Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Snowfall record!!!

On the morning of April 15, we woke up to 3" of snow on the ground and 25 degrees!
The previous day had been 65 degrees and sunny! That's Michigan for you, and we love it!!

This snowfall puts us at 94.8 inches for the season, which is the most since the winter of 1881-82!

In other words, we've been through the snowiest winter in the last 133 years!!!

Last time for the sled this season (or not, you never know in MI :)

By the end of the day it was pretty much all gone

Can you find the design made by the sled skis??

"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."
Song of Solomon 2:12

Monday, April 14, 2014

Viola Enthusiasts

Jon and Mr. Holliday matched on a recent Sunday, so we took a picture!
Mr. Holliday was the one who convinced Jon to play viola!
He was also Jon's viola teacher for several years.

Have a great day!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A birthday party!

A couple of weeks ago, we had a birthday party for Grace, Joseph, and Rebecca!

The little bookworm :)

One of the gifts Rebecca got was a scarf and "19 kids and counting Season 4"!

A fun gift from Jon - jumper cables for Grace & a hat for Joseph

Can the stand get taller than Grace?

"Happy Birthday!"

We love y'all and thank the Lord that He brought you into our lives!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Bible Bee friend...

Some of you folks from Bible Bee may remember Sophie LaFleur.
Well, we had the privilege of having her and two other young ladies over to our house!
They were traveling in the Faith Chorale and it just so happened that they came to our church!

Fellowshipping around the dinner table

The Chorale was such a blessing to our church and it was great to see Sophie again too!
We pray for God's blessings on Sophie's upcoming wedding in May!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Save the dates! Anna's concerts!

Anna is very grateful to God to have won and placed
in several competitions this year -
 she will be performing with two orchestras soon!

Live At First Young Artist Concert

Anna will be performing in the Live at First Young Artist Concert!

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church of Birmingham 
1589 W Maple Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009

Tickets can be purchased here: $15 - adults,  $5 - students


Mr. John Robertson, conductor

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Dondero Auditorium, Royal Oak Middle School
709 N. Washington, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Tickets are available at the door or by contacting the orchestra.
Adult tickets $15
Student/Senior* tickets $12
18 and under -Free-
*Senior pricing reserved for those age 60 and over

Anna is thrilled to have the opportunity to play under Mr. John Robertson, an extraordinary conductor who also happens to be on faculty at the Orion Chamber Music Society string camp!


Mr. Robertson is Director of Orchestras for Berkley High School and Norup International School. He also serves as conductor for The Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony and coaches advanced ensembles at the Orion Chamber Music Society summer camp.

Mr. Robertson is the 2013 MSBOA District IV Orchestra Director of the Year and recently performed
at Carnegie Hall with the Berkley High School orchestras. Recent honors include conducting the American premiere of ‘My Name is Anne Frank’, a cantata produced by the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, and being included in a University of Washington dissertation as one of the most successful school orchestra directors in the United States.

Mr. Robertson holds a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Connecticut’s Hartt School of Music and a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Oakland University. His instructors include Dr. Gregory Cunningham, Mitchell Stern of the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet, and renowned conductor and violinist Sydney Harth. As a performer, he has received many honors and awards and his orchestras consistently earn top ratings at national and state competitions.
Along with his passion for music and teaching, Mr. Robertson practices martial arts and enjoys spending time with his wife and five children.
Hope you can join us at these exciting concerts!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Cantata

Our church's Easter Cantata is coming up on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Seven of us will be playing in the orchestra - it will be a presentation of lovely music 
and an inspirational message from Scripture!

There will also be a special Easter dinner before the Friday performance starting at 5:30 - call 248.689.4555 for more information.

If you're in the Metro Detroit area, this is a wonderful way of celebrating Christ's resurrection!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

OCMS String Camp website!

We have just released a brand new website for the Orion Chamber Music Society String Camp!

Grace is co-director of the camp and has put a ton of work into launching the new website!

We would also like to thank Evan Thompson for capturing some great footage at
last year's camp and putting it all together into a wonderful promo video!

If you play a stringed instrument, and are looking for a Christian camp that will stretch you musically, we would love to have you join us July 14-18!

Check out www.OCMSstringcamp.org, and be sure to watch the promo video below:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bible Bee Registration 2014!

We'd like to let y'all know that Bible Bee Registration is now open!

The Bible Bee has changed a few things this year - one being that 
there will be no oral rounds at Locals.
And no, this is not an April Fool's joke :)
Check out their all-new website here!

This has been such a wonderful blessing to our family
in the past years and we encourage you to join us!