Saturday, April 30, 2011

Grace's performance with the RSO

If you've been keeping up with our blog for any length of time, you will
be sure to remember that a couple months ago, Grace won the
Rochester Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist competition!

As part of the prize, Grace had the amazing privilege of performing Mendelssohn's 
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor in concert with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra!

-The setting-

-The performer-


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Some friends of ours got to play in the orchestra

Here are some shots Joe took from another angle:




One of many bows!

Receiving the $1000 award 

Grace and her piano teacher

Grace and her violin teacher (who plays in the RSO)

Congratulations!

-Us-

We are very thankful that God blessed Grace with this incredible opportunity!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter 2011

Sorry it's taken so long to get these pics up! Life has been busy lately!

We had a wonderful Easter dinner with Grandma and Grandpa M!

Enjoying a wonderful meal!


-Grandma and Grandpa-

Joseph stuffing his face...

Good conversation...

Back at the house, there was a big Easter egg hunt!




And then the girls played with dolls the rest of the afternoon:

Oh, wait! Uncle Brian joined in too!

We had a wonderful time together celebrating Christ's resurrection!


"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. 
Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,"
John 11:25

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Senator Green's first bill signing....

Another wonderful day in Lansing! Here is the biggest highlight from the day:

The state senator that I intern with, Senator Mike Green (R- Mayville),
had his first bill signed into law Tuesday.

So, I was able to be in the traditional office staff picture!


Also, the photographer was generous enough to take a picture of Governor Snyder,
 Senator Green, me, and a friend that was visiting Lansing for the day:


Governor Snyder thanking Sen. Green's staff for their work on this legislation

Thanks to Mr. Wingrove for getting ahold of these pictures for the M. Musings!

Also of note- The senator's web page that I have been helping gather
data and information for over the last couple of weeks is almost ready to go live!
When it does, I'll post the link for you all to check out!

"Do you see a man skillful in his work? 
He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men."
Proverbs 22:29

Article in the paper.....

The North Macomb Voice ran an article today about our family!

It started out as a story on Grace winning the RSO Young Artist
competition, but expanded to include the Heritage String Quartet 
and our family as a whole....

Click here to read the article online
-or-
click on the pictures below to enlarge and read:




Thanks to Voice reporter Jeanne Kniaz for putting it all together!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Eggstra special...

Look what happens when eggs are on sale for Easter!
And guess what we are eating all of next week!
18 dozen eggs!

"Did you clone this pic?"

"Wait a minute, is this a joke?"

"Hold on, is this the store or the Mieczkowski's fridge?"
Yes!!! It's for real, believe it or not!

Anyone have any favorite egg recipes to share?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Some more recital vids...

I forgot to post this video of the Heritage String Quartet 
performing at Grace's recital, so I am posting it now!



Also, I have actually posted Grace's Senior Recital in its ENTIRETY,
so if you weren't able to attend, check out the following video!



Hope you enjoyed it!

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Christian Response to Earth Day

A Christian Response to Earth Day
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
All men are religious because all men have an object of worship. All men have faith in something. In the end, men will either worship and serve the creature, or they will worship and serve the Creator. But they will worship something.
In the 18th century, many began to worship the mind. The religion of that day was rationalism. In the 19th century, this god morphed into scientism. But science failed to provide the answers to ultimate questions. The men of the 20th century looked for a more immediate solution to the problems of humanity — they chose to worship the State. This failed. Statism proved to be a harsh taskmaster. In the absence of any real solutions from rationalism, scientism, and statism, men fixed their attention on a new god — or rather, an ancient God that just needed a new facelift.
That god is the earth.
21st-century men are earth worshippers. They are sanitized pantheists. Of course, they don’t call themselves pantheists or earth worshippers, but religious devotion to the material world is the essence of this modern faith.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The little cutie....

"Like my shades?"

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, 
the fruit of the womb a reward."
Psalm 127:3

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

JH MACS 2011

Joseph, Anna, and Caleb participated in the
Michigan Association of Christian Schools
fine arts competition last weekend!

Anna performing a sacred Piano Solo

Joe's picture got an honorable mention

Our cousin Danielle did a great job in Bible Teaching!


Another Danielle sighting! Along with her sidekick, Madeleine! 
Congratulations to all on the hard work done for the glory of God!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Grace performing with the RSO

A while back, Grace won the 

As part of the prize, she is performing the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in
G minor, Op. 25, with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra on April 29th.

Grace would love for you to share in this beautiful music!
If you would like to see her perform see the flyer below for details!


Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A big project....

Lydia has been very busy recently!

She crocheted this blanket herself!


"She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen."
Proverbs 31:24

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Cantata

Our Easter Cantata is coming up on Good Friday, April 22nd,
and Easter Sunday, April 24th at First Baptist Church of Troy

Par usual, there is a dinner being served before the Friday performance.
For more information or to sign up for the dinner, call 248.689.4555


Hope you will come out to this musical celebration of Easter!

Guess Who? Challenge ANSWERED -- April 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.


Who could it be? 
You have a 1 in 7 chance of guessing right!

 This is a picture of JULIA, taken in 2005,
before she was one :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fun day in Lansing...

Tuesday was a very fun day for Grace, Melody, and I!

The girls had the opportunity to job shadow our local state representative,
Andrea LaFontaine, as part of their Ambassador League assignments.
They sat in on her meetings, helped out in the office,
and talked, and talked, and talked!

Rep. LaFontaine even took each of them on the House floor
during session!

(Melody is at the end of the center row)


The girls had a wonderful time!

I had the opportunity to go to a bill signing by Governor Snyder in his 
ceremonial office at the Capitol.



And for those who really want to know exactly what the 
bills were, here we go:

"State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, Michigan State Police Director Kriste Etue and Sgt. Christ Hawkins joined Gov. Rick Snyder at the Capitol as he signed Public Acts 17, 18, and 19, sponsored by Jones and colleague Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, to bring the state into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act."

It was really neat to be right there in the Governor's office
as he signed legislation into law!
An added bonus: I got to shake Governor Snyder's hand!

Also, to give you a little taste of what a normal day is like for me, 
using yesterday as an example:


Back at the office after the bill signing - I worked on compiling 
information and creating graphs for an upcoming page on 
Sen. Green's website that will deal with explaining the K-12 budget.
It's not up yet, but hopefully I will be able to post 
the link to that page sometime soon!

There usually is a free lunch(s) somewhere around town!
This particular day, McDonalds was handing out coupons for
 free snack wraps, and giving away coffee at the street 
corners, in celebration of their national hiring day next week!
(it's all about jobs, you know!)

I also usually run things around to different offices to get signatures, etc.
This week I took some maps to the Secretary of State's office,
as well as tributes to the Governor's office.
This can be a really fun assignment, depending on what the weather is like!

So that's a little bit of what's been going on in Lansing!

It you're ever going to be in Lansing on a Tuesday, be sure to let me know!

Jon a finalist in competition....

Jon was named a finalist in the 2011 Daniel Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award
competition and was recognized at a luncheon in Lansing on April 12, 2011.

He is shown here with John Lazet, chief of staff for Sen. Mike Green.




We are very proud of Jonathan, and all the work he does in Lansing!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A pretty sunset.....

Here is a pretty sunset that we saw the other day 
on the way home from an event:


"The heavens declare the glory of God, 
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork."
Psalm 19:1

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