Monday, January 31, 2011

Getting ready for carpet!

We are emptying the girls' "dorm" in 
preparation for carpet installation tomorrow!

The "homegrown beasts of burden!"
(Thanks Mr. Hommes!)

There were also some creative ways thought 
of to slide the heavy stuff around!

"This is the best use of my math book yet!"

Exciting times!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Important people...

Dad and I had a great time here at the 
Republican State Convention.

We elected some great people to the leadership positions,
and are very happy with the outcome!

Saw a bunch of people, 
made some great connections.....

Attorney General Bill Schuette and I


We're on our way home!

Friday, January 28, 2011

A couple of pics....

Dad and I are here at the Republican State Convention
at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids.

Our District Caucus meeting went tolerably well,
and we are finally back to our hotel room
after much networking and fellowshipping.

One thing of note:
On Tuesday when I was working for Senator Green, I was assigned
to collect the signatures of specific senators on three different posters.
I wasn't exactly sure what the purpose of the posters were at the time,
but I found out today!

Senator Green came to our caucus meeting, and presented one 
of the posters that I had collected the signatures on to our district!





It was really neat to see something that I had worked on 
turn up in such an unexpected place!


David and I


I also connected up with a fellow CBC member
who was here volunteering for one of the candidates.

The convention has been very interesting, and full of unexpected
turns and twists, but we are doing our best to stay on the right track!

Right now, I am so tired I can't see straight, so I am going to bed!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Watch Jonathan conducting

Disclaimer: This is not me, nor meant to represent me.
May cause severe envy, jealousy, global warming, and other side-effects.

Watch it, it is amazing!




This is a vid that someone sent us of a three-year-old
conducting Beethoven!

This kid could be the next Bernstein!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A worm....

There was a dissection that took place today,
and there was great interest taken in it by certain people!

Mary and the "specimens."

"MOM! HE'S STARING AT ME!" 

Getting a closer look.

This was the worm's purpose in life (and death!).

"CAN I SEE?!?!?!?!?"

God's creativity is truly amazing!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Costume-making.....

It is amazing how creative a three-year-old can be!

Rebecca came up with this costume yesterday:

Production.....

Modeling.....

Sandals, anyone?

Ready for war?


"Therefore if any man in Christ, he is a new creature: 
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17

Agenda: Grinding America Down




We watched this documentary recently and would highly recommend it to all.
It is a clear exposé of the communist, socialist, progressive agenda
to take over America.

If you're interested in borrowing this DVD, let us know!

This documentary is frightening, but also inspiring. Learn how you
can make a difference for the better in America and
combat the spread of the Agenda!

Visit http://www.agendadocumentary.com/ to learn more.

...to rescue a pumpkin

  • Step 1: Rot some Pumpkins
    • Tip: this step is often accomplished inadvertently

  • Step 2: Remove rotten portions
    • Note: Pictures are not included for this step due to highly objectionable content for those with sqeamish stomachs

  • Step 3: Cut remainder of Pumpkins into slices and place in pan
    • Note: This remainder will be anywhere from 25-75% of the original amount


  • Step 4: Cook Pumpkin at 400° until tender
    • Note: this will take longer than the estimated time in the cookbook


  • Step 5: Remove the skin from each slice and pure√© the Pumpkin


  • Step 6: Allow younger sibling to help
    • Note: you may have to create something for them to do

  • Step 7: Measure the Pumpkin
    • Note: Hands may get dirty - enjoy it!

Photo credit: Rebecca
(No really - she actually took it!)

  • Step 8: Pause to take cute pictures of aforesaid younger sibling


  • Step 9: Pour Pumpkin into freezer bag


  • Step 10: Add Pumpkin to abundant stores of frozen produce already in the freezer


  • Finished! The Lord has blessed abundantly, providing above and beyond all that we could ever ask or think.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

First real day of work......

Last Tuesday, I began working in the office of 

I am working directly under Sen. Green's chief-of-staff, a
brilliant man who used to be Mom's science teacher at
 Southfield Christian in junior high school!

Mr. Lazet and I in front of an elk in Sen. Green's office!

Currently, I am doing a research project concerning the Michigan
GAAMPs (Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices).
Thankfully, they are not quite as involved as they sound!

I never knew how many regulations and requirements there 
were for the farming community to keep up with!

I am gaining much experience and learning many new things about
what goes on behind the scenes in our state government.
Mr. Lazet is a great teacher! Mom thought so too!

New "about us" page

Hi everybody!

Check out the new "about us" page - including pictures and
short biographies of each one of us.

~Grace

Sisters...




Monday, January 17, 2011

The Wife/Mother in training....

-Seamstress Mary sewing a button back onto my coat-


"She makes linen garments and sells them; 
she delivers sashes to the merchant."
Proverbs 31:24

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Breaking News!!!!!!

Exciting news!!!!
Grace, Melody, and Anna participated in the Rochester Symphony
Orchestra concerto competition yesterday.


AND GRACE WON IT ALL!!!!!!!!!


