Friday, July 25, 2014

Concert reminder

Just a quick reminder that the Sforzando String Camp concert
is this evening at 7 pm, CST!

July 25, 2014

Marquette Manor Baptist Church
333 75th Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516

Hope to see you there!

The Surprise!

On the Saturday before Dad's 50th birthday, 
we had a surprise birthday party for him!

What Dad knew was that we were having 
several families over for a time of fellowship. 
What Dad didn't know was that we were really 
having them over to celebrate his 50th birthday!

Getting the cakes ready - we had 5 cakes and
they each had 10 candles on them :)
Dad's parents are excited!


Trying to blow all the candles out - it was pretty funny!

The cameraman

Grace reading the "50 interesting and fun facts about Dad"

This cake is logs with the licorice as the flames!

Using one of his birthday gifts, a megaphone

Serious James

Mom and Mrs. H

The younger folks had a fun time while they were eating dinner

These people like watermelon better than smiling for the camera :)

We had a blast and Dad was very surprised!

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."
3 John 1:4

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guess Who? Challenge - July 2014 - ANSWERED

The Guess Who? Challenge is posted once a month, and is
a post of an old picture of... well, give your best shot at it!
Leave a comment with your guess of who is in the picture,
and the answer will be revealed a week after the original post.

This is.........................JONATHAN!!!

Great job at guessing!

Friday, July 18, 2014

String Camp Concert

Just a quick reminder that the OCMS String Camp Concert is tonight at 5:30 PM!

Starting at 5:30 pm, we will have the quartet concert.
Following the quartet concert {roughly 7 pm}, the orchestras will perform their pieces from the week.

First Baptist Church of Lake Orion
255 E. Scripps Road
Lake Orion, MI 48360

Hope some of you can make it!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guess Who? Challenge - July 2014

The Guess Who? Challenge is posted once a month, and is
a post of an old picture of... well, give your best shot at it!
Leave a comment with your guess of who is in the picture,
and the answer will be revealed a week after the original post.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Dad & Mom's Anniversary!

Today Dad & Mom celebrate 24 years of married bliss!

They are the best parents in the world and they have given my siblings and I the best upbringing.

Will you join us by leaving a comment in the comment box below to wish them a Happy Anniversary?!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dad's Birthday!

Happy 50th birthday Dad!

50 fun and interesting facts about Dad:
1. Has a dry sense of humor
2. Is a firstborn in his family
3. Used to play violin (many years ago)
4. Likes to garden
5. Has led Family devotions approximately 3,750 times!
6. Dislikes getting dirty
7. Ran Heritage Building Services for 3 years
8. Has a younger sibling - a brother
9. Loads the outdoor wood boiler at least twice a day in the winter
10. Was The North Wind in a play
11. Likes to be out in the forest and cutting wood
12. Favorite dessert is cheesecake
13. Always loved to mow lawns ever since he was 1 year old, when he got a plastic lawnmower :)

14. Has been happily married for 24 years tomorrow!
15. Mowed down the Christmas trees that his father had planted
16. Used to play clarinet (a VERY long time ago)
17. Went backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains in NY
18. Used to eat 10 tacos at one time (Grandma made 36 - 10 each for the guys, and 6 for Grandma)
19. His first new car was a Datsun 310
20. Met Lorie on Mackinac Island
21. Loves Outback Steakhouse!
22. Has worked for Ford Direct for 5 years
23. Was Zacchaeus in a play at church
24. Took Lorie in a limousine and proposed to her.....she said "YES!"
25. Favorite nut is cashews
26. Worked for Chrysler for 21 years
27. LOVES Iced Tea - consumes 2 whole pitchers each week by himself!
28. Hates to go camping, because he gets rained on every time
29. Graduated from Romeo High School in 1982
30. He likes caramel or anything with caramel
31. He got his first job at Alwards Grocery Store as a stock boy
32. His favorite hymn is "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
33. Favorite ice cream is Heath bar
34. Graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a degree in Computer Science after 14 years of school and 4 children
35. All he can play now is the radio :)
36. Originally wanted to be a truck driver
37. He learned many hymns by heart from Al Smith tapes
38. Is a Dad to his 10 crazy kids :)
39. Hates coffee
40. Learned all of his classical music from Bugs Bunny
41. He's a visionary
42. Dislikes soup on hot days
43. He works from home 3-4 days a week
44. He has a heart for encouraging other fathers
45. Loves chili and chips
46. Is a driving instructor to any of his kids that are learning how to drive
47. His middle name is Michael, which is also his Dad's first name
48. He babysat us kids when Mom taught piano lessons
49. Always guesses a present by putting it on his head and saying "Water skis!" like his father :)
50. His favorite verse is 3 John 1:4 "I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth."

