Category: Miscellaneous


Tire Trouble

About a half hour ago, Stephen came running in to our hotel room saying, “where’s the camera?” He wanted to take a picture of our van tire. Here it is:


Dad and Stephen just headed off to Walmart to get it fixed. They said they weren’t sure if the van would make it there or not…so…they could be gone a while! I wanted to go along for the adventure but Dad and Stephen didn’t think that was necessary. 🙂 I’ll post again later about what happens.


Valuable Assistance!

Top: Marie Briceland is printing envelopes; Chrissy Baskerville is processing orders.
Bottom: Nickie Biegler is designing a new Bright Lights brochure; my grandpa is labeling CDs.

We are leaving tomorrow for a “southern trip” to Texas, Mississippi and Florida (in that order). There is a lot to do because we need to prepare and pack materials for 3 conferences, put everything in order before we leave, and take care of a month’s worth of work here at home.

We are grateful for the help of Nickie and Chrissy, (who come over one day a week to help in the Bright Lights office) and the others who often join them.

My grandpa comes over faithfully four days a week and helps with whatever we need him to do. (He duplicates and labels CDs and DVDs, packages orders, helps us pack for our conferences and trips, etc.) He takes a load off our family by all he does. Since there has been an abundance of work recently, Grandpa has been getting here earlier in the mornings, and one day he got here at 4:30am!


Chinese Visitors

Ever since our family went to Hong Kong and China 16 years ago, we’ve always wanted to go back. Now we feel as if “China comes to us” –right into our home!

Last night was one of those “special occasions” as six Chinese computer engineers came to our house for dinner. They came to the States for a few weeks because they work for Rockwell International. We had a very nice evening together as we ate, talked, sang, took pictures, and gave them a tour of our house and “office house”. We gave them some books (Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends, and What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs ) and played our harps for them. They sang for us some popular and beautiful Chinese songs.

This isn’t the first time we’ve had Chinese computer engineers come to our home. Every few months we enjoy another delegation from China because we have a Chinese friend from Rockwell who lives in town and brings them over to our house.



My dad is opening a gift of special Chinese Tea


Bible Quizzing Tournament


After months of studying the book of Acts, the “big day” arrived! Last Saturday we drove into Chicago and enjoyed a long day of Bible Quizzing. The competition is very intense, causing hundreds of kids to really study God’s Word. (Many quizzers memorize it word for word.) It was a fun day and my team and I did better than we expected.

My team is to my left in the picture: Lena, Laura and Edward

Three teams (12 quizzers) sit on pads in a half circle. The quizmaster begins asking a question and whoever jumps up from his pad first triggers a light on the quizmaster’s control box. That person then has 30 seconds to answer the question. After 20 questions are asked, the quiz is over and the quizzers go to another room for their next quiz.

Sarah and Stephen used to be in quizzing before they got too old, and my dad also was a bible quizzer when he was in high school. We’ve been so grateful for quizzing and for the Scripture it’s helped us to learn; we wouldn’t trade it for anything! The World Bible Quiz Association is a non-demoninational organization.