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Memorial Day with the Wikman family!

Posted by The Neely Team

Jun

23

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After far too long without time for one-on-one fellowship, we were delighted to have the Wikman family at our house for Memorial Day! What a blessing to spend time together again — the sweetness of the bond we share in Christ with other believers is truly a foretaste of the glory that awaits us in Heaven.

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Games… Smile Corn Toss, especially, was one of the weekend favorites.

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A sweet time singing hymns and reading the Word together on the porch.

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Other moments… including trampoline time with the moms!

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We love you, Wilkman family, and praise the LORD for your friendship. Looking forward to the next visit!



A Very Special Christmas

Posted by Hannah

Jan

14

It was a very special Christmas this year! An added blessing was to be with my niece on her first Christmas! We all had a great time together.

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Fascinated with her presents!

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Dad and Mom gave us all vests to match in. They are filled with tiny feathers, and so some of them can fold up into little bitty bags. (Stuffing a huge, fluffy vest into a tiny little pouch, making it look like a pillow, is very fun!) We had a lot of laughter when we discovered that!

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Another favorite gift was a canvas that we kids gave to Dad and Mom – it was a picture of all of us on the beach from this past fall!

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A new favorite game - "Ticket to Ride"Wearing my uncle's army helmet ;)

I am very grateful for the sweet time we all had together. God is so good.

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Following a very uplifting time at the annual NCFIC conference on the Power of the Gospel transforming Church and Family, we came home on Saturday night, meeting with our dear eldest sister and her little family on the way. A few hours later, we were privileged to welcome our dear Wilkes Team into our home for a short 40 hours (or so Smile). We are so blessed to have been able to see these dear ones again! One of the primary activities of the weekend was the dedication of our adored little niece to our Savior. What a special time for each of her grandparents, aunties, and uncles (We’re very grateful for FaceTime, it enabled this number to include her Uncle & Aunt and cousins from 500 miles away!) to speak into her life from the Word of God, and to pray for her salvation and future. To say that each person involved was touched in some way would be an understatement….it was not only a time of dedication, but also a time of family bonding as the Lord used His Word to draw us all together once more.

Time and space would run short before we could ever transcribe the encouragement, kindness, blessing, fellowship, and joy in our Savior that we experienced. What a lovely weekend we were given by the mercy of Christ! Thank you, Wilkes Team, for being willing vessels of the Master’s love! We are grateful for you!

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2014 Family Fun Night

Posted by The Neely Team

Nov

11

Hello everyone! Yes, we’re still here… alive and well and rejoicing in the goodness of the LORD as He continues to fill our days according to His perfect plan. So sorry for the delay between posts recently.

Here are the photos from this year’s Family Fun Night (though, somehow, in the busyness of the hours, the camera was strangely neglected by all of us and we only have a few to share). Despite rain that threatened to cancel many of the activities that had been planned, 70 people still made their way to our home for the festivities and the LORD mercifully saw fit to move the rain onward just shortly after the fun began. An evening filled with precious fellowship, uproarious laughter, hilarious games, and delightful snacks followed, and we pray that everyone went away, as we did, with joy in their hearts and gratitude to our loving Heavenly Father for His goodness.

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Get ready, get set...... GO!!!

Enjoy this lovely autumn season through which we are passing! May the blessings of the LORD rest upon you as you take note each day of His abundant mercies toward us.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting ;)



September Ladies Retreat

Posted by The Neely Team

Oct

2

What a joy it was to have the Barnes and Dalrymple ladies here for a couple of days a few weeks ago! We laughingly called our time together the “ladies retreat”… because Dad and the boys went hunting — leaving us home “alone” Smile — and we did what ladies normally do when they get together. We talked, and laughed, and fellowshipped, and had a tea party, and talked, and played games, and took a walk, and talked, and stayed up late, and laughed, and talked…

The fellowship was sweet, and truly refreshing; so precious is the bond we share in Christ. May we never take this for granted.

A few photos:

“Hats” versus “Non-hats” in “Four On a Couch” Winking smile

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Playing “General” in the lovely cool weather

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Thank you, ladies, for coming up for this delightful time together. We love you all and look forward to the next time we can do this again!



Meet the Dunn Family…

Posted by The Neely Team

Aug

20

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A visit from a portion of the Dunn family was an added highlight to our summer!

If you have never met this dear family before, we must tell you a little about them.

Joyful. Enthusiastic. Continually attentive to the needs of others. Thoughtful. Kind. Servant-hearted… far above and beyond the call of duty. Bubbly. Energetic! Christ-focused. Loving.

In one simple sentence, they are radiant with the light of our Savior… and thus, He uses them to impact and encourage many.

It was a tremendous blessing to have them in our home… they were truly a delight to host… and we can’t wait for the next time!

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A fun little project for dessert one evening… Dirt Dessert!

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Treasure the Moment

Posted by Jessica

Jun

23

Stop for a minute.

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Look around you, and think of three things that would typically bypass the eye, yet are beautiful and touching once noticed. Simple things: a child reaching on tip-toes trying to wash dirty hands in the kitchen sink; a little boy coming up, tenderly calling your name, asking you to play with him; the tenderness of a sister who gives you a hug “just because.”

