Friday, May 31, 2019

Another school year is over!

   The children finished up their school work this week and  to celebrate we planned a field trip to the historic town of Jim Thorpe which is situated near the Poconos Mountains.

     Our first stop was the old fashioned, passenger train where we got tickets to ride in the open cars.

 The train ride lasted around 70 minutes and took us through the beautiful Lehigh Gorge which wound along beside the river there.

                You can see the charming train station behind us here. 

 After a lunch in town, we decided to tour the "Old Jail Museum". It was a stone jail, built in 1871, with 27 cells and a basement dungeon. The tour was very informative and the building was a little spooky! We all decided we prefer to stay outside the bars!!
 We don't look too impressed to be behind bars. ;)  

 On Memorial Day, we gathered with our local relatives to celebrate with a picnic, fellowship and games! 

Easter Programs!

 Throughout April and May, our family shared our music in several Easter programs. Since most of us are usually on the platform, it can be hard to get a picture of all of us. So we're thankful if a friend or relative can be in the audience!

  "Jesus Love Me" with the three little ones singing, Charity and Ethan playing bells and myself on the harp. 

 "Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto Me"

   "This is My Father's World/He's got the whole world in His hands"

 "His Eye is on the Sparrow and I know He watches me!" 

Catching up!

  In March, I hosted a surprise Birthday party in "Anne of Green Gables style"  for Charity's 16th birthday! I set up for the party in our camper so I could do it without her noticing! 

 ~~The Food~~ 

~~The Fellowship~~

I had fun making a strawberry chocolate cake for her, even if it didn't turn out looking ready for a pinterest picture. :)

   Also in March, I was asked to play viola in a string quartet which would be playing at a fundraiser for Penn View Bible Institute. That was an enjoyable experience and I loved getting to help my school! The event was called a "Black Tie banquet and concert" and consisted of, you guessed it.... a banquet and concert!

The Bradford children on Easter Sunday! 

 Our family traveled to Missouri and Illinois over Easter vacation to visit Grandpa & Grandma Morley and to share our music in several programs. At one of those programs, we met this dear older lady that wanted her picture taken with us!
                        While we were at our house in MO, we worked on landscaping and mulching.
                         We also planted Grandma's flower beds and mulched them for her!

 In May, some of our family attended a Trump Rally near us in Pennsylvania! There was estimated to be around 10,000 people there and it seemed like the lines would never end! Of course, we didn't get a good view of the president but we were right beside the runway when the President's plane flew in! Everyone was thrilled about that!

I just finished my music classes at Penn View, and took a picture with my two lovely cousins who were in my classes! I couldn't have asked for better fellow students!

In late May, Charity and I along with a couple friends and four cousins, participated in Lyrica Sacra Choir and Orchestra--the same group we've helped in for 5 years now. Charity played first violin and I played viola. It was a great experience as always! We met new people and we hope our music was a blessing to all those who heard it!

Friends and cousins in concert together!

Hanging out with friends on our front porch and enjoying the summer weather!

                    Well, this gives you all a little update on our lives in the last couple months!
Happy Summer!