Josie with her guitar
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ferguson offers a program called “Strings Attached” which offers students guitar lessons and the chance to earn a guitar if they stick with the program.
A spot finally opened up for Josie this year and she has worked hard. Like her older sisters, Josie often doesn’t want to practice, but she has pushed through, and performed in her first concert.
Here’s a video of Josie in action:
Josie's guitar concert from Josh Renaud on Vimeo.
I can report that today Ludi finally learned to ride her bike without training wheels. She is the first of the kids to do it.
I am a very proud dad!
I was so proud that I tried making an UPDATE (Sept. 20, 2016): ANSI art portrait of Ludi. Read about it here
As a member of
Vogt Elementary’s chess club, Jadzia has had opportunities to be featured in stories about the “Your Move” chess program in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Here are a couple of her recent appearances:
“Crossing Continents” (BBC Radio 4)
Episode: Checkmate Me in St Louis
Ascension Your Move Chess on YouTube
Ascension Your Move Chess, longer Viddler version
Our kids attend
AWANA at Grace Church. AWANA emphasizes memorizing Bible verses so that the kids can hide God’s word in their hearts.
One of their teachers, Mr. Rich, has a very unusual way to motivate the kids in the Sparks club to memorize verses.
He willingly lets the kids who complete the most book sections throw a pie in his face! He has done this for many years.
Our little Josie has long wanted to throw a pie in Mr. Rich’s face. So this year she worked hard — and she won!
And boy did she make the most of her opportunity!
See for yourself:
Josie Throws A Pie In Mr. Rich's Face from Josh Renaud on Vimeo.
Thank you, Mr. Rich, for being such a good sport.
Sunday began bright and early: we had to catch a train from Wellingborough into London for the day.
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