Kantorei Kamp Week

For the fourth summer in a row, “The Bigs” have participated in a Kantorei Kamp at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis. It’s a busy, fun week for everybody, because while they’re at camp, Chickadee and I go adventuring…sometimes, I think she has more fun than her siblings do!

On Monday, while the Kamp had a full day of music theory, handbell practice, and choral rehearsals, Chickadee and I went to the playground in Forest Park and to the Missouri History Museum, where we visited the History Clubhouse and the new “Muny Memories” exhibit:

On Tuesday, Chickadee and I went to the Missouri Botanical Garden in the morning, and then joined the Kantorei Kamp for some swimming at the YMCA:

Wednesday was a little bit cooler, so Chickadee and I walked around the St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Art Museum:

We only had a little bit of free time on Thursday morning, so Chickadee and I visited the St. Louis Public Library and read some books before joining the Kantorei Kamp for a backstage tour of Powell Hall, a picnic lunch, concretes at Ted Drewes, and a concert by a quartet from the Greenleaf Singers for Make Music St. Louis Day:

And today we went with the Kantorei Kamp to the LC-MS International Center to hear them sing for chapel. After that, Chickadee and I visited the St. Louis Science Center before picking up “The Bigs” from their last day of Kamp:

And a bonus handbell piece from church on Sunday, which I managed to record while they rehearsing before the service:

2017-18 School Year–Week Seven

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already about 1/5 of the way through our school year!

Math has continued to go extremely well. Turkey and Bunny have been working with complementary, supplementary, and vertical angles. Ladybug has been working on word problems, and Chickadee is still practicing counting by tens.

History has been fun. Ladybug learned about some things her older siblings already covered, including the Epic of Gilgamesh. Turkey and Bunny, meanwhile, learned about something Ladybug already studied…Hammurabi’s Code. They are currently reading about the Hyksos and King Minos of Crete.

They may not like it, but Turkey and Bunny have continued doing well with diagramming sentences. Much to their annoyance, Ladybug keeps mentioning how much she enjoys doing so (although that’s not always so obvious to her teacher!). Chickadee has added her first vowel to her letter studies this week, and can now read words like mat and rat! She’s very excited to finally be reading something!!!

Today we took a break from everything but math to attend the Divine Service for the feast of St. Michael and All Angels at the LC-MS International Center, where our pastor happened to be preaching. This is one of my favorite church days of the year, so I was very happy to be there. We also took a walk through the museum while we were in the building. Even though we’ve visited several times in the past, we always notice something new!

It’s finally starting to cool off…hopefully we’ll get to do some of the outdoor field trips I’ve been planning soon!

Stained Glass Fit for a Revolving Door

I have shared a picture of this stained glass window before, but I thought it deserved a more thorough look:





This window is on display at the LC-MS International Center. It used to be located above the revolving glass door at their former location closer to downtown St. Louis. I love the unique shape and the “O Antiphons” from “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!”

The International Center

It’s funny…even though I used to work at the LC-MS International Center, and have visited the Concordia Historical Institute Museum there, and even been in the KFUO studios as a guest on Faith ‘N’ Family, I’ve never actually toured the building, and haven’t seen much outside the main entrance, the chapel, museum, and of course, the cubicle in which I worked. So when I found out our church was going to take a field trip to the center, of course I decided we should all go…Moose even got to take the day off school to go with us!

Our tour started in the chapel, one of the few places in the building with which I was already familiar. Before the service, we had a chance to look around, and I learned quite a bit about the history of the building. And, as a special treat, the pastor that preached the day’s sermon also happened to be a member of our congregation!

We then got to visit the office of synod president, Matthew Harrison. Unfortunately, he was traveling, so we didn’t get to greet him, but we did get to see his very impressive collection of books (some of which are very old!) and crucifixes, and his famous banjo. I think this was my very favorite part of the tour…such an amazing personal library!

We then visited the Walther Room, where the Council of Presidents meets with the synod Board of Directors. The size of the tables in that room is unbelievable. There were also some gorgeous relief castings on the wall from the exterior of the old administrative building on North Broadway in downtown St. Louis.

After admiring the Walther Room, we then went back downstairs to the KFUO studios. We again ran into a member of our congregation, who also works for the radio station, and he explained a lot about how the studios are set up, and who is listening to the broadcasts around the world.

There’s quite a bit of stained glass throughout the building, including a large, curved piece depicting¬†the verses of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” that stood over the revolving door at the old Broadway building, and panels of the four evangelists which used to be located in the president’s office in the former administrative building.

In addition to the stained glass, there’s a great deal of art throughout the building, including my favorite, a wooden depiction of The Great Commission, which is made up of almost 1,600 pieces of wood.

Our last stop was the Concordia Historical Institute Museum. Before going in, we stopped to admire the solemn beauty of the Walther Bible:


We were then free to look through the museum at our own pace. It begins with, as you might expect, Martin Luther and the Reformation, and continues through the Saxon immigration, the early days of the LC-MS, the various mission fields of the church, and the modern LC-MS. Although it’s a relatively small museum, it’s very well put together, and I highly recommend making time to go through it if you’re in the area.

It’s interesting to compare the gavel on display in the museum (which is used only for synodical conventions every three years), with the one on the table in the Walter Room (which is used for the more regular meetings):

The only thing we didn’t get to see that I was hoping to show the children is the cafeteria. Not for the food, but for the flags adorning it which show all of the countries with which the LC-MS has a relationship. Other than that, we saw everything I love about the International Center, as well as everything I’ve always wanted to see!

A Service of Blessing


Today, the oldest four children and I went to the International Center in Kirkwood for the service of blessing for the new KFUO studios. While I have taken the children to the IC before, they’ve never been to a service in the chapel there…they really liked all of the windows and the organ!


They also enjoyed some of the artwork that is displayed throughout the IC:


The end of the service included a procession to the studios, where a blessing and prayers were said. We got to peek in the windows after the service was done.


There’s also a nice display case, showcasing the history of KFUO:


Even Walther was dressed up for the occasion!


There was also a nice cake reception. It was fun to see some familiar faces, and meet some new people!