A Heart Toward Home

"...But as for me and my house, we will serve (worship) the LORD."
Joshua 24:15

Friday, May 18, 2018

Regional Bible Drill Competition

In April Elijah competed in the Regional (State) Bible Drill competition in our region of Tennessee. He did great and was awarded State Superior. Very proud of him! Bryan and I were able to take him to competition while our parents came up and took the other children to soccer games. This was a great chance for us to spend some one on one time with him! We took him to lunch at the restaurant of his choice. We can't imagine our family with just one child, but we enjoy those times we can have some time with them individually. Love this young man and can't wait to see what the Lord has planned for him!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spring Piano Recital 2018

 On April 27 Elijah and Sarah had their Spring Piano Recital. They each played two songs and did very well. Both sets of grandparents were able to come and be at the recital.
 Sarah was the oldest piano student in the recital. She enjoys playing and looks forward to learning new songs. While the grandparents were up for the recital they were also able to attend soccer games the following day!
 Our prayer is that our children will use their talents to glorify God and serve Him.
Although Isaac doesn't take piano lessons right now he does enjoy sitting at the piano and practicing the songs he learned while taking lessons. He is gifted with musical talent and plays the piano very well. Proud of all of our children!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Psalm 19

We have our family worship at night before bed. Bryan decided to let each of our children lead family worship one night. On Elijah's night he shared Psalm 19, which is one of his Bible Drill verses, Psalm 19:14. This young man is paying attention to those verses he has memorized for Bible Drills. If he ever sees one of those verses somewhere he is quick to point it out. When our children have memorized verses for Bible Drills it means more seeds being planted in their lives. For us it's part of  "training them up in the way that they should go.." Proverbs 22:6.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Christmas 2017 Piano Recital

We are getting ready for our spring piano recital and I realized that I had not posted pictures of our Christmas recital. We have a wonderful piano teacher, she is the pianist at the church we attend. Elijah has done really well and played two songs at the recital, love this boy so much! He has been taking for two years.
Sarah really enjoys piano and does really well. She has even began being the backup keyboardist for the Youth Praise Band at the church we attend. She has even been taking voice this year as well. She played two songs at the recital and sang one song. Love this girl and her talent. Sarah has been taking piano off and on since she was 6 years old.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Associational Bible Drills 2018

Today was the day that Elijah participated in the Associational Bible Drills (County). He did great! I didn't mention in the last post, when he did drills at church, that they only have 10 seconds to find or step up on each section of the drill.  
 Elijah is in the middle on the above picture.
Here he is in action finding a book of the Bible. He will now get to move on and participate in Regional Bible Drills later this month. Very proud of this young man!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Bible Drills 2018

Five years ago we were introduced to Bible Drills and it has been a great thing for our children. Bible drills starts at 4th grade so for us it started with Isaac and Sarah participating. Now Elijah is old enough to participate. This past Wednesday night he competed at church and did great! He will compete this Sunday afternoon at our Associational competition.  
 Here he is waiting to get started. There are 4 parts of the competition. The first part is finding a book of the Bible then being able to say the book before, the book that was called and then the book after. The next part is Key passages, an example is Creation...the students then find the verses where the Creation is taught (Genesis 1-2:3). If called upon the must read a verse from that passage of scripture. The last two sections are from memory reciting Bible verses with either just the address (1 Corinthians 10:31) or with the first few words called out (Whether therefore ye eat...) then the student recites the full verse and where it is found.
Here is Elijah in full concentration. He hasn't really been nervous about this but I do believe when he got up on stage and it was time he got a little nervous. :) We are very proud of him! These verses are seeds that are being planted and will be with him for the rest of his life. I will post more pictures from Sunday.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Look Who Is 9!

This big guy is 9! We moved to Tennessee in March of 2010 and he turned 1 in April 2010...so when I look at him I think that he has lived in Tennessee his whole life! We have been in Tennessee a long time! :) This big guy is special...to lots of people! Timothy brings joy to our family and we are crazy about him. He is a great brother to all of the other children.
We celebrated his birthday with grandparents on the Friday before Easter while we were in Alabama. Then of coarse as a family we celebrated on his birthday with a scavenger hunt for his presents, scones made by big sister Sarah, and chili for supper. He is one spoiled boy! Timothy loves all things green and spider-man.
Timothy with a couple of his birthday presents. He had a great time celebrating and we enjoyed showing him lots of love. Our prayer is that not only will he know we love him but how much more God loves him! Praying that Jesus would deposit Himself into Timothy and that Jesus would mold him into the man that God has created him to be.