Katey’s 16th Birthday

Although the celebration began 4 days ago, today is Katey’s official 16th birthday! The Balkan girls joined us for a day of festivities that included pedicures (I did not participate in this event), photo shoots, homemade waffles, and many other fun activities.

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Katey with her new harp


Happy Birthday Katey! We love you.


AFHE Homeschool Convention

We just returned from spending all day Friday and Saturday at the Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) annual homeschool convention in Phoenix.  This year, we signed up as exhibitors in order to promote our family ministry, Abiding Radio.

We just returned from spending all day Friday and Saturday at the Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) annual homeschool convention in Phoenix.  This year, we signed up as exhibitors in order to promote our family ministry,

It actually went very well considering that it was our first attempt at running a vendor booth. We had been wanting to created a looping video that would explain what Abiding Radio is and how to listen.

We met so many wonderful, gracious people and are already looking forward to doing it again next year if The Lord is willing. Here are a few pictures from the event:

Happy Beiju Uncle Mits! 米

DSC_0388Today we gathered with family and friends to celebrate our uncle Mits’ 88th birthday. In Japan, a person’s 88th birthday is called “beiju” and is a special celebration where either yellow or gold colored gifts are given.  Uncle Mits asked that we stick to plain white golf balls as he still plays golf every Wednesday!

You might be interested to know that the “bei” of beiju comes from the three kanji characters for eight “八”, ten “十”, and eight “八”, or “hachijuu-hachi” (88), which combined together form the character kome, or rice “米”.

We enjoyed our time with you Uncle Mits.  Happy Birthday!

Lauren’s Piano Recital

After seven months of piano instruction, Lauren had her first piano recital. She has been taking lessons from a neighbor and has progressed remarkably! We are grateful to Gabe and the rest of the Smith family for hosting.

Here is a clip of her performance

A Day of Remembrance

sinko-de-mayoMany people mistakenly view today as a day of celebration when it’s actually a day of memorial.  You might not know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico but as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg, sank and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were devastated at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning which they still observe to this day.

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course as Sinko de Mayo. :)