The Bennett Family Blog

We had a free evening last week and took a trip out to Hammonassett State Park. Lydia spent almost the whole time we were there taking pictures of the scenery. She says it’s a good thing we don’t live at the beach or she’d spend all her time taking pictures!

A few weeks ago, we saw a beautiful rainbow over our house. What a special reminder of God's grace! (see Genesis 9:13-16)

And if one rainbow isn't special enough, we saw a double rainbow!

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
(Psalm 84:11)

We have a tremendous heritage as American citizens, but unfortunately not many people take time to think about it. For the past six years our family has organized a public reading of the Declaration of Independence in our town on July 4th. In addition, we try to have something different each year about specific signers of the Declaration and other related events of the Revolution. This year we focused on the Committee of Five appointed to draft the Declaration: Benjamin Franklin (PA), Thomas Jefferson (VA), John Adams (MA), Robert Livingston (NY), and Roger Sherman (CT).

Unloading chairs!

It was a beautiful day!

A local retired Civil Air Patrol captain delivered a rendition of Patrick Henry's famous speech: "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

Our Chief of Police led the Pledge of Allegiance

Explaining the history behind three symbols of the American Revolution: Join or Die, Don't Tread on Me, and An Appeal to Heaven

"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." Proverbs 14:34

Last weekend was the annual Extended Bennett Family Picnic at our uncle's house. All of Dad's brothers and sisters and a majority of our cousins were there, plus a handful of friends, so we had enough people to have four rotating teams for wiffleball.

We always take a group picture....this year everyone under 27 was sent to the upper porch to make it easier to see everyone.

Dad with his brothers and sisters

Dad and Uncle Rick have an annual ping-pong competition. So far, Dad remains the champion.

After hitting his first ever official home run, Daniel had everyone at the picnic sign his wiffleball. And then he hit 5 or 6 more!

Dad got our cousin Sarah a balloon for her birthday which was that week.

We are so grateful for Dad! For all the special memories that he's made with us, for all the projects that we've done together, for all the time he has invested in us - we are thankful! We appreciate his desire to encourage each one of us to "seek first the kingdom of God...", and to center our lives around the Word of God.

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. " (Psalm 1:1-2)

This past several weeks we have had the pleasure of watching a pair of house wrens and their babies living in a bird house in our yard. We didn't get a picture of the baby bird trying to fly, but we got lots of pictures of hungry baby birds sticking their beaks out the hole!

We also have a resident bunny rabbit. So far he has not invaded our garden, though!

"Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" Psalm 107:8

This past weekend Daniel graduated from homeschool high school! As the youngest, his graduation marked the end of 30 years of dedicated homeschooling by Dad and Mom. Here are a few pictures of Daniel through the years....

Music has been a part of our family life since before he was born!

Happy with his big brothers

Daniel enjoys working outdoors.

At the homeschool graduate recognition ceremony.....Daniel spoke on the three most important things he has learned as a homeschooled student: The fear of the Lord, patriotism, and the importance of passing values on to the next generation.

With friends

Each year for the past 10+ years we have participated in our town's Memorial Day parade. This year one of the themes was the 100th anniversary of the United States' involvement in World War I. Kathryn painted a simple representation of WWI soldiers to remember and honor those who served their country in that time.

Loading chairs into the trailer

Each year Kathryn repaints the sides and Jonathan refines his system of building the framework. Each piece is marked so that each time he knows where everything needs to go!

Not only was this N'gella's first ever American parade, but she participated in it too!

We praise God for Mom, and for the way she has so faithfully and diligently invested herself as a mother. We praise God for her godly spirit in motherhood – training and pointing each one of us to love the Lord, to live for Christ and to love and serve one another. We honor her, and pray that the Lord will continue to use her to point others to Him.

Mom & Dad

We are so grateful for the many ways Mom has invested in our lives as sons!

Mom has given us as daughters a wonderful foundation of purity and virtue.

On our way back up north, we stopped and visited friends in North and South Carolina. Our friends in South Carolina live about 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach, so we stopped at the beach on our way to their house. It was rather windy there, and the waves were a decent size, especially compared to what we’re used to in Connecticut.

Dad and daughters picture!

Dad and Mom

Some pelicans flew overhead!

Siblings are the best!

Mom, Susanna and Jonathan

Susanna and Daniel

Susanna, Kathryn, Dad

At our friends’ house, Daniel and Jonathan settled down to a game of Axis and Allies…

…while Susanna and Kathryn learned how to play Backgammon.

Our friends’ loveable dog, Harley

From South Carolina, we traveled a few hours to visit some friends in North Carolina. Jonathan had been friends with their oldest son, James, when the two of them were together in the ALERT (Air Land Emergency Resource Team) program in Texas about 15 years ago. They had lost contact with each other, but we recently reconnected with their family through some providential circumstances that the Lord worked out in His own special way! We spent a few hours with them at their lovely 10-acre farm, and very much enjoyed getting to know them!

They were so welcoming to our family!

We met some of their cows :)

This sign was hanging on their wall… and it is so true.

We headed down to Lakeland, FL, following our stay in Ormond Beach, and spent time with friends there. The generosity and hospitality that we received was such a blessing!

Kathryn, Carolyn, Susanna

Photographer selfie! :)

Daniel

Because of the drought they are experiencing, this sign isn’t really needed anymore… :)

It’s always fun to see the different types of wildlife in Florida

There was an osprey nest on top of some lights at the tennis court. This family had three babies.

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