Although it was a fun trip, it was also a very busy trip. Josh preached in all 6 times in three days! He was exhausted by Sunday night. Our kids did very well, even through many missed naps. We even got in a trip to Butcher Hollar! If you listen to classic country music, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. It is the home where Loretta Lynn grew up and she references it in her infamous song, "I'm Proud to be A Coal Miner's Daughter." Josh loves classic country, and even though it wasn't much to see, at least he can proudly say he has been there!
We pray the time we spent with the Owens and FBC Paintsville was encouraging and glorifying to God. They are transitioning to a family based ministry and the conference was a tool to teach parents that they are the primary disciplers of the their children. The church's purpose is to come alongside of families and equip them to teach and train their children. Of course the church also supplements what the parents are already doing at home, but the church isn't the primary place children learn about the gospel. It is a completely different mindset than what Josh and I both grew up with, but we believe (as does the leadership at FBC Paintsville) that this is the biblical way of parenting.
This is the link to listen to the sermons Wil and Josh preached at the Family Conference: http://www.sermonaudio.com/source_detail.asp?sourceid=searchandsee
Below are some pictures of our time in Paintsville!
Josh proudly posing at Loretta Lynn's home
The kids on the front porch swing
Sweet Josiah at Butcher Hollar
Thomas and his buddy, Haddon
My sweet friend Summer!
The Owens Family