Photos From Aug. & Sept. 2016 Rodrigues Travels!!

Hi, All!!  Below are lots of pictures from our August and September travels.  Enjoy and we love you all!!                With Care,  The Rodrigues Family

David preached a whole Missions'Conference in Morehead, Kentucky at Bible Baptist Church.

David preached a whole Missions’Conference in Morehead, Kentucky at Bible Baptist Church.

He did a great job!

He did a great job!

Here is the Pastor of that church - Pastor Jack Tuckett

Here is the Pastor of that church – Pastor Jack Tuckett

A friend I made at that church - sweet lady!!

A friend I made at that church – sweet lady!!

David was excited to get an AWESOME deal at an auction for paper in the print shop!

David was excited to get an AWESOME deal at an auction for paper in the print shop!

He also found an amazing cutter that cuts through massive amounts of paper!

He also found an amazing cutter that cuts through massive amounts of paper!

David has enjoyed getting more and more jobs in our - Äll Things Truth Print Shop".

David has enjoyed getting more and more jobs in our – “All Things Truth Print Shop”.

Back on the road again.........this is Kaylee and Sadie asleep as we travel.  SO CUTE!!  You can tell they are from a big family.  They have learned flexibility and to be squished!  LOL   We have the most amazing children..............smile.

Back on the road again………this is Kaylee and Sadie asleep as we travel. SO CUTE!! You can tell they are from a big family. They have learned flexibility and to be squished! LOL We have the most amazing children…………..smile.

Open air park singing.

Open air park singing.

This is the church that hosted this event.

This is the church that hosted this event.

Watching another couple sing.

Watching another couple sing.

Audience

Audience

Waiting our turn.

Waiting our turn.

Pretty sun!

Pretty sun!

Audience

Audience

Our turn

Our turn

LONG process for all of us to get up there.  LOL

LONG process for all of us to get up there. LOL

And......more.

And……more.

Finally all on stage.  LOL

Finally all on stage. LOL………almost.

The singing has begun!

The singing has begun!

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Spectators

Spectators

People from the church.

People from the church.

More....

More….

Nurie beautifully playing the tin whistles.  She makes any wind instrument sing like a bird!

Nurie beautifully playing the tin whistle. She makes any wind instrument sound like a bird!

Samuel on the harmonica

Samuel on the harmonica

And, Timothy too.

And, Timothy too.

David helping watch Sofia while we sing.

David helping watch Sofia while we sing.

David faithfully manning our sound system.   These open air meetings are really SUCH a good testimony and witness for the Lord.  People walking by, would stand all around the outskirts of the seats, and just watch and listen.  The Gospel was given out, and we hope lives were changed!

David faithfully manning our sound system. These open air meetings are really SUCH a good testimony and witness for the Lord. People walking by, would stand all around the outskirts of the seats and just watch and listen. The Gospel was given out, and we hope lives were changed!

Lady that took all the pics.

Lady that took all the pics.

Sweet friend who traveled to this meeting to see our family!!

Sweet friend who traveled to this meeting to see our family!!

Mrs. Fry- the Pastor's wife.

Mrs. Fry- the Pastor’s wife.

Pastor Fry

Pastor Fry

The other couple that sang.

The other couple that sang.

Friends we made.

Friends we made.

On to the next church - Open Door Baptist Church with Pastor Butterfield (pictured in the middle).

On to the next church – Open Door Baptist Church with Pastor Butterfield (pictured in the middle).

Mrs. Butterfield

Mrs. Butterfield

Other sweet people from the church

Other sweet people from the church

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Judy Edmunds (another ministry wife).

Judy Edmunds (another ministry wife).

Then, David took me on a early 19th anniversary 3 day date! (Our anniversary was October 4th and we were going to be traveling that day, that is why we celebrated early.) We had a GREAT time and we took along little nursing Sofia.  :)

Then, David took me on a early 19th anniversary 3 day date! (Our anniversary was October 4th and we were going to be traveling that day, that is why we celebrated early.) We had a GREAT time and we took along little nursing Sofia. 🙂

Sofia

Sofia

Special one on one time.

Special one on one time.

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She loved this little park.

She loved this little park.

If I were to be honest, I was winning MOST of the 3 games.  But David barely beat me on one and then somehow recovered from an almost 10 point lead I had on the 3rd game.  BUT.......pretend you didn't see that.  HE is the champion!!  LOL

If I were to be honest, I was winning MOST of the 3 games.  David barely beat me on one and then somehow recovered from an almost 10 point lead I had on the 3rd game. BUT…….pretend you didn’t read this. HE is the champion!! LOL

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Still his "bride"19 years later!!........smile

Still his “bride” 19 years later!!……..smile

LOVE

LOVE

Pool fun

Pool fun

Golf

Golf

Back home to SPECIAL visitors from NY!!  The Burlew family came to visit our family in WV.  We LOVED having them!!  My parents took us all out to eat Sunday afternoon.  Thanks, Daddy & Ma!!

Back home to SPECIAL visitors from NY!! The Burlew family came to visit our family in WV. We LOVED having them!! My parents took us all out to eat Sunday afternoon. Thanks, Daddy & Ma!!

Good food!

Good food!  Sweet Tracy Burlew to the left.

Smiles

Smiles

Special Treat!

Special Treat!

Sad goodbyes.........sniff, sniff.

Sad goodbyes………sniff, sniff.

Next meeting

Next meeting

Sweet Mom of 10 children!  Kindred spirits and we had SO much alike!!  We were married the SAME month and year, we both have had miscarriages, we both homeschool, she has 10, I have 12.........and the list goes on.  It was sweet!

Sweet Mom of 10 children! Kindred spirits and we had SO much alike!! We were married the SAME month and year, we both have had miscarriages, we both homeschool, she has 10, I have 12………and the list goes on. It was sweet!

Men of God

Men of God

A Sunday School Class I taught 4 days in a row.  I LOVED it because I LOVE children!!

A Sunday School Class I taught 4 days in a row. I LOVED it because I LOVE children!!

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This was the church where the Missions' Conference was where I taught the S.S.

This was the church where the Missions’ Conference was where I taught the S.S.

Our family provided the special music all week long at the Missions'Conference

Our family provided the special music all week long at the Missions’Conference

Great ministry to the Portugal speaking people.........near and dear to our hearts because David is Portuguese!!

Great ministry to the Portugal speaking people………near and dear to our hearts because David is Portuguese!!

Pastor Williams in the middle.

Pastor Williams in the middle.

Mrs. Williams

Mrs. Williams

Sweet!

Sweet!

Silly!

Silly!

Exhausted and on our way home again!!  Sadie again, but now with a wayward leg instead of arm!!  LOL

Exhausted and on our way home again!! Sadie again, but now with a wayward leg instead of arm!! LOL

It is an HONOR to serve Jesus and TRULY our REASONABLE service!!  We love you all and stay posted for our next set of photos from our October travels!!  God bless.

The Rodrigues Family

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Rodrigues Family Schedule for October 2016 – coming to MD, OH, NY, WV, and PA!!!

Rodrigues Family Schedule for October!!  If you live near any of these areas, come meet us!  We’d LOVE to meet YOU!!

Westernport, Maryland – Pastor Daniel Anderson – Harmony Baptist Church – Missions’ Conference – Sunday, October 2 through Wednesday, October 5, 2016!  For more info. call – (304) 790-5042.

North Ridgeville, Ohio – Pastor Dennis White – Grace Baptist Church – Sunday, (all day)- on October 9, 2016!

