he has an amazing imagination, he has a gentleness and kindness for his siblings that I KNOW I didn't have at his age! He is SO smart - he loves to memorize passages of Scripture and quote them in churches. He is musical (loves taking piano lessons with Mommy and loves to sing as we travel, either by himself, with his little brother, or with Daddy and Mommy)! He is mature, respectful (most of the time!), responsible, and loves to help out. But what I'm most thankful for about David is that he has made the greatest decision of his life this year by trusting in Jesus as his Savior! So now my son is also my brother in Christ! God is so evidently molding and working in his life since that glorious day on June 30, and I can't wait to see all He has in store for this little guys life this coming year!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Garraway's Summer Adventures!

It has been a busy summer for our family! With meetings that spanned from New York to New Mexico and everywhere in between, we have spent many hours on the road, been in many churches, camps, and youth conferences, and seen God bless in more ways than we could mention here! We are so thankful for all that we got to experience the past couple months!
David LOVES getting to sing and quote Scripture as we travel!
Our first summer meeting was in Magnolia, OH at Sandy Valley Baptist Temple!

40th anniversary of Capitol City Baptist Church in Columbus, OH!

While in Maryland, Caleb filmed his next short Gospel tract film!

David and his friend, Zane Shifflett (Pastor Stacey Shifflett's son, in Baltimore)

Singing "How Can I Fear?" with Daddy and Mommy for the first time :)
Peoples Baptist Church, Clifton, NJ

Grandpa Garraway came to act in the short film we were filming in MD! The kids were so excited to see him!

Happy Father's Day!

June 17 - Alyssa is 13 months old!

Caleb preached and we sang all week at Mt. Salem Revival Grounds in WV!

We had an amazing week of VBS at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads, NY!

Teaching the missionary story

Many, many young people trusted Christ that week! Including our own son, David! 
Read about how he was saved here!

Special date day at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY!

What a fun week we had making friends and playing outside at Commonground Baptist Camp in Butler, PA!

I taught all the girls on Purity one morning during a split session. Caleb preached each night and we sang throughout the week.

Amazing youth conference at Parkside Baptist Church in Mesquite, TX! David quoted his newest passage, Eph. 6:10-17 (the armor of God), Caleb preached, we both taught split sessions and we sang!

Thankful for Bro. Jonathan Wells and his wife and Bro. Josh Wells and his family for all the work they did to make this conference a reality!

Always a joy to sing together as a family! Can't wait til the other kids can join us!
Fundamental Baptist Church, Alvarado, TX

Alyssa turned 14 months old on July 17!

July 20! Happy 31st birthday to Caleb!

Wonderful meeting with our dear friend and mentor in the ministry, Pastor Bob Ross at Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite, TX!

The Ross' let us swim in their pool!

We always have fun catching up with our good friends James and Andrea Leeder and their kiddos in Albuquerque, NM! This time, since we'd rented a home while in NM, we got to host them for dinner for a change!

These two.... I wish they'd stop growing up so fast! 

Our Time Southwest Youth Conference, in Rio Rancho, NM!

Our family at the close of the conference.

Final meeting of the summer! The boys love to quote Psalm 100 and sing Jesus Loves Me together :)
New Heights Baptist Church, Albuquerque, NM

With our dear friends, the Reyes family, pastor of NHBC!