The 12 year old’s Quest

Kory celebrated his 12 year old birthday yesterday! We had prayed about how to make this a special day and year for him. As we watched a documentary on WWII, the Lord brought to mind the idea to give Kory some of his great-grandfather’s things from the war and his time in the Air Force. Kory is a WWII buff – reads everything he can get his hands on including a book on Medal of Honor recipients four times over which was given to him by another buff – his Uncle Jeff. All it took was one call to Uncle Chuck ( my uncle ) who was happy to send Col. Anthony A. Speier’s – “Poppy” – flight jacket, dog tags, a medal, and a bayonet used in WWI by his grandfather. Kory was thrilled to receive these items as well as another book on Medal of Honor recipients. We also had fun learning that Poppy served in the 417th Night Fighter Squadron, after leaving St. Mary’s College in San Antonio, TX, and enlisted hoping to be a pilot since he already had gotten his private pilot’s license as a 17 year old boy.

The other idea came from our friends the Baglows, the Grafs, and a couple of speakers we had heard. This was to make the entry into manhood a significant time complete with challenges and ceremony. So on the morning of his birthday, we presented him with his “Quest” which was a list of challenges to be met over the next year. They are as follows:



NavPress Bible Study Series
More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
God Glorified in Man’s Dependence by Jonathan Edwards
Westminster Catechism
Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
Master Plan for Evangelism
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
The Kneeling Christian by John Hyde
The Unaborted Socrates by Peter Kreeft
Weekly Scripture Memory from W. Grudem’s Systematic Theology
The Apostle’s Creed


Hike Mt Toby
Run a 5K


Build a bookshelf
Do a sewing machine project
play a carol at Christmas Eve Service(piano)
lead one week of family devotions


Plan and execute a project of service in the community

The year will culminate on Kory’s 13th birthday with a Father/Son camping trip to Acadia National Park in Maine.

The other very special part of Kory’s birthday was having Robert and five other men from our church come and talk with Kory about the four virtues of Faith, Integrity, Love, and Industry. Austin Evans, Jonah Goldshlag, Dan Moylan, Steve Mirigian, and Nate Cartel came for a pancake breakfast a 8am and shared personal lessons they have experienced in these areas, how they each came to faith in Christ, and then they prayed for Kory. It was a beautiful and powerful to see these men pouring their lives into the life of our son – we were all so blessed.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

Home From Vacation

We had a great time and wonderful weather for our trip! The campsite was very nice – with an outdoor heated pool, playground, and best of all clean bathrooms and showers! We had to borrow the Baglow family’s tent because we’ve outgrown ours.

The Maid of the Mist was fun -takes you up near the falls and feels like a rain shower – the ponchos were a necessity for not getting drenched! We discovered that 16 people have gone over the falls purposefully, and 11 of them actually survived. A nine year old boy went over in only a life jacket after his fishing boat capsized. He survived and was picked up by the “Maid.”

Ft. Ticonderoga is located between Lake Champlain and Lake George. It was a French fort during the French and Indian War, and then a British Fort. We found out that it was our own dear Lord Jeffrey Amherst who attacked the fort during the Revolutionary War on behalf of the colonists and won. Kory and Cooper were so excited to each purchase a replica flint lock rifle there!

Ausable Chasm is about an hour north of the fort and directly across Lake Champlain from Burlington, VT. We hiked all along the ridge of the chasm on a walkway with a rail. It was a little unsettling at first to be up so high above the water and rocks, but really beautiful! After our hike, we ferried across Lake Champlain and stayed with friends in Burlington.

The other fun stop we made was to the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, Vt. We toured the factory, but unfortunately were unable to taste the sample of the day which was cinnamon roll-full of batter. I think they will substitute for those with allergies, but we just decided to get our own scoops at their outdoor cafe. Ben and Jerry’s is good, but “the best ice cream in the country” is still in Brenham, TX. Blue Bell- yum!

A Vacation Poem

Going on Vacation
by Cooper

I go on vacation every year
The time to go is very near!

