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The article below was published in a Lancaster Newspaper, "The Intelligencer Journal", on December 24, 2002.

Intelligencer Journal article
Intelligencer Journal article
Intelligencer Journal article


The following article was taken from the MusicMaker's Kits 2002/2003 Winter Catalog

MusicMaker Article

Update—December 2006

It has been four years since the article from the newspaper was printed and we have kept busy since then with many harp programs and producing more harp recordings. Alex still teaches school part time and builds harps the rest of the time going full time during the summer months. Since the time of this article, Alex has developed his own line of Italian harps, and a new line of more affordable harps. A ten-string Davidic harp was also added to the variety of harps that are now available. A new book was just released this fall by Alex titled: “Morning Meditations” and is a real inspiration to Christian musicians.

Dena & Joanna are still at home busy teaching private music lessons and have enjoyed taking their harps on mission trips in the last few years (Belize, Grenada, & Haiti). They just completed their eighth recording this fall titled “This is the Day” and have lots more plans in mind for future CD’s. Joanna’s tendonitis in both hands (which started at the end of 2005), together with a house fire in February 2006 (which forced us to move out of our house for six months), slowed us down for most of 2006. Joanna’s condition improved, so we started our family harp programs again in December 2006.

The other children have grown in their music skills, and enjoy participating in family programs. We have combined a number of instruments with the harps to make for an enjoyable program. Sue continues to home school the four youngest children and enjoys being secretary for the harp business and program manager for the family.

Marini Family

The Marini Family—December, 2006
Left: Anthony (16), Emily (12), Joanna (21), Sue & Alex, Paul (14), Dena (23), Mark (10)

 

Update—December, 2007

Only a year has passed since the last update, but our family life is very different these days..... mainly due to a double wedding. Dena started a courtship with Nathan Hochstetler from Tennessee in January of 2007 and Joanna started a courtship with Stephen Dindinger from Colorado in April of 2007. By July both couples were ready to take the big step and decided to get married the same day. So on Saturday, September 15, 2007, the girls were married in the Chapel at Garden Spot Village (which was a nice facility close to our home). After the wedding Dena and Nathan spent a week in Virginia and then headed west for three weeks.... they are now living in the New Holland, PA, area.

Joanna and Stephen spent the first two weeks on Union Island in the Caribbean and then came to PA for a week to pack up her things and then headed for Colorado where they are now living.

We started up our family programs this month—losing one musician (Joanna) and gaining another member of the group (Nathan). Dena was able to reorganize our programs, and we have been busy ever since early December. We have also scheduled some time at the studio in mid-January so that when Joanna and Stephen come for a visit we can finish a “family CD” which we had started before the wedding. We hope to do some of our family’s favorites and polish it up before the spring conventions.

Anthony (17) is looking forward to graduating this spring, so that he can pursue other interests... like visiting his sister Joanna and working at a cattle ranch in Colorado, and perhaps making another trip to Tennessee. He continues to work part time farming, driving tractor and looks forward to fall harvest time. He enjoys playing the guitar in our programs and also plays the cello.

Paul (15) is quite skillful in many different areas, like music, painting, and juggling. He sings and plays a number of instruments in the programs like hammered dulcimer, flute, piccolo, pennywhistle, mandolin and guitar. He’s a sophomore in high school and looks forward to completing high school as well.

Emily (13) is in eighth grade and has developed her skills in harp playing and has been hired this year to play for special events. Besides harp, she helps in our programs with singing now (since Joanna is gone) and plays the pennywhistle.

Mark (11) has also progressed in his skills as a musician and enjoys entertaining people. He also plays harp in our programs, as well as the mandolin and pennywhistle. He is in sixth grade and does well in his schoolwork, but would rather be reading a good book on a cozy chair.

Sue continues enjoying her responsibilities as homemaker, home school mom, and secretary to the harp business. There were some adjustments to be made after the older girls were married, but life has returned to a normal routine now.

