Friday, July 25, 2014

Concert reminder

Just a quick reminder that the Sforzando String Camp concert
is this evening at 7 pm, CST!

July 25, 2014

Marquette Manor Baptist Church
333 75th Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516

Hope to see you there!

The Surprise!

On the Saturday before Dad's 50th birthday, 
we had a surprise birthday party for him!

What Dad knew was that we were having 
several families over for a time of fellowship. 
What Dad didn't know was that we were really 
having them over to celebrate his 50th birthday!

Getting the cakes ready - we had 5 cakes and
they each had 10 candles on them :)
Dad's parents are excited!


Trying to blow all the candles out - it was pretty funny!

The cameraman

Grace reading the "50 interesting and fun facts about Dad"

This cake is logs with the licorice as the flames!

Using one of his birthday gifts, a megaphone

Serious James

Mom and Mrs. H

The younger folks had a fun time while they were eating dinner

These people like watermelon better than smiling for the camera :)

We had a blast and Dad was very surprised!

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."
3 John 1:4

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guess Who? Challenge - July 2014 - ANSWERED

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.

This is.........................JONATHAN!!!

Great job at guessing!

Friday, July 18, 2014

String Camp Concert

Just a quick reminder that the OCMS String Camp Concert is tonight at 5:30 PM!

Starting at 5:30 pm, we will have the quartet concert.
Following the quartet concert {roughly 7 pm}, the orchestras will perform their pieces from the week.

First Baptist Church of Lake Orion
255 E. Scripps Road
Lake Orion, MI 48360

Hope some of you can make it!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guess Who? Challenge - July 2014

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.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Dad & Mom's Anniversary!

Today Dad & Mom celebrate 24 years of married bliss!

They are the best parents in the world and they have given my siblings and I the best upbringing.

Will you join us by leaving a comment in the comment box below to wish them a Happy Anniversary?!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dad's Birthday!

Happy 50th birthday Dad!

50 fun and interesting facts about Dad:
1. Has a dry sense of humor
2. Is a firstborn in his family
3. Used to play violin (many years ago)
4. Likes to garden
5. Has led Family devotions approximately 3,750 times!
6. Dislikes getting dirty
7. Ran Heritage Building Services for 3 years
8. Has a younger sibling - a brother
9. Loads the outdoor wood boiler at least twice a day in the winter
10. Was The North Wind in a play
11. Likes to be out in the forest and cutting wood
12. Favorite dessert is cheesecake
13. Always loved to mow lawns ever since he was 1 year old, when he got a plastic lawnmower :)

14. Has been happily married for 24 years tomorrow!
15. Mowed down the Christmas trees that his father had planted
16. Used to play clarinet (a VERY long time ago)
17. Went backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains in NY
18. Used to eat 10 tacos at one time (Grandma made 36 - 10 each for the guys, and 6 for Grandma)
19. His first new car was a Datsun 310
20. Met Lorie on Mackinac Island
21. Loves Outback Steakhouse!
22. Has worked for Ford Direct for 5 years
23. Was Zacchaeus in a play at church
24. Took Lorie in a limousine and proposed to her.....she said "YES!"
25. Favorite nut is cashews
26. Worked for Chrysler for 21 years
27. LOVES Iced Tea - consumes 2 whole pitchers each week by himself!
28. Hates to go camping, because he gets rained on every time
29. Graduated from Romeo High School in 1982
30. He likes caramel or anything with caramel
31. He got his first job at Alwards Grocery Store as a stock boy
32. His favorite hymn is "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
33. Favorite ice cream is Heath bar
34. Graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a degree in Computer Science after 14 years of school and 4 children
35. All he can play now is the radio :)
36. Originally wanted to be a truck driver
37. He learned many hymns by heart from Al Smith tapes
38. Is a Dad to his 10 crazy kids :)
39. Hates coffee
40. Learned all of his classical music from Bugs Bunny
41. He's a visionary
42. Dislikes soup on hot days
43. He works from home 3-4 days a week
44. He has a heart for encouraging other fathers
45. Loves chili and chips
46. Is a driving instructor to any of his kids that are learning how to drive
47. His middle name is Michael, which is also his Dad's first name
48. He babysat us kids when Mom taught piano lessons
49. Always guesses a present by putting it on his head and saying "Water skis!" like his father :)
50. His favorite verse is 3 John 1:4 "I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth."

