Where The Orange Blossoms Grow....

Hello! Welcome to the Stricklen's blog. We hope to keep our family and friends up to date with what is going on with our family. You will find a variety of experiences posted here -- you may find pictures of the never ending project of building our house, Callie helping William with his first steps, Mary studying a rare insect species, or perhaps you may be terribly bored with Molly's numerous fruit trees, berries, vegetables and rare plant pictures! Who knows what we may find Chris and CJ doing -- probably something having to do with a tractor or machine of sorts. Abby and Margaret will keep us entertained with costumes from other lands or a fairy story. Whatever we post, we trust it will lift your spirits and bring honor and glory to our Lord!

Friday, April 4, 2008

State Convention

On March 24-28 We (The Miller, Stricklen, Discher, Stevens and Frodge Families, Michael Doolin and Jordan Stokes) Went to the A.C.E Regional Student Convention in Hudson, FL. We all had a great time competing with other Christian schools (I think we were the only homeschoolers, though.) There were about 300 students attending, so there was plenty of competition. We competed in Academics, Sports, Music, and Platform and drama. The boys decided to have a basketball team this year. It was a first for most of them, and they did very well! Some of the Lakeland and Dover people came to visit 2 of the days. What a treat! Grandmother and Granddaddy, and all of our parents put so much time and effort into making our trip enjoyable and worthwhile! Thank you all SO much!

For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Hebrews 4:12-13


With their coach--Uncle Jay!

More Basketball--GO TEAM!

Mama the old pro, keeping stats--Like the good 'ol days


Hey, let me play, too!

Some of the the Mommies at the track

Gracie and I

Callie and Sarah

I thought this was adorable!!!


Little Joe!

Jordan Running the 200m Run

Aunt Katie and Mrs. Stevens Michael running the 1600m. R.G Helping with shotput and discus And then the Music Competition Began....

R.G, Matthew, and Daniel's Trio "A Wildwood Medley"

Callie and My Instrumental Duet "Come Thou Fount"

Callie and My Vocal Duet "The Family Prayer Song"

Callie about to sing her solo "When I Think Upon Thy Goodness"
Sarah's Solo "Come Thou Fount Arrangement"The Dischers Quartet "He Will Set Your Fields on Fire"

Our Ensemble "The Sunday School Express"

And then the Platform and drama Competition Began....

My(Mary) Clown Act "The Color Book"

Kitty's Poetry Recitation "Paul Revere's Ride"

Sarah's Oratory "What Mean Ye by These Stones"

Callie's Oratory "Satan's Attack on the Traditional family"

(R.G. also did oratory, Grace did expressive reading, and Jordan did the preaching competition, but we didn't get pictures:(

A Smile from Daniel!

Matt and Mike (And in the Morning too!)

I guess only some will get this:)

Can you guess what they're looking at??? (Actually, they're throwing candy from the stage, and they are trying to catch it. Desperate little things, aren't they???)

Mrs. Stokes with Ben and Rachel

Sweet Julia and William!

Friends watching Competition!

Willie takes a cool break.....

And so does Abby...

And Andrew!

Sweet Grandmama with Deeda and Wils.

Callie Sue at the swimming pool.

Pretty Rachel Pearl

Little Sammy's eatin' his lunch!

Granddaddy talks to Mr. Ivy

Matt and Pete

Hey, Cuz!

Little Buddies!!!

Finally came the night for the awards to be announced! Here are pictures of some of our best awards. Kitty won 2nd. place in her Expressive Reading!

Sarah won 1st. in her Violin Solo!

Callie won 2nd. in her Oratory!

Matthew Stevens won 1st. in his category in Archery!

Michael won 2nd. in his running and 1st. in his category in Archery!

Grace won 1st. in Poetry Writing!

Mattew, R. G. and Daniel won 1st. in their Trio ! It was GREAT!

I won 2nd. for my photo!

Daniel made a beautiful bookshelf!

Jordan won 1st. in his Preaching, and 2nd. in his running!

We won 1st. on our Ensemble!!!

Callie's Picture that she entered

My Picture that I entered

Callie and I got 1st. in our Science Exhibit


The Discher Family said...

What great pictures, Stricklens! Thanks for sharing them. It was nice to remember!!!

Kelly said...

What a fun week! We will sure miss you a ISC! :o(