The Bennett Family Blog

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.

What a pleasure to be with our dear friends in Ormond Beach and at Harbor Baptist Church once again! We always look forward to our time spent there each year!

"To God be the glory, great things He hath done!"

We enjoy playing the accordions together, although we did miss Matthew, who was not able to join us on our trip this year because of obligations that he and N’gella had here in CT.

Kathryn played the comforting hymn, “He Giveth More Grace”, on her flute.

It was great to see the Petrick family once again! The girls enjoyed spending time with Rebekah Petrick; it is always a joy for us to fellowship with other young ladies who love the Lord and desire to serve Him.

And the guys had lots of fun together as well!
Joshua, Daniel, Michael, Jonathan and Jordan.

Some of us visited one of the couples from the church, who have a lovely garden, which includes papaya trees!

Kathryn with our German Shepherd friend, Gus

Jonathan and Daniel, relaxing before we began our concert at Bear Creek.

Chatting with friends

Lydia

Folks always enjoy the banjo and guitar! :)

Singing “The Ballad of the Unknown Soldier”, written by Julianna and Lydia

We headed down south on our annual trip to Florida, and this year, we had a new stop in Ellijay, Georgia. Dad recently reconnected with a man who went to church with him when they were both in their teens and twenties, and when he learned about our music ministry, he invited us to play at his church in Georgia where he serves as the music minister. We left home at night, and travelled 18 hours, arriving in Georgia around 2:30 pm... giving us just enough time to set up and freshen up before dinner and our concert. This was our first time in Georgia (other than brief stops in the past to stretch our legs), and it was enjoyable! The folks were friendly, the area was beautiful, and we were blessed to be able to minister there!

Doing sound checks!

...And last minute practicing! :)

Everyone working together to set up for the concert

Elizabeth at the CD table

Daniel

Susanna

Couldn't resist snapping a picture of the steeple against the clear, deep blue evening sky!

The four youngest - Julianna, Carolyn, Lydia, Daniel

When we left Ellijay the following morning, we met our friend, Pam at a lovely park south of Atlanta. It was good to see her again and spend time together.

There was a waterfall at the park - the sound of rushing water sounded very refreshing on a warm Georgia day!

The view as we travelled through the mountains in Georgia was simply wonderful!

On Resurrection Sunday evening, we had a special service at our church to celebrate in a meaningful way Jesus Christ's victory over sin and death! Visit http://olivetbaptistchurch.com/resurrection-day-celebration-part-2 to view the video of the evening.

"But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain... But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept..." (1 Corinthians 15:13-14, 20)

Dad

Lydia, Carolyn, Kathryn, Julianna, Elizabeth, with Susanna on the piano, sang "Tell Me Why You're Weeping", written by Matthew (this song is on our CD, "Consider the Lilies")

Susanna, Lydia and Kathryn

Lydia, Carolyn and Daniel sang the thought-provoking song "Have I a Heart of Stone?" by Ron Hamilton
"...As I behold the blood, and view the Crucified, the piercing thought o'erwhelms me: 'Twas for my sin He died! Lord, make my soul to feel Thy suffering on the tree; Lord, break this heart of stone - Lord, make my eyes to see."

Kathryn did a chalk drawing

We serve a RISEN Savior!

Spring is here - reminding us of new life in Christ!

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:55-58)

This past weekend we attended a birthday party for a friend who turned 100! The party was at Connecticut's oldest inn, and was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Inside it really looks like the 1700s!

Daniel & Lydia

Jonathan and Daniel switched tables to sit with our friends.

We played some of our friend's favorite hymns - here Kathryn and Lydia played Day by Day.

Of course, Happy Birthday was played and sung. :)

Elna blowing out the candles on her cake.

Winter is definitely not over yet! When the strong gusty wind blew in more cold after an unusually warm spell, it also blew down a huge dead pine tree in our back yard. We were thankful that it landed in a clear open space and that no one was hurt when it came down. We took advantage of a sunny (though cold!) Saturday to get out the chainsaws and axe and have fun cutting wood!

Jonathan getting his chainsaw ready to go!

We were happy to have our friend Joel pitch in and lend a helping hand.

Working together is always fun...even when the wind chill is in the single digits!

Daniel enjoys cutting wood the old-fashioned way.

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