Alex still teaches at a Mennonite high school half time, and enjoys harp making in his free time.... trying to develop new styles of harps and does some writing any chance he gets. He also started learning the harp himself—after making harps for over ten years, he thought he’d try learning to play them. You’ll often find him quietly playing a tune in the late evening after the children have gone to bed. A sweet way to end the day!

Double wedding

 

Update: December—2008

Another year has swiftly passed by and we find more changes have come upon us... we are now grandparents! We are happy to announce that our second daughter, Joanna, and her husband Stephen had their first baby (Nicolas Stephen) on Wednesday, October 22nd weighing 6 lbs and 15 oz. Grandma and Aunt Emily arrived in Grand Junction, CO, the night before Nicolas was born and were glad to be a part of the welcoming committee.

Nicolas Stephen Dindinger
Dindinger Family
Nicolas Stephen Dindinger
Born: October 22, 2008 -- 6 pounds, 15 oz.
Joanna, Stephen & baby Nicolas
December, 2008

We are also happy to announce that our oldest daughter, Dena, and her husband, Nathan, are expecting their first baby (a boy!) the end of February. They just live 15 minutes from us and have continued to help us in our music ministry. We averaged about 4 to 5 programs a month this past year—but this month alone we had 12 programs; which kept us “harping” around a lot. We’re not sure what our music ministry will be like in 2009, but we plan to continue with whoever is available. Paul and Emily are really progressing in their music abilities and have recently been hired to play at weddings and special events as a harp & flute duet, so there is a lot of potential with them. Mark is also progressing in his music abilities and people who have come to our programs through the years have noticed a big change in his skill level lately.

Anthony (18) is at the end of his high school studies, and looks forward to working some for his brother-in-law, Nathan, in construction and also making harps with his father at the shop. He also has done some farming this past fall, but his most recent adventure was herding cattle in the mountains of Colorado the old fashioned way on horseback. He just loved the wide open lands and the beauty of the mountains. We really appreciate Anthony’s contribution to our harp programs... he plays cello and guitar which adds a special touch to the songs.

Paul (16) just got his driving permit and is looking forward to working this summer for his brother-in-law, Nathan, in construction and then graduating from his high school program here at home in the summer of 2010. He juggles many instruments in our programs.... you’ll see him go from the hammered dulcimer to the mandolin, to a penny whistle, guitar, flute... and then sing. He really enjoys recording music on his computer and putting together home videos.

Emily (14) is now a 9th grader and has really put her heart into her music lately. She continues with harp, but also plays flute, penny whistle, bowed psaltery, and sings with Dena in the programs.

Mark (12) is usually the champion at ping pong here at home, as well as many other games. He impresses people at the programs with his ability to play not only the harp, but the mandolin, penny whistle, and the bowed psaltery. Mark is an active guy, and flies through his 8th grade school work, so he can go outside or play a game.

Alex took on a full time teaching schedule this fall which has been a challenge as harp orders have increased. Recently his ten-string Davidic harp became popular with those using harps for ministry to hospitals, and orders came in for his Roma Rosa harp as well. So this year he has been stretched a bit more, but seems to be on top of it. He looks forward to taking the seniors from his school on another trip to the island of Grenada this spring, and was given the responsibility of organizing the whole event. Sue continues as usual at home giving her energies to home schooling, home making, and the home business. She enjoyed her first trip out west to Colorado to meet her first grandchild, and to spend time with Joanna and Stephen. We are truly grateful to the Lord for good health and strength to continue in the work that God has put before us.... until He comes.

Marini Family—December 23, 2008

Marini Family December 2008

From left: Anthony, Emily, Alex, Mark, Sue, and Paul

 

Update: June—2009

On Sunday, March 1, 2009, at 4:59 p.m. Craig Alexander was born to Nathan & Dena Hochstetler. Dena was hoping to have a home birth, but needed to be transferred to the Reading Hospital, and after 41 hours of labor had the baby C-section. Craig weighed in at 8 pounds and 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. Both mommy and baby are doing fine.

