Friday, August 31, 2012

National Qualifiers!

We figured out on Wednesday that Amy, Bethany, David and I all made it to nationals. We are now studying 1 Timothy, learning 400 - 600 more verses and still reviewing 2 Timothy and the summer verses. 

Amy - 26th place in Seniors
Bethany - 87th place in Seniors
Carissa - 16th place in Juniors
David - 26th place in Juniors

If the Lord wills we will be in Pigeon Forge, TN on November 14 -17! Looking forward to a great fall of studying and memorizing God's word! And to all Bible Bee contestants: Even if you did not make it to nationals you are still a winner because you hid God's word in your heart. 


August 25 Saturday morning at 7:15 found us driving towards the local Bible Bee. We were SO excited. We arrived around 7:30 and helped with registration, taking food downstairs and anything that needed to be done. We became more and more excited as the time drew closer to when we would begin testing. Around 9:00 we all gathered in the sanctuary as our host welcomed us. We sang some, prayed and heard the rules. Then came the time I had been waiting for...the roll call for the juniors to take their written test. We all lined up and headed downstairs where we completed a 200 question test in 1 hour. It was a lot of fun. While the Juniors took their written test the seniors and primaries did their oral rounds where they quoted their scripture passages in front of two judges. After the Junior written test was over we all headed back upstairs to the sanctuary where we waited until our name was called. After each junior completed their oral round they were taken to "The family fun room". A waiting room for the contestants where they could talk with other contestants, play games or just sit back and relax. Once the written test was done for the seniors and primaries and the juniors oral rounds we all went to have lunch. While eating lunch our tests were being scored. Around 2:00 we all gathered once again in the sanctuary. Then each family was called on stage where a parent spoke to their children. Then each contestant was given a medal and their family picture was taken. If there were any top five finishers in that family they were announced. When our family was called we went up on stage and my dad spoke for a little bit to each of us children. We were each given a medal then our host announced that there were some top five finishers in our family. We were really excited as Bethany received 3rd in seniors, David received 2nd in juniors and I received 1st in juniors. We got our family picture taken and then we headed back to our seats. We were sad that Amy had not been in the top five finishers of the seniors. But then we heard our host calling us back up on stage saying that there had been a mistake...Amy was in 1st place in the seniors! We were all very excited. We headed home around 4:30 after helping clean up a bit. We ended the day by talking with some friends about how their local Bible bee went. We were eagerly awaiting the following Wednesday when our scores would be announced!

: : Our family : :

: : Daddy talking to us children : :

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Hope you had a wonderful, special day, Daddy! I love you lots!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Some Favorite Bible Bee Passages

1 Chronicles 16:8-12
Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wondrous works. Glory in his holy name, let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually. Remember the wondrous works that he has done his miracles and the judgments he uttered. 

Psalm 9:1-4
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you, I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back they stumble and perish before your presence. For you have maintained my just cause, you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgment.

Ephesians 6:10-18
Finally be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand firm. Stand therefore having fastened on the belt of truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness and as shoes for your feet having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. Praying at all times in the spirit with all prayer and supplication to that end keep alert with all perseverance making supplication for all the saints.