Malta, New York – Pastor Rob Newcome – Emmanuel Baptist Church – Missions’ Conference- Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Newark, New York – Foster Family (helping Amy Foster)- Monday, October 17 through Saturday, October 22, 2016.  On Friday (October 21st), Jill will be planning a luncheon for ladies to have an opportunity to meet Amy Foster and hear a small “charge” from Amy Foster.  The Luncheon will be held in -or near- Newark, NY – Please keep your eye on the Praying for Amy Foster Facebook page for more details on that). 

Palmyra, New York – Pastor Brasser – Palmyra Bible Baptist Church – Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (7pm in the evening).

Newark, New York – Pastor Wilson – Lighthouse Baptist Church – Sunday, October 23, 2016 (all day).

Culloden, West Virginia – Pastor Claude Spurlock – First Missionary Baptist Church-  Revival Service – Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 7:00pm.

Rochester, Pennsylvania – Pastor Bailey – Sylvania Hills Baptist Church – Friday, October 28, 2016 (Harvest Party) and Sunday, October 30, 2016 (Old Fashioned Sunday) all day.

God bless you all and thank you for your prayers during our busy traveling!!  We love you guys!

With Care,  The Rodrigues Family  (304) 303-8057

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Rodrigues Schedule – Coming to KY, OH, MD, & WV!! Come see us!! (And Pictures ALSO!)

***See Pictures Below!!***

August Schedule for the Rodrigues Family…………..

Thursday – August 4th at 7pm – Pastor Travis Bradley’s Church – Charleston, WV.

Sunday – August 14th at 6pm – Centennial Church – Sycamore Rd. – Ripley, WV

Sunday – August 21 – am & pm services – Our family will be singing at our home church- Pastor Kevan Bartlett – Maranatha Baptist Church – Charleston, WV.

Thursday – Sunday (Missions Conference) – August 25th-28th.  Bible Baptist Church – Pastor Jack Tackett –    (606) 776-1688 – Morehead, Kentucky.

September Schedule………………

Sunday (All Day) – September 4th – Ambassador Baptist Church – Pastor Tom Fry – Frederick, Maryland – (240) 409-6102.

Sunday (All Day) – September 11th – Open Door Baptist Church – Pastor Butterfield – Canton, Ohio.

Tuesday – pm service – September 20th – Independent Baptist Church – Pastor Mike Elder – Vienna, WV.

Wednesday – Sunday (Missions Conference) – September 21st – 25th – Maplewood Baptist Church- Martinsburg, WV.

**If you live near any of these locations, please feel free to come visit us!!  We would LOVE to meet you!  God bless!!        With Care,  The Rodrigues Family

Katie Maulucci & I. (Missionary wife to Nick - missionaries to Bulgaria).  We were in a meeting with them.   ;)

Katie Maulucci & I. (Missionary wife to Nick – missionaries to Bulgaria). We were in a meeting with them. 😉

Katie's husband - Nick.

Katie’s husband – Nick.

The Maulucci family has 11 children!!

The Maulucci family has 11 children!!

This is me with Pastor Bradley's wife - Jessica.

This is me with Pastor Bradley’s wife – Jessica.  Pastor Bradley and Jessica have 9 children.  So, we had a REALLY BIG church full of children at church that night!   32 – to be exact – and that is ONLY from 3 families!!!!!  LOL.

We had them all over for dinner.  (Including Josh and Pepsi Lancaster and their 2 boys).  it was a sweet time of fellowship.

We had them all over for dinner. (Including Josh and Pepsi Lancaster and their 2 boys). It was a sweet time of fellowship.

 

BIG group!!

BIG group!!

The men talking deep BIBLE doctrine!  I just LOVE it!!

The men talking deep BIBLE doctrine! I just LOVE it!!

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The children playing "Pit".  FUN!!

The children playing “Pit”. FUN!!IMG_1072

LOTS of playing!!

LOTS of playing!!

We ladies had sweet fellowship while I did both of their hair down in my little salon.

We ladies had sweet fellowship while I did both of their hair down in my little salon.

Well, that wraps up this post!  Again, please feel free to come to one of the meetings we will be singing at that we mentioned above and we would be honored to meet you!  God bless you and we love you in the Lord!!

Serving Jesus With Joy,  The Rodrigues Family

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“I Yelled At My Children!!” July 2016

I was getting caught up on my computer work a few nights ago and I kept stumbling on pictures, posts, etc., etc. of things that I KNEW would displease the Lord Jesus!  With a sigh IMG_0880from the depths of my soul………I read on.  Many seem to think life is just about one big party!

People that I have looked up to for years, begin to lower their standards.  Lady’s blouses slip quite a bit lower, girls put on pants (a male’s gender of clothing) shorts get higher and higher on the leg, lady’s cut their hair short and men grow theirs long.  The dress standard among most people has dropped so low, I don’t know how it could drop any lower??……………Unless the entire world turns into a “nudist colony”.  In New York City, they are already using “body paint” rather than clothing.  To find something good on the TV (although we do not have one) gets harder and harder to find and movies are filled with filth!  Double, Triple, Sighhhhh………..

Then, we as Christians sit back and say, “Isn’t it a shame where this world has gone!!” Sadly though, many times we are close behind the world and its sin!  I understand that certain things change with the culture and things that were deemed a NO, NO – a hundred years ago, are okay now.  If those changes do not include sin, then sure, we are bound to adapt to our culture.  However, when it defies what the Lord has put in place as our guide and boundary, I can’t help but wonder that we are quickly becoming a world similar to that of the days of Noah.  The difference is, is that if we are Christians, we have the Holy Spirit indwelling in us!!  What an advantage!!  Yet, we so readily ignore Him and His promptings (including me).

I guess I’m tired.  I’m tired of being (many times) the very rare minority that takes a stand.  Of course, we are NO better than anyone else……..just rather willing to be conservative in our standards.  Our children have seen what is out there in the way of “mate material”, and it makes them wonder, “Mama, will we find that godly mate that I am looking for?” (YES, God is able when we trust in Him – so put your worries to rest).

IMG_0814I am truly thankful for how young people have a desire to serve the Lord and many times head off to Bible college.  Maybe even some of our children will do that.  However, what worries me, is they think THAT is what makes them spiritual.  Yielding to CHRIST, is what makes us spiritual, and if Bible College is in that equation to learn more about the Word of God (and not to flirt with the opposite gender and have an independent, expensive social life), then great!

I surrendered my life to the Lord at 12 yrs. old for full-time service to Him.  However, for the next 27 years of my life, I grew up, got married, and I had baby after baby.  I folded (millions – at least it seemed so) of clothes, ironed, wiped dirty hands and faces, mopped floors, washed dishes, went into intense labor – baby after baby, read stories, did devotions and taught my children of God’s ways……….only to rise and do it all over again the next day.

Was I out front……..getting noticed??  NOOOO……..I was home throwing up from another pregnancy that made me sick, or changing a smelly diaper that made me sick, or dancing with pain as my swelled varicose veins throbbed from being on them for too long!  Yes………I chose to let God bless us with all these children (a step of faith and surrender that most IMG_0695Christians will NEVER take).  BUT – I am raising up an army for Christ and I feel HONORED that God has blessed us with twelve thus far!!!  These are things that you will never learn at Bible college.  To have grit determination in the face of many acts of service towards (sometimes it seems) a thankless job.  The fruit of my labor is just now starting to be seen and I thank God for that!!

He promises that………Ga 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

You can believe it………from this article alone, I will face much criticism.  But, it just shows people’s hearts are calloused towards sin and they have put up a protective wall around the areas they don’t want conviction or change in.

