We had a full and enjoyable Sunday last week! James and Jonathan Staddon from West Virginia emailed us that they were in CT that weekend. They joined us at church for morning service and lunch to follow. In the evening we had a concert at Harvest Baptist Church in New Hartford, CT.
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James Staddon has a photography business called Lenspiration and also produces calendars. He makes personalized calendars for our church every year which we all enjoy very much. We highly recommend Lenspiration - James has A LOT of wholesome and Christ-honoring resources on photography; even if you're not into photography, the calendars he makes are beautiful! It was nice to finally meet him and his brother Jonathan in person! Our families share a lot in common, and it was a blessing to share fellowship as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Check out www.lenspiration.com and Jonathan's videography business at www.vizaframe.com!
In the evening, we were at Harvest Baptist Church. We had never been there before, but enjoyed the opportunity to minister there!
Elizabeth and Susanna at the CD table
"And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints."
(1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)
Kathryn, Julianna and Lydia babysit weekly for a mom’s Bible study at a church. The ladies worked with Julianna and Lydia, behind Kathryn’s back to plan a surprise bridal shower for her! It came together nicely, and it was so sweet of the ladies to do this for her.
"Surprise!" And it really was - Kathryn, Julianna and Lydia had been out snow shoveling with Dad, and Kathryn thought this was a normal Bible study day.
Kathryn was excited to get camping supplies.
“Our Marriage Advice Book” – Love, the Thursday Morning Bible Study Kids
Advice included: “Don’t forget to get groceries”; “Don’t let the kids watch TV too much”; “Help each other vacuum the livin’ room and plant flowers in your garden”…. It was so cute!
The kids with Miss Kathryn
Kathryn with the moms
Over the past year Daniel has been exploring the possibility of joining the military. The top question is always, "Which branch?" God provided guidance and confirmations and then started opening the doors to join the Connecticut Air National Guard. He passed the entrance aptitude test, scoring in the 99 percentile in all four categories!! Because of his excellent score, he qualified for all of the jobs the Guard offers, including some that are hard to get. His recruiter helped him narrow down the options and finally he chose the one that will have him working on the instrument controls in the cockpits of the planes. Something he hadn't considered before but seems to be the Lord's will at this point!
"I solemnly swear..."
Daniel's recruiter arranged to have his swearing-in in the hangar by the C130s he will be working on!
A portion of our family was able to be present for this special day. TSgt Wilkinson is a top-notch recruiter.
Airman Bennett - one of the Flying Yankees!
We love New England winters! Even though this winter has been quite mild and we haven't seen much snow, there's been just enough to make for some pretty pictures! Lydia and Carolyn walked to a nearby stream and took advantage of the beauty of God's creation!
Lydia was trying to capture the "silky water effect" that she had been learning about in a video series from Lenspiration.com. The snow on the banks of the stream was so lovely!
It was difficult to capture on the camera, but this sheet of ice was suspended 12-18 inches above the stream!
"Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:13-14
Our homeschool orchestra recently closed out another wonderful season with two concerts.
Dr. Finney requested two Bennett accordions to accent the haunting oboe and flute melodies in two of Erik Satie's Gymnopedies. Susanna and Julianna then transported us to a French cafe with a charming duet of Souviens-Toi de L'Auvergne.
Our small but resillient string section.
Jonathan, Mike H and Daniel played a stalwart rendition of The Solid Rock and Julianna joined them on trumpet for It Is Well with My Soul.
A beautiful smile from one of the hardest working members of LHO!
Many thanks to First Bible Baptist of Plainville for their gracious hospitality - providing us with rehearsal space and a great venue for a concert performance.
Ask three guys to simply smile for a picture. They just can't!
The house we live in was built in 1768, so this year we our celebrating its 250th anniversary. Our celebration so far has consisted of eating foods from our Colonial cookbook, and designing our New Year's gingerbread village in the style of Cheshire, 1768.
According to our Cheshire history book, our house was built by a man named Merriman Cook, when he was in his seventies. He later moved to Ohio when he was in his nineties, traveling by ox cart.
We don't know for sure if Jonathan Trumbull was running for governor in 1768, but he was elected governor of the colony of Connecticut in 1769, and remained governor through the beginning of the American Revolution.
The Abijah Beach Tavern was a local gathering place in the 1700's and is still standing today, though it is now a private residence.
"Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee." Deut 32:7
Christmas Eve after church in the morning we set out the candles for the evening service. We line the entire driveway and the whole effect is quite pretty.
Elizabeth, Kathryn and Julianna lit all the candles while the rest of us prepared for the evening service.
These four did so well with their spontaneous prelude in the morning we decided to have them play the evening prelude as well.
Our friends Cullen and Tierney sang with Lydia and Daniel for the Christmas Eve service, as well as playing violin and viola.
We had a good evening visiting with our aunt and uncle's family after church; playing games and talking, and of course eating!
Christmas Day we had a football game in the afternoon - Jonathan, Matthew & N'gella and Susanna beat Julianna, Carolyn, Lydia and Daniel soundly. The yard was extremely slippery but we had a lot of fun playing together!
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11
On the afternoon of his eighteenth birthday, Daniel took a trip to Town Hall to register to vote. We were all excited for him, though it's hard to believe that he is now actually old enough to vote!
Filling out the registration form!
We enjoy working with our local Registrars of Voters each election season.
Happy to be a registered voter!
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Last weekend we spent Friday evening and most of Saturday recording a new girls Christmas CD. We enjoyed working together on the project, which will hopefully be ready in time for Christmas.
Getting set up. We recorded at Nelson Hall at Elim Park, so we had to set everything up ourselves.
Our recording engineer, Bobby, with Matthew.
Daniel took the camera up to the catwalk to get this picture!
We recorded fifteen songs - three on Friday evening, and twelve on Saturday. We were a little tired by the end!
Daniel turned pages for Matthew.
"I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." Psalm 104:33
We enjoyed our visit to the beautiful province of Quebec to spend time with Grandmaman and also minister at L'Eglise Baptiste de la Beauce. Unfortunately we forgot to take any pictures of our concert, but we did get lots of other pictures through the week. :)
It has become a tradition to get a picture from a different angle with this deer in Grandmaman's basement each time we are there.
We enjoyed spending time walking with Grandmaman.
Happy Birthday Grandmaman!
We stayed up late decorating the night before Grandmaman's birthday.
These types of swings are common in Quebec, and we enjoy sitting around and talking together.
Susanna, Julianna and Kathryn
N'gella's mom had some trees cut down by her house, so we went over one afternoon and spent an hour or two cleaning up branches. She has an ATV with a trailer so several people took turns hauling the branches away.
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men." Col 3:23