We are so thankful to have Dad for our father and protector!
We love you Dad, and may God bless you with many more years to come!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What happened at home...Part 3

Here it is...the last part of the girls week!

The Three Little Pigs' Gazette

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The prodigal son spent all of his money on tea parties -
Mary at 3
Uncle Gordon puts Jello on his hair -
Julia at 9
Now I understand who Dad is - he’s the KING! -
Rebecca at 4

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Scripture of the day:
Leviticus 19:18
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.

Blog of the Day:
Our siblings have a string quartet business that will play for your special event!
For more details go to:

The AMAZING Spirograph

by Julia, age 9

Recently our grandma got one of these AMAZING spirographs. Mary found one that we had & so we started designing. Here are a few samples:
Mary started experimenting with it, then I liked it a lot so I did a few! It’s perfect!
Maybe someday you will get one too!

Recipe for the day:
Bakin’ with Bacon
Bacon Egg Cups

Makes 12 cups
12 slices bacon
8 eggs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whip the eggs, salt, pepper and cheese with a fork. Spray non stick spray in 12 muffin tins. Wrap each piece of bacon inside the sides of each muffin cup.
Fill each bacon lined muffin cup 3/4 of the way with the egg mixture.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the egg cups are golden brown and don’t jiggle. Use a knife to scoop them out of the tins. Serve immediately.

Up Next: Where will the Three Little Pigs go tomorrow?

The tent in which the girls had a lot of fun :)

Camping out in Mom and Dad's room

On Friday afternoon, the girls and Mom went to a graduation party for Hannah!

The whole family!

Fun with friends in the tree fort

The Three Little Pigs' Gazette

Friday, June 27, 2014

Adam and Eve ate the forbitten fruit! -
Mary at 3
Birth was very painful for me because I cried at the end! -
Julia at 9
I have my iPhone, my iPad and my iTimer - I’m a iDoctor!
Rebecca at 5

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Business of the day:
J’s Crocheting

Cozy Pink Scarf $5.00
Check out our store on heritageindustries

Duct Tape Flower Pens

Scripture of the day:
Proverbs 27: 17
Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

A Grunt from the Runt
Living in the Tent

by Rebecca, age 7

Our tent is navy blue and yellow and the bottom is a tarp. We have two cots and a cotton mattress underneath them. We have three chairs and a desk. Here is our schedule:

Time:                          Thing:

7:00-7:30 AM | Bible Study
8:00-8:30 AM |  Breakfast
9:00-9:30 AM | Chores
10:00-11:00 AM |  School
11:30 AM |        Lunch prep
12:00-12:30 PM |   Lunch
1:00-2:00 PM |      Reading
2:30-6:00 PM |   Free Time
6:30-7:00 PM |        Dinner
7:30-8:00 PM | Jobs
8:00-9:30 PM| Free Time
10:00 PM | Family Worship
10:15-10:20 PM| Storytime
10:30 PM |         Bedtime

We like playing in our tent!

The Hidden Meaning of PIG:

They had a blast while we older kids were at SSI, but we are all glad to be back together again!

Recipe for the day:
Chocolate Oatmeal Chippers (a family favorite)

1 ½ c. all-purpose flour
½ c. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 sticks of soft butter
1 c. firm packed brown sugar
½ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 11 oz. (2 c.) milk ch. morsels
1 ¾ c oats uncooked

Oven - 350. Small bowl - flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Large bowl - beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
Add eggs 1 at a time. Beat well.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in morsels and oats. Makes cookies, which takes 9-10 minutes, or brownies in a greased 9x13 pan, which takes 25-30 minutes and . Enjoy!

