Beautiful days of summer

We took a little drive today. Jim normally would have been working but we all caught colds and his worse day was today. He resisted the idea of calling in sick but knew he could not function as he was. So, after a good long night of sleep we took a little drive and got some ice cream. When we got home Andrea had made fresh bread for us. Yum!13724088_964415866991156_6138248487258257178_o

At the end of this week we will spend a few days with many of our kids camping in southern Ohio. I have a feeling we will all be a little rowdy, crazy and I’m hoping we will not offend those camping nearby.

One thing about our family – we are many!  The other things are those mentioned – crazy, loud, annoying, and we all love to eat.  One thing that Chelsie, Hillary, Lois, Jesse and dad have spent a good deal of time talking about as we made plans for our trip was food. We are going to do all our cooking in the great out of doors and every meal and snack has been planned.

I can’t wait to be together and love on all my kids and grandkids. I want to see their faces, look deeply into their eyes and try to find out for sure how they really are.

I want to tell them I love them and find new things out so I can pray for them and encourage them.

I am a little surprised how fast the summer if flashing by. I’m already imagining the cold days of winter and wondering how the Lord will supply and direct.

More to follow about the great Evans’ Family Adventure in Ohio.


18826_10206463162234860_8110359649817384910_nJim has started turning pens. He talked about it for a few years. At Christmas last year he received a box from his dad and step-mom and was surprised to discover his Christmas gift was a hand turned pen from his dad.

Now you may not know it but Jim was not raised by his dad but by his maternal grandparents. He only met his dad again on his wedding day when his dad agreed to attend the wedding.  Later, Jim and his dad would be reunited when Jim Sr. came for a visit. Our visits with Jim’s dad were scattered with much time between as we were in the business of raising our children and pastoring. Jim Sr. also lived many hundreds of miles away.

Well, this past spring we (Jim and I and Andrea) were able to spend some days in Jim’s dad’s home in the Carolinas. What a treat that was. Jim and his dad spent a good part of their time together in Jim Senior’s shop turning pens and things. It was so fun to watch them communicate with nods, comments and knowing glances even though they have only spent a very short amount of time together. They are so much alike and look so much alike.11033127_10153491383593184_552883536678421539_n

It was something very special. We thank God for working in our lives. Dad and Susan are godly followers of Christ and Dad even is part of a prison ministry and the music ministry in his church.

Rain in the Woods

Today started out with rain. We sure have needed it. Now I am wondering at the  timing of it all.  God surely has a plan. Jim and some of the boys – Jer, Seth and Andy are all roofing today. Our son-in-law Terry may even come over and help.   My dear, sweet dad is even getting in on the work. The guys are roofing a house for a widow lady in my dad’s church. I am praying all goes well.

Jer’s wife Lisa and their son Skylar are here while the guys are roofing. It has been fun to spend some time with my grandchildren. Last week I was at Hillary’s spending time with their four little ones and many days our daughter Lois and their little Lexi would come over.

Life is full. There seems to be so much happening. With eleven children and their spouses and children there is no end to all the activity.

Jesse and Rebecca are getting some much needed R&R. Jesse was able to get to the Reds games in San Diego. We would watch on the internet to see if we could see him in the crowd. Jess and Rebecca will be celebrating their third anniversary next month. Where does the time go? My grandma used to say that. Now I am a grandma and I know what she meant.

We have been hearing messages on end times and Bible prophecy at church lately and it has been a bit unsettling. I know where I am going but I am so burdened with loved ones and friends for whom I am praying.

It takes very little imagination to get mental pictures about what this world will be like and look like without the presence of the Holy Spirit. I would encourage you to read your Bible more- especially Revelation. You can listen to some of the messages that I have been hearing and blessed by if you go to Fellowship Baptist Church’s web site.

This week Jim will be preaching for my dad while my parents are on their vacation. Dad and mom will be visiting my brother Ken’s church. There should be some good family discussions. Dad and mom visited a prophecy conference this week.

Watch for more updates.

Don’t forget to study the Word of God so you will know the truth. Share what you learn with your children.

Good morning from my perch in the woods.

I have been pretty busy lately. I have been getting settled into our new church and home. We moved in December but went to Mexico to see Jesse and Rebecca the end of January. We were getting on a plane to come home and found out that our son in law Terry had fallen and had a serious head injury. I went there for a few weeks to help out as Hillary was doing a lot of running to the hospital and I was able to help watch the children.

When Terry began to feel more like himself I went home. Just a short time later I went back as Hillary was due to deliver their fourth child soon. Baby Colton was due mid-April but took his time.

Our son Tim’s wedding was the 29th of April and so on the 27th we headed for Maryland for the celebration. We were just getting to sleep after the wedding ceremony and we received a call from Hillary that she was in labor. We were set to leave for Michigan at seven in the morning – only a few hours more….but around 5 AM, Terry called to say Hillary was about to have and emergency C-section. We were all greatly rejoicing when Colton Lee arrived safely weighing 10 pounds and 14 ounces!!

We drove straight to the hospital and found our precious children and our eleventh grandchild safe and happy.

Soon after Hillary was feeling strong enough to manage her family I returned to mine.

Just a day later Jim was in the hospital with gall bladder complications. He ended up staying 10 days and finally had his gall bladder removed and he is now getting his strength back and is back to work.

I am so happy to be home again and Andrea and I are trying to make up for lost time doing school work. Andrew will have to do his catching up a little later. He is busy working this summer. Seth is working right now with Terry doing docks.

I keep wondering what normal is like and wondering if I will ever know…..


New Oldies!

We are happy to be settling in to our new home and church family. We moved to Lawrence, Mi. the week before Christmas and we have been so busy every since. We love our new church family. Such sweet people – you really should come for a visit. We have room for guests in our little house in the woods. There are lots of bedrooms and a nice warm wood burner to keep us cozy on cold nights. You might want to give us a little heads up just to let us know to reserve you a room. 🙂

Jim loves his new job driving buses for ISD. He even has a little wood shop but so far has had little time to do any wood working.

Melony loves her new home and is still homeschooling Andy and Andrea. She enjoys getting to play the piano at church and just making new friends.

Winter Wonderland

You have likely heard Michigan referred to as the “winter wonderland”. Well, we love it in the great lakes state and have known it has home since 1994. Jim came to Michigan every summer as a kid with his grandparents and three sisters and loved to camp, fish, swim and water ski. Then, when we were married we spent our honeymoon in the same camper where he had spent his summers.

In October of 1993, Jim was called to pastor Calvary Baptist Church of Quincy, Mi. where we stayed for five years. We then moved to South Haven where Jim pastored until we were called to be missionaries to Australia. Now, these many years later we are back to calling Michigan home and are near Jackson.
Three of our grown sons live outside Michigan (two in LA and the other in Ohio) and we try to see them whenever we can but we love this crazy cold and beautiful place with its diversity. We love the woods and lakes and sandy beaches. South Haven is our favorite. We enjoy the beach in South Haven every year for the 4th of July and Jim loves to hunt the woods in the cold of winter.

Well, it is so nice to be home again. We hope as we put down roots near our children that we will be a blessing and a source of encouragement. We still have our house to sell in Illinois and then we can begin working on a home here, but for now it is enough to just be home.