Craig Alexander Hochstetler
Hochstetler Family
Craig Alexander (1 month old)
The Hochstetler's—March, 2009

At the end of May, we enjoyed a family reunion when Joanna, Stephen, and baby Nicolas came from Colorado for a two-week visit to PA. We took four of those days while they were here, and all of us (including Dena, Nate, and baby Craig) piled into our large 15-passenger van and headed to the Marini reunion in Massachusetts where Great Grandpa Marini got to hold his two new great-grandsons for the first time. It was a special occasion to be at the home where Alex grew up in East Bridgewater and to meet with all the relatives again. While in MA, we enjoyed the ocean and toured Plymouth Plantation and went aboard the Mayflower II before returning back to PA. It was a blessing to be all together again and watch the two cousins interact with each other.

Dena and Joanna with their boys
Craig and Nicolas
Dena (with Craig), and Joanna (with Nicolas)
June 5, 2009
Craig (3 months) with cousin Nicolas (7 months)
June 7, 2009
Family photo June 2009
The Marini Family (left), Dindinger Family (center), and Hochstetler Family (right)
Photo taken: Sunday, June 7, 2009

Article in the Reading Eagle

 

Update: December—2009

The month of December is always a busy one for our family with all the music programs that we do, although this year we did not do as many as other years (only 8 events compared to 15 some years). Many of them are company dinners, and we still have a couple more programs next week to wrap up our Christmas season. Then we will be putting our focus on the next event…. we’ve been asked to provide music for the “We Care Prison Ministry” in Alabama during the last week of January which will be something new for us.

Alex continues to make harps in between teaching classes at Faith High School, and this year he was asked to take on the administrative position as principal. So far it has been going well and God has given him the extra grace and wisdom needed for that job. He’s working on a new harp design this month that already seems to show potential (a 38-string Regency style with a Roma Rosa sound chamber) and has a number of customers waiting for it. His waiting list for harps keeps growing… which keeps him and the boys on their toes.

Since Anthony graduated high school, he has been busy with farming, and helping his brother-in-law, Nate, with roofing in between his trips to Tennessee and Colorado. The other children continue on with their home schooling, and Paul will be graduating this coming spring…. which will leave us with two students for next year. When Paul’s not doing school work, you’ll find him at his computer editing photos or creating a new advertisement for someone. He has great interests in photography lately, and enjoys going with a couple friends on “photo shoots.” You can see some of his creativity on face book. He continues to enjoy music and developing his skills on the guitar, flute & dulcimer. Both Anthony & Paul have been active with our church youth in helping with “Clubs” on Wednesdays twice a month, which is an outreach to city children in a local town, and they also go weekly to the city of Reading with another group on Thursdays to help with a youth outreach to city teens.

Emily has enjoyed the opportunities she’s had to volunteer at a local private elementary school where she assists a second grade teacher once a week, and she also has been giving private harp lessons in the home here. She amazes us with her harp & flute skills….after Dena & Joanna got married, she rose to the challenge and filled the needed position. She recently bought herself a piano, and you’ll find her often playing it. Mark has been creative at making his own flies for fishing… now he just has to find a market for them. Mark goes with his other two brothers to the shop on occasion to help his father build harps…. but he’d rather be fishing! He continues to develop his harp playing, and many people who have seen us through the years marvel at his abilities. He has also picked up guitar and enjoys playing some new tunes with his brothers. All the children (including Dena & Joanna) have been working on a new family CD for some time now… and we hope to get it finished soon.

Mom keeps busy behind the scenes juggling her many roles as home maker and secretary to the harp business. It’s a challenge sometimes to teach school, invite customers into the living room to try out harps, and keep the laundry going and meals on the table – but it’s a fulfilling job that I wouldn’t trade for anything. This year I have found great joy in being a grandma and look forward to watching my little grandsons grow. I am inspired as I read in the Bible of Timothy’s grandmother, who transferred her faith to her grandson who lived a life that honored God.

