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Jered and Jodi and the kids are doing great! Jodi is enjoying her job as a nurse, working three 12-hour shifts a week at a hospital in Charlotte. Everyone has fallen in love with Mo - who just turned one and is walking everywhere! His current favorite word seems to be "go," and Jered says he doesn't really walk ... he jogs. All three kids are loving summer and spending a lot of time swimming, visiting cousins, attending VBS, and going to the library.

Jered is still busy with construction and remodeling and keeping the kids when Jodi has to work. Jered has formed his own company and God is blessing it! The twins started school and are learning so much. Both can read ... although Jaydan says his favorite part of the day is recess. Lelia had her dance recital in May ... and killed it, of course. Love those kids!





Danna and Sam's boys continue to grow. Justus and Hudson are doing great! Justus is in pre-school and loves his teacher and classmates. Hudson still does not like it when Justus goes to school. They are best buddies. I can hardly believe Hudson is two-years-old and Justus is now five. They are amazing young men ... Sam and Danna are amazing parents.


Sam is working for Turner Construction and doing a great job! Sam and Danna have moved into their new home. Sam was the GC and Danna decorated it. It is gorgeous!

Sam is venturing out in his own construction business with his dad. Things are falling into place. Sam and Danna are excited by the possibilities.


Dan and I are on sabbatical through the end of July! And we are loving the time away! So thankful for God's replenishment and renewing power at work in us.

Dan and I are relishing this season of life. Especially the grandkid part! But we also have the privilege of working beside some amazing servants of God who have wrapped their arms around us and chosen to love us - as Mama used to say - warts and all.

If you are ever in the Kansas City area, we would love to see you at Westside Family Church in Lenexa!





My Bible Study group at Westside gave me the most incredible birthday present ... a photo session with an amazing photographer who is also one of our pastor's wives. Maria Morris is one talented lady! Here is one of the many photos you will be seeing over the next few months.

Mo and I are hanging out in an apple orchard. Did I mention the gift came the exact week all of the kids and grandkids were here? Love. It.




I am loving being more and more involved at Westside! I am teaching a Bible Study on Tuesday nights and have the privilege of teaching THE most amazing group of women. We are going to work through my book, Escaping the Stress Trap, in the Fall. It is a study of Psalm 23 ... not that any of us have any stress, but we have stressed-out friends. I am also mentoring several women who really want their lives to count in the Kingdom. They challenge me and I pray I am a blessing in their lives.


I am very excited about my Online Bible Study and am blown away by the response of so many women across the world. It's not too late to join so check it out if you want "A Glimpse of Heaven."

Sharon, Gwen and I have several Girlfriends in God conferences lined up for the rest of this year as wll as 2015. Be sure to check out our conference schedule. We would love to see you!