February 17, 2006

We're back to wireless so I thought I'd put some pictures up.

Thank you to Anna Bailey of the talented Bailey Family for taking the pics of us last night. Scroll down for the pictures of the Baileys. We enjoyed the hospitality if these folks for a few days. I'm sure they are enjoying the peace and quiet now that we've gone back to Houston. : - ) We're singing in a joint concert with three other groups including the Bailey family on Sunday in El Campo, TX. You can visit our schedule (which now works!) here.

Mom just mentioned this morning we only have 14 days left on our trip. How can it be almost over?! Wow. This trip has been both inspiring and encouraging. It's near impossible to put into words all the experiences we've had. The Lord had been so good! As the song goes;

God's so good to give us so many blessings,
Undeserving, that's what we are,
We ought to thank Him, love and praise Him
A little more today,
A whole lot more tomorrow

The kids.
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Peter and Bonnie playing "When I Survey"
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The Bailey Family.
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In concert...
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February 14, 2006

I Corinthians 13:4-8b

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps not record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always, trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

This verse has been popping out at me everywhere! It seems every church we’ve been to recently has had it on the wall. This past week I've seen these verses illustrated as I had never seen before. It's been such in inspiration to fellowship with fellow servants of the Father!

Some shorts takes on what we've been up to -

Mom had a b-day!

On Sunday someone gave the kids a bunch of cool rocks.

We spent time with the Keeth and Pederson family, jamming, eating gumbo and chocolate cake. I've never had gumbo before. It was great! I learned really quick not to load up on the Cajun seasonings. : ) Poor Vincent dumped a lot on and said "it just said 'seasoning', they didn't say it was hot!"

We’re at the Bailey family’s house. They sing and play bluegrass. We played twice today, once with them. Can they play! Wow. Everyone is outside (parents not included) playing concentration, any of you Naylors remember that game??? : ) Gotta go…

February 09, 2006

This is a very unorganized blog, I don't feel very organized today! I'm so tired from getting up early and doing to bed too late. Good fellowship can make it hard to say 'good night'!

Hey, have you ever eaten dry ice? A few of the kids here chomped down a few pieces the day before yesterday. They all burped a lot and some ever burped 'fog' with it. It was hilarious! Mr. Fiala is a trip! (In a totally GOOD way!) We've been learning so many new things. We'll be headed for Katy on Saturday. I know we're going to miss the Fialas!!!!

We had a great time at CiCi's! Do you know how the wait staff says 'welcome to CiCi's''? Well, the Fialas and the MacDonalds yelled in unison "WELCOME TO CICI'S!" to the people who came in. It was so funny! I think we're having way too much fun! Is that even possible?

We sang last night at a Salvation Army rehabilitation center in Houston. (In fact we didn't sing just once but three times yesterday, in different places. We had to get up early, before 7 am...) We had to backed into this small gated courtyard. I think we have the best bus driver in the whole wide world!! It was a very small street and not much room. His elbow hurt from turning the really STIFF steering wheel because we were moving so slow, but no permanent damage. They had a bunch of guys help us unload and then they fed us an enormous meal. I had to give away some of my food. I wasn't sure how well I was going to be able to sing! I think I must have gained 5 pounds on this trip. (It must have been those two trips to CiCi's!) We sang for a packed chapel, about 250 men. They were so SO enthusiastic and supportive! Dem Bones was a big favorite, Hannah got a standing O for her violin solo, and they just ate up Bonnie's yodeling! YOU GO BONNIE! They helped pack up and we saw the city of Huston in lights. Pretty! I could not get a good picture but, so you'll have to take my word for it.

One thing I've noticed about Houston is the thick smoggy air! It almost looks yellow. I can't imagine what it looks and feels like in the summer time. Mom's got an allergy to something, maybe it's related to the air quality?

We met three new families this week! The Peterson family Sunday night and the Keeth family last night. It was so nice to meet you Lindsay! Now I can put a face to 'Texas Girl'. = ) Lord willing, we'll do some jamming Saturday. We met the Hallford family and spent today at their house working on locks and a bathtub. (Hello Kirsten!)

We now have an octogenarian traveling with us. Don't worry it's much worse than you think... (if you know Mr. Fiala you know what I'm talking about, it's meant to be said in a sarcastic manner) : - )
Anyway, Papa turned 80 today! Happy birthday!!

Here are some pics....

