Sunday, December 23, 2012

Anna's New Harp!

Anna bought this beautiful lever harp recently!

The Lord provided the funds in ways we couldn't imagine.

Visit her website at clarityharp.blogspot.com




"Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre."
Psalm 150:3

Friday, December 21, 2012

Our first snow...

...and a boiler update :)

Here are some views around the house.

Our first snow of the year was last night!

First snow at our new house!

The boiler has been keeping us all nice and toasty!

A small portion of our wood :)

A few feathery friends at our feeder...

"Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
Psalm 51:7

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Cantata


Just wanted to let you know about our Christmas Cantata coming up 
this weekend at our church, First Baptist Church of Troy.
It will be held this Saturday at 7:00 PM, and Sunday at 7:00 PM.
(see below flyer for more details) 


Our family's oldest 7 children will be playing in the orchestra.

There will also be a special Christmas dinner before the Saturday performance starting at 5:30. 
If you are interested, call 248.689.4555 for more information.

We hope you will come out and hear this wonderful celebration of our Lord's Birth!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Outdoor Wood Furnace!

Ever since we moved to our new house in Grand Blanc, we have
 been planning to get an outdoor wood-fired boiler for primary heating source.

Well, we have finally had one put in! 

It is made by Heiss Heaters, a company based out of Grand Rapids.

Here are some pics of the installation prep:

Getting forms ready for the pad


We used 40 bags of cement

We dug a trench from the cement pad to the house for the water line


We love the Ditch Witch!

Everybody pull!

We also have been cutting and stacking many cords of wood for the heater :)
We have around 10 cords of wood currently...

Cutting wood in the back forty....

Our work truck really has come in handy

The lumberjacks - with a very, very small portion of  our firewood :)

The installation: 


Laying the pipe in the trench

The boiler weighs 7,500 lbs.

"How big can we go?"


Can you see us? Between stacks of firewood?!?

We are thankful that the Lord provided the resources for this money-saving
furnace, which will enable us to be better stewards of what we have been given.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Emma Sightings!

We had cousins on our Dad's side come over to visit today!

Our little cousin Emma is really cute and photogenic!

Whoever had the camera must have caught a "shooting bug" somewhere :)

Emma playing the piano - she seems like a natural!



Like mother, like daughter


Trying out the harp

Crocheting


We had a great time - with Eight Maids A-Milking...Goats!!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New and Redesigned!

The Mieczkowski Family and the Heritage String Quartet
are pleased to announce the launch of a new and updated quartet website!
www.HeritageStrings.com

Click to view our site! (link is now fixed , our apologies)

Here is a screenshot of our previous website for comparison:

Click for larger view

Hope you like the new design!
Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bible Bee Concert 2012 - WITH VIDEO!

Sorry this post is a little bit late - with preparing for the Bible Bee Nationals
and such, this post and the video production/editing got delayed substantially!

Anyways, the Bible Bee Concert went great!
We had a wonderful response, and had around 175 folks in attendance.

Family introductions





Anna played a beautiful harp solo - listen below :)




We did our traditional family instrumental group number at the end :)





Hope you enjoyed the vids!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Tree!!

As we do every year, we got our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving!
We cut it at Mutch's Hidden Pines Tree Farm in Lapeer.

Here are a couple of pictures:

Which one should we choose?


"This is it!"


"This one's my size!"

Do we have to take this one?

The finished tree!

As this CHRISTmas season begins, let us all be sure to remember
the real meaning of Christmas!!!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Visit with the Palazzolos

After the Bible Bee, we went down to visit our dear friends
 the Palazzolos in Alabama. The Alessio family came down as well!


Endless games of Dutch Blitz

Rebecca and Joshua


Playing "Kingdoms"


A traveling music group? Just about!!


The orchestra bunch...

Food and fellowship go nicely together :)


"Quick!! An LCD screen!! We all must see!!!"

The girls made some Christmas ornaments



Three families - 28 people! (rollover)
Our time of fellowship was greatly enjoyed by all, 
and we will treasure the memories that we made together.

"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."
Proverbs 27:17