Normally I tread softly and speak sweetly and show love and grace (all good things……smile) but the ones that defend sin, are certainly never shy to boldly and without love and grace “DEFEND THEIR POSITION!”  I guess once in awhile, you just need that righteous anger that Jesus had when he overturned the tables!  What about God’s righteous indignation mentioned in the Bible.  Ps 106:40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.  Be angry (at sin) but sin not.  Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not:

Remember, there is a time for everything under the sun………as stated in Ecclesiastes.  Ec 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  Where has our hatred gone for sin??  The common argument is that we are ALL sinners, so how can we be so judgemental??  YES, I SURE AM A WRETCH myself!! – But this should not diminish (or give me excuse) to overlook the filth of sin.

IMG_0364So, the more I sat at my computer, the more “fired up” I got!!  “Children!!” I called them all up to me.  Once they had all gathered around me, I said………

“Look at this picture!” as I flung my hand towards the computer.  It was then that I began my “Mama preaching session”.  (YES – women are to be silent in the church) but not with our children!  This is our GOLDEN opportunity to instill core character and a HATRED for sin in our children!! So, I began……………

“Boys, NEVER cheat on your wife – IT”S SIN – from the pits of hell!! Girls, never lower your dress standard – raise the bar HIGH!! Boys, keep your hair cut short, ( 1Co 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?) and girls keep it long (1Co 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.) “

“DON’T do drugs, smoke, drink, swear, view pornography!!  Stay away from gambling, and from ever stealing!!”

“LIVE RIGHTEOUS – UNTIL THE STARS FALL!!  Remember, Pr 15:3 ¶ The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”!!!!!!  and much more!…….

My children looked at me with wide eyes and I could see the passion for doing Alligator Farm 6right……..creep onto their own precious faces & eyes.  When I finish with talks like that, they always begin to start talking rapidly and we have a blessed family discussion on sin and the DARK, DEATHLY places it will take you!!  Praise God for the light of God’s Word!!  “Ps 119:105 ¶  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Moms out there, DON’T be afraid to raise your voice in PASSION for what you believe in!!  Once your children are grown and gone, your chance at intense training is over!  YES…….a balance of love and discipline is crucial, but don’t forget how crucial the training is!!  “Proverbs 29:15 ………….a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.  Pr 22:6 ¶ Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

I remember as a little girl, Jack Hyles preaching and telling us that his Mama used to TRAMPLE on “mock” cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol, pornography, etc. and EXCLAIM to her children “NEVER do these things!!!!  They will RUIN your life!”  (That’s the best I remember the story), but how it impressed upon me!

Where have the Moms with back-bone gone?  Yes, we need to have self-control and patience, but let us not confuse that with thinking we need to have a tolerance of sin!!……..especially when it comes to training the treasures that God has entrusted to us!!

IMG_0491I do NOT boast myself of tomorrow, for I know not what a day may bring forth.  However, I am thrilled to say that up-to-date, we have obedient, pleasant, joyful children (and that includes a 17,16,15,14, and 13 year olds!).  ALL praise to Jesus and His ways!!

That success thus far is ALL due to following the Lord and HIS principles!!  God really has designed a simple plan.  YES,  we love our children to death, but we are NOT afraid to have them corrected by others or by us when they do wrong.  So many parents cringe at any type of correction of wrong doing that “their precious babies” are accused of.  Why is it, that when it comes to our children, we defend their poor choices or character??  Don’t be afraid to call sin what it is – including with your own darling children.  They WILL thank you for it someday.

But then, don’t forget to praise their good character and be their cheer-leader and encourager!!  Again, have that balance!

Was my voice raised to a “yelling” level!  You bet is was!!  In JESUS NAME – I will fight against the wiles of the devil!!  For he is a ROARING LION – seeking whom he may devour!!

WARN and SHOUT to your children ****CAUTION**** and ****BEWARE****!!!  Put on the whole armour of  God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil!!  It’s SO important!

Moms, be a loving Mama – sweet, kind, loving, good housekeeper and godly wife (among other things) BUT – don’t be afraid call sin what it is – EVIL!

Remember…………Mt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:IMG_0496

I love you all!                  Passionate for Righteousness,  Jill R.

 

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WANTED!!! (July 2016) – See LOTS of Pictures!!!

We helped do a "Western Theme VBS in June in Chambersburg, PA.  We took pics of all the children (in VBS) of this pose........but we thought that we would just show you some of our family in this pose.  Isn't David HILARIOUS here?!!

We helped do a “Western Theme VBS” in June in Chambersburg, PA. We took pics of all the children (in VBS) of this pose……..but we thought that we would just show you some of our family in this pose. Isn’t David HILARIOUS here?!!

Jill

Jill

Nurie can't STAND the way her chin looks here.....LOL!

Nurie can’t STAND the way her chin looks here…..LOL!

Handsome Timothy.  He looked like an authentic cowboy!

Handsome Timothy. He looked like an authentic cowboy!

Renee

Renee

Phillip

Phillip

Samuel

Samuel

Cheerful Gabriel

Cheerful Gabriel

Tessie

Tessie

Hannah

Hannah

Olivia

Olivia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We  are thankful that we had a past couple of REALLY busy weeks doing VBS, Revival Services and presenting our work at a church we had never been to in Ohio.  Now we are home and have the rest of the month of July off!  It is the first time I have had this much time at home since December!  It feels like such a treat and I have a whole list of things I want to get done before leaving.  We have just a few closer meetings in August and then in the fall time, our schedule gets pretty busy and full again.  The Lord knows just when we need more time at home.  He is SO good to us!  Below are some more pictures of our last trip.

David & the Pastor and a couple of other men, played the "policing" cowboys in this skit - telling Timothy he MUST come to VBS!  It was SO funny!

David & the Pastor and a couple of other men, played the “policing” cowboys in this skit – telling Timothy he MUST come to VBS! It was SO funny!

Pastor Fleck

Pastor Fleck

With these tough guys.......Timothy had BETTER obey!

With these tough guys…….Timothy had BETTER obey!

Well, it looks like he didn't cooperate.........so they must carry him out of the church!!  LOL

Well, it looks like he didn’t cooperate………so they must carry him out of the church!! LOL

It was such a pleasure and surprise to meet a distant relative on the Lupole side (Cindy Drage) show up to one of the church services.  She had read our itinerary and had seen where we were going to be.  We were about a half hour away from where she lived and it was our honor to meet this sweet lady!

It was such a pleasure and surprise to meet a distant relative on the Lupole side (Cindy Drage) show up to one of the church services. She had read our itinerary and had seen where we were going to be. We were about a half hour away from where she lived and it was our honor to meet this sweet lady!

This girl rededicated her life to the Lord in VBS.

This girl rededicated her life to the Lord in VBS.

Nurie specifically prayed that God would help her to be able to lead someone to the Lord.  This girl was one person that did get saved!  Her name is Ny'jaya.  Nurie was THRILLED at this answered prayer!

Nurie specifically prayed that God would help her to be able to lead someone to the Lord. This girl was one person that did get saved! Her name is Ny’jaya. Nurie was THRILLED at this answered prayer!

This is Pastor Fleck...the Pastor of the church that had VBS.  He built another bunk bed/crib for us in our RV.  He did a beautiful job and is standing right in front of it.

This is Pastor Fleck…the Pastor of the church that had VBS. He built another bunk bed/crib for us in our RV. He did a beautiful job and is standing right in front of it.

