Family News/Miscellaneous

Hello Everybody

The problem that arises when neglect my blog for so long is that I create such a “build up” of things to report I don’t know where to start!

First off, I want to say a big thank you to the Bright Lights summer interns: Jolynn, Emily, Anna, and Melodie. They worked so hard, and I don’t know how we could have done it all without them this summer. So many good memories!! The fellowship was very special. We love you guys!

Secondly, thank you to anyone who was praying for our team during the conferences. I had specifically requested prayer before the last conference (pictured above) and the Lord definitely provided and did some very encouraging things! We heard so many stories and good reports. And God gave us the energy and enthusiasm we needed to finish strong.
We have just one set of conferences left for this year. They will be held in Minneapolis on October 4-8. Click here for more information.

Thirdly, I want to thank you all for the encouraging feedback you gave as we were picking a new design for the Bright Lights binder. Wow–we appreciated everyone who commented! We had many discussions around the graphics computer (a frequent occurrence around here!) and we finally finished and ordered the binders. The picture above is Caitlyn, Jolynn and Nickie finishing up the project after Emily left (with Lois watching on the left :)).

On the home front, we are getting a new roof on both houses (our family’s house and the intern/guest house.) Some good friends, the Blooms, are staying with us and Mr. Bloom is helping with the roofing. We are having a little too much fun listening to their funny stories over meals.

AND we removed all the overgrown bushes from the front of the guest house. Actually, we didn’t do it–some other good friends from Nebraska (who hosted my parents during the NE Bright Lights conference this summer) came to visit for a day and asked if there was anything they could do to help. Anyone who knows our family very well knows we usually don’t turn down those kinds of offers. πŸ™‚ Here’s Mr. Rothfuss with the chainsaw.

Thank you, Rothfuss family!

We have also been enjoying having Lois living with us (left) for a while. Her family has been serving with an orphanage and school in Thailand, and we’ve been friends with them for several years. Lois has been WONDERFUL to have around. I took this picture yesterday as we were eating a special Thai lunch that she and Jolynn made for us. Soooo good.

If you are an American and have never eaten homemade coconut cream icecream with peanuts and sweet corn, you are missing out!! (Seriously!)

Here was the little luncheon.

Well, I think that’s enough pictures for now!

One last comment: At the Bright Lights conferences this summer I announced that I would be posting some witnessing questionnaires here on the blog for people to use. I haven’t forgotten, and it will be coming soon! Thank you everyone for your patience.


  1. when will the bright lights leader ship package be in-stock? im 14 and trying to start a group..i want to order it…i am a little confused, i have never been to a conference, but i want to start a gruop in my area. what should i purchase first out of all the different packages, what do i need to know? i am sort of there a way i can get in touch with Mrs. Sarah?
    thank you..God bless!

    I Timothy 4:12

  2. Hi MaKenzi!
    Sorry for the confusion. The new binders will be in mid-October. If you’d like to buy just the Leaders Manuel and Training CDs (“half” of the Leaders Kit) right now and then order the rest later that is another option.
    And sure–you I’ll have Sarah e-mail you so you’ll have her address.
    It’s great to hear of your interest in starting a group. πŸ™‚
    God bless,

  3. Thank you so much! after reading “before you meet prince charming” i knew i needed to be more involved in the ministry…i love the book and am recomending it to everyone. you and your sister have no idea what it means to me to have people i can look up to..thank you so much!!!! <3 kenzi

  4. more thing.. if i order the Leaders manuel and training cd’s right now, what will i have to purchase later?

  5. Coconut ice cream sounds delicious–the sweet corn and peanuts sound interesting. πŸ™‚ I’ll be praying for your conferences in Minneapolis!
    Which binder cover did you choose?

  6. Kezie: It’s great to hear about how the Lord used “Before You Meet Prince Charming” in your life! Thanks for your encouragement. Regarding your question, if you purchase just the Training material now, this is what you’d want to purchase later:

    Amy: What we ended up going with is actually a little different then both, but most similar to version “B”. πŸ™‚

  7. We had such a nice time visiting with your family and the others …what wonderful fellowship for us, thanks for letting us come and stay and help out!
    the Rothfuss family

  8. Coconut ice cream….well I think I’ll just scrap my cookie baking and try that! πŸ™‚
    Praying for the next conference! Oh, what cover made it? B or A?
    πŸ™‚ Haley πŸ™‚
    James 1

  9. Your blog is always so interesting. And coconut ice cream sounds really good I think I have to try that sometime.

  10. I just finished reading “Before You meet Prince Charming” and have been really encouraged. I’m 15 and home schooled, and have been wondering about how I will ever meet a husband someday if I stay at home and serve my family. This book (and the Holy Spirit) have helped me to realize my job is not to “find” a husband. The Lord will bring one to me if it’s His will, and if he doesn’t, He has something even better in store!
    Thank you Sara for writing this!
    In Christ,

  11. It is good to see another Lois, one that is younger than this one! There aren’t many of us. Thanks for posting all the pictures.

  12. Hi Grace!
    I am always reading your website. I have the books that you and your family helped to write. My brother and I are becoming very good friends once we read “How to Make Brothers and Sisters Friends”. I love reading all your doctrinal and funny articles. I am enjoying reading Sara’s “Before You Meet Prince Charming” book with my Mom. Thank Sara for writing this!

    God Bless!


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