New Leaves


Dec 13, 2017 by Bonnie

Christmas Letter 2017

Welcome, all wonders in one night! Eternity shut in a span!

Summer in Winter! Day in Night! Heaven in Earth and God in Man!

Great little one whose all-embracing birth

Lifts Earth to Heaven, Stoops Heaven to Earth! – Richard Crenshaw

God has truly blessed us this year—a busy but very special year. . .


Oct 15, 2015 by Arthur

TFC Homecoming 2015-

The native culture called Toccoa Falls “the beautiful.” It is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, our alma mater, where we lived early in our marriage, in a mobile home park on the college grounds. After three wonderful years, in 1975, we both graduated from the college.


Jul 13, 2015 by Bonnie

Robbed but not Ruined

In our travels, we have found that the vast majority of the people we have met, including police officers, are pleasant, polite, interesting and helpful. For example, just now, as I was writing this, sitting in a lovely pavilion overlooking a lighthouse on Lake Michigan, a man and his dog “Rosie” stopped by to chat, while out for their morning walk. But in St. Louis, we met one person who was none of the above, and his actions have wounded, but not defeated us.


Jan 21, 2014 by Bonnie

On the Road Again—Florida Redux

Weeeee’re baaaaacccck! Yes, the Joyces have begun their wandering again. On January 15, after spending the holidays with our family in north Georgia, we hit the road again, heading for warmer places. And just in time! We just missed the recent Arctic weather that has wreaked havoc across the eastern United States. It has been great to be in sunny (but not always warm) Florida during this time.


Nov 15, 2013 by Arthur

Divine Appointment

God does indeed move in mysterious ways. In fact, the scriptures tell us that His ways are past finding out. This blog entry is about one of those times!


Nov 06, 2013 by Bonnie

Modern Art and the Death of a Culture

That’s the name of a 1970 book by H. R. Rookmaaker. I’ve never read the book, and although I’d like to read it someday, in a way the title says it all. One doesn’t need to be an art expert to see a connection between the death of civilization and the gradual degradation of all the artistic media as culture has become divorced from the meaning and purpose that comes from being children of God. Our experiences in the world of art one day really reinforced this conclusion.


Oct 30, 2013 by Bonnie

Desert Wanderings

Unlike the Israelites, we only spent two and a half weeks in the desert. Even so, the terrain often reminded us of our trip to the Holy Land, with lots of wilderness! When we started across I-10 (or “the ten” as the locals say), I wondered how we would find things to see along the way. Surely we had seen the most amazing sights already. But I was in for a surprise! Look at the sample of things that we did after leaving Phoenix!


Oct 22, 2013 by Bonnie

Thinking About an Old Song

When my Aunt Ruth was dying, the Lord brought cousin Judy (Ruth’s only living child) one of the “old” songs each day to comfort and encourage her, songs like “It is Well With My Soul,” “I Love to Tell the Story,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”  It is that last one that I’ve been thinking about a lot this week.


Oct 16, 2013 by Arthur

God’s Servants

Jeremiah and Angel are ministering for the Lord in an area that many people would prefer not to be. Living in Los Angeles, CA, their hearts beat for the many who are living without hope and without God while thinking they are doing just fine.


Oct 14, 2013 by Bonnie

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

That song has been going around in my mind for some time, even now, nearly a week after we left. Undoubtedly our time in San Jose was a big highlight of our trip—visiting Daniel and Dia in their home for the first time, going on delightful outings with them, going to church with them (three times!), getting to know the sunny cities in the San Francisco Bay area, and especially seeing how God even worked through the auto accident our first day there as part of the “good times,” memories that will be with us forever. We are truly grateful for every day that we were in the Bay area.


Sep 11, 2013 by Arthur

Octopus Tree Brings Surprises

We were taking a little hike to see the Octopus Tree. We didn’t really know what to expect and were anxious to get a glimpse of this wonder of God’s creation. When the tree came into view we were quite surprised by the shape and size of the tree. But that wasn’t the only thing that was a surprise to us that day.


Sep 08, 2013 by Arthur

Flat Makes a New Friend

It’s not often that Flat meets someone like himself: a “travel buddy.” But in Astoria, Oregon, Flat did just that.


Sep 05, 2013 by Bonnie

A Look Back After Seven Months!

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been away from Tennessee for over seven months. I intended to write a reflection on the first six months, but we were so busy in August just keeping up with our travel blogs, that I didn’t have a chance. So this morning I’m sitting in a church parking lot at 6 am, unable to sleep, and thought I’d give it a go.


Sep 05, 2013 by Bonnie

Far From Home

While we were at Fort Langley, two of the docents sang this song for us. Nette said this was one of the songs that was sung during the gold rush period. It struck a chord with us.


Sep 05, 2013 by Bonnie

This Must Be Vancouver… but Which One?

Did you ever lose track of where you were and what day is was? Trips like this can make that happen! Friday, August 30, we left Victoria (the capital of British Columbia, which is on Vancouver Island, confusing matters) by ferry from Swartz Bay, and crossed over to Vancouver (city) via the port at Tsuwassen, south of the city, arriving at my brother Jon’s home in south Vancouver in the early afternoon.