The Bennett Family Blog

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.

In customary New England unpredictability, this past week we enjoyed a day of sunshine and mid to upper 50 degrees, followed by a day of snow - approximately 18 inches of it! This much snow in one storm means plenty of work removing it, but also plenty of beauty looking at it!

Everything is covered in snow!

Who can resist taking pictures of icicles when there are so many around?

Lovely wintertime sights!

And of course, as we said, lots of snow means lots of snow removal!

Daniel hard at work

Meanwhile, inside the house, we are enjoying our amaryllis plant which is doing very well and has eight blossoms!

The Lord has designed His creation with such beauty, hasn't He?

We celebrated N’gella’s birthday last week – our first ever January birthday! We had a great evening together – we enjoyed a delicious dinner, gave her cards and gifts, and played games!

Kathryn made this to hold a gift card to N’gella’s favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A!

We enjoyed an afternoon of sledding with some friends at a local park that has a HUGE hill. Every time we would climb the hill, we’d think to ourselves, “Is it really worth it??”, but when we would sled down, we would decide it was! :)

Daniel and our friend, Tim, getting ready for the first slide down the hill.

And they're off!

What would sledding be without falling out of the sled?

Daniel laughing over the spill

This was the view from the top of the hill.

We had a lot of fun!!

We were honored and delighted to be able to attend the swearing-in ceremony of our good friend, State Senator Len Suzio, at the Connecticut State Capitol.

Lydia, Carolyn, Julianna and Daniel in the Senate Chamber, before the ceremony

In 2011, the last time that Sen. Suzio was sworn in, Daniel was thrilled to sit in his chair.

He's grown a bit, hasn't he?

In the Senate gallery, waiting for the ceremony to begin

We were thrilled to be able to rejoice with Sen. Suzio and his family!

How could we describe this past Christmas season? It was full. Full of blessing, full of fun, full of God's goodness! We had 19 concerts, our first on being on December 3, our last one on December 28, and everywhere else in the middle!

Our first concert was at the Harwinton Hometown Christmas Celebration. It was a lot of fun being there; we just loved the small-town feel of the event. We were thankful to be inside a large tent, as the day was very windy and rather chilly!

Two of our concerts were with the orchestra which we are members of, the Laudate Homeschool Orchestra. We enjoy being part of the orchestra and playing music to the glory of God.

Packing the van - we are grateful for Jonathan's organizational abilities in this area! One particular day, we set a new record: between home, the two concerts we had, and a practice session with Matthew and N'gella at church, we packed or unpacked the van eight times!

Julianna

Lydia with the checklist

We were happy to have Matthew and N'gella join us for a few concerts. We are so glad to have N'gella as part of our family!

Playing handbells in Nelson Hall at Elim Park

Elizabeth, Julianna, N'gella, Kathryn, Carolyn, Susanna, Lydia

Lydia, Carolyn and Daniel on the guitar, mandolin, and banjo

What a joy to celebrate Christ's birth through music - together as a family!

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