Friday, July 11, 2014

State game - ANSWERS!

So, here are the answers!

1. Which state is the cleanest? WASH (Washington)
2. Which state is the most religious? MASS (Massachusetts)
3. Which state never forgets itself? ME (Maine)
4. Which state saved Noah and his family? ARK (Arkansas)
5. Which state is a physician? MD (Maryland)
6. Which state is a grain? RI (Rhode Island)
7. Which state seems to be in poor health? IL (Illinois)
8. Which state is an exclamation? HA (Hawaii)
9. Which state is a parent? PA (Pennsylvania)
10. Which state is to cut long grass? MO (Missouri)
11. Which state is a number? TEN (Tennessee)
12. Which state is metal in its natural formation? ORE (Oregon)

Great job at your guesses!

What happened at home...Part 2

Here is the second installment of what the girls did while we gone at SSI!

The Three Little Pigs’ Doings
                Wednesday, June 25th
By Mary, age 11
Today we got up at 8:00. We ate a quick breakfast and then headed out the door. We had to go to our cousin’s place ‘cause she was givin’ us some stuff. When we got there, we immediately got to work. We loaded up a few things in the car and then headed to Grandma’s to eat lunch. Mom said to eat quick ‘cause she wanted to leave at 12:00 to get to our first surprise. We went down Woodward Avenue and turned into the Detroit Zoo! It was our first time there that we can remember. We found a parking spot and then played on the hippopotamus. That hippo has been there ever since Mom was a kid! Pretty neat! Mom signed up for a year-long membership. We walked through the gates and sat down on a bench to figure out where we wanted to go. So we went first to the Penguinarium. The penguins are so funny! When they walk, they waddle. They look like they’re having a hard time walking. The penguins slide down into the water and then swim around. Next, we went to the Aviary. We saw some pretty red birds sitting in the trees. There were all sorts of birds flying around. Then, we went to the river otter habitat. We didn’t see any otters swimming around, but we did see a mamma with her two babies, sleeping. Then we went to the center that had all sorts of reptiles. It had snakes, stinks, turtles, and a crocodile! We next went to see the camels, white-lipped deer, and the Asian wild horse. I will just list the rest of the animals we saw in the order that we saw them: Tiger, Apes, Gorillas, and Flamingos. Seals, Prairie Dogs, Bison, and Bald

Eagles. Red Kangaroo, Wallaby, and Emu. There were three Grizzly bears that were orphaned the year that they were born in Alaska. The State of Alaska contacted The Detroit Zoo to see if they could take them. It was very funny, because there were three bears and three of us girls! Mom took a picture of us in front of  all three bears (‘cause they were all out). We next saw a Black Bear. The sign in front of his place said that Black bears are not always black. Very interesting! The one we saw was black :). Then, we saw an Aardvark (sleeping), and Giraffes (one of them came right next to the fence where we were!). The last things we saw were the Elands and Rhinos (they smell DISGUSTING!). Then we rode the train back to the main station. That train has been there ever since Mom was a kid! Then we went home to Grandma’s house and took some rest. We left for our last surprise of the day at 5:00. It turns out that we went to this restaurant called The Avenue that is on Woodward Avenue. The food was SOOOOOOOOO good! The music was very excellent! They had classical music on. Mom commented on the music to the manager. Interestingly enough, he said that they got the most compliments on the music. We left, went back to Grandma’s, picked up a few things, and headed off to church. After we came home from church, we read a story and went to bed.
At the Detroit Zoo!

Smiling by the Rackham Fountain

The three grizzly bears

By the giraffes

Getting a closer view of the giraffe

Visiting the Rhinoceros

Having fun while taking a ride on the train!

