Friday, July 22, 2011

Busy, busy, busy times....

Hey all you faithful Mieczkowski Musings readers!

Just so you know we still do exist, here are a couple of pics:

The little girls are in the "pretend wedding" phase.....

The guys right before their much-anticipated haircut!

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

SSI 2011

This last week several of us kids had the great privilege of
attending the  Student Statesmanship Institute in Lansing.

For those who don't know, SSI is a summer camp offering real-world simulations of
legislative, judicial,  media, and business fields.

Here's the breakdown of what the various people from our family did:

Jon was a trial lawyer in the Mock Trial track 

Grace participated in the media track.
She was part of the newspaper staff

Melody was also in the Mock Trial track

Joe was a Senator

Anna was a Senator as well

SSI is a great place to make and renew friendships!

-The original four-
(the four guys roomed together 3 years ago, and formed a lasting friendship)

SSI 2011 week two! (click on the pic to find us!)
The most awesome week of the summer!

There are two parts to the media track (which Grace participated in):
Broadcast and Newspaper (Grace was on the paper side of things)

We will try to get the newspaper links posted sometime in the future.

Anyways, we thought you might like to see the three broadcasts from the week!
Watch for people you know!

We had a wonderful time, and are already looking forward to next year!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Guess Who Challenge ANSWERED -- June 2011

Whoa! Time has flown! 
We have been so busy that we forgot to post the June edition of Guess Who?!

(I know, you are all just DYING to comment with your guess!)

Ok, here goes:

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 MELODY, taken in 1995 when she was one year old.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

My apologies for not posting recently - our life is extremely busy right now :)

Our good friend Kendall Wingrove has written a great article about John Adams
and his role in our nation's founding, and I thought I would share it with you:

Adams: An Independent Thinker Who Continues To Teach Us

Historian David McCullough gave America a wonderful gift 10 years ago and it's worth remembering as we celebrate the nation's 235th birthday. His popular biography of John Adams chronicles the remarkable life and times of a great patriot.

The splendid volume explores the inner thoughts of a complicated man whom McCullough describes as "both a devout Christian and an independent thinker."

Adams, the son of a church deacon, was painfully aware of his shortcomings. He could be vain, cranky, impetuous, self-absorbed and fiercely stubborn.

But our second president also was hard-working, frugal and honest. A brilliant scholar, Adams was attracted to mathematics and astronomy. He marveled at natural wonders, including the stars in the sky, and considered them to be the gifts of God. The greatest of all, Adams wrote, was the gift of an inquiring mind.

Adams' inquiring mind was an important force as the colonies struggled to free themselves from British rule. Thomas Jefferson described Adams as "a colossus" of the Continental Congress who spoke "with a power of thought and expression that moved us from our seats."

He also was a shrewd judge of men and their talents, helping secure assignments for two important Virginians. Adams was instrumental in selecting Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence and choosing George Washington to command the colonial army.

Even though he was not a soldier, Adams displayed physical and moral courage on many occasions during his long career. He rode hundreds of miles on horseback in punishing winter weather to attend the Continental Congress. As a diplomat, he endured a harrowing 3,000-mile journey on the North Atlantic in its most treacherous season.

Before the Revolution began, Adams successfully defended British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre of 1770, despite public scorn.

And while overseas he spent years apart from his "Dearest Friend," Abigail Adams, a dedicated wife who was exceptional in her own right.

Why did Adams take such risks and make such sacrifices? He was convinced that the hand of God was involved in the birth of the new nation.

Adams thought it was the will of heaven "that the two countries should be sundered forever" and correctly predicted that the conflict would drag on for many years.

He trusted in God's wisdom and benevolence. And Adams understood the frailties of mankind and the power of the Almighty. He wrote: "Statesmen...may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand."

Adams cherished freedom and pondered how the landmark events of July 1776 would be remembered in the future. He wrote: "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward and forever more."

His prediction was mostly correct. We've continued the parades and the games, but we've forgotten the heavenly author of our emancipation. While fireworks illuminate the modern sky, the bright faith of the Founding Fathers has grown dim in our hearts.

A flicker of hope remains. Adams was once asked if he thought America would succeed in the struggle for independence.

"Yes," Adams replied, "if we fear God and repent our sins."

The same is true today.

All men are created equal. Like John Adams, each of us can rise above our shortcomings. By using an inquiring mind, we can seek divine guidance and, as Adams recognized, win a freedom that lasts forever.

Kendall Wingrove is a free-lance writer from East Lansing, Michigan.

Hope you had a great Independence Day!