As we look to the beginning of a new year, we wonder what this coming year will bring…. happy times or sad times, financial gain or loss, health or sickness – all we can do is trust in the God who is in control of it all and who gives us the grace and strength to face whatever comes our way. One of my favorite verses from the Bible is: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

The Hochstetler Family—December, 2009
The Dindinger Family—December, 2009
The Hochstetler Family—December, 2009
The Dindinger Family—December, 2009
The Marini Family 2009
The Marini Family 2009

 

Update: Summer—2010

Since the last update, we’ve had lots of opportunities as a family to minister with music. In January, we took a trip (with Dena, Nate & baby Craig) in an RV to Alabama to participate in the “We Care Prison Ministry” for a week. It was a wonderful experience for the whole family.

RV trip to Alabama
We Care prison Ministry

We provided a harp program in four different prisons… they made for some of the best audiences we’ve ever played for (very responsive and appreciative).

This spring we were back to the studio working on a family CD which we hope to be finished by the end of this year.

Studio recording
Studio recording
Studio recording
Studio recording

This CD will be special, as it will have many of our family favorites and will include all the children.

One special event that took place this June was when our family took a trip to Colorado (with Dena, Nate & baby Craig) to see our other daughter Joanna, her husband Stephen and baby Nicolas. We had the privilege to do a harp program for Joanna’s church in Grand Junction, CO, where all the children were together again playing instruments and singing.

Nicolas and Craig
Harp Program in Grand Junction, CO
Family photo June 2010

Presently this summer, Alex is busy catching up on harp orders and the boys have been regularly coming to the shop to help. Alex continues to make harps at the wood shop at the school where he teaches, but we are looking into starting a new shop location in the town of Blue Ball so that the boys can work full time on harps this fall and winter. Pray for us.

 

Update: December – 2010

Since the last update, we opened up a new Marini Made Harps shop in the town of Blue Ball this August. We’re renting a small area in back of the Blue Ball Machine Company. It was a big project installing new equipment, and moving harp stuff from the school where Alex was building harps to this new location. It took a number of weeks till we were operational, but now it has really made a difference in productivity… we are moving quicker through our customer list and the boys can come whenever they want to work on harps.

New shop
New shop
New shop
New shop
New shop
New shop

Alex has recently been experimenting with a new “Ultra-Light” harp which is 34-strings and only weighs about 14 pounds (see above picture to the right). Hopefully if it passes the test of strength it will be a popular one at the conventions. We still provide harp programs throughout the year for a variety of events. Dena, and her husband, Nate, continue to help with the programs; and baby Craig usually steals the show with his cute smiles during one of the songs where Emily holds him to play the hand chimes. As the family grows, and the older children find other interests, it is uncertain as to how long we will continue these programs… but we are thankful that we have been together this long. Paul and Emily are now playing duets for special events, and enjoy this type of work. Emily is in her junior year, and looks forward to graduating next year. Mark just started high school, so he has a ways to go yet.

Harp Program 10-31-2010
Christmas Program 12-4-2010

We enjoy watching our grandchildren grow, and Grandma is looking forward to her trip to Colorado in June to welcome Stephen and Joanna’s second child. God has been good to us, and we continue to look to Him for direction in the coming months ahead. Pray for us.

Nathan, Dena & Craig Hochstetler
Stephen, Joanna & Nicolas Dindinger
Nathan, Dena & Craig Hochstetler
Stephen, Joanna & Nicolas Dindinger

 

Update: Summer – August 2011

Some highlights in 2011 so far include… a family reunion in early March. Joanna, Stephen & Nicolas came from Colorado for a week, and we enjoyed having everyone together. After many months of illness, “GG” (Great Grandma), especially enjoyed her St. Patrick’s Day with the grandchildren and “great” grandchildren!

