Saturday, November 30, 2013

Catch Up

I can't believe November is pretty much over!  
Maybe it's because this month was so busy that by the time Thanksgiving was over, it suddenly dawned on me that there were only a couple days left before I needed to gear up for December.  After briefing myself on the upcoming calender, I am excited to say that I am looking forward to another fast-paced month (I like things fast)!

But before that month swoops upon us, I thought I should bring my readers up to date on what went on over here.

With the days getting colder, we are back to using our wood-burning stove
While starting a fire (in the stove, of course) I happened to come across my old Geometry school papers.  I couldn't believe I was burning up all my hard work to keep everyone warm!  I mean, look at all those organized lines (yes, Geometry is so me)!

One Accord performing!
 (I may or may not do a whole post on this concert with videos and such... I am going to do one on the family blog for sure, but whether or not I post it here is yet to be determined!)

Call me crazy, but I so enjoy working with these little geometric shapes!  I find that all the building toys I used to play with have become more interesting now that I'm older and can do more stuff with them.  ;)  I was particularly fond of this one I made to show Judah, Havliah, and Benjamin how to use them.

 Some of us are just really expressive...

And then... Jordan and Daddy headed off to the National Bible Bee! 
(I felt funny about doing a blog post on an event I didn't get to go to, so you can check out Jordan's blog here and look at all the fun he had and we missed out on.  Did I just say that?!)
 We were so proud of Jordan and how he qualified for Semi-Finals!
(Let me tell you... the day dragged by as we anxiously waited to hear his results!)

 After I taught my piano students, we all gathered around--students and all!--to watch the rounds.

 Jordan did a fantastic job proclaiming God's Word with power and eloquent delivery.

The best part was when Jordan got to recite Genesis 49:8-12 and since he knew we were watching the livestream, he spoke the Scripture directly to Judah.  It was so special!
"Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.  Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?  The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.  Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:  His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk."
 The look on Judah's face when he heard his brother calling his name in the Scripture.

While they were having so much fun on the other side of the United States, we decided that we were going to make the best of it with Girl Time.
Which means... we went shopping!
 I have a fascination for our solar system and the study of Astronomy because it so amazing to see God's creation displayed so vastly and beautifully across the night sky!  While on our way to go shopping, I saw this strange light in the sky.  I snapped a picture thinking it was a planet.
The other day I found out that Comet ISON was orbiting in such a way that it was visible with the eye.  When I had planned to go out and see it the other night, by the time I gathered all my gear together (camera, binoculars, telescope, and stool) and thin layer of clouds had covered the comet.  Very sad.
Imagine my surprise when I found that I had snapped a picture of it only a week before!

Thanks to technology, Jordan called us up over Facetime and introduced me to the M. family at the Bible Bee!
We were thrilled, if you couldn't tell.  ;)

Shiloh and I played a gig together.
(I promise I was not as bored as a look!)
After the gig we had some Girl Time at a restaurant with the lovely B. ladies!

Daddy and Jordan arrived safely home after this busy week and we all enjoyed catching up together over ice cream bars.

We celebrated Thanksgiving with the S. family.
 Group Photo!
Just don't get the shoes in there...
(Inside joke, but you probably can read through the lines on that one.)

 The S. Family.

Thanks to Ethan for getting the pictures!

 Fellowshipping with one of our favorite "traditional" Thanksgiving games!

There are lots of laughs in this group!

Although this was a busy month, the Lord blessed me in many incredible ways!

Well, that should have to caught up to speed with my life!  If you can believe it, I've already peeked ahead into 2014 to see how I can start scheduling all sorts of new plans and ideas...
I'm looking forward to December and all that the Lord has in store for me! 


Anonymous said...

That looks so fun! What is the game called???

Bethany said...

Well, it really doesn't have an official name. It's one of those games where you take out key words to a story and then (unsuspecting) people fill them in with different words. It makes the original story so funny!

I don't know, maybe there is a real name for that. ;)

Elanee said...

Looks like you have had a wonderfully busy season:) Thanks for sharing the photos:)

Elanee said...

You're geometric shapes puzzle looks really neat. Did you have a pattern to look at? That's so neat that you caught Judah's expression when Jordan was reciting! It's priceless:)

Bethany said...

Thanks, Elanee! No, I didn't use a pattern; I just made it up as I went along. :)
I know! That was so amazing!