Sunday, October 27, 2013

Video posts of Marching Band

There are a couple of video clips of the Keystone Marching Band- they did well this season!!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Robert's Marching Band Season

As of last night, Robert's first Marching Band Season is in the books.  The band marched in the Horsethief Parade, Kenneywood, Clarion County Marching Band Festival, Autumn Leaf Parade and for all the football games except for the 2 that are the furthest away. They played songs from the Beatles. They learned that working together and playing music can be a lot of fun and a lot of work.  They became a team that worked together- most of the time:) Photos are from the end of the season to the beginning
A beanie hat under his uniform hat- it was cold for the last game

Last Games performance

Last games' performance

Autumn Leaf Parade

Autumn Leaf Parade

Autumn Leaf Parade

Garrett's Flag Football Season

Last weekend, Garrett's Flag Football season came to a conclusion as a player on an undefeated team!!!! We had a great Flag Football season with warm games and only 1 game cancelled due to rain(It poured that weekend!), but we were able to make it up later that week. Last Weekends game was under the lights at the high school field and it was raining and windy for the K-2nd grade game, but the kids played well and it was a close game. Garrett got to serve as captain at the final "Championship" game. Garrett had some great games with several catches for touchdowns and a couple of runs for touchdowns and he was getting really good at pulling flags.
Tuck and Run!

It's mine!!!

I've got an open field

Drew and Garrett as Captains

Garrett is the one on the left and he has the ball.
Thank to the great coaches, Josh & Andy!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Apples/ cider - children's sermon

This children's sermon was a little bit different, but it is what I was led to talk to the children about.  I took in my bag with a hand crank apple peeler, an apple, a cutting board and a picture of a cider press.

After greeting the children I began by pulling an apple from the bag and asking how many liked to eat apples- which most of them, of course, liked apples. But I asked if there was something that was made from apples that they might like better than just a plain apple. To this the children answered- apple pie, apple juice.... I had 1 little one who said "no- I just like apples." Well I then asked the adults if any of them liked apple pies, apple cider, apple crisp or apple dumplings better than a plain apple. As I mentioned the items the adults were raising their hands and agreeing that these other apple items were better than a plain apple. I then explained that we don't just get an apple pie from a whole apple. The apple needed to change a little bit. So I pulled out the apple peeler and asked if any of them knew what this thing even was- few had ever seen such a contraption. I set it up on a stool and showed them how to place the apple on the peeler and had 1 little boy come and peel the apple for me. As he was peeling, I asked what the apple was feeling. The kids answered -"ouchy",  and "pain", but I explained that it might be feeling pressure. The pressure of the sharp edge cutting off the skin- it takes pressure to take that skin off.

Then I pulled out my picture of the cider press. And I explained that when this machine worked that the apples would feel the pressure of the chopper when it was cut or ground into little pieces, but then it felt the pressure of the plate when it was squeezed.

But what do apples under pressure have to do with anything? Well here is what I shared, that in James 1:2 it says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of you faith develops perseverance."

So what does that mean? What is a trial? Well a trial is a problem - so the Bible is saying "Be happy if you have problems?" Yep "Because God is making you better once the problems are over." This is much like the apple- The plain apple is good, but after pressure or some trouble- most would look at an apple pie or apple cider as much better than a plain apple.

This is much like things at school. Maybe you are having problems with spelling and you are feeling the pressure of trying to learn those words. Well that pressure will make you a much better speller and will save you time from having to look up those words. OR maybe you are learning you math facts- the pressure to learn those will make a world of difference when you are adding or figure numbers out.  Not all pressure is good- sometimes we have pressure to do things that are wrong, and this is pressure that we want to stay away from. But the good pressure is where God will work to make us more like he wants us to be. And we closed in prayer.

Upromise - FREE MONEY!

Shortly after Robert was born Upromise came out (or at least that's when I heard about it). I signed up and haven't really touched the account on a regular basis. okay I probably haven't touched it in 7 years since Garrett wasn't even registered until recently. But what an opportunity for saving money for college or furthering your education.

All you need to do is set up an account, then register your shopping discount cards, credit cards, etc. and they will give you money!!! A percentage of your purchases. You can also shop through Upromise, and get additional store credits to your account. It's just about as close to free money as you are going to get!! Check it out-

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Corn Silage Season- ag minute

The corn has grown very well this summer and now it is time to get it harvested and into the silos. Since we are making corn silage, we will be chopping the corn stalks and corn cobs into small pieces and blowing it into the wagon. When the wagon is unloaded it is again blown into the top of the silo, where it is stored until it is ready to be used as feed for the cows.