Monday, January 22, 2018

Thank you, First Baptist Church, Perth

The piano my grandmother gave me is a lovely piano and I am thankful for it.  We've used it for the last 15 years and I have pictures of my grandma and I, or my grandma and Alexis, or all three of us, sitting beside each other playing something (or she was playing something and I was distracting her with plunky notes...) My mom remembers practicing her scales on it.  It has had a lot of Matheson/Ley-girls pound away on the keys.

BUT - it is a needy piano and it has been hard to tune for several years because the board is damaged.  A few years ago, I asked our piano tuner to keep his eyes open for a good, used piano for us.

Last week, the Perth First Baptist Church gifted a beautiful Heintzman upright to us.   

We could not be more thankful.  It's so lovely and the touch is perfect and it came at just the right time; both the boys are prepping for RCM exams in the spring and we needed a solid piano to practice on.  

The church was so generous and sent it with blessings and prayers for my family.  Liz - Thank you so much.  We will purpose to glorify God with this piano.  "My heart is steadfast, O God, I will sing and make music with all my soul." Psalm 108:1

My grandma's piano is still in the dining room and I still play it the most.  I hope and pray that I will have pictures of me and my grandkids plunking away at notes....  for He is Faithful.

1st Inaugural Ottawa RP Church - Ice Fishin'

Dustin: thanks for organizing all this.  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

up late...

It's hard to tell a kid to go to bed when they are reading....  

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Gabe got one of his articles published in the local community newspaper.  

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year's .... reading

There has been lots of reading going on around here post-Christmas. Today marks the beginning of New-Year's-read-the-Bible-in-one-year-Reading-Plan-Day thanks to our good friends, the Wards, who spur us on!!  

So far the reading check list includes, but is not limited to:
Lang Lang's autobiography.  Gabe.  Obviously.  
And Mike Lupica's Baseball book, Heat.  Gabe.  Obviously.
Two of the three T. Sutherland Menagerie books, which Cole read in a 10-hour-reading-marathon.  
I finished Law and Liberty by Rushdooney and Swansons's taking the world for Jesus.
Essy read about 7 Nate Great (does that count as reading) and a Geronimo Stilton book.
Essy and I are working through Beautiful Girlhood, together.
Several readings of The Twits and Winnie the Pooh.
We listened to all three Gary Paulsen Hatchet series books, which were a resounding, meh.
Jason has an ongoing list of massive books he is purposing to finish, including Milton's paradise lost, which I think is insane.  He is done Chesterton's Father Brown series, but is re-reading it to avoid Milton. 

The fire is just so nice that it seems totally reasonable to sit in front of it for hours and forget that someone needs to make food around here...