This is Pastor Fleck with his dear wife - Debbie.  Our children ADORE the Flecks and they have also become dear friends to David & I.

This is Pastor Fleck with his dear wife – Debbie. Our children ADORE the Flecks and they have also become dear friends to David & I.

From there, we headed to Ohio to my nephew - Levi's - graduation from highschool!  He is the first grandchild (of my-Jill's- parents) to reach this milestone.  It is very emotional because it was also GOODBYE for Levi....as he has enlisted in the military and will be going to basic training the beginning of August......sniff, sniff.  Levi loves the Lord and wants to continue to serve Him in the military, but he does feel peace that this is what God wants for him.  Guns, knives, and action have always been Levi's interests.  Bonn voyage, Levi!!

From there, we headed to Ohio to my nephew – Levi’s – graduation from highschool! He is the first grandchild (of my-Jill’s- parents) to reach this milestone. It is very emotional because it was also GOODBYE for Levi….as he has enlisted in the military and will be going to basic training the beginning of August……sniff, sniff. Levi loves the Lord and wants to continue to serve Him in the military, but he does feel peace that this is what God wants for him. Guns, knives, and action have always been Levi’s interests. Bonn voyage, Levi!!

Boy cousins playing games.

Boy cousins playing games.

Lisa hugging Ma.

Lisa hugging Ma.

Fun, outdoor games!

Fun, outdoor games!

This was me - arriving and seeing my Aunt Brenda who came to the graduation party with Uncle Jon and their grandaughter - Mikayla.

This was me – arriving and seeing my Aunt Brenda who came to the graduation party with Uncle Jon and their grandaughter – Mikayla.

Sister cuddle time with Sadie & Sofia at night in the RV.

Sister cuddle time with Sadie & Sofia at night in the RV.

SOOO cute!

SOOO cute!

Kisses

Kisses

Hugs

Hugs

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We were honored to go from there to Pastor Gresham's church in Ohio for their revival services.  Our family and the Rogers Family (the Mom & Dad pictured above) were the special singers for the week.

We were honored to go from there to Pastor Gresham’s church in Ohio for their revival services. Our family and the Rogers Family (the Mom & Dad pictured above) were the special singers for the week.

These are some of the Rogers Girls.

These are some of the Rogers Girls.

Mrs. Gresham & I enjoyed some sweet time of fellowship.

Mrs. Gresham & I enjoyed some sweet time of fellowship.

Preachers at the meeting.

Preachers at the meeting.

This sweet lady - Mary Wright- and her husband graciously allowed us to park in their driveway.  Mary is due with her 7th baby soon!

This sweet lady – Mary Wright- and her husband graciously allowed us to park in their driveway. Mary is due with her 7th baby soon!

We then headed to this church.

We then headed to this church.

This is Pastor of this church- Pastor Drummond.  I have known him and his sweet wife since I was a teenager.

This is the Pastor of this church- Pastor Drummond. I have known him and his sweet wife since I was a teenager.

Mrs. Drummond

Mrs. Drummond

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Kaylee & I

Kaylee & I

We then headed on to Dennis & Lisa's church - Anchor Baptist Church and had a GREAT time there!  They were all such a HUGE blessing to our family.  I, unfortunately, forgot to get pictures when we were there.  However, we met kindred spirits while there!........smile.

We then headed on to Dennis & Lisa’s church – Anchor Baptist Church and had a GREAT time there! They were all such a HUGE blessing to our family. I, unfortunately, forgot to get pictures when we were there. However, we met kindred spirits while there!……..smile.

Well, as I mentioned earlier, we plan to be home the rest of July and only have a few meetings in August.  I have already made phone-calls to the local jails and prisons to try to come up with a time that I can go into those facilities and share the blessed hope of the Gospel with the female inmates.  Also, I have a meeting to meet with the manager at a local Pregnancy Crisis Center to try to volunteer my time there and perhaps give our “Choose Life, Not Abortion” Gospel tracts to them to pass out to the ladies?  Please pray with me regarding these ministries becoming a reality.  David has been VERY busy at work in the print shop since getting home and he already has a LARGE amount of John & Romans that he has compiled and designed a sharp looking cover for.  We are just SO honored to be serving the Lord full-time!  We try to stay busy – to be found worthy of all of our dear supporters support.  Well, I must go.  I have a radio broadcast I do weekly, and I am due to send in another series of those devotionals (geared for ladies).

One more thing I would like to mention is that our church is heading up the “God Bless America Crusade” for this upcoming Sept. 11th Sunday.  We look forward to helping out with those efforts.  The prayer is that 2,000 souls will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!  Please pray that these efforts will not be in vain and that a nationwide revival will start right here in West Virginia!!

I OWE It AAAALLLL to my Jesus,   Jill Rodrigues

(P.S. Be on the lookout for our News Letter & Precious Moments soon!!)

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Rodrigues Family meets Alex Kendrick (producer of movies – War Room, Courageous, etc.) Also, Rod. Family coming to PA and Ohio!!

Hi!!  We are thrilled how our trip went to Richmond, VA for the HEAV Homeschool Convention!  It was a blessing to be encouraged by other fellow home-schoolers and what was REALLY neat about it, was that the Lord allowed us to meet 2 celebrities that we look up to – Alex Kendrick (moive maker of Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous, & War Room) and Shaun Alexander (Christian NFL~past~ football player for the Seahawks and the Redskins) – SEE PICTURES BELOW!!

It was an inspiring week and these two men’s “charges” to us were motivating!  We also enjoyed singing as a family in the lobby of the Convention Center for 2 hours.  My (Jill’s) voice was hoarse when we were done…smile.

We were also blessed to stay in Southside Baptist Church’s Prophets Chambers during our visit and then sing for them all day on Sunday.  The fellowship was sweet and we felt “charged up” to come home and continue serving Jesus!!!

Lastly, we are coming to PA and Ohio!  If you live in those areas, we would LOVE to meet you and have you come to one of those services that we will be singing at!  Below is our itinerary for the next 2 weeks……..

~Sunday- June 19th, 2016 (all day) we will be at Pastor Fleck’s Church – New Testament Baptist Church – in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

~Then, we will continue to be at Pastor Fleck’s Church from Monday through Wednesday for their VBS program!  Call for more info. at – (717) 261-6016.

~Then, we head to Ohio for my nephew (Levi Moravek’s) High school Graduation on Saturday- June 25th!  How exciting! – The first “Noyes” grandchild to graduate!!

~On Sunday (June 26th) through the end of that week, we will be at Pastor Gresham’s Church – Liberty Baptist Church – 6953 Germantown Pike, Moraine, Ohio 45342 – for their Revival Services.  For more info. call – (937) 847-9678.

~All day Sunday (July 3rd), we will be at Pastor Elliott’s Church – Anchor Baptist Church in Ohio.  For more info. call – (937) 478-5357.

Enjoy the PICTURES below of our last (Richmond, VA) Trip!!!

Before we left, David wanted to make sure our RV was in tip-top shape.  Look at this grease!!.......ha-ha.

Before we left, David wanted to make sure our RV was in tip-top shape. Look at this grease!!…….ha-ha.

"Don't touch me!" I exclaimed.

“Don’t touch me!” I exclaimed.

One very educational thing we did while there, was take the entire family on a historical, trolley ride through-out Richmond, VA.  It was very informative of the history of this old city!!

One very educational thing we did while there, was take the entire family on a historical, trolley ride throughout Richmond, VA. It was very informative of the history of this old city!!

Standing at a historical sight in front of the city.

Standing at a historical sight in front of the city.

