Manhattan Family Gathering

Our family gathered in the "Little Apple," Manhattan, Kansas, earlier this month. We enjoyed good conversation, hanging out with one another and time to connect. It's a little harder to do all this with seven grandchildren and one more on the way.

Here are some special times and moments that I captured while we were together. Enjoy!

Nothing Better!

There's nothing better than spending time with family. Thanks Josh and Diana for letting us hang out with you and your guys! These are memories I want to capture and savor. Enjoy!

Hiawatha Carnival

New Covenant hosted another awesome Carnival for Hiawatha School last Friday. The rain stopped and the sun came out. Around 600 kids and their parents enjoyed free food, games, inflatables, face painting, balloon creations, the Airwaves band and a special presentation by strong man, Mike Gillette. Here are some pictures from the evening. Enjoy!

Good Friends

When you serve with someone for 25 years you become good friends. We honored Ken and Colette Rieck at New Covenant last Sunday as they will be moving to Lawrence, Kansas to be closer to their daughter. Ken and Colette impacted the lives of many people and will be greatly missed. Enjoy!

Christmas Cousins

We enjoyed having family with us the week before Christmas including six grandsons three and under! Our new condo was rock'n with life, laughter, and an occasional tear. Enjoy!


I had a great time Monday evening hanging out with Paul and Dominic. Paul is a Big Brother to Dominic through Big Brother Big Sisters. It's easy to see how much they enjoy being with one another. Simple things done together can have a significant impact. It was fun watching Dominic fix mac and cheese and grill burgers! I hope this slideshow captures the relationship Paul and Dominic have with one another. Enjoy!

Learning to Love

We visited Josh, Diana, Caleb and Clayton earlier this month in Forest City. Josh and Diana love their little guys! They are awesome parents, teaching their little team how to love one another. Clayton is just about a month old when these photos were taken. 

I put together a slide show that tells the story better than I can. Enjoy!

Clayton David Pagel

Clayton David Pagel was born to Josh and Diana on Sunday, February 7. We arrived at the hospital an hour after he was born. What joy! We marvel at the gift of life and worship the giver of life. Enjoy the slideshow.

Let the Little Children Come to Jesus

We had a great Bible Club last Saturday with 17 kids attending from the Fives Seasons Mobile Home Park! Tasty homemade snacks, fun games, engaging worship, awesome Bible lesson and lots of smiles! Our team presented Jesus in all his beauty!

Welcome Home

What an awesome sight - 50 people at the Eastern Iowa Airport eagerly waiting for Jeremy, Alex and Thomas to arrive! And then they appeared! All joy. Many tears. Hopes and dreams and fears all mixed together, coming out all at once! They're finally home, where they belong! 

Enjoy the slideshow and memories!