Just wanted to let you know that I’m still alive.

We’ve had several out of town guests visiting over the last month or so, plus I’ve been sequestered trying to set up an invitation, web page and registration form for our upcoming Hand in Hand Reunion.  I’m happy to say that we’re in the home stretch and I hope to have it all done by this weekend sometime.

In the meantime, why don’t you check out the new Hand in Hand blog that my friend, Linda created to start gathering stories from that season of our lives back in the 70’s.  The photo above is me on the left with Shira, the group that I sang with back then.

Hand in Hand Memories Blog

In case you’ve never heard of Hand in Hand it was an evangelistic music ministry in Phoenix, AZ in the 70’s and early 80’s.  It was started by a group of friends and the band “The New Beginning” to provide a place to reach out to young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ through the music of the day.

If you’d like to see more pictures and even hear some of the music, you can also visit

So what were you doing back in the 70’s?

I’ll probably be pretty sporadic in my blog posts in the coming weeks, but don’t go away.  I love having visitors.

Lost Canyon Camp – Williams, AZ

Hi all,

Sorry to have been so out of touch.  I’ve been in and out of town a lot and today I’m heading out to a Women’s Retreat for our church at Lost Canyon Camp just outside of Williams, AZ.

Ladies walking at Lost Canyon Camp Williams AZWe’re looking at the possibility of thunderstorms and possibly even snow flurries!  Crazy, I know.  Especially for all of us girls from the desert.  We’re expecting highs in the low 50’s and lows around 30 degrees.  Brrrr.  So this morning I’ve been digging out my winter clothes with hopes that my Phoenix winter duds will keep me warm in Williams.

Here’s a link to some photos that I took there last year.  It’s an awesome camp!  They even have a little coffee shop with a great big stone fireplace. If you’re ever looking for a place for your group to get away for a weekend, a week or whatever, this is the best camp I’ve been to that allows you to enjoy nature but still have most of the comforts of home.

We’re also looking forward to some great messages from our speaker and wonderful conversations with friends (old and new).

Nancy Hann and Linda Thompson at Lost Canyon Camp
Me and my friend, Linda at Lost Canyon 2009

I’ll be driving up through Prescott Valley with my friends Linda and Debbie and we’re planning to stop at the Grand Opening of the shop that’s owned by Debbie’s daughter.  Should be a fun day!  I’ll share later about the shop too.

I wonder if we’ll get to see some Fall colors?  I hope so!

Hope you have an awesome weekend!  I won’t have access to internet since we’ll be out of range, but I hope to get some good pics to share when I get back.

Can you say, “I LIKE YOU?” Free Book Giveaway

For those of you who will never have too many books…

Check out this contest at StrongFamilies.

Just by becoming of fan of their Facebook page you can have a chance to win a free autographed book – and you get to choose the book.

He has some great ones for life and parenting or even children’s books for those special little ones in your life.

Spread the word!  The more fans he gets the sooner the drawing will be.

Happy Easter 2010

This weekend Terry’s Dad and his wife, Ginny rolled into town from North Carolina.  Ginny drove the whole way 2065 miles over about 4 days.  Pretty awesome, huh?  They arrived at our house early afternoon on Saturday.

We were honored that they joined us in going to church on Easter morning.  And since they were staying at our house, where the Easter Bunny might not find them, I decided to make up an Easter basket for them.  It was fun shopping for a few treats that they could enjoy and take along on their trip home (if the candy lasts that long).  We discovered that Terry’s dad has quite a sweet tooth, which is not so great when you’re diabetic.  I bought low carb chocolate especially for him. (Trader Joe’s is a great place to get that if you’re wondering).  Plus a few regular chocolates and some Jelly Bellies for Ginny.  Turns out Dad likes Jelly Bellies too, even though he’s not supposed to have them.

We enjoyed a great turkey dinner on the back patio in the afternoon. The weather was perfect! We had slow roasted turkey, low carb stuffing, green beans and salad.  We tried to keep it manageable since we’re all either watching carbs or calories to some degree or another.

Then after dinner we went for a walk with Grandpa and Ginny for a few miles or so (down to Baskin Robbins for dessert, because Cold Stone was closed).

On the way home when we were just a block or so from our house, we noticed a creature on the roof of one of the houses with a little annoying mocking bird squawking at it.  At first we thought it was a big cat sitting on the roof, then we realized it was a big OWL.  It just sat there on the peak of the roof right at the edge and only a few feet from the little bird.  Every once in a while the owl would turn his head and hoot.  I’m sure that he must have been perched near a nest, otherwise the mockingbird wouldn’t have been so aggressive.

We stood there for several minutes watching it, then all of a sudden the owl took off and flew right toward us.  Wow!  His wingspan was probably close to 4 feet across.  This photo is a little blurry because I had to zoom in on it, but you can clearly see the owl’s features.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an owl in the “wild” that close up.

And I’ll leave you with this sneak peek at one of our Spring flower arrangements. I’ll be doing a post about it because I think the “vase” is unique and actually kind of a fun idea, especially to use for an event.  I’ll tell you more about it later…

Hope you all had a Happy Easter!

The Battle of the Wolves

One evening an old Sioux told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil –  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

“The other is Good –  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Sioux simply replied, “The one you feed.”

