Mom’s Birthday

Happy Birthday Mom!

We celebrated mom’s birthday recently with home-made pizza! I made the crust, and mom, Christi, and Libby assembled the toppings.Pizza!

Thank you Mom for all your service to us as people, and together as a family! With dad, you patiently train us, act as a sounding board, and encourage us in righteousness. While thinking about the past year, what stood out to me most was how you have been working to stretch out your hand to the world around us. Keeping God and your family first, you have put an increased emphasis on encouraging others outside our family.

The words of king Lemuel, the prophesy that his mother taught him.
– Prov. 31:1

A mother’s words can have great effect on the future! Thousands of years later, we still study the words of king Lemuel’s mother! Matthew Henry, a Bible commentator, thought that “Lemuel” might have been a name Bathsheba called her son Solomon. He valued this relationship enough that he chose to use this name in this public written admonition to young men. All of us, your children, similarly call you blessed (Prov. 31:28).

Thank you for your investment into our lives! We love you!


Church Bible Quiz

Last night, we went to our church to meet with our homeschool group for a Bible quiz. With several levels of difficulty, all ages of students were tested; although, some of the younger kids needed some assistance. 🙂 The passage for the older group was Genesis 1-8.

A correct answer

A correct answer


“Concentration” – it wasn’t easy

Watching the activities

Visit to Indianapolis – Part 2

In progress Snow is not common in Indianapolis. However, when it does snow, it is thoroughly enjoyed at Verity Institute. My parents and Christi left to go back to Cleveland after church on Sunday, leaving Andrew and I to spend time with Matthew and Libby and to do various projects around Verity. When the snow sculpture contest was announced, we, being Clevelanders, quickly joined. After rolling five massive balls of snow, we started creating a bigger than life 4-wheeler. There were two other teams in the competition, and we received 2nd place for our creation. The #1 team specialized in detail and creativity. They had a sculpture of Jesus walking on water symbolizing life, and across the road they had a graveyard symbolizing death. In the graveyard, they even had a tombstone for a resident adviser who had just resigned. That certainly was creative! 🙂

The Result

Visit to Indianapolis – Part 1

Libby was one of the Clue Characters

Libby was one of the Clue Characters

Andrew and I have been needing to take a certain CLEP test, so we decided to combine our test with a visit to Libby and Matthew at Verity Institute. On Friday evening, we took part in a fun game of Clue – using Verity rules. We ended up travelling the main building many times in search for clues. It was a fun time; although, I still have a while before I will understand exactly how to play clue. 🙂

In Deep Thought

My Clue team in deep thought



The snow followed us from Cleveland. :)

The snow followed us from Cleveland. 🙂



What to do in February

It’s February and this is the time of year that we begin our spring cleaning. Not that everyone is delighted to get started, but what is exciting is freeing up ourselves from clutter and crud. Another thing that encourages us to push on is knowing that when the spring weather begins, we can be out there sooner enjoying it.
Decluttering is a favorite beginning point since it produces fast visual results (and we’re encouraged to plod on). Since there were books piled on the floor, dressers, nightstands, and even on top of others on the shelf, it wasn’t a hard decision to cull here. What has improved this job is Amazon. We’ve put several no longer need books for sale and have already sold some of them. Decluttering is even better when it brings in revenue.

Parent’s Night Out

The TeamLast night, in an effort to give the parents quality time together alone, several of the older homeschool kids at our church taught the younger children while the parents went out together. Since Andrew and I (Daniel) have done the Children’s Institute several times with an organization called IBLP, it was fun to practice some of the skills we had learned. We worked on memorizing a verse, as well as learning a lesson from the parable of the Good Samaritan. Hopefully, by God’s grace, we were able to be a blessing to both the parents and the children.


Psalms 5:3

Psalms 5:3

Too often, we fail to spend quality time with God in the mornings because we place too high of priority on sleep. If we would exercise self-control and go to bed at a good time and get up at a good time (forget that your alarm clock has a snooze button), our time in the mornings with God would be much more blessed.


It was a cold and windy day…but Daniel wanted to go for a hike and try out his new camera. We headed out to the nearby metro park after layering up with thick coats, heavy gloves, and warm hats. Evidently others thought the same about the weather as we saw few other people. Trying to find interesting subjects to photograph during a Midwestern January is a tough challenge, especially when there’s no snow and slight sunshine. The colors around us were largely monochromatic browns and greys, mud colors, but as you can see, Daniel did find some spots of beauty. As for me, I enjoyed spending time with Daniel and seeing the hidden loveliness of God’s creation.




Frozen Still

Still Living

Blessings of our church family

Having a great church family adds so much to our lives! The bond we share in being brothers and sisters in Christ goes beyond Sunday morning worship services. We just plainly enjoy being together! In fact often many of us will stay after the services are over to talk. Well, that’s if you’re an adult. The children have just as much fun as you can see from the picture.During the cold winter months we get together for theme lunches then have our Sunday “evening” service afterwards (around 1:30pm). You can see the enthusiasm these meals generate in the third picture 🙂


Verity Guy’s Campout

While sorting pictures today – a more than a little late, I came across some photos I took during Verity’s Guy’s campout in September. The pictures of the ice cubes on the fire were from an experiment to see how much placement and ice cube size affected the rate at which the ice cubes melted.

Interestingly, the ice cubes sometimes blackened before they melted.