The Bennett Family Blog

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Take time to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom, and to pray for those who still live with difficult memories from their time of service to our country.

This is a photo that Lydia snapped at the dedication ceremony for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven. It is a poignant reminder to not let the busyness of life stop us from remembering and honoring those who have served our country.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year; we had some relatives stay with us for a few days, and then we all headed out to our uncle's place on Thanksgiving day for our annual family get-together. Dad comes from a family of nine children, so there's usually a decent sized crowd; this year we had 52 people. We enjoyed a delicious meal; our aunt cooks the two turkeys and the potatoes (this year, to avoid leftovers, she downsized from 20 lbs to 12 lbs of potatoes), and everyone else brings side dishes. After our meal, most of the cousins and a few of the aunts and uncles always head outside for some flag football. We enjoy various pies after that, and then we play games, sit around and talk, sing together, and just enjoy being with each other! What a blessing to be with family once again!

Getting ready for the first of three football games to begin!

Jonathan and Matthew

Matthew intercepted the ball and ran it back in for a touchdown!

One of Daniel's several touchdown celebrations :)

On Sunday afternoon, we attended a Filipino Thanksgiving celebration, and Kathryn did a chalk talk about the grateful leper that Jesus healed; the one out of ten who came back to say "Thank you". Before she started drawing, Kathryn thanked Dad for the role that he has played in encouraging her in her chalk artistry.

We were invited to a pumpkin party at a friend's house and had a great time. We split into teams of two, painting and/or carving with the hopes of winning the pumpkin competition!

Julianna and Daniel went for the Super Bowl 50 Champions theme... can you tell what NFL team Daniel loves??

Jonathan and Carolyn were a team of balance: Jonathan used power tools (which all the guys at the party thought was too awesome) and Carolyn tried to keep the design relatively respectable. Originally intended to be Cinderella's coach, their pumpkin kind of evolved through the evening.

Newlyweds Matthew and N'gella created a pumpkin ad for their favorite place to eat. Do you all like Chick-Fil-A too?

Kathryn & Elizabeth turned out a truly masterful work of art, captioned on top around the stem: "A pumpkin is a testimony of God's faithfulness." The four sections follow the pumpkin (and the tree behind it) throughout the four seasons of the year. Amazing!

Summer

Autumn

Winter

Lydia and Susanna won first prize (by a huge margin of votes) for their Christmas themed art of Pumpkin Bible Church with a red home and Christmas tree next door. The exquisite touch that secured the gold for them was a tiny bell they put in the bellfry (it jingled) and a hinged door that actually opened (carefully).

Once again Election Day found us all working the polls in Cheshire... a busy but wonderfully smooth day, far better than we expected. Trusting each election to God's hands is a poignant exercise in faith, rest and obedience, no matter the results.

The months leading up to November 8th have been lined with volunteering for Len Suzio's campaign for the 13th Senate District. Addressing thousands of letters, distributing flyers, putting up Suzio signs and telling people to Vote for Suzio! After we had closed the polls and were cleaning up our districts, we got the news: Len Suizo declares victory!!! We were ecstatic and so thankful!

This October we made our annual visit to our grandmother in Quebec. The trip was full to overflowing with the abundant grace and loving kindness of our God, from the vivid fall foliage to the special moments with friends to the times of laughter, music and good food. But the highlight of it all was a momentous occasion as two lives joined together as one for the glory of God: after carefully seeking God's will and becoming engaged, Matthew & N'gella became man and wife!

We enjoyed our travel time together :)

Several of us took a long walk one beautiful afternoon.

Kathryn and Carolyn were in charge of the meal for the wedding. They prepared very carefully and thoroughly with the help of several wonderful friends and relatives, and the food was delicious!

The decorations in the church were beautiful.

We took the opportunity to get some nice Dad & Daughter photos.

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Bennett!

Daniel had a lot of fun taking selfies with everybody during the week. Here he is with the bride & groom and best man.

A couple times a year, we get out the polish and rags and shine our bells! Susanna and Julianna took this project outside and had a grand time together.

We have 3 octaves of bells - lots of rubbing and scrubbing!

Before....

After....

See them shine!!

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.

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!

Feeling excited!!!

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.

Matthew

Kathryn, Carolyn and Susanna played an arrangement of "I've Got the Joy" on the flute and clarinets.

Lydia

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!!

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