She will receive a $1000 scholarship as well as getting to play the
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto with the RSO 
at their Golden Anniversary Concert on April 29th.

We will be keeping you posted on how and where to get tickets as the date gets closer.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rebecca's memorization...

With Anna's assistance, Rebecca is memorizing Bible verses.
When asked to recite 1 Corinthians 10:31 today, Rebecca stated,
"Whether then you eat or drink, eat the most."
Coming from the youngest child of 10, it was rather
profound, or maybe even accurate!

But seriously :) It has been a delight to hear
God's Word proclaimed even through a very young
source! God's Word will always benefit us as we
recall and meditate on it.
It is the story of redemption,
the source of all true wisdom,
the direction for our lives.
May we view reading God's Word as a delight,
memorizing God's Word as a privilege,
and meditating on God's Word
as our source of true joy.

A little project....

Today Grandpa B and us boys went to a friends house to do some tree trimming.






Tree-trimming is an art!

Someone was glad to get inside and warm up!

-Posted by Jon using BlogPress from his iPod touch

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Winter beauty....

We were working at our grandparents house today and noticed this heater accessory covered in ice.





I thought it looked neat!





"He giveth snow like wool: He scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes."
Psalm 147:16

- Posted by Jon using BlogPress from his iPod touch

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My first intern day in Lansing

Today was a very exciting day of firsts.
It was the first time I drove to Lansing by myself.
It was my first time to attend a Curriculum
Beyond the Classroom meeting.
I had the opportunity to meet many
great people for the first time.

Here are some pictures
(taken by the one and only Kendall Wingrove)
of the day:


Here I am with former Sen. Alan Cropsey
outside the Michigan Capitol.

Philip, Josh, and I share a moment together.

The group that attended the CBC lunch.

It was a great learning experience, and hopefully
is the first of many great days in Michigan's Capital!

Guess Who? Challenge ANSWERED -- January 2011

Announcing the latest challenge for the readers of Mieczkowski Musings!

The Guess Who? Challenge will run once a month, and will be
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 MARY, taken in 2006, when she was 2 years old.

Keep an eye out for February's challenge - it gets harder from here!

~Grace~

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Creative artwork

On the way to church we were drawing things in the frost on the windows.
Here is one of my works of art-


Eyeglasses!!!

- Posted by Jon using BlogPress from my iPod touch

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Family Letter!

Hi everyone! Happy New Year!

Here is our family letter for 2010 - some of you may have received
the hard copy, but for those who didn't, we are posting it here on the blog.

Also, we have gone through the letter and linked to blog posts from
different events throughout the year, a first for us!

There are a couple screenshots of the letter,
 then the letter and links below:

(click for larger view)
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December 2010

Dear Loved Ones,

We hope you have had a wonderful year in 2010! We have seen the Lord’s hand at work in so many ways that we would like to share those memories with you. Here is a breakdown of a few of this year’s noteworthy occurrences:

MARCH
Our piano had been in the family for over 30 years, but when the piano technician told us that it would take several hundred dollars to keep it in good condition, it was time to say goodbye. God provided so that we could purchase a Kawai upright piano, and it has been a great blessing!

After about 2 ½ years of work, and much expectation, the girls moved into their new room! We are still waiting on carpet, but at 432 square feet, there is elbow room for all 7 girls!

APRIL
We took a surprise trip to see the Palazzolo family in Alabama, and spent a few wonderful days with them, full of fun and fellowship.

JULY
Pat and the five oldest attended the Student Statesmanship Institute (ssi-online.org), some for the first time and some for the second. Pat went as a chaperone, and the kids were “Representatives” and “Senators” for the week, taking trips to the state capitol and giving speeches for and against bills on the House floor during mock legislative sessions.

SEPTEMBER
We shook up the “norm” a bit when we took our annual trip to the Barn in early September, enjoying time with Lorie’s folks and extended family. We then headed to Connecticut and were blessed to share music at Colchester Bible Baptist Church. During our stay, we visited Plimoth Plantation and enjoyed learning more about our Pilgrim forefathers. After an unsuccessful attempt to tour Independence
Hall in Philadelphia (no place to park a big van and trailer, so we had the “drive-thru” tour), we visited Valley Forge and were sobered to think of all the sacrifices made for our country. Calvary Baptist Church of Clymer, PA, was our second ministry stop, and we enjoyed the fellowship of the sweet folks there as we stayed at their church camp.

NOVEMBER
Mid-November, we headed to Schaumburg, IL, (near Chicago) for the National Bible Bee, as Melody qualified for the second year in a row. Thousands of young people across the nation enrolled in the local Bible Bee competition in August, which incorporated memorizing up to 800 Bible verses and in-depth study of the book of Colossians. Pat was able to be on the committee of our local contest, held at our church. Seven of the children participated, with Melody making it to the top 100 in her age category nationwide. The entire family was able to attend and watch the competition, as well as take some time to visit the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. It was a great learning experience, one that we will always remember. We were also able to minister in music at Victory Baptist Church in New Lenox. Back at the National Bible Bee, Melody advanced from the preliminary rounds to the Semifinals, then after 3 perfect recitations, she advanced to the Finals! She placed 6th of all the Senior contestants in the country. We are so grateful for God’s blessing in this endeavor – it is always worthwhile to hide God’s Word in our hearts.

