Monday, January 30, 2012



On February 2, 1992 I was standing outside a birthing room door at the Des Perez hospital in St. Louis, MO waiting for our Emily Joy to make her entrance into this world. Julie was doing all the work inside!! With her was Mark and her mother, Shirley. Standing outside with me were my mother and Julie's sister, Jan. When we heard her first cry my heart went into full grandmother mode. The nurses cleaned her up and finally brought her out to take her to the nursery, but not until they stopped to let us peak. She was crying to the top of her lungs with her little mouth opened in a perfect square. She had Tom and my heart from that first cry. She has brought us so much joy for these 20 years. She is a beautiful young woman who loves the Lord and wants to serve Him. We love you, Emily and are so proud of you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Living in a foreign country for twenty years has made it difficult to stay in close touch with some of our family. When we have traveled back to the states it has usually been for a special meeting or meetings and we go to the meeting(s) and then right back to Germany. Facebook has been a wonderful tool for staying connected to family, but that doesn't replace seeing them in person and being able to hug them and sit down face to face and share what's happening in our lives. On a recent trip to the states Tom was invited to speak at Bethel Baptist Church outside of Memphis, TN and to teach two hours at Tri-State Baptist College, a ministry of Bethel Baptist. A lot of my family lives in the Memphis area, including my little brother, Gary. Gary got busy and contacted our family and arranged a couple of get togethers. Seven members of our family came to hear Tom preach on Sunday. It was a little taste of heaven!

My little brother, Gary, and my sweet sister-in-law, Pam. Below in order with Tom and me are Ally and Emma; Niece and Nephew, Beth and Jason; Cousins Carl and Anita; Carl's family and Anita's family



After weeks of prayer, visiting, handing out material and information meetings, Grace Baptist Church of Wiesbaden was chartered on the first Sunday of October 2011. Over forty of our members from Rhein River Baptist Church traveled by bus to be a part of the service.

The need for a church in the Wiesbaden military community has been on Tom's heart for several years, and even more so as the military base there continued to increase in population. So many bases in Europe are closing (including ours) because of realignment, but Wiesbaden is one of the bases that is building up. When our son, Mark, came to work with us in church planting he also saw the need for a church in Wiesbaden. He and Julie began the ground work for planting a church there and after several months of hard work the church was chartered in October. The Lord has led Mark to take the pastorate of Grace Baptist and God is blessing the work tremendously. Below are a few pictures made at the charter service.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Being a Lancaster lady is a dangerous thing (-:) One of our Christmas 2011 memories will be Dawn with her broken wrist and Emily with her boot and crutches following foot surgery.


After celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas day with our RRBC family in Germany, Tom and I flew to Chattanooga the day after Christmas to spend the remainder of the holidays with our family. Medical issues brought Mark and Julie to Chattanooga from Germany. Emily came from college and had to have surgery on her foot. And of course Dawn, Mitch, Bradley, Madison and Haley live in Chattanooga so they were already home. It was such a blessing to have everyone together which doesn't happen very often. I thank the Lord for my family.


Sweet Josephine

My sister missionary, Phyllis, who with her husband, have served with us for over ten years.

Mercy from Ghana

Patricia, my little German sister


Harriet from Kenya

Our precious African women.

I loved hosting a dinner for our African women - they are such a sweet group of women.


We have now moved into one of our Haven of Rest mission's apartments at our church until we leave in August, but we will carry wonderful memories of the years we spent on Frohnklingerstr in Gorxheimertal, Germany. It was truly a haven of rest.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner 2011 at RRBC ~

Thanksgiving Dinner is always a highlight at RRBC. It is truly like a family gathering.

Fall 2011 Harvest Party ~

One of our favorite activities of the year is our Family Harvest Party where the entire family can enjoy a fun evening together. Here is Tom and me with some of our kids in their Bible themed costumes.