The Nadel family- Enjoy reading our everyday adventures!


Monday, June 19, 2017

VBS highlights 2017

We had another fantastic VBS at our church this year. I was not as involved in the planning as I had been in past years, since Rebekah graduated. We were pretty busy with that in May. I did help with a few nametags and small decorating, but my friend did a great job with the decorations this year! I did take pictures and videos the first few days, and was a "floater". I helped in snacks, crafts, with the preschoolers, whatever was needed. I also acted in the skits as "Joy-lyn" to my friend Beth's "Ellie-Mae" character. There were lots of silly space puns!

This year was bitter sweet since my friend Beth, who has been working alongside my hubby and I in VBS for the past 7 years, is moving! We are sad to lose their wonderful family in our church. They are very involved, along with their kids! But we know God has bigger and better things in store for them! While we are sad to lose them here, we are praying for their next adventure!

The theme this year was "Galactic Starveyors," which was a clubhouse, telescope star viewing theme.  So there was a makeshift clubhouse on stage, several telescopes, and lots of stars and planets to decorate! The kids talked all about relationship-- with God's creating people, the broken relationship of sin, how God restored that relationship with Jesus' death and resurrection, and how we can live in a relationship with him each day of our lives. The music was great too, the kids loved "Sin Messed Everything Up", and "Over the Moon." It gave me goosebumps to hear them singing all together, 200 children, it really is overwhelming! They really praised God with their hearts and voices!
 My daughter and my friend Beth's daughter had a great time in class together! Buddies!<3 p="">
 The astronaut pictures that I took of my own kids (along with the 200 others)... they're floating in space! The used this picture in a craft with salt on glue to create a space picture!
My daughter making her space picture in crafts...
 My son was a helper this year in games, and he also played drums in the opening and closing gathering times. He did a great job!
 Thank you to those who prayed for us and supported our work. We enjoyed the time with all of the kids, and we slept well every night, and took some naps too! It was lots of fun leading these Galactic Starveyors!

This was our theme verse:

Colossians 1:15-16
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

Psalm 8:3-4
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

Monday, June 12, 2017

More composting ideas...

A reader named Tim recently contacted me with an article of composting ideas. I read through the list and found a few things I didn't know about, and several things I did. It is nice to have more ideas besides vegetables, weeds, newspapers and leaves to compost. I've never thought of composting felt, oatmeal or toothpicks before! I hope this article gives you some good ideas...

You can find the article here.

You can read my article on composting from 2010 here.


Did you learn something new? Is there something you would add? I'd love to hear about it!


Genesis 2:9
The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Isaiah 61:11
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Matthew 13:32
Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017

JUCO... 2017

Some of my friends and diligent readers may have seen me post in the past about JUCO. JUCO means Junior College, and every year our town hosts the World Series. It is lots of fun to attend the games, see friends and watch some great baseball! We've attended every year since we were married, we've brought our babies, had date nights there, brought all the kids on Saturday (when there are 4 games), and love to cheer on our 'favorite' teams.

Cool fruit display carved by a man in our town...
For the 3rd year in a row, our son has gotten to be a batboy for one region, for at least one game. The teams play a double elimination tournament, and each team that Caleb has been batboy for has been out after 2 games! Such a bummer! We enjoy getting to know one of the teams a little bit, and we get to attend a BBQ sponsored by one of the local Lions Clubs.
A cool dedication at the beginning of one game...
When Bethany got cold, she put my sweatshirt over her head... :-D

 On Memorial Day, a veteran was flown in with the hospital helicopter...
 A nice view of the field during a game...
 Hubby and daughter kept score...
 A runner heading to home plate and another to 1st base!
 We enjoyed a date night to one game...
My youngest sat on my lap... loved it!

It was another fun year enjoying baseball... we'll go to some of our minor league games on that field later this summer!


Psalm 19:5
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

Psalm 119:32
I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Monday, May 29, 2017

We Remember/ Memorial Day 2017

Love this new song by my favorite, Steven Curtis Chapman called, "We Remember." Please listen to the song on YouTube here.

Here are the lyrics for this fitting song, on Memorial Day...

