It's pretty much unanimous in our house that autumn is at the top of our favorite times of year. There's nothing quite like that thrill of seeing the leaves begin to change colors, and eating an apple outside in the crisp air warmed by sunshine.
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Autumn colors are beginning to show - in various amounts and intensities!
It's great to find time to just sit outside and enjoy each other's company, especially on such a beautiful September day!
Julianna, Carolyn and Susanna
Trying out some different photo setups with autumn decorations
This past week, most of our family joined with about 1,500 others at a prayer rally at our State Capitol. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, has been traveling to all 50 states this year hosting rallies at each state capitol, and this week he came to Connecticut. For more information on his tour, visit www.DecisionAmericaTour.com. We arrived early and ended up with "front row seats" (although we didn't sit down). We had a wonderful time!!!
Waiting for the rally to begin.
It was raining on and off, so Susanna and Julianna took advantage of the ponchos that we had brought!
Carolyn, Kathryn and Daniel
During one of the downpours.
Daniel was carrying Christian flags and American flags that some people gave us in his pocket.
One of the Decision America Tour team buses.
Franklin Graham encouraged us to be faithful in prayer for our country, and to get involved in the election process, seeking to elect godly men and women who will uphold God's standards.
This past Sunday, we had an enjoyable evening of music and fellowship at our church. We collaborated with another family that attends our church to present an hour of music and a chalk drawing.
Kathryn, Carolyn and Susanna played an arrangement of "I've Got the Joy" on the flute and clarinets.
Lydia, Carolyn and Daniel, the three youngest Bennetts, had a fun time singing a trio accompanied by the banjo and guitar.
Kathryn did a beautiful drawing based on Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Our cousin Michael visited us from western NY this past week - it was a lot of fun having him around. Among other things that we did with him, we provided some background music at a friend's 90th birthday party and another evening went to Hammonassett Beach and enjoyed the water and sunset.
We led everyone in singing "Happy Birthday".
Banjo and guitar make for a very happy sounding party! :)
Family time at the beach
As we were leaving, we saw the moon just above the horizon. It was really BIG and bright! We could almost see the American flag on it (Haha)
It takes two strong cousins working together to successfully hold the moon. ;)
Last week, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Kathryn and Daniel traveled out to western NY to help our uncle fix up his furniture refinishing shop. They spent two days painting the outside of the building, and Kathryn painted the shop name on a wall just inside the front doors. What a great job they did!
Doesn't it look nice?
As Jonathan was painting this side, he decided to have fun and paint the store name directly on the building. But then, the Painting Team decided it looked nice so he touched it up and left it. Below is his finished job.
Kathryn did a beautiful job on the inside wall.
Look at all that red paint! A job well done!!
It's been pretty warm and dry lately, but we've managed to keep our garden alive, and it's actually doing very well. We have tomatoes, potatoes, squash, beans, carrots and more. It's always fun to see what we can get to grow out of the little space that we have!
This was dubbed the "Mystery Squash" as Kathryn found it growing in our compost pile and wasn't sure exactly what it was. Well, now that it's been growing... and growing... and growing, we've decided that we should probably expect to see some nice orange pumpkins coming out of it. We needed to carefully guide it in such a way that it would not take over the driveway!
Another view of the Mystery Squash
A Spaghetti Squash! Yum yum!!
A few of our tomato plants growing happily in the corner of the garden.
We had a great time celebrating the 150th anniversary of a Civil War Monument on the green in town. The highlight of our day was getting to see Civil War re-enactors drilling, as well as the various displays and artifacts that were set up. What a lot of fun!
We had a great weekend celebrating the birth of our country. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..."
Saturday evening - a concert at Northfield Bible Church
The banjo and guitar are the newest additions to our repertoire and were greatly enjoyed by all.
Sunday afternoon - Nelson Hall at Elim Park
We had about 150 people come out for the 5th annual Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence. What a beautiful day it was!
Patrick Henry's speech - "Give me Liberty or give me death!"
Local retired Civil Air Patrol Capt. Richard Abbate gives a powerful rendition each year.
Cleaning up afterwards. Kathryn puts a lot of work into preparing for the 4th of July celebration, with help from the rest of us, of course :).
We are busy preparing for the coming weekend with three patriotic events (see our events page for more information). It's always fun to see things come together just in time. :)
Accordion practice - always lively and loud!
All these books come in handy especially as we prepare for the public reading of the Declaration of Independence on Monday!
We are thankful for our Dad who is faithful, loving and seeks to center our family 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. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper... For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish." - Psalm 1:1-3,6