Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fun times with friends....

Another wonderful lunch and speaker in Lansing, put on 
by the one and only Kendall Wingrove!

Today's lunch bunch....

Daniel B. was able to come and watch Senate session 
and stay for lunch - It was great hanging out with him!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Grace's Graduation Party!

Today was Grace's church graduation party!
All of us had a great time talking to people that stopped by to say congrats!

Here are, (what else?) a couple of pics!!!!

The graduate!

So many people to talk to!

Grace and her teacher

endless pictures!

Jordan and Grace

Our new cousin, Emma, came to the party as well! Isn't she cute!

We had a wonderful time, and are thankful for the 
great blessing Grace is to our family!

Friday, May 27, 2011

BCS Graduation 2011

Yesterday, our family attended the 2011 
Bethany Christian School Commencement exercises.
It is always a great blessing to see Christian young people serving
the Lord through their local church and school.

This year, Grace had the great honor of receiving the 
"Christian Service" award, which is given to two young
people from FBC Troy for outstanding Christian service.
See below for pics:

Grace and Danielle

Our cousin Danielle also received the
 Junior High Christian Character award.

Jon and his partner in (viola) crime, Troy

BCS Class of 2011! Congrats!

-Two cute little girls-

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, 
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A little bike ride

Sorry we haven't posted in a while..... 
Life has been pretty busy lately.....

After Jon got back from Lansing, all the kids took a short bike ride.
Here are a couple of action pics:

Dad's having fun! 

"Pedal faster Mary - go, go!"

They had a really fun time!

Aren't the dandelions pretty! (Not.......)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Cute One....

Just thought we'd post these pics of Rebecca, because they are so cute!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The candy market.....

Another red-letter day on the Mieczkowski Candy Exchange!

At the opening bell, Tootsie Rolls dropped 68%, due to a new study released
by Grace and Co. expounding the health concerns of this highly sought-after product.

Currently, Hershey Dark Chocolate bars lead the field,
climbing to an all new trade ratio of 4:1.
(4 Hershey Kisses to 1 Dark Chocolate bar)

Trade constraints are fierce, and demand for certain items remains high,
but at this point, statistics seem to indicate that investors in this market
will have to diversify into more health-conscious products to maintain their liquidity.

No word yet on the dental ramifications of these trades.


Monday, May 16, 2011

A Tigers Game...

On Saturday, Grandpa M, Joseph, and I, went to the Tigers game!

We also went to an event sponsored by Home Plate Ministries before the game, 
which basically is where players past and present share their Christian faith.

It was wonderful!

Some of the speakers included Ramon Santiago, Tom Brookens, Frank Tanana, 
Nick Harris (punter for the Lions) Don Kelly, Daniel Schlereth, and Willie Horton.

Willie Horton sharing

Walking around beautiful Comerica Park..

Reliever Daniel Schlereth giving a little pitching clinic before the game.

Joe looks excited!!!

The view from our seats...

A pic I was able to pull in with a nice zoom lens.... (can you see the ball?)

We had a great time!

BTW, the Tigers won 3-0!

GO TIGERS!!!!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger problems....

Hey guys-

We have not been able to post because Blogger has been down for the last two days-
Sorry for inconvenience!

We will resume regular posting as soon as possible!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2011 Bible Bee Details

This post is for everyone who has asked us about the Bible Bee, and also so we can direct those who would like to know more about the Bible Bee to this post.

How Does It Work? 
The National Bible Bee begins June 1st as contestants learn to study a specified book of the Bible through the Bible Bee’s "Sword Study" and memorize Bible verses with their own Bible Memory Cards and Bible Bee Bibles. Local Hosts provide encouragement, support and family activities for socializing and studying. 

At the end of August, contestants gather for the Local Contest, which tests both Bible Memory and Bible Knowledge through oral and written tests. The top-scoring 300 National Track contestants from around the nation are invited to compete in the National Competition which is held in the fall. Winners at Nationals take home a total of $260,000 in cash prizes as well as other awards. 

Who can participate in the Bible Bee? 

Youth who will be 7 to 18 years of age as of November 13th, 2011 can register as official contestants of the Bible Bee. They will compete in one of three age divisions: Primary (7-10 years of age), Junior (11-14) or Senior (15-18). 

They can choose from three levels of difficulty: the National Track which is the most challenging and competitive; the Timothy Track which focuses on encouragement along with light competition as a motivator, and the Supporting Sibling Track for those who don’t wish to compete at all (or for siblings out of the official age range) but still want to use the Bible Bee materials and enjoy the Bible Bee experience. The difference between the National Track and the Timothy Track is the amount of verses memorized (as detailed below), the amount of questions on the day of the Local Bible Bee, and the fact that only National Track contestants can advance to the National competition in the fall. 

Amount of memory verses by track: 

National Track. Senior Division: 800 verses, Junior Division: 500 verses, Primary Division: 250 verses. 

Timothy Track. Senior Division: 150 verses, Junior Division: 100 verses, Primary Division: 50 verses. 

Supporting Sibling. No requirements, as it is a non-competitive track. 

How do we join the Bible Bee? 

Contestant registration is open through May 31st at www.BibleBee.org. Everything your family needs to participate is included in the registration fee of $30.00 per child ($150 maximum). Your Local Host will welcome you and keep you posted about local events throughout the summer. At the beginning of June, Bible Bee Boxes arrive on every contestant family’s doorstep. Each contestant will receive age-appropriate Sword Study materials, memory verse cards and a Bible Bee Bible in their chosen Bible version. Five Bible versions are available to choose from: KJV, NKJV, ESV, NASB, and NIV. Parent Guidebooks will assist you as you prepare for the Bible Bee. 

What happens at the Local Contest on August 27th? 

After a morning gathering, the three age divisions separate to complete their Written and Oral Test Rounds. The Written Test lasts for one hour and consists of 200 questions for National Track and 100 questions for Timothy Track contestants, covering their study of the designated book of the Bible and Bible Memory  comprehension questions. During the Oral Test, contestants recite up to 25 passages in 10 minutes in front of 2 Judges who grade their recitations. Parents are welcome to observe their child’s Oral Test. The five top-scoring youth from these rounds in each age division go on stage to compete in the Final Challenge Round, a single-elimination Bible Memory contest. 


For any additional information, or to register for the Bible Bee, go to www.biblebee.org

Monday, May 9, 2011


We have been working on the house a lot lately.
Here are a couple of pics of different people working on things:

A few materials....

Dad and his cheerleaders..

Stripping wallpaper..... What a lovely job!

Jon cutting in roof vents

One of the finished products....

Caleb and Joe taking out our old boiler

Blindly screwing....
-Artwork by Jon-

Ahhh.... the lovely, never-ending painting.....
"For every house is built by someone, 
but the builder of all things is God."
Hebrews 3:4

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Today is Anna's 14th birthday!

Happy Birthday Anna!

We wish you God's richest blessings on this coming year.....

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

We are so thankful to the Lord for the mother that He has given us!

"Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
'Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.'"
Proverbs 31:28, 29

Guess Who? Challenge ANSWERED -- May 2011

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 picture is of Jonathan, in 1992, when he was 4 months old.

Piano Recital

On Thursday we had our piano recital with all of Mrs. Mayer's
students. This was our last recital before our dear teacher moves
to Georgia...

Anna and Haley played an exciting rendition of
"The Carnival of the Animals"

Bach and Rach (Rachmaninoff)

I played the Mendelssohn concerto (what else would I play?!)

We all love Mrs. Mayer!

Remembering the many hours of joy at the piano that
Mrs. Mayer has invested in...

Sharing many memories from the past year