Saturday, August 31, 2013

Melody's 19th birthday!

Today is Melody's 19th birthday!

On the day of her birth in the famous
"Jesus Loves Me" onesie

... then19 years later 
We're very grateful to the Lord for Melody's Godly example
and testimony. We pray that He will continue to direct
her in the way she should go!

Friday, August 30, 2013

A holiday with the Hollidays

Our dear friends Mr. and Mrs. Holliday came over a couple weeks ago!

Our venerable OCMS conductor and String Camp director - Mr. Holliday



A wonderful lunch together 

Two funny girls at the end of the table

Violin repair lessons

Time for a tour of the property!
Hi, Ho, Cheerio! 

Group hug

Funny pose

Mr. & Mrs. Holliday - like grandparents to us
and a wonderful, Godly example

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
~ 1 Corinthians 11:1

Thursday, August 29, 2013

From Cacophony to Harmony

A while ago, we were able to clean up our music room!

The pile of chin fiddles 


The messy room

All ready for teaching and two-piano duets!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bible Bee results!

After 4 days of anticipation......

Anna made it to the Bible Bee Nationals!!!!!

"I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word."

Psalm 119:15-16

Mom's Birthday!

Happy Birthday Mom!

We love you, and are thankful for all you do for our family!

Her children arise and call her blessed; 

her husband also, and he praises her:

"Many women do noble things, 
but you surpass them all."

Psalm 31:28,29

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bible Bee Locals 2013

On Saturday, we were able to participate in our local Bible Bee!

Mary and Esther pretending to be judges for Julia when we set up on Friday.

Stacks of nametags


We're ready to go!

Welcome ceremony

The Primaries

A couple of Primaries in the Family Fun Area after their orals

During the closing ceremony, our host, Markus Schlipphak,had our friend
Stephanie from church sign a passage and have contestants guess which one it was.
Then the correct guesser came up and recited the passage while Stephanie signed alongside.

Julia reciting a verse

Songs of praise to the Lord for all He has done

The top 5 primaries! Mary was 5th!

The top 5 Juniors!

The top 5 Seniors! Anna was 4th!

The 2013 Troy Local Bible Bee !

For more pictures from the day, click here. 

Everyone was a winner because they have hidden God's Word in their hearts, 
which is the greatest treasure of all.

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

Saturday, August 24, 2013

If the shoe fits...

Do you ever wonder how to keep track of 
your shoes in an ever flip-flopping world?

Mary had an idea whose time may have come...

Friday, August 23, 2013

Blueberry Time!

A couple of weeks ago, we were able to go blueberry picking!

Walking down to the patch of blueberries.....

Rebecca is very excited to show her pickings!

Kerplink, Kerplank, Kerplunk!

Mary is ready to fill this bucket up!

Lydia is on her way to a full bucket!

Melody is getting close...

Adding it up...

And the grand total is.....41 pounds!

Into the freezer you go!

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
~ Psalm 128:2