Tuesday, May 29, 2012

our fourth annual memorial day blast

yesterday, our family had a large get-together with friends and family. we visited, ate, and played ultimate frisbee, volleyball and baseball. Here, here, here, and here are photos from the past three years. 

l-r: Mr. G., Mr. C., Mr. P., Luke P., Mr. Y. and Amy Y. having a theological discussion. :)
Lizzy G.

yours-truly, holding my 'niece', Lizzy. :)

sweet lil' Lizzy-bug. <3

Mrs. D., Ava Y., Mrs. Y. and Mrs. C.

Joel, Allison Y., Mark P., Andrew Y., and Stefon W. playing volleyball

more volleyball players

Alvin and Anna Y.

Mark P., Caleb, Dhirender R., Isaac D., Stephen P., Andrew Y., Brittany C., and Rachael P.

while most of us played volleyball, a few decided that throwing the frisbee would be more exciting. :D

Caleb, Mark P., Abby Y., Anna Y., and Jared C. conversing

Dhirender R., Andrew Y., Jordan C. and Andrew D.

Sweet Ava Y. :)

Ultimate Frisbee players

Brittany C. and Tristan G. :)



pick-a-boo :)

i took Angie, Alvin and Ava Y. over to the play ground-- they really loved it! :)

Ava loved sliding down the slides

Mr. C., Dhirender R., Dad and Andrew D. visiting

Isaac D. (a.k.a 'Scotty' :D)
with Ally Y.

and with Anna Y.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

another great giveaway...


life lately

photo credit - Joel Kautt

below is an email my Mom sent to various friends and family members. i thought that i'd share it, being that it tells about what life at the Kautt house has been like lately.

Dear Ones,

I think my heart will burst with gladness over how the Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Abba Father has been working in the lives of the Kautt family and of our friends.

So many are in transition...my sister, the M's, the J's, the R's, Mary Ann D.  These folks, according to the flesh and the world, should be in despair.  Yet when I talk with them, they are peaceful, resting in the Lord's provision.  Mary Ann (a single mom) was out of work.  The Lord recently provided a wonderful job for her.  My sister thought she was going to be homeless...and what could we offer her?!  A corner in the RV we have yet to acquire?  But the Lord has provided for her, a home with our parents.  Thank you, Lord!

And we this afternoon got word that the rebellious daughter of some dear friends has finally repented and wants us to gather with  2-3 other families to hear her repent.  Hallelujah!  The answer to many, many months of prayer!  Praise you, Lord Jesus for your matchless mercy and grace!

As for the Lord's provision for the Kautts, well, just let me tell you about it!

When it was clear that David should resign as preacher of the Northwest congregation, which also meant moving out of the church parsonage, I prayed, "Lord, I don't want to tell you what to do, but it looks like now would be a good time for us to move to the acreage that we've dreamed about all these years.  But You know it would take some kind of miracle, because we have very little saved back.  Not my will, but Yours be done."  (Joel was also praying the same thing.)  I also was fully confident that the Lord would bless my dear husband for his obedience, faith, and courage.  And that He would supply our every need according to His riches in Christ Jesus.

Sure enough, within a week after David resigned, an elderly gentleman who I had only talked with on the phone once - who had never met our family, after hearing about David's bravery, and on the strength of what mutual friends told him - offered to give us a small piece of property on which to build!  David thought and prayed about it and has decided to accept the offer.  We are jumping for joy!  The place is near Highway 78, halfway between Farmersville and Blue Ridge.

Our parsonage move-out deadline is July 4th.  That is also the end of David's severance pay.  David has put in his application a few places (non-church related jobs), but it's too soon to hear back from any of them. 

We've been offloading stuff, but still not enough!  We need to hone down to the essentials, plus a few heirlooms.  Mealtimes find us brainstorming about possibilities, and considering what are the absolute necessities.  Today we discussed priorities.  About the time we thought we had landed on the very first thing we needed to do next, someone would remember something else, and we'd have to back up a step.  If anyone is interested in our list of first "next things," let me know.  I'll send it, and you can join us in praying about those things.

Within a week of Mr. J's offer, the Lord "accidentally" put in our path an acquaintance who is an architect, interested in the same kind of building methods we have long dreamed of.  And we know two electricians we can trust, and David's best friend is a roofer!  I'm sure the Enemy will toss some obstacles in our path, but we know the Lord is with us, and we look forward to this new adventure.  One thing we're very glad about is that we get to stay in the area so we can minister to the needs of David's mother, as well as stay in contact with all the people who are dear to us here.

So there it is, our update.  Isn't it grand?!  The Lord has been very generous to us!  What's really neat about this is that Mr. J will be like a grandfather to our kiddos, and we can help him on his property with his orchard, and other stuff.  Work, yes.  But fun, too.  As Joel would say, "In all labor there is profit."

Please pray for us...that we would operate in an orderly fashion, in a manner pleasing to the Father.  That we would rest in Him, and not rush ahead.  That we would accurately represent Christ with whomever we interact.  That we would be able to dispose of things we don't need and transport the stuff we do need.  For physical strength and provision.  And that we will honor the Lord in all this, and bless others in the process.  (Including permit grantors and inspectors, etc.). For a smooth path in our building process.

Each of you has been such an encouragement to us throughout this adventure.  Thank you so much!  And thank you for your prayers!  They are so important.  We look forward to interacting with you in the days ahead. May the Lord God Almighty grant you grace and peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

For the family,

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

mothers' day and the day after

on mothers' day, my family and i went to Rockwall Bible Church to hear Mark Cahill speak. it turns out that the Mally family, and Jason Lisle were there, which was really neat! and of course we got to see Dr. Jobe Martin and his family (RBC is their home church). 
     last June, my sisters and i filmed a ladies conference put on by the Martins are RBC. it was there i met my dear friend, Kathleen B. and her sweet family. :) Kathleen and i have exchanged emails and letters pretty much since the beginning of this year. we hadn't seen each other since last June, so it was a real treat to see her (and her family) again!! =) <3 

 Kaks <3 and me
Abigail B., Kathleen B., and yours-truly
my sister Phoebe (using Mom's iPad) takes a photo of my sister Abby taking a photo of us. *whew* what an awkwardly long sentence. :D 

catchin' up
l-r: Jonathan B., Paul D., Mrs. B., Aleah B., Rebekah B., Elisabeth B., Christina B., and Mr. B.

Kathleen opens a present from me, while Abigail B., Mum, and i look on. 

yesterday, my family and i went out to Mr. J.'s farm. Mr. J. is from Denmark and has a lot of fascinating stories and information to recount. his place is very beautiful!
Queen Anne's Lace
more Queen Anne's Lace

does anyone know what these are? aren't they just lovely?!

the "neighbor's" hay

beautiful pond side flowers

Indian Paintbrush

the rickety fence has a beauty of it's own
my suh-weet brotha, Caleb! :)

one of Mr. J.'s sheep

the larger of the two ponds


the intricate spider's web

Phoebe's hair :)

calm and sweet Phoebe :)

Abs :) she's sweet too, of course.



my darling sisters :)