"We Remember"

This is for the ones who heard the fight for freedom calling
For the ones who answered, "I'll do what I can"
For the ones who ran to battle
Who believed that freedom mattered
Oh this is for you

And this is for the ones whose orders took them to the front lines
For the ones who fell and never made it home
For the ones who came back broken
With memories too hard to be spoken
Oh this is for you

We remember
We remember 
We are thankful
We are grateful
We know freedom isn't free
We remember
We remember
The gift you gave
The price you paid
Is not in vain
And it will never be forgotten
'Cause we remember 

And this is for the ones whose war is wondering and waiting
For the moms and dads and families back at home
Those with pictures by their beds
Who had to learn to live again
Oh this is for you

We remember
We remember 
We are thankful
We are grateful
We know freedom isn't free
We remember
We remember
The gift you gave
The price you paid
Is not in vain
And it will never be forgotten
We remember 

We remember
Every time we chase our dreams
Or pray out loud 
Speak our minds
And even when we disagree
Oh we remember
And though sometimes we've lost our way
We're still the land of the free and the home of the brave

And we remember
We remember
And we are thankful
We are grateful
We know freedom isn't free
We remember
We remember
The gift you gave
The price you paid
Is not in vain
And it will never be forgotten




John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Psalm 119:45
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

Galatians 5:1
[ Freedom in Christ ] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rebekah's high school graduation!?!

Our daughter Rebekah graduated from high school last week!?! It was lots of fun to celebrate all of her hard work in high school and accomplishments. She took several college classes this year, and scored A's in all of them! What a smartie pants!

She had two graduations. One was with our public "umbrella" school that we use for funding and support. The 2nd was a more intimate, Christian ceremony with other Christian homeschoolers from our area. The 2nd ceremony was more meaningful, included a Bible verse in the video and the parents spoke a 30 second message (each) to the graduate. When I read my message aloud after I wrote it, I cried the first time! I am happy to say that I did not cry when I spoke for the recording. It was quite an emotional few weeks for me! 

We're so proud of and thankful for this girl, and happy she'll be living at home again next fall! 
Enjoy the pictures!
 All ready before ceremony #1...

 My bestie came to the 1st ceremony with her boys, and the younger one wore her cap!
 Her display on the table... photo and music, of course!
 All ready for ceremony #2 on Saturday, with a sweet friend...
 The graduates on stage... they did it! I loved that the parents each gave their child the diploma!
 The party after the ceremony... friends eating together! My nephew and bestie's boy were eating with the teenagers! ;-D
 All crowded around a small screen...
 All of the cousins on Joshua's side of the family...

 Rebekah with auntie, uncle and cousins...
 Another family photo op!
 With Auntie...
 With Nana...
 With Grandpa...
 With Nana and her sister, Auntie Nana... it's a Nana sandwich!
 Adults on Joshua's side of the family...
 My side of the family...
 Adults on my side of the family...
 The curly girls! My mom, sister, daughter and me! 
 My nephew wore her cap too!
 On Sunday afternoon, she had a senior voice recital, where she sang 9 songs, had an accompanist, and a friend played 2 pieces during her breaks!
 Singing...
She did just beautifully! So thankful for her love of music and God-given talent!

Her life verse...

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mother's day 2017

We had a fun weekend celebrating Mother's Day again this year. I felt spoiled by not needing to cook all day, getting breakfast in bed, some gorgeous flowers, a walk and a nap!

Here are some photo highlights...
 Before the mother daughter luncheon on Saturday...
 They had a lot of cupcakes there, and Mallory loved her blue one...
 We had a lovely soloist sing two songs...
 My breakfast in bed made by my little girls...
 My gorgeous flower bouquet....
 Mallory painted Grandma's fingernails for her...
 Our traditional photos after church... love each one of them!
Me and my honey...
 Squeezing and being silly "holding" my oldest girl...

 Holding my baby girl...
 Making my son stand still and look nice for a picture...haha!
 My sweet middle daughter...
 All together now!
Got to spoil my momma this year, my hubby made delicious pizza and strawberry rhubarb crisp... so, so good! Pinterest gave me the idea for the sign... <3 p="">

I'm so thankful that I get to raise my four blessings that God has given me. They are all different people already, so fun, funny, neat kids! God is so good... all the time!


Psalm 113:9
He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.

Proverbs 6:20
My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

Isaiah 49:15
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
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