The Three Little Pigs' Gazette

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

You have to ask PERMICHIGAN! -
Mary at 4
All men do is split and cut wood, and all us women do is bore babies!  -
Julia at 9
I’m allergic to naps! -
Rebecca at 4

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Business of the day:
M and L Needlework Creations
Two off-white dishcloths

$6.00 for both - $3.00 each
Check out our shop on heritageindustries

Creativity with Bikes
by Mary, age 11

    My family has quite a few bikes. Almost all of us ten kids have bikes. Well, one day, my brother and 2 younger sisters and I decided to have some fun with our bikes. So Ju, Buk, and I went down to the swing set while Caleb set up an obstacle course! Before, all we had done was set up some gas cans in a row with some space in between, and we would weave our way back and forth between them. Well, when we came up from the swing set and saw the obstacle course, we immediately thought, “This is going to be fun!”
    We've changed and improved after that, so I will just give you a picture of what it looks like now, instead of worrying you with all of our changes. First, you weave your way through the big wheels and then go up and down the ramp. Next, you weave your way through buckets and ride into the garage (assuming that both cars are out). Then you come out of the garage, weave your way through the little and big wheels and go around the whole obstacle course again and again!
    Let me explain to you what the ramp is made of. We have this HUGE 20-foot trailer. When Dad bought it, it came with two boards that you attach to the trailer, and you can drive up the boards and into the trailer. Well, back to the ramp. These two boards rest on top of two of Jon’s old Vibe wheels. On the other side, you go down two boards screwed together. I hope that you enjoyed our experience, creativity with bikes!

Scripture of the day:
Jeremiah 23:24
“Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.

Up Next: Why are the pigs digging in the mud?
Tune in Friday to hear what happened next!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What happened at home...

The three youngest girls and Mom did some fun activities while we older kids were at SSI. Some of them include writing their own newspaper, going to the Detroit Zoo, and having a tea party!

Tired from a long day...

The Three Little Pigs’ Doings
   Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 / Monday, June 23rd, 2014
By Mary, age 11
When we got home from a day full of activities, we brought the full size mattress and the tent up from the basement, and Buk’s (Rebecca) mattress down from upstairs in our girls’ room. Then we brought down all of our stuff like pillows, toothbrushes etc. After that, we played a few games and then Mom read a story to us and we went to bed. Julia said her stomach was feeling bad, so she and Mom went into the bathroom and Julia threw up. But she went to sleep after that, as did all of us.

On Monday morning when Julia and I first got up Julia said, “Let’s set up the tent.” So we set up the tent. By that time, Mom and Buk were awake, so we set up everything in there and did our Bible Study.. Then we ate breakfast. After breakfast, we played in our tent for awhile. We went to a funeral and there a man on bagpipes played Amazing Grace. Right before lunch, Mom took us to see the place where her house used to be that she first lived in, which is

torn down now. We went out to lunch to Pasquales after the funeral. After the funeral luncheon, we came home. We were SO full from Pasquales that we decided to wait to eat dinner a few hours after the regular time that we usually eat dinner. We played in our tent and worked on our surprise for Mom (We’ll tell you about that tomorrow). Then we made Pigs in a Blanket. The recipe is in The Three Little Pigs’ Gazette. We fried up the extra sausages that we didn’t have enough crescent rolls for, and ate dinner. After dinner, we did jobs and family worship, read a story, and went to bed.

The Three Little Pigs' Gazette

Monday, June 23, 2014

I don’t want chicken pops -
Mary at 4
What’s experiment tea (spearmint tea) ? -
Julia at 8
What state does Mrs. Sippi live in? -
Rebecca at 5

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Business of the day:
Garden Whimsies

Why there should be a mini SSI
by Mary, age 11

To start off, I think there should be an SSI program for us younger kids who are not yet old enough to attend SSI. It would be great for teaching leadership with a biblical worldview to children who are of a young age. Also, since I am in a big family, I miss my siblings even more since I am with them almost all the time. A mini SSI would help to take away the loneliness we feel when our siblings go to SSI. There’s always someone to play with when they’re home. Well, I hope that someday in the future there will be a mini SSI for those who can’t attend SSI.

