Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

preparing for literacy ministries

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

We are back home from Bolivia remembering great times with new friends and all the fun with Ryan, Pam and the grandkids. Please keep Pam in your prayers as she recuperates from dengue fever. They return to the States on July 15, so these next weeks are full of packing, cleaning and good-byes.

Pam arranged a couple of trips for us to see the beautiful Bolivian scenery and take in some real history! Our favorite was El Fuerte (The Fort) in Samaipata where pre-Incan cultures carved figures unto the huge rock that covers the top of a mountain. (more…)

literacy training in Bolivia

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Hello from Bolivia! We are about to begin the final week of the literacy course here at the   missionary training center. There are students from Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru and it is so exciting to think of the ministries that God is preparing for each of them. We have certainly come to love and appreciate the students and staff here who serve so completely. (more…)

keeping those suitcases free of dust…

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Yep, it’s time to get out our suitcases again. We are preparing for an important trip to Bolivia. We leave the end of this month for Bolivia. One project we’ve been working on is to update the literacy training that missionary candidates receive and then to train the trainers. This trip to Bolivia is a part of that process. (more…)

sopa de mani

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Monday, March 19th, 2012
Bolivia flag

Bolivia flag

In honor of Ryan & Pam moving to Bolivia try the recipe for Bolivian Peanut Soup! Crisp fried potatoes sprinkled on top make it the best!

You might have just found your new favorite soup… (more…)

lovin’ the grandkids!

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Friday, January 6th, 2012
our precious granddaughter, Claire

our precious granddaughter, Claire

Trust you enjoyed the holidays as much as we did! Time with family and friends is so special! We are absolutely loving being grandparents! 

We sent Reed and David (ages 3 and 2) one of those recordable books of the Christmas story. The other day they were listening to us “read” the story and Pam asked them who was talking. It was a page that Papa Jerry was reading and David reverently whispered, “God!”

Molly, age 4 has been asking when she can begin piano lessons with Grandma Joyce. Joyce told her that she would first need to know her letters. So later that day Molly took her Sunday school paper and wrote all the letters of the alphabet and gave it to David & Mari to show Grandma. Needless to say, Molly has now had two lessons and is doing great!

welcome Baby Amelia!

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Grandma Joyce and little Amelia

Grandma Joyce and little Amelia

She’s here! Amelia Grace McDaniels was born on August 16. She is absolutely beautiful and already adored by big sisters Molly and Claire! We praise God for this miracle with David & Mari. Papa Jerry & Grandma Joyce can’t get enough time holding their newest little love!

Our family actually increased by 2 this week! The adoption of Ryan & Pam’s little David (age 2 yrs) was also completed. David Bravery Parsons makes them a family of six! (more…)

He’s not old…he’s vintage!

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
he's not old...he's vintage!

he's not old...he's vintage!

Jerry is now a certifiable antique person. Yep, he has turned 50! The kids helped me pull off a surprise birthday party with about 60 friends and family members. Check out pictures of how bad we were to him on our photo page under the family album.

Everyone asks, “When’s your next trip?” We are glad to report that we actually have several months without travels! We’ve taken on some huge projects and are thankful for some time at our desks to organize, write, and make materials available to the missionaries and consultants working in literacy. Trips are lining up for Panama and Africa later this year. We appreciate your prayers for wisdom and clarity as we work.

Reed and his “wickle waam”

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Friday, September 10th, 2010
Reed and his "little lamb"

Reed and his "little lamb"

what a crowd we are!We enjoyed several days all together as a family! The grandkids, especially Reed & Molly were inseparable. Reed calls Molly his “wickle waam” (translated “little lamb”). 

But like always, the time went by too quickly and now we’re all back to our places. The noise is back down to a normal level, but we sure miss everyone!

For pictures of the whole gang, click on the photo tab above and then Family album.

Celebrating 29 years of marriage!

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Yours foreverWho are those young kids?

Yep, it’s us, just a few decades back. Last weekend we celebrated another anniversary and honestly, it just keeps getting better! Who knew all the adventures and fun that God would have for us?

What one piece of advice would we give to younger couples?

Pray together every day…

If there is one thing you can do to improve your marriage, it would be to pray together. (more…)

Baby David’s home from the hospital

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Monday, February 22nd, 2010

It’s pretty unbelievable, but only four days after open heart surgery Baby David is home from the hospital. He’s doing great. Thanks for your prayers for a continued quick recovery!