Jonathan is enrolled at Bryan College in Dayton, TN, taking courses online. He is majoring in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Political Science. Jonathan will be interning in Lansing this year, as he seeks to have a Christian impact in the political arena. Pat and Jon were both elected precinct delegates for our area in August, and enjoyed nominating candidates at the Republican State Convention. Jon completed the Ambassador League program through SSI, earning the John Quincy Adams award and scholarship. Jon is the chief photographer and blog author for the family, for which we are all very grateful!

Grace is looking toward graduation and post-high school ventures. She was very involved with our local Bible Bee, doing a lot of the behind-the-scenes work to organize the 60+ volunteers. Grace and Melody started piano lessons with Mrs. Rebecca Mayer early in the year, and have appreciated her instruction as they continue to use their musical gifts to minister through many different opportunities.

Melody is getting back into the swing of things after studying for almost 5 months for the Bible Bee. She plays cello in several orchestras and enjoys singing in church and for concerts. One way that Melody blesses the family is by making muffins and bread on a regular basis. We truly appreciate Melody’s servant’s spirit.

Joseph is maturing into a godly young man. This year, he took up the string bass (thank you Mr. Holliday!), and played it for a few concerts. Joseph continues to love gardening and biking (logging 150 miles this year!). He recently started BJ Vending in order to develop entrepreneurial skills and earn some income. If you have any suggestions for good locations to place a candy vending machine, let us know! We are looking forward to the many ways God will use Joseph.

Anna very recently got her braces off, after 4 ½ years of having them on! Her cheerful smile is always sure to brighten the room, braces or not! Anna enjoys playing in the Orion Chamber Music Society and the orchestra at our church, First Baptist Church of Troy. She is still saving for a harp! Anna is such a blessing to our family.

Caleb was excited to purchase a 12-gauge shotgun recently so that he can bring home some food for the family! Besides target practice, Caleb enjoys biking and any activity that takes him outside. He is our resident “finder” – whenever you lose something, just ask Caleb, and he’ll find it! We are excited to see God working in Caleb’s life.

Lydia joined the church orchestra this year, and has enjoyed honing her abilities in that way. She is also learning many homemaking skills - assisting with canning, food preparation, and cleaning. Lydia, along with Mary and Julia, enjoys knitting and crocheting gifts for others, and are always excited to show us their creations! We pray that Lydia will grow to be a godly young lady.

Mary is still our resident bookworm, plowing through piles of character-building books and amusing us by her pronunciation of words that she’s read but never heard! She enjoys playing the piano and cello, especially when participating in family concerts. It is a blessing to see Mary growing into a sweet little lady.

Julia is growing up so quickly! She is now an excellent reader, and we often hear, “Can I read to you?” Recently while in the car, Julia said, “That sign says, ‘On the Go!’ That’s me!” Julia asked the Lord Jesus to be her Savior earlier this year, and it is precious to see her thoughtfulness about what is right and wrong and how God wants her to act.

Rebecca keeps us smiling. She is at the age to say a LOT of cute things! Sometimes, she will ask if she can drink “yummalade”. Once, when she saw a picture of a protest, she exclaimed, “They’re saying 2!” (Think peace sign :). She told us that angels have “birdie things,” and, on one of our trips, she was excited to drive over the “KenDUCKY River!” On Mother’s Day, Rebecca woke up and said, “Mother, did I tell you how dear you are?”

Lorie keeps busy with home management and homeschooling. She and Pat celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in July! On a sad note, Lorie had a miscarriage at 11 weeks in October. We are grateful for God’s strength and comfort and thank Him for the assurance that little Hope is with Him in heaven.

After taking the buyout from Chrysler 2 years ago and operating Heritage Building Services, LLC throughout 2009, Pat took a full-time position contracted to Versata, a company contracted to Ford, in late 2009. He commutes to Dearborn 2 days a week, and works from home the other days. We are very thankful for the many ways God has provided in all circumstances.

Pat’s brother Brian and his family keep busy with lots of activities, including gymnastics classes for Bella and Miley. Lorie’s brother Gordon and his family are doing well. It’s hard to believe that Gideon graduated from kindergarten this year!

Pat’s mom and dad enjoy coming over on Thursdays to spend time with the family. Sadly, Pat’s Grandma Luella Utich passed away in August. She will be missed.

Lorie’s mom and dad still participate in many classic car shows. We love seeing them on Sundays and Wednesdays. The blessing of parents and grandparents in our lives is a joy.

Though your lives and ours may be full of activities throughout the year, nothing is more important than contemplating the fact that we will live somewhere forever. Not one of us knows our last day here on earth. You may be unsure, if you were to die today, that you would go to heaven. We would love to share with you how you can know for sure you have eternal life.

Thank you for the special place you have in our lives! May your 2011 be blessed by the Lord!

With Love,

The Mieczkowski Family