Scripture of the day:
Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

Recipe for the day:
Pigs in a blanket
according to Rebecca, age 7

Little crescent rolls
Little sausages
First you open a can, then you cut the rolls up. Then you roll the little sausages up in the little crescent rolls. Then you put them on a pan and then you put them in the oven to bake. That’s it!
Up Next: What will happen tomorrow? What is the girls’ surprise!?!

At the Rainforest Café with Mandy and Clara

The Three Little Pigs’ Doings
                                 Tuesday, June 24th
       By Mary, age 11
Julia, Buk, and I got up at 7:00, and Mom was still asleep. We did our Bible Study and then we went to sleep in our tent. I heard Mom get up at about 8:00 and I lay still ‘cause I heard Mom looking in. Then Jon and Mom talked for a little and Mom looked in again. But then we woke up and got out of the tent. After that, we ate breakfast and went outside to weed the garden. Then, we came inside and Mom told us to change, because she had a surprise! We went down the driveway and down the road and turned into Woodfield!!!!! Brad and Mandy live there with their little girl, Clara. As soon as Mom turned in, Julia leaned over to me and whispered, “We’re going to see Brad and Mandy!” But since Brad was at work, it was just Mandy and Clara. We picked up Mandy and Clara, and then headed off. We drove down I-75 for about 30 minutes, and then we turned into Great Lakes Crossing Outlets! Julia had gone to a campaign parade and had gotten 2 free kids meal coupons to Rainforest Cafe! We immediately made the connection and knew that we were going to Rainforest Cafe! As we walked, we discovered that the Rainforest Cafe was on the other side of the mall. Julia held Clara all the way there. When we got there, Mom took a picture of all of us in front of the Rainforest Cafe sign.

As we were walking in, they had an alligator that moved and made sounds. Clara loved it! Then we walked in. They have a fish aquarium that is on both sides and on the top that is shaped like an arch. When we sat down at our table and heard all the animals making their various noises, Clara was intrigued! After we ate, we went over into the shop and heard Tracy Tree. When we were walking back to the car, I discovered that I left my bag at the table we were eating at in the Cafe! We walked quickly back and it was still there! Phewf! We walked all the way to the car. After we dropped Mandy and Clara off, we went home, and our surprise for Mom was a miniature tea party! We took naps and did other stuff. Then we went to Kroger, Kmart, and Walmart. We came home and made dinner, which was Digiorno pizza. We did jobs, showers, family worship, our storytime, and went to bed.

Listening to Tracy Tree

Julia and Clara

The Three Little Pigs' Gazette

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

(Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?) With silver bells and taco shells -
Mary at 4
The turkeys are roasting in the trees -
Julia at 7
Angels have birdie things -
Rebecca at 5

Recipe for the day:
Vanilla Milkshake
according to Rebecca, age 7

Vanilla Milkshake
Ice, Milk, Sugar, Vanilla
You put in the ice and then you put in the milk and then you put in the sugar and then you put in the vanilla. Then you mix it up. That’s it!

Benefits of a mini SSI
by Julia, age 9

Today we will be looking at a continuation of yesterday’s article: Why there should be a mini SSI. Today’s title is: The Benefits of a mini SSI! Let’s get a head start on the benefits:  Friendship. You will probably make many new friends at our new project: a mini SSI. Just like Mary was saying, another thing is if you have lots of older siblings like I do, it is so much less lonely when you have friends around you. Kindness. If you don’t think you are the “so kind” person, then this is a good place to practice being kind. Humility. If you always are a prideful sort of person, then come to us. We will give you some passages from the Bible for you to learn from! And one more quality that I think is SO important for us to learn. Patience. I think that for some people this is easy, but for some it is not. This is a character quality everybody should know!

Scripture of the day:
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Up Next: What will happen tomorrow? What is Mom’s surprise!?!

Mom enjoying the tea party

The delicious menu

Sliced bananas

Petité desserts

Come back tomorrow and hear a little more about the fun week that the girls had!