Truly stair steps in our children.......smile.

Truly stair steps in our children…….smile.

David standing in front of a statue honoring the veterans of the Civil War.

David standing in front of a statue honoring the veterans of the Civil War.

We met Mr. & Mrs. Boyer (Authors of "Are They All Yours?" among many other books)- they are parents to 14 children!!  They have been home schooling for over 30 years.  Next year will be their last year to home school.  It was a blessing to talk with them.

We met Mr. & Mrs. Boyer (Authors of “Are They All Yours?” among many other books)- they are parents to 14 children!! They have been home schooling for over 30 years. Next year will be their last year to home school. It was a blessing to talk with them.

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It was neat for David (a Redskins fan) to meet a former Redskins NFL player - Shaun Alexandar.

It was neat for David (a Redskins fan) to meet a former Redskins NFL player – Shaun Alexandar.

The boys and David enjoyed listening to Shaun Alexander speak to men.

The boys and David enjoyed listening to Shaun Alexander speak to men.

What was SO neat, was that I (and the girls) did not get to meet Mr. Alexander.  However, the Lord was extra good to us and the next day when we were in the foyer of the Marriott eating lunch, almost the entire Alexander came strolling by with their children.  They are such a sweet family and the wife and I hit it right off!  Shaun Alexander has 8 children!

What was SO neat, was that I (and the girls) did not get to meet Mr. Alexander. However, the Lord was extra good to us and the next day when we were in the foyer of the Marriott eating lunch, almost the entire Alexander Family came strolling by with their children. Shaun recognized David from meeting him the day before and we all started talking and fellowshipping. They are such a sweet family and the wife and I hit it right off! Shaun Alexander & his wife have 8 children!

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Brother Alex Kendrick did not have a time for book-signing, or meet & greet.....unless you had paid for a special dinner with him - which we could not afford....smile.  So, again - God was SOOO Good to us and allowed us to have a short window of opportunity as he was coming from the Marriott into the Convention Center into the "Ball Room".  We were hanging out by the entrance to the Ball Room and we rushed up to Bro. Kendrick.  He was SO kind and gracious towards our family.

Brother Alex Kendrick was such a KIND, friendly, humble man.  He shook every hand of our family and was the epitome of gracious.  It was just SUCH an honor to meet him.  His oldest son was with him (17 yrs. old) and he was so polite and kind also.

His message that he spoke that evening, left me feeling in AWE at what God can accomplish in people's lives when they surrender to Him in every area of their lives.  It helped to revive my heart to press on towards doing right - UNTIL THE STARS FALL!!

His message that he spoke that evening, left me feeling in AWE at what God can accomplish in people’s lives when they surrender to Him in every area! It helped to revive my heart to press on towards doing right – UNTIL THE STARS FALL!!

God has been so good to us with all the people we have had the honor of meeting in our travels.  Our ultimate goal in life, is to make the greatest difference for Christ that we can in our ministry.  We came home for a few days, David & I got caught up on some much needed things (including work in the print shop) and now we head out to PA and Ohio!  May we continue to honor Christ in all we do and say…………….for IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL, WHEN WE SEE JESUS!

God bless you all and have a blessed night!

~The Rodrigues Family

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Baby Announcement!! COMING TO VIRGINIA! (Also, pics. from our trip to Ohio & PA) June 7, 2016

GUESS WHO IS PREGNANT!!  Well, you will just have to look down through this post and read all the words below the pictures to find out!!  Also, if you live in or near Virginia, we are coming there this week!  We’d love to meet you!  Read our schedule all the way at the bottom of this post!

We started out our over 2 week trip at Pastor Cowgill's church- Bible Believers Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Ohio for a camp meeting.  It went from a Sunday morning all the way to the following Sunday night with services every evening.

We started out our over 2 week trip at Pastor Cowgill’s church- Bible Believers Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Ohio for a camp meeting. It went from a Sunday morning all the way to the following Sunday night with services every evening.

These are dear people from that church.  They all treated our family so wonderfully, providing lots of food for our family and meals every night.

These are dear people from that church. They all treated our family so wonderfully, providing lots of food for our family and meals every night.

This is the tent the mtgs. were held in.

This is the tent the mtgs. were held in.

David trying to scoot out of the photo - gotcha!!

David trying to scoot out of the photo – gotcha!!

This was the special speaker for most of the tent meeting - Pastor Claude Spurlock.  He is a Pastor at a church here in West Virginia.

This was the special speaker for most of the tent meeting – Pastor Claude Spurlock. He is a Pastor at a church here in West Virginia.

The Neihaus (hope I spelled that right - smile- Family was also there for this Brother to preach and they did some special music on the last Sunday also.

The Neihaus (hope I spelled that right – smile-) Family was also there for this Brother to preach and they did some special music on the last Sunday also.

This is Pastor Cowgill's youngest son - Aaron.

This is Pastor Cowgill’s youngest son – Aaron.

Aaron (age 22) is in college right now studying to become an occupational therapist.  He embraced our family and children and went out and bought balls, toys, etc. and came (amongst his busy schedule with work and college) to spend time "playing" with our children.  They enjoyed his fellowship.  Thank you, Aaron!!

Aaron (age 22) is in college right now studying to become an occupational therapist. He embraced our family and children and went out and bought balls, toys, etc. and came (amongst his busy schedule with work and college) to spend time “playing” with our children. They enjoyed his fellowship. Thank you, Aaron!!

While we were in Ohio, Dennis & Lisa & 4 of their 5 children were able to stop by and see us.  We love them and it had been over a year since we had seen them, so we enjoyed our visit!!

While we were in Ohio, Dennis & Lisa (Lisa is my-Jill’s-older sister) & 4 of their 5 children were able to stop by and see us. We love them and it had been over a year since we had seen them, so we enjoyed our visit!!

This was Lisa's first time to see our newest addition - Sofia.

This was Lisa’s first time to see our newest addition – Sofia.

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Love

The most exciting thing of this whole week was that this man named Henry, accepted the Lord as his Saviour!!  He had been attending the church for close to a year, and finally got saved at the camp mtg.!  Hallelujah!!!

The most exciting thing of this whole week was that this man named Henry, accepted the Lord as his Saviour!! He had been attending the church for close to a year, and finally got saved at the camp mtg.! Hallelujah!!!

Henry really liked our family and he started bringing us cards every night for 8 nights!  He would hand them to me and later asked if I liked what they said.  "Yes, Henry!" I would reply.  "Thank you so much for those cards!!"  He would then say, "I meant every word I said in them!!"

Henry really liked our family and he started bringing us cards every night for 8 nights! He would hand them to me and later ask if I liked what they said. “Yes, Henry!” I would reply. “Thank you so much for those cards!!” He would then say, “I meant every word I said in them!!”

These are the cards.

These are the cards.

Henry, congratulations on your salvation!!  It is the BEST decision you will EVER make in your lifetime!  We are so happy for you and we love you!

Henry, congratulations on your salvation!! It is the BEST decision you will EVER make in your lifetime! We are so happy for you and we love you in the Lord!!

Our next mtg. (scheduled at Pastor Rick Drummond's church) got cancelled due to the missionary speaker cancelling and Bro. Drummond getting knee surgery.  Well, we were already packed up in our RV and had some spare time.  David & I felt that we really needed some "marriage" time..........so, we headed to PA, near my sister - Angie's house- and dropped off our oldest 11 children for Angie to "keep an eye" on.  Then, David and I proceeded to a serene campground in Strasburg, PA (Amish Country).  Little Sofia was with us due to her still nursing.  It was a lovely time!!

