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ZooAmerica

Posted by The Neely Team

Aug

13

We took a day to go to the zoo on Wednesday of last week. This is a resulting interview between Amanda and Susanna, Lauren, Herman and Bethany:A one-year-old bobcat kitten

Amanda: What was your favorite part of the zoo?

Susanna:  I liked the bobcats!

A: What did you learn about the bobcats?

S: The mother is lighter-colored than the kittens, and when the kittens are first born, they’re black. They like to sleep high off the ground, and they like to play and wrestle with each other.

A: It sounds like they have fun being together as a family! Lauren, what was your favorite animal?100_8159

Lauren: I liked to see all the snakes!

A: Really? I liked the snakes, too! What did you think was so interesting about them?

L: They can shed their skin!

A: That IS neat. How do they do that?

L: They just basically crawl backwards and the skin turns wrong-side out as it comes off of them.

A: God sure designed the snake in an amazing way! Herman, what did you like about the zoo?Herman's and Daddy's favorite animal! :)

Herman:  The elk!

A: Oh yes, that WAS neat! What does the elk like to eat?

H: They like to eat leaves off of trees and grass, and his favorite fruit is pears.

A: They were about to feed him some pears when we got there, weren’t they?  What else did you like about seeing the elk?

H: We saw him wake up from a nap and scratch his back with his antlers.

A: He had big antlers, and he was only six or seven years old! Belle, what did you like about the zoo?A rosate spoonbill

Bethany: The pink things and the prairie dogs!

A: You liked the rosate spoonbills. They were pretty interesting! What did you like about them?

B: They drink and eat out of the river!

A: Yes, they eat small fish and crustaceans. They use their bills to sift the food out of the water. Their food is what makes them pink, but they don’t have any feathers on their heads, so they’re bald! And what did you like about the prairie dogs?

B: They dug lots of holes and made piles of dirt!These were so fun to watch!

A: What else did you see?

B: They were eating!

A: It was fun to watch them eat! And something that I liked to see was that they showed attentiveness to their leader. When the leader made a certain noise, they all stopped what they were doing, ran over to their tunnels, and got ready to hide if the leader told them to. That was also showing obedience!

Thank you for sharing, Susanna, Lauren, Herman, and Bethany! I hope we all learn lessons from the animals that God has placed around us!



Majesty MusiCollege

Posted by Kathryn

Aug

11

The next  part of our exciting journey was to the Majesty Music MusiCollege, held this year in Collegeville, PA. We arrived there just in time for church Sunday night, and then afterwards had the opportunity to work with “Uncle” Gary and “Aunt” Christiane Emory, setting up for the conference. With hymnbooks, book bags, registration material, music, and many people all flying around in a thousand different directions, 🙂 we all enjoyed the wonderful service opportunity immensely.  Monday started bright and early, and over the next 2 days, we were challenged, encouraged, and inspired to continue serving and glorifying the Lord with the musical abilities He has given. During chapel sessions we were reminded of meaningful truths like the lasting consequences of bitterness, the sovereignty of our God, the importance of giving everything over to the Lord’s control, and how we, in our own strength, cannot possibly fulfill our “role” in the ministry that He has called us to. A picnic supper with Josh and Jenny Wilkes and Lisa and Rachel Butler - FUN!During the different workshops throughout the conference, we learned many different skills and ideas on a variety of topics, from conducting to singing to teaching violin to piano techniques, etc. etc. The Lord especially used the conference to remind me that I must turn every talent, idea, desire, or ministry that I have over to Him and then allow Him to work out His will through me. We were blessed for those two days to have Joshua and Jenny Wilkes and Lisa and Rachel Butler attending MusiCollege with us. The like-minded fellowship that took place was an encouragement, and we greatly enjoyed our time together. 🙂

"Ahoy mates!" On deck with Patch the Pirate (Ron Hamilton)One of the highlights for the younger ones was the chance to dress up as club members of “Patch the Pirate Club” for a special demonstration on Tuesday morning.