I LOVE the truth in this story! Thank you to The Wizard Academy’s Monday Morning Memo – I discovered this in the Rabbit Hole.   If you don’t subscribe to this weekly newsletter, you should.  It’s always very interesting.

We’re Hoping to go to Bosnia!

Terry and I are excited about a chance to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a short-term mission trip – our first ever! God has provided the opportunity and the availability of time off for us to travel and we are so very thankful.
If we can raise the necessary funds, we’ll go as part of a team from our church, led by Bob and Helen Ryan.  Helen leads Open Door to the World (ODW) an outreach arm of our church, Open Door Fellowship, in Phoenix and her husband Bob is an amazing musician and songwriter.  The Ryans have been working for years with the people and churches of this struggling nation since the war that tore Yugoslavia apart in the 1990’s.
Open Door to the World, has worked to help bring hope and reconciliation to Bosnia since before the war’s end. Beginning with a long-term assistance program to Bosnian refugees arriving in Phoenix, and working to impact the country with yearly teams to Bosnia itself, ODW has formed long-term relationships in the struggle for peace there.
This year, the Catfish Hunters musical duo (Terry and Bob Ryan) have been invited to perform at various venues in three towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina. What we’ve been asked to do is present songs that speak about forgiveness, hope and reconciliation to this war-scarred country. It’s a badly needed message.
Now here’s the awesome part!
Terry’s part in the team will be to use the musical gifts God has given him to minister in the cities of Mostar, Sarajevo and perhaps one other. For those who haven’t heard him, he’s now playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass and harmonica.  Through the Coffee-bar performances, our Team’s prayer is to reach out to the communities as a connecting point between the Christians and their non-believing friends in those cities. They’ll be playing both at churches, to encourage believers, and in secular “Coffee-bar” venues to bring the message of forgiveness and reconciliation.
I hope to use my photography to capture glimpses of the stories of the Bosnian churches, people and ministries and bring them home to those who want to know more about the work God is doing there. We also look forward to opportunities to share Christ and to encourage the hearts of the believers, young churches and our own Open Door Fellowship missionary family there (the Tinlin’s) in practical ways as well.    Along the way I hope to provide written and visual updates, whenever Internet access is available.
We hope to be a blessing to the people of Bosnia. And we believe that doing so in God’s name will be a blessing to us. You can share in that blessing – In prayer as we prepare and while we travel, in financially supporting this work, and by keeping in touch with what we find and experience as it happens, through our regular communications during the trip.
In a nation of several million people and fewer than 2,000 evangelical believers, the churches struggle to meet the needs of their members and to have a significant impact on their cities.
Open Door to the World ministry trips are financed through the fund raising efforts and personal contributions of team members.   Your participation with us is a significant investment in the Bosnian churches and their testimony in the surrounding communities.
And so…
We would welcome any questions you have and will look forward to keeping you abreast of our plans, preparations and travels if you decide to partner with our team.
Bosnia is still filled with strife and ethnic and political division. Without Christ, there is no solution that will bring these divided people together. Your prayers and financial support will give us the opportunity to use the gifts and talents that God has given us to encourage and minister to the people of Bosnia, using the universal message of music to reach across language and ethnic barriers to share the Good News of Jesus Christ!
We’re so excited for the opportunity to use what God has given us. Here are several ways that you can help:
  • Add a comment here or send an email to hannfamily[at] to let us know that you’d like to join our prayer team. We’ll keep you updated all along the way.
  • Terry and I will need to raise a total of $3400 to cover the anticipated expenses for the trip. We’re about half way there! To be a part of blessing the Bosnian churches through our team, you can mail a check made payable to:
Open Door Fellowship
8301 N. 19th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85021
Important to Add: BOSNIA in the check memo field
Or go to now and click on the Paypal link to donate online.   It’s very important to Add: BOSNIA in the memo field so they’ll know where it goes.
  • ODW will be hosting a dinner and theater performance fundraiser on April 23rd and 24th. Let us know if you want information about tickets to attend.  Proceeds will help with our trip, as well as others.
  • There will also be a silent auction fund-raiser on that night.  If you’re not able to give monetarily at this time, then maybe there’s a product, craft or service that you’d be interested in donating for the auction.
  • Become a fan of “The Catfish Hunters’ Musical Bridge to Bosnia” on Facebook. You’ll find more information there, have a chance to ask questions about our trip and see what’s happening in preparation.
  • To learn more about the goals of Open Door to the World visit and click on “Outreach”.

We hope you’re as excited about this opportunity as we are! Can’t wait to get there and see how God will use us to impact these communities.

The Miracle of Birth

Not sure if you’ve seen this, but it’s amazing!

The picture below (wait to look at it until after you read this).  It’s that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas , who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner.

The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb.  Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta.  She knew of Dr. Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby.  As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger.  Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.

The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, ‘Hand of Hope.’  The text explaining the picture begins, ‘The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother’s uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.’

Little Samuel’s mother said they ‘wept for days’ when they saw the picture.  She said, ‘the photo reminds us pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person.’  Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful.

Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome…incredible…and hey, pass
it on.  The world needs to see this one!