Our next mtg. (scheduled at Pastor Rick Drummond’s church) got cancelled due to the missionary speaker cancelling and Bro. Drummond getting knee surgery. Well, we were already packed up in our RV and had some spare time. David & I felt that we really needed some “marriage” time……….so, we headed to PA, near my sister – Angie’s house- and dropped off our oldest 11 children for Angie to “keep an eye” on. Then, David and I proceeded to a serene campground in Strasburg, PA (Amish Country). Little Sofia was with us due to her still nursing. It was a lovely time!!

We are standing in front of the "Sight & Sound Theater" here.  We went and saw - "Samson".  SO GOOD!......as always!!

We are standing in front of the “Sight & Sound Theater” here. We went and saw – “Samson”. SO GOOD!……as always!!

Sofia enjoyed the fountain.  Cute.

Sofia enjoyed the fountain. Cute.

This was our camp site.  Cook out...........ymmm!

This was our camp site. Cook out………..ymmm!

Behind our site, there rippled along a beautiful creek.  Beyond that, was a country road where Amish horses and buggies kept galloping by.  SO PEACEFUL!!

Behind our site, there rippled along a beautiful creek. Beyond that, was a country road where Amish horses and buggies kept galloping by. SO PEACEFUL!!

At the campground, was an old mill.  It was SO interesting exploring around.

At the campground, was an old mill. It was SO interesting exploring around.

This is how old the mill was!!

This is how old the mill was!!

David standing in front of the building/mill.

David standing in front of the building/mill.

Inside the mill.

Inside the mill.

Again, inside the mill.

Again, inside the mill.

Oh.......if only these walls could talk.

Oh…….if only these walls could talk.

Me sitting on an old sleigh in the mill.

Me sitting on an old sleigh in the mill.

Right outside the mill, was a historic covered bridge - called the "kissing bridge".  We thought we'd do a bit of that in front of it!  We enjoyed this trip immensely and enjoyed working on always keeping our marriage strong.  Thanks, My Love (David), for giving me that lovely time!!  I miss it!!

Right outside the mill, was a historic covered bridge – called the “kissing bridge”. We thought we’d do a bit of that in front of it! We enjoyed this trip immensely and enjoyed working on always keeping our marriage strong. Thanks, My Love (David), for giving me that lovely time!! I miss it!!

Thank you, Jordan & Angie, for being willing to have a total (with your 6 and our 11) of 17 children in your house while David & I took that trip!  You are SO sweet & we love you!  Angie is holding her youngest - Azalea- who is now almost 17 months old.  She is about 6 months older than our youngest - Sofia - but they are very close in size.

Thank you, Jordan & Angie, for being willing to have a total (with your 6 and our 11) of 17 children in your house while David & I took that trip! You are SO sweet & we love you! Angie is holding her youngest – Azalea- who is now almost 17 months old. She is about 6 months older than our youngest – Sofia – but they are very close in size.

Guess WHO IS PREGNANT???  You guessed it - ANGIE!!!!  This will be their 7th child and Angie is due the beginning of next February.  We are SO happy for them.  We were a little nervous how sweet Amy Foster would take the news, but as always, she was sweet about it and happy for the Hillegass family.

Guess WHO IS PREGNANT??? You guessed it – ANGIE!!!! This will be their 7th child and Angie is due the beginning of next February. We are SO happy for them. We were a little nervous how sweet Amy Foster would take the news, but as always, she was sweet about it and happy for the Hillegass family.

This is Jordan and Angie's 3rd child - Preston.  The day we picked our children up from the Hillegass' home, Preston was graduation from homeschool kindergarten at a homeschool support group at their church.  We were excited to attend.

This is Jordan and Angie’s 3rd child – Preston. The day we picked our children up from the Hillegass’ home, Preston was graduation from homeschool kindergarten at a homeschool support group at their church. We were excited to attend.

Me & Preston.

Me & Preston.

From there, we headed to our next destination in Byesville, Ohio.  On our way there, the belt on the engine in our RV, burnt out and broke.  SOOOO, we were stranded on a country road in PA.  We called a mechanic (Ken) we knew from a church in PA and low and behold, he lived only 1 1/2 hrs. away!!  God is so good!  He came and fixed it for us!  Hallelujah!  Well, while we waited, I decided to make "lemonade out of a lemon situation".  The children and I went for a walk, did laundry at a local laundromat, washed the car at a car wash, and watched a car race on the side-line lawn and hill.  It was fun!  While I was at a store getting food for dinner, I also met a Christian couple - the Knupps.  They were SO sweet and even graciously handed us some money to help out!  I cried.  It just touched my heart SO much that in the middle of no where, in a strange area, God showed up and encouraged us and showed us (through other dear Christians whom we had never met before) that HE was still watching over us!  What an AWESOME God we serve!!

From there, we headed to our next destination in Byesville, Ohio. On our way there, the belt on the engine in our RV, burnt out and broke. SOOOO, we were stranded on a country road in PA. We called a mechanic (Ken) we knew from a church in PA and low and behold, he lived only 1 1/2 hrs. away!! God is so good! He came and fixed it for us! Hallelujah! While we waited, I decided to make “lemonade out of a lemon situation”. The children and I went for a walk, did laundry at a local laundromat, washed the car at a car wash, and watched a car race on the side-line lawn and hill. It was fun! While I was at a store getting food for dinner, I also met a Christian couple – the Knupps. They were SO sweet and even graciously handed us some money to help out! I cried. It just touched my heart SO much that in the middle of no where, in a strange area, God showed up and encouraged us and showed us (through other dear Christians whom we had never met before) that HE was still watching over us! What an AWESOME God we serve!!  

We did not get to our next destination until 4:30 am.  We were EXHAUSTED beyond words!  We collapsed into bed to get some much needed sleep and then arose and got ready to at least make it the the church's Sunday evening service.  We also went to their Memorial Day picnic the next day.  David is standing here with Pastor Leathley (on the left) at the picnic.  Pictured above is Kaylee with a girl from the church.

We did not get to our next destination until 4:30 am. We were EXHAUSTED beyond words! We collapsed into bed to get some much needed sleep and then arose and got ready to at least make it the the church’s Sunday evening service. We also went to their Memorial Day picnic the next day. David is standing here with Pastor Leathley (on the left) at the picnic. Pictured up above is Kaylee with a girl from the church.

Enjoyed some games.

Enjoyed some games.

David's turn.

David’s turn.

Mrs. Leathley (Pastor's wife) is all the way to the left.

Mrs. Leathley (Pastor’s wife) is all the way to the left.

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COMING TO VIRGINIA!!!!…………………

Well, we have been home now for a week and we leave again tomorrow (Wed. – June 8th) for a HEAV Homeschool Convention in Richmond, Virginia.  Our family has been asked to sing for 2 hours (12:30 – 2:30pm) on Saturday in the main lobby of the Convention Center.  If you live in that area, please feel free to come visit!  Then, we will be at a church – Southside Baptist Church in Petersburg with Pastor Arthur Lands – all day on Sunday June 12th. Please also feel free to come visit us there.  For more info., you can call – (804) 731-4541.   God bless you all and thank you for reading!!

