Fire Ant Contest!

When we were pretty little we kids used to have strange contests to prove ourselves and see who was the bravest, strongest and most enduring. One of these archaic rituals was our fire ant contest! We would look for the biggest ol’ fire ant mound we could find and take a vote on which two […]

Rebekah Hides In a Pile!

Once while we were living in Mississippi in an old farm house some unexpected guests drove up in our gravel, well, more like dirt, (actually grass) driveway! They were from the church our Dad had just resigned from! Well our house was not exactly company ready to put it politely, especially we girls room! Those […]

Too Old to be Spanked?

Our parents were having trouble getting us all to bed at a reasonable hour so they made a rule that everyone had to be in bed by 9:00! No excuses would be accepted. All violators would be spanked! Well, Steven was thirteen years old at the time, the oldest child and quite certain that he […]

Man In Nanny’s Bed!

Once our whole family had traveled up from Mississippi to Hancock MD. to visit relatives. Everyone was staying at Grandpa and Grandma’s except Steven who was staying at Nanny’s house down the road. When Steven got to Nanny’s on the first night she met him at the door and welcomed him in! Steven, being the […]

What’s the Matter, Man?

It was a Wednesday night, we were having a church meal. Wes, Elisabeth, Trey, and Addy were up for Christmas. We were all sitting down eating, and Trey was sitting at the head of our table in a highchair eating away! After a while, Trey looked around and spotted Daddy at the other end of […]

Jehovah Jireh/Christmas Truckload

We were living in Pennsylvania, where our salary ranged anywhere from $1.00 a week to $400.00 a month.  It was nearing Christmas time.  There were six children (Timothy wasn’t born yet), and our Christmas was expected to be rather meageras far as gifts and food where concerned.  Our parents didn’t plan anything for Christmas- they […]

Ten-Fold Provision

When Mother was a young girl, maybe 12 or 13, she had done some babysitting and earned $10.00. When Sunday morning came, she sat in the pew with her $10.00, and as the offering plate was passed around, she got ready to put in $1.00 for tithe.  Somehow she felt that she should put all […]

Rachel’s Bread

Once when Rebekah, Rachel, and I were the only ones home, Rachel decided to make some bread.  When she was finished, though, she was kind of skeptical- she thought that mybe it was a little hard (Rebekah and I did, too, but of course we didn’t say so). When everyone else got home they were […]

Flip-Flops or Sneakers?

Once when we were living in Booneville, a few of us kids decided to take a walk to the creek behind our house.  We had to walk through some woods to get to it. Rachel and I ran upstairs to get our shoes on, and we decided to wear flip-flops since it was so hot!  […]

Elisabeth’s Self-Flushing Toilet

Elisabeth and Rebekah had stayed up late like they sometimes did, talking, then Rebekah had fallen asleep.  All the lighs in the house were off, and everyone was in bed- at least Elisabeth thought everyone was in bed- so she was a little disturbed to hear the toilet flushing.  “Oh well,” she thought, “Hannah or […]