The Bennett Family Blog

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

Our family has had a float in our local Memorial Day parade every year for quite a few years. We play a medley of the Armed Forces songs as we travel down the parade route, and take the opportunity to remind folks to "Keep the Memorial in Memorial Day".

Putting the float together the night before the parade

Kathryn paints the sides of the float each year and does a really good job of it!

Waiting for the parade to begin

The finished product

The parade theme was about Wounded Warriors and how they contribute to their communities, so we tried to capture that idea in the pictures that Kathryn painted on the sides.

"O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine,
'Till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine."

Our orchestra had the opportunity to play at an outdoor wedding for a violinist who had played with us for several seasons. It was a lovely day and some gusty wind provided additional interest to the experience.

Rehearsal in the damp and dark outdoors

We are grateful today for our Mom, who is an example of a godly woman who follows the Lord courageously, who serves others selflessly, and who has consistently taught us to do the same.

If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way Mom told you in the beginning!

Various members of our family have been working at the polls for several years now. It is a privilege to be part of the process in this way and we are glad to be able to help our local Registrars team and the dozens of other pollworkers we get to work with. This year just about everyone in our family was working at one of the seven voting locations in Cheshire.

Most of our polling stations are in a school gym.

Matthew (Moderator) & Carolyn (Checker)

Daniel served as Tab Tender -- the guy who hands out that all-important "I Voted Today" sticker.

If you ever have the chance to work at the polls, give it a try. It's a stimulating way to learn about and be part of a great American privilege.

Welcome to the Sunshine State...sunny, cool, clear and best of all, low humidity.

We had two concerts in Lakeland; a friend took us on a tour of the town and we got to see three of the main beautiful lakes, swans (the emblem of Lakeland) and Florida Southern's display of Frank Lloyd Wright's unique architecture. Here is a fountain display designed by Wright.

This is the larger chapel.

We got to see a few families of ducks -- one had 18 adorable ducklings.

Setting up for a concert...

Not an inch of space is spared in Jonathan's careful packing system!

We take our checklist everywhere we go so nothing is forgotten.

It is always a delight to be back in Ormond Beach. We shared music for a ladies luncheon, collaborating again with the Petrick family, did some specials for Sunday morning services and then a full concert in the evening. We wrapped up our trip with a concert at our host's community center.

Friends took us up to St. Augustine; we went to the Castillo de San Marcos and strolled through the cobblestone streets of Old St. Augustine. It was a great day!

We were so grateful for the gracious hospitality of all of everyone who housed and fed us. Here we are enjoying lunch on a Florida sun porch.

Doing a bit of garden work in the sandy soil of Florida.

We've known Gus ever since he was a puppy. Now he's in his golden years and we enjoyed every minute we had with him.

We had to scramble to eat most of the food stockpile that had accumulated due to generous friends... which is why we are eating cupcakes for breakfast.

Heading off to home sweet home!