Friday, August 15, 2014

13th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration & Mini Update

I am super excited to announce the upcoming 13th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration!
This event is free and open to the public. Anyone can come! It is an "all-family" day designed to specifically encourage and connect families to the Lord, each other, and other families! 

If you are a new blog reader here and haven't heard of this event before, you can find pictures and highlights from last year here. Everyone is invited---we say, "the more the merrier"! =) Each year we have attendees from every state surrounding Iowa and even states beyond! There is no need to rsvp and you don't need tickets...just show up! =)

The featured speaker/singers for this year is the Curtis Bowers Family, from Idaho! Their family produced the award winning "Agenda" documentary. (read more about it here) The Bowers Family are personal friends of ours and a wonderful testimony of what God can do through a family dedicated to glorifying HIS name by studying and proclaiming truth! You won't want to miss their sessions and evening concert!

12pm....Family Picnic Lunch (bring your own chairs/blankets and a picnic lunch)
1:30pm...Afternoon session with speaker Curtis Bowers
2:30pm...Hayrides, games, and family fellowship time
4:30pm...Supper (meal, drinks, and table service provided-$4 suggested donation per person or $35 per family)
6:30pm...Welcome & Music
6:45pm...Concert by the Bowers Family
7:15pm...Evening Session with Curtis Bowers
8pm...Closing Concert by the Bontrager Family Singers
8:30pm...Fellowship & Volleyball (!!!!!)

Please contact us with questions!  
Download the above brochure on our website events page

On a side note, I would greatly appreciate prayer for these next several weeks. There's a lot coming up in the next month---company, our church missions conference, a cousin's wedding, the Turning Hearts Celebration, our annual homeschool family camp, and another music tour...just to name the main events and not to mention work + other commitments. Due to other things that have been taking my time the last while, there's still a lot of prep left for some of these events. As always, I know everything will get done (yay for many hands that make the work fly!) but its still A LOT and a constant challenge to prioritize family + personal time with everything else going on. 
So thankful to know that HIS strength is make perfect in my weakness and that all is possible through His faithfulness + grace!

Have a blessed weekend, friends!


  1. Wow, you really do know everybody! Do the Bowers have a website with their music on it at all?

  2. HIS strength IS made perfect in our weakness and EVERYTHING is possible throughout His Faithfulness and Grace! I needed that reminder tonight!! Thank you!

    I wish my family and I lived closer so we could attend! Will be praying for y'all as you prepare for all the events and activities ahead!
    In Him,

  3. I will be praying for you! I pray that your Turning Hearts Celebration will go well and hearts will be touched!
    Thanks also for the reminder that HIS strength IS made perfect in our weaknesses! That will be some thing to keep in mind for the Bible Bee this weekend.:)

    In Christ,

    Morgan R.

  4. Hi Chelsea! I just found your blog from your guest post on Fresh Modesty and I'm loving it already! Just wanted to say It's a Beautiful Life is awesome and encourage you to keep it up! :))
    Bubbles and blessings,

  5. I watched the Agenda documentary for my Modern history class last year and loved it! Wish I could've come to the Labor day event.

  6. To me, music is sometimes just a reminder about appreciating the beauty of the world that we live in and provides that little lift that we occasionally need.

  7. I appreciate that you keep up your family's blog more than this one! The older children in our family still love to visit your family blog. By the way, the next time you see the Bowers, please tell them that the Moore family (that they met at the Noah conference - outside at the pizza party) said to tell them hello. Thank you! Keep up the good work! Oh, I also really appreciate how you don't get into the "bloggy" language (if you know what I mean) and that you put Bible verses at the end of every post. May the Lord bless you and your family!

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement!
      I will pass that onto the Bowers; we see them multiple times each week They are such a sweet family!


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