I just came across this photograph from early in July and thought it was hilarious! It’s all the Little Beadles…but could also be called “How to Get Your Kids to Cooperate When Photographed!”
These are all of the Beadles Grandchildren…Hudson (6), Jack (8), Lyndon (6), Rex, Sybil and Riley (all 4). It might be the only image I have of all six of them looking the same way. And yes, they were watching a movie!
We spent many of our days in July at the Beadles Farm in Oklahoma trying to figure out which end was up. We (i.e., mostly Justin and Grant) looked for cattle, cleaned out all sorts of stuff, walked for miles around the perimeter of each farm, moved farm equipment, made tons of phone calls and worked through lots of paperwork. I suppose that’s just part of wrapping up a farming operation of 30+ years, and there is still more to do. It’s no secret that many farmers and ranchers have farm debt…it’s just kind of a way of life…and paying off that debt has been the goal the boys have been working toward. However, God has been faithful in the midst of it all, even caring about the little details…the cattle market has been fabulous and we had NOT ONE breakdown (a miracle!) while moving the farm equipment 30 miles to the auction (which is this Tuesday…pray!).
I pulled a sprayer, Joy was behind me with a grain drill and Justin was leading the way on the JD 4020 with a drill. Grant followed on the JD 4430 (of course big bro got the cab and a/c!). Here’s my view of trip…it was so slow and took so long, I made PB sandwiches for the kids while I drove!
Thanks for continuing to pray for our family. Grant and Justin have made lots of decisions with wisdom and discernment, thanks to how their parents reared them and God’s grace during this time. Our family’s time off during the month of July was so beneficial as Justin needed to spend a good amount of time dealing with farm matters. Thanks to those of you who graciously allowed us to be away from Grace Bible Church during that time. We did get to have some fun as a family when we spent a week at Kanakuk Family Kamp (to be blogged soon).
I’ve been comforted this month by these words:
The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord… For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:19-26, 31-32 (NLT)