April 20, 2007 by Stacy McDonald

A Patriarchs’ Wives Washington Reunion

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James and I had the great honor of keynoting the Washington State homeschool conference last week (Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington) and were so encouraged by the faithful families we found there! We were so blessed to finally meet so many precious PW ladies in Washington State. Left to right: Tess Hamre, Kristen Cormick, Pam Spurling, Tracy Dole. I’m the short one in the front. :-)

Kristen and Stacy after church

Kristen and her family were our official hosts and they thoroughly spoiled us! Between the Cormicks and the Bradricks, we hardly had any “work” to do. We got the “fun part.” It was our absolute pleasure sharing with such precious families. We also found that Kristen’s husband, Larry, and my husband have the same sense of humor, so it was quite amusing (and scary) having “two of them” in the same room. :-)

Larry and James (Our Honeys!)

You’re not going to hug me, are you?

Pierce and William

Although we had the opportunity to meet Tracy Dole several years ago, it was a great pleasure to see her and her sweet family again. I hope it isn’t so many years before we meet again! We’re hoping they’ll visit us here in Illinois next!

I also was able to meet Tess Hamre, another PW veteran. We’ve corresponded over the years and even talked on the phone a couple of times. To finally put a face with the voice was a privilege. She has a beautiful family and her joy and excitement for the Lord was contagious!

Finally, after over seven years of knowing Pam Spurling online, I had the pleasure of meeting her and her family in person! That was truly a blessing, as I have learned much from her over the years. She was one of the very first ladies to join the Patriarchs’ Wives list when we started over seven years ago. She was just as gracious and lovely in person as she is online.

We found in Washington a very responsive and teachable group. I had numerous young ladies approach me to tell me how thankful they were to know there are others out there walking the same faithful walk. It was such a blessing for my daughter, Tiffany (21), who was with me, to meet so many like-minded young ladies and share testimonies together.

Before we arrived in Redmond, WA for the conference, we visited with some precious Christian families in Vancouver. They were all new faces, but we felt instantly connected with them. To see the commitment for the Lord and His ways in such families is always such an encouragement.

Some faithful virtuous maidens Tiffany met!

After the conference we had an absolutely wonderful visit with Michael and Susan Bradrick and their precious family. What an encouragement they were! Their hospitality was such a blessing. We fellowshipped, shared testimonies, enjoyed a fabulous meal, and sang Psalms together. I hope I didn’t hurt their ears too badly. My voice was giving out, but I couldn’t bear to not sing with them!

The Bradrick family is a shining example of God’s faithfulness to us as we work according to His ways. We found ourselves missing their fellowship as soon as we left their house!

I decided I want to be like Mrs. Bradrick when I grow up.

By His Grace,

Stacy McDonald

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3 Responses to “A Patriarchs’ Wives Washington Reunion”

  1. Keri says:

    I’m having a frustrating time leaving a comment, but here goes again.

    Just wanted to thank your family for coming out to WA state to share your experiences and exhortations with us. My husband and I left VERY encouraged. We are the first generation born-again, Bible-believing Christians in our families, and it was good to hear your husband’s story.

    And I’m with you. I want to be just like Mrs. Bradrick. I am looking forward to seeing my grandchildren walk by faith.

    Thanks again; I hope you’ll consider coming back next year.


  2. Keri says:

    Hello again;

    I really enjoyed reading your old blog entries, especially the letter to the 17 year old. I’ve awarded you the Thinking Blogger award. You can read about the award here .


  3. Stacy McDonald says:

    Hi Keri,

    Thank you so much for the honor! :-)

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