We are so thankful to have Dad for our father and protector!
We love you Dad, and may God bless you with many more years to come!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What happened at home...Part 3

Here it is...the last part of the girls week!

The Three Little Pigs' Gazette

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The prodigal son spent all of his money on tea parties -
Mary at 3
Uncle Gordon puts Jello on his hair -
Julia at 9
Now I understand who Dad is - he’s the KING! -
Rebecca at 4

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Scripture of the day:
Leviticus 19:18
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.

Blog of the Day:
Our siblings have a string quartet business that will play for your special event!
For more details go to:

The AMAZING Spirograph

by Julia, age 9

Recently our grandma got one of these AMAZING spirographs. Mary found one that we had & so we started designing. Here are a few samples:
Mary started experimenting with it, then I liked it a lot so I did a few! It’s perfect!
Maybe someday you will get one too!

Recipe for the day:
Bakin’ with Bacon
Bacon Egg Cups

Makes 12 cups
12 slices bacon
8 eggs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whip the eggs, salt, pepper and cheese with a fork. Spray non stick spray in 12 muffin tins. Wrap each piece of bacon inside the sides of each muffin cup.
Fill each bacon lined muffin cup 3/4 of the way with the egg mixture.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the egg cups are golden brown and don’t jiggle. Use a knife to scoop them out of the tins. Serve immediately.

Up Next: Where will the Three Little Pigs go tomorrow?

The tent in which the girls had a lot of fun :)

Camping out in Mom and Dad's room

On Friday afternoon, the girls and Mom went to a graduation party for Hannah!

The whole family!

Fun with friends in the tree fort

The Three Little Pigs' Gazette

Friday, June 27, 2014

Adam and Eve ate the forbitten fruit! -
Mary at 3
Birth was very painful for me because I cried at the end! -
Julia at 9
I have my iPhone, my iPad and my iTimer - I’m a iDoctor!
Rebecca at 5

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Business of the day:
J’s Crocheting

Cozy Pink Scarf $5.00
Check out our store on heritageindustries

Duct Tape Flower Pens

Scripture of the day:
Proverbs 27: 17
Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

A Grunt from the Runt
Living in the Tent

by Rebecca, age 7

Our tent is navy blue and yellow and the bottom is a tarp. We have two cots and a cotton mattress underneath them. We have three chairs and a desk. Here is our schedule:

Time:                          Thing:

7:00-7:30 AM | Bible Study
8:00-8:30 AM |  Breakfast
9:00-9:30 AM | Chores
10:00-11:00 AM |  School
11:30 AM |        Lunch prep
12:00-12:30 PM |   Lunch
1:00-2:00 PM |      Reading
2:30-6:00 PM |   Free Time
6:30-7:00 PM |        Dinner
7:30-8:00 PM | Jobs
8:00-9:30 PM| Free Time
10:00 PM | Family Worship
10:15-10:20 PM| Storytime
10:30 PM |         Bedtime

We like playing in our tent!

The Hidden Meaning of PIG:

They had a blast while we older kids were at SSI, but we are all glad to be back together again!

Recipe for the day:
Chocolate Oatmeal Chippers (a family favorite)

1 ½ c. all-purpose flour
½ c. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 sticks of soft butter
1 c. firm packed brown sugar
½ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 11 oz. (2 c.) milk ch. morsels
1 ¾ c oats uncooked

Oven - 350. Small bowl - flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Large bowl - beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
Add eggs 1 at a time. Beat well.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in morsels and oats. Makes cookies, which takes 9-10 minutes, or brownies in a greased 9x13 pan, which takes 25-30 minutes and . Enjoy!