Monday, September 1, 2014

Blast from the past

Today is the first day of the month and I found these cute pictures, so I decided to post them!

2007 - the three little girls...

...5 years later

Have a blessed day!

Melody's Birthday!

Yesterday was Melody's 20th birthday!

20 fun and interesting facts about Melody:

1. Favorite hymn is "Jesus I am Resting"
2. She loves to work in the garden
3. Loves to cook healthy dinners every day
4. Is a great cellist and pianist
5. Loves to be an encouragement to others
6. Was a finalist in the National Bible Bee
7. Came home the same day she was born
8. Had pretend friends Ti Ti and Gra Gra when she was younger
9. Received a Family Herbalist certificate last year
10. Has taken Suzuki cello and piano teacher training
11. Sleeps in a king-sized bed with Julia on one side and Mary on the other
12. Is an amazing singer
13. She took the Moot Court track at SSI for three years in a row!
14. Her name means "Joyful One"
15. Loves to read
16. Is a cello teacher
17. Enjoys kayaking
18. She used to sing in her crib when she was younger
19. Loves to sing while playing cello in church
20. Her favorite Bible verses are Isaiah 41:10 and Psalm 63:1

Melody, we love you and are excited to see what God has for you in the future!
Feel free to send Melody a birthday greeting!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mom's Birthday!

Today we are celebrating Mom's 46th birthday!

46 fun and interesting facts about Mom:

1. She is very optimistic
2. Is the baby of her family
3. She kissed a frog :)
4. Was called "Little Lorie" by her cousins
5. Is the manager of the Heritage String Quartet
6. Dislikes mice
7. Plays piano for our evening service
8. Tutored math students through college
9. Loves teacups
10. She reached Advanced Polliwogs in swimming lessons
11. Hit two deer with the van within a few months
12. Hates seafood, doughnuts and goat's milk
13. Always has her planner in her hand
14. She has High Gag Reflex, which makes pill-taking very interesting
15. Met Dad when she was 15 going on 16
16. Had blond hair when she was a young girl
17. Loves going to Bed and Breakfasts with Pat
18. She is rarely flustered
19. Started piano lessons at age 6
20. Master editor of grammar
21. Plays piano for our church's ladies ensemble
22. She has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy with a Minor in Math
23. Taught piano lessons for several years (in high school, college,
and early years of marriage and children)
24. Salutatorian of her high school class
25. Absolutely loves chocolate
26. She never misses an opportunity to promote family businesses
27. Tries to find opportunities to witness to people
28. Is very frugal and never misses an opportunity for bargaining
29. LOVES Kroger, especially the gas points (she has saved thousands of dollars so far!)
30. Loves lilacs and hyacinths
31. Is a true people person
32. She treasures our time as a family
33. Loves to see people she knows (or thinks she knows) when she is out
34. Walks up to total strangers and says, "I know you!"
35. Homecoming queen at her Christian high school
36. She has had 10 natural births and 10 children in heaven
37. Loves to encourage pregnant mothers and mothers with young children
38. Gave her mother angst when she was learning how to drive
39. Loves to eat prime rib when out to eat
40. Laughs at her own jokes
41. She is a very punny individual
42. She had straight hair until she had Joseph
43. Loves coming to the Barn
44. Her favorite doll was Baby with the Suntan
45. Broke her thumb as a senior in college - played a left-hand only piece for
one of her senior recital pieces
46. Her favorite hymns are Blessed Assurance and Great is Thy Faithfulness

Mom, you are such a blessing to our family and we thank the Lord for giving us a wonderful mother!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bible Bee and a Baby Shower

We had our local Bible Bee on Saturday and everything went very well!
Here is a picture of our local Bible Bee participants!

We girls also attended a baby shower the same day for a sweet couple from church.
The theme was books and there was a book with every dish they served!

Green eggs and ham :)

The bread was shaped like a moon and the book that went with it was "Goodnight Moon"

This baby carriage was so adorable!

We had fun at these events and we will post about who's going to Nationals this week!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Guess Who? Challenge - ANSWERED - August 2014

Well, summer's almost over (sorry to remind y'all!) and the time has come
for another Guess Who? Challenge!

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.

Who do you think this Mieczkowski is?

This is.......JULIA!

Great job everybody and get ready for next month!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

May - August catch-up post

Somehow these pics never got posted, so here are some random pics from the past 3 months!

We bought a 20' trailer and it has helped immensely with getting wood!

Opening the Bible Bee materials box! 

The Local competition is right around the corner (we'll be posting about that soon!).

Rebecca and Daniel at Fellowship Bible Church in Ann Arbor

The guys went to a Tigers game with Grandpa! Unfortunately, they lost :(

 We had a birthday party for Mary and Anna to celebrate their birthdays!

Mary loves getting books (she's a bookworm for sure!).

Anna received a new bike! It was a big surprise!

Yeah, we have a little clean up to do :)

Pastor and Mrs. Harding were able to come to our house for an evening!

For a party, we had 6 watermelon - we ate almost all of them!

We had some gravel dumped on our driveway to help fill the potholes.

For those of you who have driven up our driveway, you know it was really bad.
Now it is so much better! 

James was so tired after a fun week :)

When we were at Sforzando, Joseph worked on all of our broken cars.

He got really dirty! :)

We had a blast with the Alessios and Mellases!

The little pink girl :-)

We are just starting to harvest our beans and they are going wild!

On a recent Saturday, we had a wood day and split and stacked wood for the whole afternoon!

The wood area

Melody drying garlic - Grandpa B's worst nightmare!

This log was a huge log...

...but Joseph got it split!

A tree just toppled over!

Taking away the brush

We girls helped out too!

Mia, Julia, Bella, and Rebecca had a fun time together!

The girls made a "tree fort" in our front yard :) 

Our cousin Emma came over for an afternoon and we had a blast with her!

Playing "house"

She even brought her bike!

Thanks for coming over Emma!

We thought of some friends when Mom bought this :)

Jon got to hear Ted Cruz speak in Michigan!

Jon and Ted

Whew! I think we are officially caught up now!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Caleb's Birthday!

Today is Caleb's 16th birthday!

16 fun and interesting facts about Caleb:
1. His nickname is Caus
2. He loves any motorized vehicle
3. Was the smallest baby out of us 10 kids at 6 lbs. 15 oz. :)
4. At age 8, he said regarding his survival kit, "Joseph and I are both ready to get lost!"
5. When he was age 5, he called a cordless drill a "powerless drill"
6. Works at a farm every Tuesday afternoon
7. At age 6, he said, "What is tofu? Is it food for your toes?"
8. Loves to practice on his hunting bow when he's not busy
9. When he was 7 years old, he said the vision test was easy because 
he had the whole alphabet memorized!
10. He would like to be an auto mechanic someday
11. When he was 7, he asked, "What does it mean to through ugly clean the bathroom?"
12. When we lose something, we ask Caleb to find it and he usually does!
13. At age 8 he was sure our neighbors were playing horseshoes and hand grenades!
14. His middle name is the same as his Grandpa's middle name - Frederick
15. Is the resident lawn mower of the family
16. In just a little while, he can be talking with someone as if they've been friends for a long time :)

We love you Caleb and are thankful that God put you in our family!
Please leave a comment and wish Caleb a Happy Birthday!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Guess Who? Challenge - August 2014

Well, summer's almost over (sorry to remind y'all!) and the time has come
for another Guess Who? Challenge!

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.

Who do you think this Mieczkowski is?