Thursday, April 14, 2011

We love Mondays! :)

We'd like to introduce you to some dear friends - the Browns - a homeschool family of 9 that we have been working for weekly for the past few months! Their warm and gracious spirits have been such a great encouragement to us!

This picture is about 2 yrs old, but I wanted you to be able to see Mr. and Mrs. Brown also! :)

Every Monday morning finds us at their door around 9:00 to spend the day with them. Mainly we are there to help around the house - whether it's watching and playing with little ones, cooking, cleaning, laundry, helping with school work, doing sewing projects for them, etc. We also help some each week with data entry for their home business. (

Every Monday is filled to the brim with activity and fun little surprises as we work with their sweet children! :)

Little Alonna makes up for her small size with lots of personality!! :)

This is sweet Victoria (2 yrs)

Always time for playing in the sand box! The twins, Christianna and Elaina, are 4 now and growing fast!

I think one of the most wonderful things for us is that we are seeing firsthand what it takes to successfully raise a family with many children. And not just care for physical needs in that family, but also their spiritual and emotional needs. And then to see those children thrive as they grow and mature! What invaluable experience and training for Christa and me!!

A walk every time with the children is absolutely a non-negotiable! :)

Joseph and Timothy, their 2 younger sons, are 5 and 10, and I love watching them play fight with swords and guns together! Weston, their oldest (not pictured) is 17.

I had so much fun making these nightgowns and robes for each of the 3 older girls!
Kind of like making doll clothes...only even cuter! :)

We love you Brown family and are so thankful for your friendship!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Piano Adventures

"Ding - dong"...

It's 10:45 on Thursday morning. Who could be at our door? It's the first of our 12 piano students that come every Thursday to make music with us!

Christa is just starting out with her first 2 students. This is Katie (5 yrs) trying to make sense of all those black and white notes in front of her!! :)

I have 10 students and am really enjoying this whole new experience of not just playing the piano for myself, but learning how to teach others what I've been doing for all these years!

Yes, as much as we hate them, flash cards are indeed an important part of music!!

Sometimes though, we make the flashcard routine a little bit more fun by hiding them all around the room, and making the students race to find them first, before we go through them! :)

Landrey, (6) is almost through his first piano book, and ready to start in with a harder book like his 2 older brothers!

Corban, his newborn brother, looks on in concern. "Landrey, that was a wrong rhythm! You know better than that!"

But eventually he is lulled to sleep by Landrey's lovely playing (and no worries, the rhythm corrected) lol
We pray that each of these students may learn to love to play the piano, not just for the fun of it, but because they can see how beautiful music ushers God's people into His presence.