Pressing on for the Cause of Christ,  The Rodrigues Family

 

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Great News to Share that happened on Mother’s Day for the Rodrigues Family!!! – May 8, 2016

Dear Readers,

To all the Mothers reading this, I hope you had a great Mothers’ Day!  I know that I did.  We went to our awesome church (with me wearing my beautiful corsage that David had bought me) both morning and night and heard 2 great messages.  When we got home from church in the afternoon, we decided to stay home to eat so that we did not have to battle the crowds in the restaurants with 12 children in tow.  So, David cooked out and the remainder of the meal, my girls fixed.  I enjoyed the delicious meal and then David presented me with a beautiful “Willow Tree” (I collect them………smile).  It was then my children pulled me into the living room and they sat around in a circle as they SHOWERED me with gifts and cards.

Each gift was precious to me and so nice because I know it was given from their hearts!  However, what really was a “tear jerker” was the card that my oldest son Timothy gave me.  It was a card assuring me that all we have taught him has shaped and guided him to be what he is today.  It blessed my heart beyond measure!

Timothy

Timothy

Then, a couple of weeks ago Nurie celebrated her 17th birthday.  She was given a Kohls gift card and when David took the children (who had spending money) shopping for me for Mother’s Day, she spent nearly the entire gift card on me and then the remainder on a gift for a friend’s birthday!  WOW!  What a giving daughter I have!  Thank you, children, for each and everything!  Mama LOVES you all so much!

Nurie Katelin

Nurie Katelin

When we got home from the evening church service, the girls did my hair, my feet, and my hands!  AWWWWW…………luxury!

BUT…………the best gift of all was this………….

For the last 2 to 3 months, our little Olivia Mercy (almost 4 1/2 yrs. old) has come to me off and on and said that she wanted to get saved!!  Because it was not her first time to tell us this………..we felt like the timing was right and that she understood what she was asking. IMG_0533

So, we knelt down by our bed with her and talked with her a bit more about it.  David read her some Scriptures and then led her in the Sinners’ Prayer – and Olivia asked Jesus into her heart and was saved from her sins!!  Hallelujah!  When finished, it then dawned on me that it was Mothers Day!!  That was my BEST present by far!  What an answer to prayer!!IMG_0354

God is soooo Good!   I love you all in the Lord and truly hope you had a special day yesterday also!

A Blessed Mama,     Jill Rodrigues

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Pictures from trip to NY (including update on Amy Foster) PLUS……come meet Jill Rodrigues who will be speaking at a Ladies’ Mtg. in Pennsboro, WV (at Pennsboro Baptist Church ~ Pastor Fillmore) at 1pm this Saturday – May 7th.

Dear Readers,

Our trip to New York went very well, and was extremely busy!  It was PACKED full with meetings, and also visiting with countless friends and family!  What a WONDERFUL LIFE we have serving our Jesus full time!  We SO enjoy investing in people’s lives and hope and pray to make a positive impact on their lives.  As our ministry grows, I am also excited to see God growing my love and opening the doors to minister to ladies.  This has been a burden of mine since I was a small girl, and I am excited to wait upon the Lord as I watch HIM open these doors!!  What else can I say?? ~ We serve an AWESOME God!

Below is a pictorial “journal” (of sorts) of our trip to NY.  Enjoy!!

Shortly before leaving for our NY trip in our home (which we greatly miss while "on the road")......smile.

Shortly before leaving for our NY trip in our home (which we greatly miss while “on the road”)……smile.

We went to Pastor Jack Young's Church and to our surprise, these 2 precious ladies came all the way from Canada (over 2 hrs. away) to meet our family!  What precious people they were!!

We went to Pastor Jack Young’s Church and to our surprise, these 2 precious ladies came all the way from Canada (over 2 hrs. away) to meet our family! What precious people they are!!

Visiting relatives along the way.  This is the VanDyke Family!  We love you and enjoyed getting to see you & visit with you!!

Visiting relatives along the way. This is the VanDyke Family! We love you and enjoyed getting to see you & visit with you!!

"Cousins" ~  Jennifer & Jill -  Good to get together and reminisce of sweet days past and also to make NEW memories!!

“Cousins” ~ Jennifer & Jill – Good to get together and reminisce of sweet days past and also to make NEW memories!!

This is "Aunt" Mary - Jennifer's Mom.  Love you, Aunt Mary and thank you for your hospitality towards our family!!

This is “Aunt” Mary – Jennifer’s Mom. Love you, Aunt Mary, and thank you for your hospitality towards our family!!

This is "Uncle John" - Jennifer's Dad.  Boy, is he awesome on the saxophone!!  We enjoyed playing & singing music together in their lovely farm house on their working, beautiful farm!!

This is “Uncle John” – Jennifer’s Dad. Boy, is he awesome on the saxophone!! We enjoyed playing & singing music together in their lovely farm house on their working, beautiful farm!!

Couldn't resist adding this one........Sofia ready in her "red" outfit (we color coordinate our outfits as we travel).  Isn't the bow on her head cute?!!  It's almost bigger than her head!  My sister Angie made it for her and has tried to make one for every color of our outfits.  SO CUTE!!

Couldn’t resist adding this one……..Sofia ready in her “red” church outfit (we color coordinate our outfits as we travel). Isn’t the bow on her head cute?!! It’s almost bigger than her head! My sister Angie made it for her and has tried to make one for every color of our outfits.  Angie is a very talented seamstress in every way.  SO CUTE!!

We visited "Old Paths Bible Baptist Church" and enjoyed visiting with lots of big families there.  This is a Cammillerri daughter and a Pinzone daughter.  Sweet girls!

We visited “Old Paths Bible Baptist Church” and enjoyed visiting with lots of big families there. This is a Cammillerri daughter and a Pinzone daughter. Sweet girls in a silly picture………..smile.

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Mrs. Cammillerri (Pastor's wife) in the green & black top and her daughter in the yellow and black top and Tina Pinzone in the blue top.  These are all precious ladies and we go WAY back in our friendships!

Mrs. Cammillerri (Pastor’s wife) in the green & black top and her daughter in the yellow and black top and Tina Pinzone in the blue top. These are all precious ladies and we go WAY back in our friendships!

Great men of God!!  Pastor Cammillerri in the blue shirt, his son-in-law in the striped blue tie, and Mr. Pinzone in the brown suit.  David is thankful for these godly men's friendships!

Great men of God!! Pastor Cammillerri in the blue shirt, his son-in-law in the striped blue tie, and Mr. Pinzone in the brown suit. David is thankful for these godly men’s friendships!

We went from Old Paths to dear friends - the Andersons and to their cozy little farm!  We enjoyed spending a few days with them.  Jaime, I love you.

We went from Old Paths to dear friends – the Andersons and to their cozy little farm! We enjoyed spending a few days with them. Jaime, I love you.

James Anderson with 3 of our boys.

James Anderson with 3 of our boys.

Laura Anderson with Tessie and Hannah.

Laura Anderson with Tessie and Hannah.

David is thankful for Justin Anderson's friendship.  These people have proven to be true friends to us through the "thick & thin" of life.......smile.

David is thankful for Justin Anderson’s friendship. These people have proven to be true friends to us through the “thick & thin” of life…….smile.

Mark & Tammy Philbrick (parents of 8 boys) were so kind in inviting our family over for dinner one evening!

Mark & Tammy Philbrick (parents of 8 boys) were so kind in inviting our family over for dinner one evening!

Some of the Philbrick boys.  We had such an enjoyable evening playing games and catching up!  The meal was delicious, Tammy!

Some of the Philbrick boys. We had such an enjoyable evening playing games and catching up! The meal was delicious, Tammy!

Tessie put a "wig" on Sofia at the Philbricks.  SO funny!

Tessie put a “wig” on Sofia at the Philbricks. SO funny!

It doesn't look like Sofia appreciates her new appearance!

