Thursday, July 5, 2018

The first half of 2018 in review

I'm very sorry for the long delay in getting blog posts up... 
...because of that, here is the first half of 2018 in one post!!

The gorgeous crabapple blossoms in our front yard!

Enjoying time with friends and family!

In March, the Craig family visited us!

We had a blast!



Great times with the Mittons!

We played a concert at 20 Front Street in March with Ann Strubler.

Goofy people ;)

Melody & Lydia enjoyed their trip to PA

Smiles ;)


Now + Then/grandaughter + daughter

The girls at Bethany Christian School's Jr./Sr. Banquet

And another trip to PA tied in with stops at friends' houses/the Barn!

Funny folks...

Some adorable pictures of baby Mac, born on Flag Day :)

Birthdays and Anniversaries are big things around here!
More fun with friends and relatives

Quick stop at a lighthouse on one of our various trips

Got to see Matt O., Alfred and Beverly T., and Hannah D.,
longtime friends of ours! And the last pic - zoom in and watch out!

Music plays (lol!) a big role in our life!

These are the "leftover" pictures!
The top picture is the son of the folks who built our house!

Let's hope the next six months are not as much as a whirlwind as the first six!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Exciting news!!!!!!

This past Thursday morning, at 2:39 a.m., Mark and Grace welcomed Mac Anthony Cox into the world!!

He was 8 lbs. and 20.5" long
Sierra ADORES Mac <3

Mom and Dad were able to go see them for a couple of days

The happy siblings!

The whole Cox family!

Grace and Mac are doing very well. We thank the Lord for this new blessing!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy 15th Birthday, Mary!


Favorite meal: almost anything with meat :)
Favorite dessert: Chocolate Pie
Favorite Bible verse: 1 Timothy 4:12
Favorite thing(s) to do: reading, playing frisbee,
driving the quad/snowmobiling, or spending time with family/friends
Favorite family tradition: going to the Barn
Favorite restaurant: The Avenue (on Woodward Ave.)

Happy Birthday Mary! We're so blessed to have you in our family!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Today Anna turned 21!

Favorite meal: Any one when we're all together!
Favorite dessert: Chocolate Pie
Favorite Bible passage: Psalm 73:25-26
Favorite thing to do: Spend time marveling at God's beautiful creation,
whether in the outdoors or with the wonderful people He has created!
Favorite family tradition: Our time at the Barn each year :)
Favorite restaurant: Panera Bread

Happy birthday, Anna! We love you and are looking forward to what God has in store for your life!

Monday, April 9, 2018

OCMS has been rebranded!

We are excited to announce that the Orion Chamber Music Society has been rebranded!

Our new name is...

Check us out at and our Facebook page!

2 concerts this week!

TMSO (formerly OCMS) Solo and Ensemble Concert - Friday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy performances featuring
piano, brass, winds, strings and voice.

Composers include Mozart, Vivaldi, Dvorak
and many more!

Crossroads Baptist Church
6835 Weyer Rd.
Imlay City, MI 48444

Mieczkowski Family Concert - 
Sunday, April 15, 10:45 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Litchfield
6630 W Litchfield Rd
Litchfield, MI 49252

We would love to see you at one of these events!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Barn 2017 - the second week

Several of the older kids + Dad had to head home for a couple of days, so Mom, Lydia, Mary, Julia and Rebecca hung out at the Barn for a couple of days.

Perfect puzzle time!

Aunt Sharon took us out for breakfast on Mom's birthday :D

Another amazing puzzle

We visited the Corning Museum of Glass, 
which just so happened to be close to Mark and Grace.

Watching a glass vase being made

These are all Corning Ware pans


This man made a glass eyeball

A genuine Tiffany stained-glass window

A glass replica of the Liberty Bell

Watching a glass-breaking session

I'm not so sure...

Out on a walk

Sierra's getting good at taking selfies :D

Gorgeous scenery among the mountains

Back at the Barn...

Stormy sunset

Love Aunt Sharon's sign ;)

The whole crew came back for our last weekend at the Barn

Dad's work spot

Go Tigers!!

The guys took on themselves the job of cleaning the septic of roots

This may be a record...

We watched the Bontrager/Bowers double wedding 


Another evening of jet-skiing
Our cousin Esther came up with us

Stunning sunrise

The boys got up at 7, along with Esther, to ride down to the 4 C's

Early breakfast at the marina

Joe was cold :D

Friends from the church we attend up there came over for a fun afternoon

We had our annual camp-wide concert that evening

The 3 birthday folk

Backseat troublemakers

Yes, it landed on his face :P

Cousin Dave giving expert tips

Gorgeous last sunset

Taking the cousins for a ride (on land :D)

Last search for lake glass

Getting the vans packed :(

"Parting stinketh!"

Goodbye! See you next year!

Fun-filled days!

On the way to a Labor Day party!

We had a lovely get-together with the Alessios, Hayses, and other friends

It also happened to be Jon's birthday!

Meredith loved Esther's sunglasses :)

The 2 Esthers

Meredith and "Blue Esther"

The 2 Lydias
And thus concludes the chronicling of our Barn adventure for 2017