Thursday, March 27, 2014


In the past month, some of us have had the opportunity to participate in the
Elementary MACS and Senior High MACS Fine Arts Competitions.

MACS stands for the Michigan Association of Christian Schools,
made up of many Christian Schools in the state of Michigan (makes sense!).
Homeschoolers from our church can also participate.

Here are some pics from Elementary MACS:

Julia and Elizabeth did a great violin duet!

Julia and Mary did a great job on their violin/cello duet.

It was very helpful to have tips from the judges!

Sandals by Mary and hat by Julia

This brings back memories!

Our music pastor's daughter Katie has always been an inspiration!

Julia the violinist

Melody was a judge for Mary's quartet

Carson and our cousin Gideon did a wonderful vocal duet!

Senior High MACS took place in Midland, MI on March 21!

There were so many wonderful performances from all who participated.
Most importantly, these students are encouraged to hone their skills
 in order to serve the Lord now and in their future ministries.

Attendees - I think I know them!

We call them the "blue" brothers - although they aren't really sad....

Our cousin Danielle did Bible Teaching - and won first place!

Lydia and Madeleine's violin duet

Caleb entered a beautiful harp cart

Anna's solo brought us to tears (the good kind!) and won first
in the string solo category.

Mom played for Caleb

You've heard of The Four Seasons - this would be
The Four Mieczkowskis! This is the only time we have
four kids in high school at the same time!

Joseph looks so serious!

Danielle's vocal solo was beautiful and won first place!

Second place in Small Instrumental Ensemble!

First place in Small Instrumental Ensemble! Of course, this means that
Lydia was actually competing against herself!!

We are grateful for the gifts bestowed by the Lord, along with
wonderful teachers and support from family and friends.

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

Monday, March 24, 2014

BCS Play - "Murder On the Nile"

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the wonderful,
mysterious drama production by Bethany Christian School:

The cast

Our cousin Danielle and many good friends

Cast and crew

With our cousin Danielle

We are so proud of Danielle and the rest of the cast and crew for all of their hard work!

They kept us guessing right to the end!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Guess Who? Challenge - March 2014 - ANSWERED

The time has come to do our monthly Guess Who? Challenge!

This an old picture of... well, give it your best shot!
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 pic is of our MOM!!

Isn't she cute?!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How a dad can really understand his daughter...

We saw this really cute workout the other day,
and thought y'all would enjoy it!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

(More) 2014 Winter projects

Over the winter, Joseph has been rebuilding our two four-wheelers.

He had been planning on tearing into the smaller one for a while,
 which is a 1986 Suzuki LT 185.

Too cold to work outside? Just bring the project inside!

Top end is sparkling!
Assembling for first run

Breaking in the engine - it has waaaay better pickup after the rebuild!
In early January, our big quad (1991 Suzuki LT 250 4WD)
lost all compression for *unknown* reasons.

So, we toted it over to the "heated garage" and brought it inside for repairs :)

Check out the sped-up video of us getting it inside:

Turns out a piston ring was broken = no compression :(

Honing the cylinder 

Dingleberry cylinder honing brush

Crossthatch hone pattern on sleeve wall

Quad is now running back up to specs! 

Quad is waaay better for hauling wood than the sleds :)

In February, we found an amazing deal on Craigslist for a 1994 Polaris Indy XLT, which Jon bought.

It wasn't in running condition, so we went through the carbs, and gave everything a thorough cleaning.

Turns out the issue was mainly old gas :)
Love easy solutions like that!

We took out almost 5 gallons of dirty, disgusting gasoline :(

Carbs cleaned and ready to go!

Started up pretty quickly, and the 600 triple engine sounds awesome!

Two are better than one :)

Since the two quads are done, Joseph is now getting paid to rebuild a 3-wheeler for a friend!

He has become quite proficient at diagnosing and fixing common issues such as 
low compression, leaks, and other similar problems. 

Again, our "heated garage space" is coming in handy!

Joe had to pull the engine to get to the top end. 

Joe has gained some great experience this winter working on quad, snowmobile,
and snowblower engines! Such a great life skill to have!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Grace's 21st Birthday!

Today is Grace's 21st Birthday!

21 fun and interesting facts about Grace:

1. Loves to go barefoot
2. Teaches nearly 40 violin and piano students each week
3. Loves to organize
4. Turquoise is her happy color - waterbottle, laptop bag, clothes, jewelry
5. Loves Clif bars
6. Writes the family letter every year
7. Is the leading force behind many family projects
8. Would rather be at the Clarkston Salvation Army than any clothing store and finances most of the girls' clothing purchases
9. Is the director of OCMS String Camp
10. Loves Turkey Hill ice cream
11. First gig at a wedding at age 9 - playing for the bride (she accidentally broke her violin on the night of the wedding rehearsal)
12. Loves Panera
13. Coordinates Elementary MACS
14. Is the shortest girl of the 4 oldest girls
15. Accompanies most of her siblings' music endeavors & leads the Heritage String Quartet
16. Drew on the door with stain stick (when she was little)
17. Has never met a chip she doesn't like
18. She started reading well before she was 4 years old
19. Is often the last person out of the house
20. Has played cello before when Melody couldn't
21. Has definite opinions about fashion, music, grammar, and many other subjects, including this blog post :)

We love you Grace and are excited to see
what the Lord has in store for you!

Send Birthday greetings to Grace here or by email or text!