Our annual homeschool spelling bee was held last week on Monday!  Five of my siblings competed, and they all did awesome.  🙂  But keep scrolling to find out which sister WON!!!

Cara, Kate, and Wade were all in the pre-bee.


When it was Wade’s turn during the practice round, he walked up to the microphone, and upon realizing it was too high for his five-year-old stature, grabbed the mike, stood up as tall as he could, and puffed out his chest.  He told the judges his name (first, middle AND last, mind you) and age, and proceeded to spell his given word, “wag.”

“W-A-G…….” his voice trailed off as he wrinkled up his forehead, trying to decide whether or not the word continued.  After a long pause (during which we all may or may not have been trying to hide our laughs), the judge finally told him it was correct and let him sit down.  He was SO much fun – it was an awesome ice breaker, too!



Here’s the whole group of pre-bee spellers….


 ….And here are the pre-bee winners!!!  Alexis won first, and Silas was the runner up.


Can’t have a competition without judges!

Judges' table

Mary (below) and Joy were both in the “big bee.”

This is Abby, folks.  One of Joy’s best friends and a sweet girl who never fails to give a smile.

(Click on the image to see a larger version – I couldn’t get it to enlarge)

It took quite a while to narrow down this group, but out of all eight of them, Joy won!  She gets to continue on to the next level, which I think is county.  Who knows – maybe she’ll get to national!  She’s studying already.

The " I WON!!!!!!" look




Haha…I asked the twins to show me their certificates, and this was my favorite shot.  Love their expressions!  🙂



IMG_4222We stopped at McDonald’s afterwards to use up some coupons, and were surprised to see that two of the families from the homeschool group happened to be there also!  Abby’s family had to leave right away, but the Hopkins stayed and chatted with us for quite a while.  They were planning on going through the drive-thru, but we were able to convince them to come in and eat.  🙂


Oh, the expressions…My siblings are so much fun!

We had an interesting proportion of boys to girls.  But with our family, I guess that’s the usual.  🙂


Thanks for reading, y’all!  Have an awesome week and keep shining for Jesus!

sky picture

…And a big gigantic WELCOME to my brand sparklin’ new blog!  I’m super excited to finally get this going – I’ve been thinking about and planning a blog for about a year now, but it has finally happened!  Capturing His Light as a blog will have several purposes, but the absolute most important is to give God glory for everything and in everything that I do.  Keep me accountable for this, if you don’t mind!  If I post something that dishonors Him in any way or leads one of my brothers or sisters in Christ to stumble, please, please, PLEASE let me know.  I can’t do this in my own strength – humans are fallible and we need God and each other to stay on the right path.

As I was looking up Scriptures to use as my motto for the blog, I came across 1 Corinthians 4:6.  “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”  Wow.  God has given us, in our hearts, light of the knowledge of His glory.  THAT is the light I want to capture!  So here I will be sharing my “musings” – the lessons God has been teaching me, the questions that linger in my mind, and the issues that have been on my heart.

I am also planning on posting family updates and my latest photography experiments!  This thirteen-member family is always busy, so I will have no lack of subject matter.  🙂  As for pictures, they will hopefully accompany most, if not all, of the update posts.  You can’t go wrong with 10 awesome siblings to photograph!  Of course, an occasional photography post is bound to show up, too – those will be fun!

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Here's a random photo for you...from back in August when our pigs were little.  :)

Here’s a random photo for you…from back in August when our pigs were little. :)