Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bible Bee Nationals news!

Hey everyone!

Just found out that Grace and Melody have made the cut,
and are advancing on to the national level of the Bible Bee!

They are both in the Senior age division of the Bible Bee.

They scored 20th and 24th respectively.

Melody and Grace

"Thy word have I hid in my heart, 
that I might not sin against thee."
Psalm 119:11

No words needed!

Check back here tonight, or visit the Bible Bee website 
after 7 PM tonight to find out who made the cut!

Melody's Birthday!

Today is our Melody's 17th Birthday!

Melody's thoughtful and serving spirit continue to be
a great blessing to all around her.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fun at the Barn 2011

We are at our cottage in upstate NY for a time of rest and 
relaxation after a VERY hectic summer!

Our "before the trip" picture of our big rig....

Lunch with the bunch @ the Barn

Mommy and daughter

The intrepid navigator, Big Joe....

Looks like he came on shore a little too fast!

Aunt Sharon had some luminaries that we sent up over the Lake...

"There it goes!"

"In the same way let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good works, 
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
Matthew 5:16

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mom's Birthday!

Today was Mom's Birthday!

Happy Birthday Mom!
We are so thankful to have a mother like you.....

"Her children rise up and call her blessed"
Proverbs 31:28

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Local Bible Bee Contest!

The local Bible Bee was a great success!

Our bee had about 60 participants, each of which went through 
oral and written test rounds throughout the day.

Here are couple of pics from the bee:


Some very excited Primary contestants!

The dreaded written test.....

Oral rounds

Time for the Final Challenge round!

The primary finalists

Junior finalists

Senior finalists

A group pic of all finalists!

Troy Bible Bee 2011!

On Wednesday, the Bible Bee will release the list of the contestants
that made the cut to the national competition! We'll keep you posted!

Everyone had a wonderful time, and gained the priceless 
prize of hiding God's word in their hearts!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Bible Bee is here!

Tomorrow, local qualifying rounds for the National Bible Bee will be held
 across the country, including one at our church, First Baptist Church of Troy!

The top 100 qualifying contestants in 3 age groups will be moving
on to the Bible Bee National Competition in Nashville, TN, November 16-19.

The results from the local bees will be announced this
Wednesday, August 31st. We'll be sure to keep you posted!

We are so proud of everyone who has participated in the Bible Bee this year,
and pray that they will learn to treasure God's Word in their hearts!

Here's the video from the 2010 Bible Bee Nationals that Jon made
about our family's experience there last year, just to get you all
excited about this year!!!

Work and play...

Earlier this week the boys did their annual wood jamboree with Grandpa B:

The splitting buddies...

See the wood in the air?

A beautiful sight...

They split about a cord of wood in 2 days.

Someone's tired out!

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so after the day's
work was done, the boys went with Grandma and Grandpa to a car show!

Jon got to drive the '66 Mustang! He loved it!

Two of Grandpa's three classic cars....

"In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads to poverty."
Proverbs 14:23

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bible Bee update....

The local Bee is just around the corner!
Our kids have been very diligently studying away.

Study Hall....... Get it?!?!?

"Thy word is a light unto my feet,
And a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Harvest time....

Here's a couple neat pics that Joseph took:

"The LORD will indeed give what is good, 
and our land will yield its harvest."
Psalm 85:12

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Caleb's Birthday!

Happy 13th birthday Caleb!

"Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him."
Psalm 127:3

Lansing update...

Hey guys!

Jono here....

Just wanted to give you an update on what I did over the summer in Lansing!

It has been a fun and productive time, meeting new people, attending
Curriculum Beyond the Classroom lunches, and doing various projects!

Earlier in the summer, during Week 2 of SSI, I was able to re-introduce my mom
to her former junior high science teacher, John Lazet - the man I interned under
during my first several months in Lansing!
It was really neat to get them connected again, and hear them share all the old memories!

Mom, Mr. Lazet, and I.

Another neat experience this summer was getting to see the Lt. Governor's
ceremonial office in the Capitol building. It is located directly behind the
Senate chamber, and our CBC group was given a little tour by Jenell Leonard,
 a former CBC intern who now serves as External and Strategic Coordinator for
 Lt. Governor Brian Calley.

Jenell and I.

**If you happen to live in House District 93 just north of Lansing,
(DeWitt, St. Johns, Ithaca, Alma)  consider supporting Tom Leonard, Jenell's husband,
who is running for State Representative coming up in 2012!
He is a great conservative, and would be a wonderful pick next fall....
Check out his website here for more details.**

Bill Kandler, former secretary of the Michigan Senate and aide to
former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard, spoke to us CBC students on August 9th.

He gave us a fascinating view into the experience of going from working in 
the government for much of his early career, to transitioning to the private sector.

Mr. Kandler and a part of the CBC crew

Probably one of the funnest venues we have had for a
CBC lunch was this last Tuesday, August 16.

Kevin Gray, a major gifts officer at Michigan State University, hosted
a special CBC luncheon at Spartan Stadium!

Up in the MSU President's Suite

During the tour, we saw the luxury suites,  the MSU President's Suite,
and even got to go in the press box!

A reluctant Michigan fan attended the lunch with us.....

The view from the upper floors of the stadium was amazing!
The arrow is pointing to the building that I work in downtown.

The CBC Crew!

It's been a wonderful summer!
I've gained much valuable experience, and hope to continue working
in Lansing through the fall, maybe longer!

P.S. A special thank-you to Kendall Wingrove for putting together
all the fantastic lunches and speakers! 

Friday, August 12, 2011

OCMS String Camp 2011

A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to attend the 
Orion Chamber Music Society String Camp in Lake Orion!

We had a wonderful time and had many opportunities to polish 
our skills during the week!

Here are a couple of pics:

-OCMS String Camp 2011-

"Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe."
Psalm 150:4b