Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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
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!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
All praise to the Lord for His mighty working in our four-year-old David's heart this year, drawing him ever so faithfully and tenderly to Himself. It all began really around Christmas time, when we did our annual Live Animal Christmas Play. The crucifixion and resurrection scenes were some of David's favorites and the main character trusting Christ as His Savior at the end made an impact on David. For the next few months, he'd ask questions and bring up the topic randomly. He was always very interested in the Gospel and seemed to really understand, but just wasn't quite at the point of making the decision to put his faith in Jesus for himself. Sometimes he'd seem almost ready, and we'd tell him that if he really meant it, really understood, and really knew it was the right time, to talk to us in the morning. He'd never remember! And we really didn't want to force him into a false profession.
Well, at the end of June, we held a VBS in upstate NY. David attended each night, listening intently to the Gospel as it was clearly given (and illustrated through powerpoint) by Caleb. He came home with questions, wanting to talk about it often throughout the week. Finally on Thursday night, he seemed so close! But it was bedtime and I wanted to make SURE that he was indeed ready, not being forced into something we really wanted him to do, or just doing it to make us happy. I told him to ask us about it again in the morning. I prayed for him a lot that night. In the morning (Friday, June 30), I had butterflies! I was so excited for him to bounce out of bed and bring it up! He didn't :( It wasn't until we were all sitting at breakfast when he put down his spoon and stated, "Mommy, I really need to ask Jesus to be my Savior, right now!" Caleb and I both were able to sit with him in a quiet room and lead him to the Lord! He was SO excited! Later, he ran out of the room and saw Johnny (age 2) in the hallway. He said, "Guess what, Johnny?! I'm a Christian now! You're not...but don't worry! I can teach you!"
It has been amazing to see God working in his life and changing him into a "new creature" little by little! David loves passing out tracts and gets so excited at the thought that the person he gave it to might read it, get saved, and he will be able to see them in Heaven one day! We are so thankful for the power of the Gospel and the simplicity that even a child can understand it! We pray that David will grow up to love God and His Word, and serve Him alone with his whole heart!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
What an exciting Spring Tour we had, from the end of December til mid-April! Over 100 days on the road, and literally traveling from coast to coast! We had some amazing meetings, met some special people, enjoyed time with old friends along the way and made lots of wonderful memories! Praise God for the safety He gave us and for blessing each of our ministry endeavors!
First stop: Oklahoma City!
Our first meeting was January 1st at Bethhaven Baptist Church!
We had a great visit with our dear friends, the Leeders, in Albuquerque, NM!
David started learning how to read!
First Sunday in CA: Freedom's Way Baptist Church in Santa Clarita!
Caleb preached and we both taught split sessions for Lancaster Baptist School's revival.
Ready for church in Simi Valley, CA!
Caleb and I got to tour the Reagan Library!
Alyssa loves her big brother!
David loves to sing and quote Scripture in churches!
This was at Berean Bible Baptist Church in San Diego, CA.
With the Pastor's kids at BBBC!
We had such a fun day at Lego Land!
David LOVED riding on the rollercoaster with Daddy!
Wonderful day of services at Downtown Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA!
The Hedgers are dear friends!
Our kids LOVE Cassy and Courtney Hedger!
Spanish Fundamental Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Gorgeous *pink* building!!! :)
February 14 - Jonathan is 2 1/2!!!
This boy loves puzzles! He is extremely detail oriented and has amazing dedication and concentration!
David's passion is legos!!! He can build some amazing creative things!
Finally, it was time to leave CA and start heading back east. We stopped for a week in Utah and got to enjoy time with my sister and her family. We went sledding (the boys' first time!) in all the beautiful snow there!
Aquarium with Aunt Laura and our cousins!
The 3 Garraways and the 3 Fulks' :)
From there it was on to Kansas City, MO! We got to spend a day visiting my other sister and her pretty little ladies!
Finally, after 12 days (and a couple stops and meetings in between), we made it to Washington D.C.! My parents, who live in FL, happened to be nearby that week and came to visit us for a couple days!
We greatly enjoyed Capitol Connection again this year, helping with music and Caleb filming throughout the entire conference. We always enjoy getting to see friends from all over the US while there - including Patch the Pirate!! We are grateful for the friendship we have with the Hamiltons and Morgans!
March 20 - David is 4 1/2!
This big boy is growing up so fast!
He has picked up reading and really enjoys it!
He also enjoys his piano lessons and can't wait to play in church one day!
Enjoying the scenery from the church lawn in Virginia!
This girl is always pretty happy, but she's the happiest when she's eating!!
We spent a week in Greenville, SC, filming 3 new music videos with Patch the Pirate and the Hamilton and Morgan families!
Thankful for the inspiration these ladies are to me!
(with Megan (Hamilton) Morgan and Shelly Hamilton)
Final meeting of the Spring Tour in North Carolina!
Thankful for God's leading, protection and blessings all along the way!