“Harold, I need you to come here right now!” my mom, panicking, called my dad on his cell phone. My dad was down in the hotel lobby eating breakfast. My mom’s two rings (her own wedding band and my grandmother’s wedding band) were missing. She had left them in the hotel drawer yesterday and now they were gone.
After more searching and conversation, we were convinced they had been stolen. However, just as my dad went down to speak with the hotel manager, she found it. Wow, what a huge relief.

20 minutes later we went out to the van and found this:

In contrast to the little “lost ring episode”, this was for real. Yes, it’s as it looks. Last night someone shattered our back window and stole our GPS, a laptop, a whole lot of Stephen’s Microsoft Software, and his newest camera.

Sarah and I stood there looking at the van, feeling how strange it was that we have had things stolen from us two weekends in a row now. (Last weekend in MI, Stephen’s $450 voice recorder was stolen.) We can’t remember having anything stolen from us ever before!

But we couldn’t stand there long because the convention hall opened in just a few minutes, and we were already late… so Sarah and I hopped in a mini van with a gracious home school family who was headed to the convention. We got there just in time to set up before the convention started. I’ll admit, the morning felt a little unreal.

Stephen was still feeling pretty down with his sore throat, although it did get a little better for the second half of the day. Now Sarah is losing her voice, so we’d appreciate prayer that it will be strong enough for our session tomorrow (10:45am). So Sarah can’t talk and Stephen can’t hear…they don’t make a very good combination when it comes to communication. [smile]

The good news is that when the enemy is attacks, it usually means there is something good he’s trying to damage or prevent. We’ve seen that the Lord is working here. We were very encouraged by how things went at the convention today. Thankfully, our session went smooth and we were encouraged by an enthusiastic response. We feel that it’s been a fruitful weekend so far, praise the Lord.

Tonight a group of young ladies who have been doing a study together of Before You Meet Prince Charming arranged for Sarah to meet with them at a park.

While we were having a question/answer time, the mother who had led the study, Thelma, asked the girls “How many of you have totally changed your way of thinking on this topic of purity because of this study?”

As you can see, almost all of the girls raised their hands! These girls are truly seeking God’s best way, and it was a blessing to see their teachable hearts. It’s so exciting to see this group of young ladies (ages 11-14) who have caught a vision for how much better it is to follow the way of purity than to follow this world’s “have fun now” mindset.

Young Ladies who just studied “Before You Meet Prince Charming” together

My dad just called a family prayer meeting a few minutes ago. We are in a spiritual battle and we have an enemy who is real, but our God is in control. We have so much to be grateful for. Thank you for all of your prayers. Tomorrow will be another big day.

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ…” (2 Cor 2:14)


  1. Oh, so sorry to hear about the theft! That’s really hard, I know; our van was broken into once on a trip once – it was an odd, unreal feeling. I’m praying God will quickly restore the loses and also give your family health. Praise God for how He’s working in the lives of the girls. Many blessings on you all.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about all this. What a shock it must have been.
    Our enemy is on the war path to say the least but praise the Lord that it isn’t stopping you from brining honor and glory to Jesus Christ. Praising Him for your faithfulness.
    Blessings to you and your family always!

  3. Oh wow, that is aweful. I’m praying for you all. I hope Sarah’s voice will be well enough for the session today.
    On another note… That is really exciting about the group of girls studying Before You Meet Prince Charming.
    Blessings and Prayers,

  4. Wow, Grace, y’all really have had a day!! We will certainly be praying for you!!

    What a blessing to hear about the girls who studied “Before You Meet Prince Charming”!!

    Love and blessings,

  5. Hello, for any one wanting to know I figured out some more faces. Here’s how to do them. To do them just take off the quotation marks. (I have to put them on the show them to you or else it would make the face!)
    “:” + “)” = 🙂
    “:” + “(” = 🙁
    “:” + “D” = 😀
    “:” + “o” = 😮
    “:” + “P” = 😛
    “:” + “x” = 😡
    “:” + “?” = 😕
    “:” + “|” = 😐

  6. I’ll be praying for you! I am sorry to hear about the theft. 🙁 I hope Sarah gets her voice back and Stephen’s earache goes away! God bless you in your work.

  7. I am so sorry to hear about someone stealing from you! Having someone take something that is yours is hard! But God is so good to all of you…I know that he will supply everything that you need again in His timing!

    Phil 4:19

    Annette Hesson

  8. I am so sorry to hear that.
    Me and my family are praying for all of you.
    Love in Christ,

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