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Bask in the goodness and mercy of your Heavenly Father. He Who orchestrates the years, the days, the minutes, and the moments is worthy of our praise. Pause to remember a few of the blessings He has so freely bestowed on your life. Take a moment to embrace a little sibling or play a game with them. Wrap your arms around the neck of your parents and tell them how much you love them. Take a deep breath, look out the window, listen to the chirp of the bird’s song. Your Savior, your Lord, your Heavenly Father planned all of this! And He did it for you.

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Will you ever regret looking into the eyes of your little brother and saying, “I love you?” Will you look back five years from now, and wish that you hadn’t taken all those pictures together? How often do you give a hug to encourage a sister?

These are all things I need to remember. So often in the busyness of life, I get caught up in what I have to do, the things I have planned, the goals and dreams that I want to pursue. And while these things are good things (and most of them are indeed things that do have to be done), I often miss the smallest of blessings by not taking a moment to look, to encourage, and to praise the One from Whom All blessings flow!

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May we all strive to look at the smallest of details that the Lord so carefully and masterfully puts together and praise Him for the beauty He creates in each day!



Another Alumna!

Posted by Kathryn

Jun

12

What a joy it was, last month, to celebrate Victoria’s graduation from high school! Such a precious time to be with loved ones — particularly Matthew, Amanda, and our precious little niece, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins — and rejoice in the goodness and grace of the Lord in allowing her to reach this milestone in her life.

The plan for the day was to host, at our home, a dinner and music recital – as has been done for the past three Neely Team graduates. Smile However, the Lord had other plans. With the forecast calling for rain all day on Saturday, two days before we realized that something had to be done! In His mercy, the Lord worked it out that the local church we use for hosting FEW Conferences, and where Matthew and Amanda were married, was available for that day. In a joyous scurry of activity, we prepared as much a possible on Thursday evening for the change. Friday, we left early and were away all day in Greenville, SC, for our cousin Austin’s graduation from Bob Jones University, arriving back home around midnight. Early Saturday morning we headed over to the church to get everything set up and ready… and, as He always does, the Lord worked everything out in good time, providing strength and creativity to accomplish each task.

The evening went well. One of the great blessings of the day was the presence of the Elliott family – Victoria’s beloved harp teacher and her parents – who graciously drove up from Greenville, bringing along the pedal harp, to assist in the recital. We pray that it was both an encouragement to the many dear believers present, as well as brilliant testimony for our Savior to the unbelievers who attended. Below are some pictures for your enjoyment:

Meeting her first great-grandchild for the first time!The diploma!

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The recital:

The long-awaited sister duet of a stunning piano arrangment by Shelly Hamilton"Blessed Assurance"

"Alleluia" - string quintet"Fairest Lord Jesus"

Sweet fellowship:

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Enjoying that precious bundle of blessing and joy (oh, how we miss her!):

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Four generations! To God be praise.

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Congratulations, dear sister, on your entrance into this new phase of life. We love you dearly and praise the Lord for you! May your eyes continue to be upon Him alone as you move forward into the exciting future He has in store for you.

And, by the way, welcome to the Alumni Association of Sheridan Hills Christian School… Winking smile

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Spring Update #3

Posted by The Neely Team

May

25

Picnic with the Elledges!

Don’t you think it is marvelous to watch the Lord orchestrate the paths of His children, allowing our earthly paths to cross with other believers for the purpose of encouragement and edification? Such is the case with our dear friends, the Elledges. Though we haven’t know them even a year yet, the bond of Christ has knit our hearts together. Many special hours have been spent with them, and each visit is marked by smiles, wholesome conversation, and good-natured humor.

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We recently had a picnic-style meal with them at their peaceful abode. Oh what a blessing it was! Just getting away from our busyness for a while, sitting by a babbling brook, and enjoying fellowship with precious friends… the Lord is good.

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Thank you, Elledges! We look forward to many more such times together!



A Sister Weekend

Posted by Kathryn

Apr

18

A few weekends ago, one of our favorite home education conferences was taking place in SC. Our plan, as always, for the whole family to attend together, suddenly changed when we were asked to do the music for a local wedding that same weekend.

So, as a rare occurrence, the Team “divided and conquered.” Dad and Mom headed south with the littles, leaving we older ones to “hold down the fort” for a few days and then minister on Saturday with string quintet and harp.

As much as we would have delighted in being with them at the conference, the Lord gave us a precious time together as sisters. Thursday evening was especially memorable – with the addition of a dear friend – whom we affectionately call “Mamadeaux” – to the party, we enjoyed a formal dinner and then an evening of laughter, stories, and games.

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IMG_4114The menu: peach tea, fried venison steak, rice, buttery sauteed brussel sprouts, fresh bell pepper slices, and berry jello!

As we spent the weekend together — running errands, carting around instruments and all sorts of other music-related paraphernalia, enjoying ice cream, shopping, and much more — we were each reminded of the beauty and joy of being sisters. We are here together in this phase of life, which will not last forever.

May we each be faithful to treasure the moments that the Lord has given us, taking nothing for granted and rejoicing in His mercy!

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy… Psalm 31:7