The grand finale of MusiCollege was the “Graduation Concert” on Tuesday evening. It started with a special orchestra performance, and then  "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow"continued with many songs of praise sung by the choir of over four  hundred people! What an opportunity to declare the glory of our wonderful Creator and Lord!

“I will sing unto the Lord, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.” (Ps. 13:6)

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.” (Ps. 28:7)

The youngest six enjoying the playground while the oldest four are in college :)



Wilkes-ward bound!!

Posted by Amanda

Aug

10

It all started on Friday night, July 31, 2009, when we finally got the last suitcase in the trailer and headed out the driveway. Actually, it started several days, and even weeks before that, as we planned, prepared, and finally packed for this long-awaited and much-anticipated road trip. So, with much excitement and many smiles, we left home around 7:15 pm.  The rig all ready to go!

We stopped at a hotel along the way that night, and early the next morning, we got on our way again, with a very exciting destination in view: the home of the Wilkes Team!! After a rather uneventful trip, we arrived in high spirits in northern Virginia. The Wilkes had arranged for our two Teams to minister at an assisted living complex near their land in Culpepper, VA, so that was our first stop. We were well-received, and God blessed us with a fabulous time of singing, testimony, and talking with the people there.

The next thing on the agenda was a new experience with old friends: in the ten years that we have been blessed to know the Wilkes, we had never been to their land in Culpepper! So we loaded up our vans and headed down the road to the property. The evening there was wonderful, and it included supper Some of the supper prep crew. L-R: Adam, Kathryn, Victoria, Sarah, Daniel, Jessi and a tour by pick-up truck all around the land! That was very interesting! Imagine a pick-up truck with a good-sized-but-not-huge bed. Then, imagine that the two dads climb into the cab, to be the chauffeurs on the tour. Okay, now that you have that down, picture two lawn chairs in the bed of the truckMom and Mrs. Wilkes in the queens chairs (for Mom and Mrs. Wilkes), and then pile nineteen other people (ranging from age 24 years to 5 months old) in the remaining space. Put beaming smiles on every face, and lots of talk and laughter on every tongue, and your image is complete. 🙂

The tour was wonderful, and lots of fun! We did have a slight adventure, right at the end of it, when the left, rear wheel started making a strange noise. We stopped the truck and unloaded, only toHmmm... what do we do now? discover that we had run over something sharp and now had a flat tire! Okay! So that put an interesting twist on things, but God is merciful, and the spare tire worked fine… once it was out from UNDER the truck and put ON the axle. 🙂 Dad, Mr. Wilkes, Josh, Matthew, and Daniel worked hard and had it in good running order in a short time, although some people thought it was interesting that the flat had occurred on the GIRLS’ side of the truck… Hmmmm…

Joshua getting out the spare tire (grunt) "Let's get this tightened down the last bit!"

Sunday was very spiritually refreshing, and we thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful fellowship of the people who attend the church services at the Wilkes’ house. Sadly, we had to leave right after lunch, but happily,we would see them later in the week… 🙂 Herman and Mark: pretty good pals :)



After years of waiting…

Posted by The Neely Team

Aug

8

It’s FINALLY HAPPENING!! For those of you who have been patiently waiting for… as long as it’s been… we appreciate your constant encouragement and your patience with our extreme non-technicality. For a while, it looked as if we would never get it done, BUT… thanks to Robert Staddon, and a few other friends, we have finally begun to move along.

The Web Design Team :-)

So… here we were… 10:00 at night… sitting around in our dear friends the Wilkes’ house… working, thinking, laughing, thinking, talking, thinking, and FINALLY… DESIGNING!!! (And did we mention that we were, um thinking?) Snapping photos, choosing fonts, laughing, thinking, and talking some more. 🙂

Anyway, with the expert ability of Robert and James Staddon, and the gracious hospitality of the Wilkes, we stayed up past 2:00 in the morning and got it under way. We praise the Lord for allowing this vision to finally become a reality, and look forward to recording how God is working. Praise the Lord for all He has done.

Three......Two.....One..........We're Online!



What hath God wrought!!

Posted by The Neely Team

Aug

7

HELLO WORLD!!!!!!!! To be continued… 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂Cover 2


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