Traffic coming into Houston! (Note the bamboo on the roof, we picked that up in Alabama.)
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How many people can you fit on one piano at once?
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This is Nathan boy!
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February 06, 2006

Last time we were in Texas we had a wonderful time. I didn't know Texas could get much better, but it did. We are so blessed to meet other Christians and to fellowship with them. It's a wonderful thing to be child of God!

Our host family has been extremely kind. To start listing all the help they have given us would take a very long time. Since I don't have unlimited time (I'm suppose to working right now...) I'll just leave it at God is amazing!

Here are two pics from yesterday. Thanks to Mrs. Fiala for these!

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Morning concert...

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Night concert!

February 04, 2006

We're in Spring, Texas today....the weather is so nice and we're having a wonderful time with all the new people we have met in the past day. I'm never going to be the same again!

Back tracking a bit.... here is the post I wrote for the 'Florida' part of our trip. As I said before this very well maybe a repeat of what Bonnie has sent y'all, but, hey ya never know!


What an interesting trip this has been. I feel like I've had enough excitement for a whole month!

As I'm typing we're 398 miles from Huston; about 6 hours of driving. Lord willing we'll get to our destination and have wireless to post this at Saturday. We are 13 days into Southern/Texas Trip 2006.

Lot of people gave us oranges this week to help us with our colds. We’re all doing better. PTL! Dad’s tooth ache is gone, but he’s been getting headaches. And the cartilage in his chest has been hurting. Not sure if it has something to do with his aneurism or just irritated from inflammation? Keep praying for him.

The bus has been running well...no break downs!

The 'Florida' part of our trip included a visit to DAL (Dinosaur Adventure Land). Learn more about the park here. We arrived Monday night around 6 PM. On the way through Pensacola the kids were SO sure they saw Dr. Kent Hovind pulling out of a gas station. Some of them were just about hysterical and wanted dad to follow the car. = ) Parking in front of the closed gates of DAL we debated whether to call the office, which was closed, or go to Wal-Mart for the night. While we ate supper it started to rain. Bonnie made some cookies and I settled down to read the forward to the Isaac Watts children's hymn book. Dad was out looking at the generator and some one came up and told us he was sent from Dr. Hovind to find out who we were and what we were doing here. We explained we were not terrorist nor vandals and wanted to visit the park the next day, could they possibly open the gates for us to park for the night? After Nathan, park employee, played phone tag with Dr. Hovind they unlocked the gates for us and lock us in the parking lot for the night. Next morning Mr. Holcomb our multi talented banjo/guitar/mandolin pickin' friend came to unlock the gates. We got an in-depth tour of the creation museum by Mr. Kevan Myers, who had lots of puns and exciting stories (first hand near death experiences!) to tell, and of course he was full of information about God's marvelous and amazing creation. Fascinating stuff! Praise the Lord for people who are so dedicated to educating people about creation and the lies of evolution. The museum had open some new rooms since we were there last (we figured about 1 year ago and a few month since our last visit), two new rooms devoted to the dangers of evolution and inventors who were Christians. Outside they added a split one room school house with education examples from the 1800's, including the Bible, up to our current educational system, which features secular textbooks filled with lies. A small but formidable looking millstone with the familiar scripture about leading little ones astray posted near it. For supper we ate pizza with some of the staff. After, we took our instruments out and picked till about 9:30 PM. Mr. Holcomb is an extremely talented man. Wowie! Of course, now we all want to quit playing because he's sooo good. LOL Not really, but it was very inspiring and humbling! Dr. Hovind came in while we were picking and asked us to tape “Dem Bones” with him for his new children’s video series. Since we were only going to be there until the next morning the shoot was scheduled for a 9:00 AM the next day. We had to get up early, 6:45 AM! Our time gets so mixed up on the road, we use to get up 6:30 every single morning except for Sunday. On the road we get up around 8:00 AM. We’re getting so soft! So, if you want to see what we taped be watching for the new series of dvds for kids from CSE. Next morning mom broke a few world records (for her age group), by shooting a rubber band 24 1/2 feet! The rest of us broke records on different things. If you ever visit DAL check out our names on the score board! One other new thing they added was the pair of peacocks. Very perdy! I bought four feathers, I hope I can preserve them in my bunk until we get home.... We said goodbye and had a prayer before we left for Foley, Alabama. I general don’t like Florida but this was a ’good’ visit. = )

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Hannah and our guide Kevan.

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Bonnie and Mr. Holcomb pickin' away...

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Peter and Dr. Hovind!

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Here is mom making a world record....her first try she shot it about 20 feet behind her. = )

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Vincent and Hannah peting the soft chinchilli.

February 03, 2006

This is a test -

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