Tabletop Conversation

Some questions just demand to be shared. Last night, one of these questions was asked, and let’s see if you know the answer.

“All of you know that Jesus was physically crucified just outside the city of Jerusalem. However, what is the name of the city which spiritually crucified Him?”

The answer is in Revelation 11:8. It is the same place where the two witnesses will be slain, and will later rise, as Jesus Christ did.

Good Citizens

IMG_3346“We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the Nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government it’s surest support.”

George Washington

Obstacle Course

Clean for a little bit...

Clean for a little bit…

Recently, Andrew, Mrs. Bushrod (a lady from the church), and another young man from church had spent a fair amount of time on planing and making an obstacle (with the help of a couple others). On Saturday, several of the families from church gathered, went through the course, and enjoyed the time with the mud and each other. 🙂









Over the past few weeks the majority of our family had a chance to learn more about music during a music camp called NoteWorthy (at Verity Institute). We learned some about how to conduct a choir, an orchestra, and children’s choir. That was only part! Some of the other topics and classes we learned/participated in included choir (not conducting this time), song writing, orchestration of a hymn, and volleyball (Oops…. that is not a topic or class… oh well it was fun:)). We learned about solfege, which is a musical scale that uses hand motions, and its scale is “do re mi fa sol la ti do.” solfege’s claim to fame probably would be the movie, The Sound of Music (“Do – a deer, a female deer. Re-a drop of golden sun”).


At one point our choir had a chance to sing at a church on Sunday, but the best part was the bus trip to the Church. It is not that I have a great love for buses, but is was because we sang the whole trip… and to us at least it sounded pretty good. At the end, as grand finale, we had a concert that included choir and orchestra… and a few examples of our final course work.

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By Andrew



Indy Conference

IMG_7376Despite the current date being almost a month after the conference, the details remain the same. 🙂 We learned a lot, talked a lot, and were encouraged by the fellowship of many new friends.

This year was my fourth year teaching the Children’s Institute. We spent three days of about 8 hours with the kids; we then rejoined our families for an evening session.

While the goal is to teach the children, I always learn a lot, both from the children and the curriculum we teach them from. Children are an excellent example of enthusiasm that all of us should learn from.

The conference ended on Friday, and we spent most of Saturday helping around Verity as well as having some time with Matthew and Libby.

We had planned on staying in Indianapolis until  after Church on Sunday. However, through a couple opportunities that presented themselves, we had a change of plans (to be detailed in the next post). 🙂



When the 5 Hancock children were little, they greatly looked forward to going to our home school summer conferences where they would attend a special session just for young ones call the Children’s Institute. I remember the first year that Christianna, age 4, was allowed to attend. I’m not sure how much she learned that year, but I know attending did set a precedent of seeking God in her life. As she grew, she would tell us (at times hurriedly before her older 4 siblings would interrupt :-O ) the things they learned -like the Obedience Song or the Names of God. Now, much older, things are a little different. This year she is looking forward to being the 5th child in our family to teach  in the CI. It will now be Christi’s turn to guide a younger generation of children  by helping them to learn the love and wonder of God. Still, I’m not sure who grows more -the children or the teachers?

Anniversary Adventure – Part 2

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IMG_9593Started my day at the lake at about 6:30 A.M.. It was cloudy, so there was not much color at the time of sunrise. However, it did make for some interesting photographs. We ate, and then drove to Tracy Ridge, where we went for a 5 mile hike. Since we were expecting beautiful scenery, we were disappointed when we found a mostly bare, gypsy moth eaten forest. Evidently, this is one of the least scenic areas in the park.

However, since there is no shortage of places to visit in the Alleghenies, we drove up to the small city of Bradford. Here, located on some of the public land owned by the water authority, is a geocache near the top of the hill. After climbing/bushwhacking through much undergrowth and briers, we finally arrived at the cave in which the geocache was hidden. This area was more interesting, as the hillside was covered with large boulders. We then drove to Rimrock, to end our day with a scenic sunset and a cool (literally) cave. The area around Rimrock is gorgeous, and there were still a few mountain laurel blooming.

Now that the day was ended, 🙂 we went back to our camping area, where I snapped a couple photographs of the twilight sky. It was a busy but fanatic day – I’m so thankful to God for bringing it together so perfectly. Photographs for this day are provided by Andrew Hancock.



A salamander we found.

A salamander we found.







Anniversary Adventure – Part 1

peaceHappy 28th wedding anniversary Mom and Dad!  You have been such a Godly example and guiding hand in my life.

To celebrate Mom and Dad’s wedding anniversary, we decided to visit the Allegheny mountains. Since Andrew and I (Daniel) were the only children at home, it was a two parent, two child adventure.

After travelling a short 3 hours to the hills, we arrived at Bent Run Falls around 7 PM. We had been at this waterfall previously, but thought it was worth a second visit. Bent Run Falls is a long line of little waterfalls cascading down a mountain, and it was a ton of fun to explore the various levels of the falls. Because we still needed to set up camp before sunset, we only had 45 minutes, which went by in a flash — especially with a camera in hand. Shortly before calling it a night, we played several aggressive rounds of UNO, and I snapped several photographs near the water of the beautiful evening.

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Church Homeschool Field Trip

  Yesterday, several homeschool families from our church went on a Ohio history field trip. We visited Viaduct Park, and learned about the past of a mill and electrical plant that were there previously. The two business shared the water supply – the mill had the water during the day and the electrical plant during the night. Most people didn’t need electricity during the day, they just needed the light at night. Slightly different than it is today. 🙂

Afterwards, we stopped for lunch at a nearby picnic shelter.



Raising Entrepreneurs


IMG_5193Last weekend we went to a conference in Columbus, Ohio on Christian education and small business. It was done by the Stelzl family: We camped Friday night at Alumn State Park. However, we didn’t get much of a chance to explore, seeing we set our tent up during a lunch break. After tearing our tent down at sunrise, we went to the church where the conference was located, and set our tent up again to dry.

The Stelzl family had some excellent points. A couple of these that I found interesting were:

  • The present day education system is set up in a manner similar to the Greeks. It is designed to create autonomous individuals who rely and support the democratic state. The Hebrew system was based on discipleship – those who had the knowledge would teach those underneath them. It had a firm authority structure, with God at the top.
  • The Greeks desired to give all responsibilities related to children to the government. God gave the responsibility of raising up children to their parents.
  • IMG_5178The current system is designed to create a large majority of C students. Standardized tested encourages quick but temporal memorization of the facts without requiring actual understanding of the concept. Those who memorize the best get the best grades. This means only a small percentage get a A grade. In fact, this was even what President Woodrow Wilson envisioned: “We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity in every society, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.” – Woodrow Wilson.
  • Many corporate business require extreme loyalty. This type of loyalty should only be given to God and a family.


I had to get a picture of Mom and her uh... Er... Hammer?

I had to get a picture of Mom and her…  Er… Hammer?