We have all been preparing in many different ways for the trip to Washington, D.C.
We are beginning to pack, or at least to think about packing, as we leave on Monday.
Of course, Melody has been studying, studying, and studying some more! In her own words:
Quizzing at Wendy's...
WHAT IS THE FIRST WORD?!
One big project that has to be finished before we leave on Monday is the trailer. Since we don't have enough room in the van for the amount of luggage needed (for a family of 12!), we call upon Old Faithful once more to get us to, and through, another trip. Dad and the boys have been making the hunk of junk a little more watertight than it has been, making for hours of work!
About a month ago, the seven oldest children in our family participated in the Bible Bee. This is the first year that the Bee has ever been held. Preparing for the Bible Bee includes memorizing many passages of Scripture and answers to Bible Knowledge Questions, along with studying 6 books of the Bible in depth.
There are two phases to the competition:
1. Local bees, where all contestants compete in three age categories, completing a 200-question written test and two oral rounds.
2. The National Bible Bee, where the top 100 finalists in each of the three age categories, determined by scores nationwide, compete. The National Bible Bee takes place in Washington, D.C.
We all studied over the summer (some more than others), and then participated in our local bee on September 12th. It was wonderful to spend extra time in God's Word, learning more every day. The local bee was a great experience, both in the competition and in getting to know other young people.
A week after the local bee, we received the results, and learned that Melody is going to the National Bible Bee! We are very excited for her!
The National Bible Bee is November 4-6; we will keep you updated with pictures and results!
On Sunday, October 4th, we ministered to Falls Berean Bible Church in Cuyahoga Falls, a suburb of Akron. We were able to do a sacred concert for the Sunday evening service, in which Dad spoke on music and presented the gospel, and we played and sang many hymns.
Look at the loot! We stopped at Shearer's Foods Factory Outlet Store. They have real deals! Notice the bag of cheese puffs in the middle of the picture (that Julia is holding). It's almost as big as her - 2 dollars at Shearer's!
At Sunny Slopes Orchard: look closely at the fence - it is made of apple trees grafted together!
Notice the close-up of the previous picture. All by hand - no steaming, bending, power tools, computers - simply amazing! The white pieces are ivory from elephant tusks; the black is ebony wood, the second hardest wood known to man.
Enjoying the displays...
Harriet (Global Positioning System) is mounted on the windshield...
...and Grace (Grace Positioning System) is holding the map!
Visiting with the Saxtons, the pastor's family from Falls Berean Bible Church
The final showdown of rock, paper, scissors!
The parents enjoying some good conversation
Back at our host family's house. The boys are relaxing up in the finished attic.