It doesn’t look like Sofia appreciates her new appearance!

Finally, the moment I had been waiting for!!  - TO SEE MY DEAR SISTER!! ~ Amy Foster!!

Finally, the moment I had been waiting for!! – TO SEE MY DEAR SISTER!! ~ Amy Foster!!

It is truly SUCH an honor to me that my true life (still living) HERO - is my sister!!

It is truly SUCH an honor to me that my true life HERO – is my sister!!

It was great to see the entire Foster Family!!  This is Felicity & Garrett.

It was great to see the entire Foster Family!! This is Felicity & Garrett.

Hard-working Kevin and helpful Gunnar!

Hard-working Kevin and helpful Gunnar!

Olivia and Callista Foster are 6 months apart in age and they absolutely L-O-V-E playing together!  They are virtually inseparable when together.

Olivia and Callista Foster are 6 months apart in age and they absolutely L-O-V-E playing together! They are virtually inseparable when together.

Sweet cousins!

Sweet cousins!

Amy is still trying to heal from 2 VERY stubborn stage 4 bed-sores.  Due to that, she is normally bed-ridden.  SOOO, I told her - "Enough of laying in that bed!  We need to make some new memories!!  I'm taking you shopping!!"  So, Kevin showed me how to operate their handicapped accessible van and we loaded up (along with some of our girls) and headed out for a fun day!  This is us in the store ready to shop!!

Amy is still trying to heal from 2 VERY stubborn (what were stage 4) bed-sores. Due to that, she is normally bed-ridden. SOOO, I told her – “Enough of laying in that bed! We need to make some new memories!! I’m taking you shopping!!” So, Kevin showed me how to operate their handicapped accessible van and we loaded up (along with some of our girls) and headed out for a fun day! This is us in the store ready to shop!!

We had SO much fun!  It was only Amy's second time to really go "joy shopping" since the accident.  She melted my heart as she tried SO hard to sift through the clothing racks.........all done with a smile on her face!  Amy has had to learn SO much patience as she has to wait on so many other people to do small menial tasks for her.  I see her sweet spirit through it all and it inspires me to tears!!  I LOVE YOU, sweet Amy!!

We had SO much fun! It was only Amy’s second time to really go “joy shopping” since the accident. She melted my heart as she tried SO hard to sift through the clothing racks………all done with a smile on her face! Amy has had to learn SO much patience as she has to wait on so many other people to do small menial tasks for her. I see her sweet spirit through it all and it inspires me to tears!! I LOVE YOU, precious Amy!!

Amy enjoyed shopping, once again, for her children and their needs & for items they needed in their home.

Amy enjoyed shopping, once again, for her children and their needs & for items they needed in their home.

We went out to eat at the Olive Garden...........ymm!!

We went out to eat at the Olive Garden………..ymm!!

This was Amy's first time to go out to eat since the accident.  She was a bit self conscience as she had to periodically tip her wheelchair back to relieve her bed-sores..........but no one minded and when the waitress and other waiters heard her story- mentioned how they wished they could have given her FREE dessert!  Amy does well eating with her "special" utensils as long as the food is cut up good.

This was Amy’s first time to go out to eat since the accident. She was a bit self conscience as she had to periodically tip her wheelchair back to relieve her bed-sores……….but no one minded and when the waitress and other waiters heard her story- they said they wished they could have given her FREE dessert before she left and wheeled out to the van! Amy does well eating with her “special” utensils as long as the food is cut up good.

When Amy is up and about in her wheelchair, Garrett enjoys bonding time with his Mama by getting up on her foot-rests and going along for the ride!

When Amy is up and about in her wheelchair, Garrett enjoys bonding time with his Mama by getting up on her foot-rests and going along for the ride!

SOOOO CUTE!!

SOOOO CUTE!!

Another!!

Another!!

Garrett has gotten more and more close to Amy again..........which means SO much to Amy!

Garrett has gotten more and more close to Amy again……….which means SO much to Amy!  It was VERY hard to say good-bye to Amy when our time to be there had come to a close.  I hope I was a blessing to her in helping her get projects she wanted done around the house.

We had a great time seeing many dear friends (above are the Burlew sisters) at Pastor Roscoe's church!

We had a great time seeing many dear friends (above are the Burlew sisters) at Pastor Roscoe’s church on our last Sunday in NY.

My DEAR Uncle Jon & Aunt Brenda (my dad's sister) came to see us also!

My DEAR Uncle Jon & Aunt Brenda (my dad’s sister) came to see us also!

SPECIAL!!  I LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH!

SPECIAL!! I LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH!

A dear friend of old - Diana Long.

A dear friend of old – Diana Long.

During our trip to NY, I enjoyed much fellowship with various ladies.  Much catching up was done over cups of coffee!  However, we were all so consumed in the moment, that we forgot to get pictures of these special moments.......bummer. This is my friend - Erin Sherry- and we did remember to get a "selfie".  It was a memorable, funny moment.

During our trip to NY, I enjoyed much fellowship with various ladies. Much catching up was done over cups of coffee! However, we were all so consumed in the moment, that we forgot to get pictures of these special moments…….bummer. This is my friend – Erin Sherry- and this time we did remember to get a “selfie”. It was a memorable, funny moment.

Our children glad to see "Grandma Drake".......David's Mom.

Our children glad to see “Grandma Drake”…….David’s Mom.

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This is David's brother- Daniel.  It was so good to see him our last Sunday there.  It is really ironic that about 20 years ago, Daniel was in a car accident & had to have surgery- rendering him a paraplegic.  On Sunday, we were talking of my sister Amy and Daniel began to weep in sorrow for my sister.  I knelt down next to him and wept with him.  Never before I have I been so KEENLY aware of Daniel's suffering - that with shame I admit I have perhaps been unknowingly indifferent.  It is amazing how when you see (or feel) suffering on a personal basis, it makes you more compassionate towards others sufferings.  So, David has a brother in a wheelchair and I have a sister in a wheelchair.  We look forward to seeing our siblings walk again on streets of gold again someday in Heaven!!!

This is David’s brother- Daniel. It was so good to see him our last Sunday there. It is really ironic that about 20 years ago, Daniel was in a car accident & had to have surgery- rendering him a paraplegic. On Sunday, we talked more about Amy and her condition with Daniel and it was then that Daniel began to weep!!  He was weeping over knowing the suffering Amy is in for due to the suffering he has also endured!!   I knelt down next to him and wept with him. Never before I have I been so KEENLY aware of Daniel’s suffering –  with shame I admit I have perhaps been unknowingly indifferent. It is amazing how when you see (or feel) suffering on a personal basis, it makes you more compassionate towards others sufferings. So, David has a brother in a wheelchair and I have a sister in a wheelchair. We look forward to seeing our siblings walk again on streets of gold someday in Heaven!!!

Well, that wraps up the post of our trip to New York!  Thank you for reading and if you live in West Virginia, please read the post below on when & where Jill will be speaking this Saturday – May 7th!!

If you live in West Virginia (or nearby) Jill Rodrigues Would LOVE to meet you this Saturday – May 7th – at 1pm for a LADIES MEETING Jill will be speaking for at Pennsboro Baptist Church (Pastor Fillmore) in Pennsboro, West Virginia!  If you would like more information, please feel free to call – (434) 321-9038.Alligator Farm 5Please come join us as I pray I can be an encouragement to YOU as I am sure YOU will be to me!!……………..smile.  Love ya all in the Lord and God bless you!   

All Because of My Precious Saviour ~ Jesus,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Jill Rodrigues

 

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