I can’t wait to go
Packing is a pain in the toe

We load up our car
We go very far
We see sights
We see heights
We see deer
We drink root beer!

I like to go on vacation

Despite the sun
It is fun!

Well, that about sums it up! We’re off to upstate New York to see Ft. Ticonderoga, and Ausable Chasm. Then we will ferry across Lake Champlain to Burlington,VT. where we will stay with friends and fellow church planters. After that we camp two nights in Niagara Falls. So, yes the packing is a pain in the toe for sure, but we’re ready to go down to the homemade gluten free graham crackers for s’mores!

Father’s Day Hike

A hike and picnic have been a somewhat annual event for Father’s Day at our house. This year we decided to hike Mt Sugarloaf which is just minutes from our house. The kids and I have hiked it before, but not Dad. It rained for the first part of the hike, but then cleared, and we had a hamburger lunch once we reached the top.

While rock climbing, we found a letterbox tucked in between two large rocks. We have been wanting to go “letterboxing” but have never looked up directions in our area. We didn’t have a stamp, but we signed the book anyway – such an exciting discovery!

And we learned how to use the self-timer on our camera!

He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach their children,

so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
We love you, Dad, for teaching us so faithfully about our God, for loving us, and leading us! You are the best!

Kayla’s Garden House

This week we put the finishing touches on Kayla’s long awaited garden house. This project began in May during Grammie and Paw-Paw Krumrey’s bi-annual visit to Massachusetts. Paw-Paw and Robert drew up the plans, and with the help of Kory and Cooper shopped for materials and began building. Kayla has been dreaming of a space like this ever since reading Lily’s Garden – a book about a little girl and what she does year-round in her family’s garden.

We also worked on our garden, putting in the last of our plants – some of which we got for free this week at the Brookfield Farm – a farm co-op that we belong to. Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and watermelon. We have four garden plots this year – last year we only tried one small one. The other plots have flowers and herbs in them – chamomile, basil, dill, mint, chive, cilantro, strawberries, zinnia, and gerber daisy. This is definitely an experiment, as I (Mel) have no experience, and can barely keep a houseplant alive! But, the Lord has definitely given Kayla a heart for gardening, so we’re learning together – actually she’s teaching me a lot – says she gets her information from the gardening books we’ve checked out at the library!

We love the $1 fabric bin at Wal-Mart!

Kory painting the newly installed shutter

Putting in the tomatoes

Baseball Season is Over

Cooper taking off for first base after a great hit!

Kory and Cooper just finished their Little League season. Playoffs started Wednesday night, and the White Sox (our team) “mercied” the Tigers because of their 10 point lead going in to the 5th inning! Two back-to-back homeruns by James and Isaac, and two great hits by Kory and Cooper got the momentum going, and there was no stopping them after that. It was even a no-hitter for James. Last night’s game proved almost as exciting with Kory making two great hits, and later James and Isaac making an amazing double play at second and first. But even with the great effort, the White Sox ended up losing 10-7 to the Indians.

Here are a few photos from the last week…

This is Cooper and Isaac. Cooper is 53 inches tall and Isaac is 6ft and only 12 years old! Isaac plays first base, and when Cooper played second, it was quite a sight!

Kory at short stop.

Book Printing Adventures

Today we finished formatting Bagels,Buddy, and Me. Now, to find a printer who will charge a reasonable price in order for the book to be sold at a reasonable price. The costly part is the color illustrations – 15 of them, but don’t think they can be scrimped on. Took the file to our local copy shop today, and the estimate for 50 books was $14 per book! And they can’t print the cover in color because they don’t have the required equipment. So one of their very helpful employees is doing a bit of research, and we anxiously await some news.


Hi! Welcome to the Krum family blog. We hope to use this space to accomplish many things: documenting our family life in order to keep in touch with family and friends across the country, letting our kids experiment with writing and computer usage, sharing homeschooling adventures, discussing the ins and outs of gluten free living, and introducing people to our book Bagels, Buddy, and Me. We are so excited about the prospect of publishing, and are currently in the process – which is an adventure in itself. We will keep you posted about our progress!