Thursday, February 23, 2017


Tucked away in this photo is a special generational you see it?

Four generations of Patty men, right there!

How kind of the Lord to allow us to overlap in Denver with Tyler, Lara and Judah so that this epic four generation photo could be taken!

He gave us just a little more than twelve hours together, but we sure made the most of it!

So thankful that Tyler, Lara and Judah had the joy of visiting grandparents, and that we got in on the joy of it too!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Best Day Ever

We received an unexpected gift last week-end.

Our Tyler, Lara and Judah (who live in Tennessee) were on their last day of visiting Dave's parents in Denver, which coincided with our last day in the States. What a treat to finish out our trip with a sweet connection with them!

One of these days, when the Lord blesses Tyler and Lara with all their needed support for moving to Czech to serve with Josiah Venture, we'll see more of this little fellow. But for now, these touch points with him mean so much.

I loved watching Judah interact with his great-grandparents. How cool is it that he got to spend time with them? And that they got to have time with him as well!!!

And you know the other cool thing?

Having Caleb and Haley drive down from Fort Collins to spend the evening with us! Family time is a treasure when you live long distances from each other.

And that's why this was the best day ever!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Locked Out

If you're one of my faithful, regular readers (thank you all!), you might have wondered why I haven't posted for the past five days.

I was locked out of my blog by Google.

To be fair, it wasn't their fault. But it also wasn't something that I did that locked me out. It was just a complicated jumble of problems that led to the freezing of my account.

Thanks to a very savvy Google wizard (aka: Brian at our JV Frydlant office), it was untangled today and I'm back in business! WHEW. "Thank you Brian!!!"

For ten years, my blog has been a way to share our lives and ministry with all of you. When I got the email saying I was going to lose my domain, I'll admit, a bit of panic rose up inside of me! It's not that all my blog posts would have disappeared. But I wouldn't have ever been able to post again on this blog domain. And you would never have known why.

How thankful I am that Brian knew how to untangle the problem and solve it. How thankful I am that God is in all the little details of life, including blog domains!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tour the Prayer Room

We are forty seven days into our year of prayer for Josiah Venture.

That is already over 1128 hours of dedicated prayer for God's work among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe! 

God is moving, truly, in unprecedented ways as you and I pray. If you haven't visited our "Answered Prayer " wall, please do so HERE! I think you'll be encouraged by reading some of the answers to those prayers.

As you can see though, we continue to have many open hours for people to sign up to pray.

In fact, there is a spot open at 11 PM tonight, Mountain time in the US. That's just two hours from right now.

Can anyone fill it???

**YES!!! Within ten minutes of posting this, someone covered that hour for us! But there are still more so read on for how to sign up and pray with us for another hour. There are two more hours that need covering TOMORROW.**

So far the Lord has prompted someone to sign up to pray for every single hour since January 1st of this year. I don't want to see that stop!

Maybe you've been thinking about signing up but are still a little unsure of what this is all about. Our JV communication's team made a video just for you!

I hope the explanation of the Prayer Room here will give you encouragement that it's not hard to do, and motivation to come on in and pray with us.

Watch it, and then sign up to join us for an hour of prayer!

The Prayer Room - Video Tour from Josiah Venture on Vimeo.

By the way, we don't limit the prayer room to one person per hour! We'll take as many people as possible each hour.

So if you have a particular hour free, and there's already someone signed up for that hour, go ahead and sign up for it too. That hour will be all the more powerful for the two (or three, or four, or twenty!) of you who are standing in faith for the young people of Central and Eastern Europe.

Thank you for your faith-filled prayers!

Got A Glimpse

I had a half hour between meetings and activities this afternoon, so made a quick beeline for downtown Jackson.

On this bright, beautiful, sunny February afternoon, where the temps were just above freezing, it was so nice to walk around the town soaking in the sunshine and beauty of this favorite little town of mine.

After a quick walk, I drove over to our friend's classical academy where Dave led the faculty in a professional development discussion. And then we headed to our friend's house for the evening.

During these days in Jackson I've been hoping that I'd get a glimpse of something in particular. But with all the snow they've had this year, I assumed what I was hoping to see wouldn't be down around town.

But then, I got my glimpse.

Do you know what it was I wanted a glimpse of??

HA! Of all the places for him to be!

Don't worry, I didn't get out of my car. My pictures were taken while I was safely inside, with the window rolled down. I do know you're not supposed to physically get near a moose. But it just delighted me that I got a glimpse from my car.

And in such a funny spot!

So now all is well. I've gotten my glimpse of a moose in Jackson!