Marini family with Sue's mother
Craig and Nicolas
(Left: Alex, Sue, Paul, Nate & Dena with Craig
Anthony, Joanna & Stephen with Nicolas
In front… “GG” (Sue’s mother), Emily and Mark
Craig (left) with cousin Nicolas

We had our second Christian Harpfest event held on March 18th with special speakers: Eduard Klassen from Canada, and Joanna (Marini) Dindinger from Colorado. We had a number of harpists join us for the day, and then we gave a concert together to a FULL house at Weaverland Mennonite Church in East Earl, PA.

Joanna speaking to a group of harpists
Eduard Klassen joins the Harp Workshop
Joanna speaking to a group of harpists
at our Christian Harp Fest
Eduard Klassen joins the Harp Workshop
for a concert at the Weaverland Menn.Church

On June 6th, Joanna & Stephen gave us another grandson named Genesis Philip who we all call “Geno.” Grandma was able to fly out on July 4th to meet the new grandchild and to help out for a week.

Grandma with baby Geno
Stephen, Joanna, Nicolas & baby Geno
Grandma with baby Geno
Stephen, Joanna, Nicolas & baby Geno

We’ve been working on the family CD, and all the recording is finished… now the cover design, copyrights, and final editing need to be completed. We are sure looking forward to finishing this project (which started before the girls got married over 4 years ago!). We will let you know (with a new update) when this recording is available.

Alex and the boys continue to produce quality harps at our new shop. He enjoys creating new designs, and lately he’s been developing a new minstrel harp which just sits on your lap comfortably, without needing a stool. Sue just started learning harp using the Bass Minstrel with the new stand, and Alex also enjoys relaxing in his recliner chair playing hymns on his new “Lap Minstrel” harp.

Alex working on a Roma Rosa Harp
Alex looks sunburned after working with Padauk wood
Alex working on a Roma Rosa Harp
Alex looks sunburned after working with Padauk wood

Seems like a new season of life is upon us with young adults involved in a variety of ministries, and grandchildren visiting often… so we continue to look to the Lord to guide our family’s future.

 

Update – December 2011

Alex keeps busy teaching school in the mornings and then going to the harp shop afternoons. He continues to create new harps that just dazzle the industry! Check out his new “LAP” harp displayed on the harp page! We have enough harp orders to keep Alex & all the boys busy at the shop.

Joanna is a busy mom staying after two active boys these days and we are also anticipating another grandchild…. Dena’s little girl this February—pink for a change!

Anthony (21) has many different skills… and worked at farming this summer part time, and remodeling this fall with his brother-in-law, Nate, part time; and this winter he’s helping make harps at the shop. For adventure, he loves going white-water rafting out west. He also enjoys playing tennis with his brothers and volleyball with friends.

Paul (19) has been working at the shop making harps, but most of his focus has gone into theater this year. He’s been in two different Christian shows (one in August and another this December). He loves singing, acting, and performing with a variety of instruments. He’s also very involved in a variety of children’s ministries and camps. Tennis has also become popular with him and his brothers, so they try to fit that in.

Emily (17) is a senior this year, and also got her permit. She’s looking forward to completing the hours required so she can get her license soon. She’s involved in Christian theater also, and is involved with a variety of ministries to city children.

Mark (15) is growing taller and taller each month! Mark’s got 2-1/2 more years of schooling before he graduates… but he has lots of interests to keep him going—tennis, fishing, volleyball and ping pong (just to name a few!). He also helps with making harps at the shop in the afternoons sometimes.

Sue’s life is filled with lots of activities… and you’ll find her schooling Mark & Emily in the mornings, secretarial stuff for our harp business like showing harps in the living room to a customer…. or at the computer answering customer questions…. then later she’s in the kitchen making supper—never a dull moment!

The Marini Family—December, 2011

The Marini Family—December, 2011

We are “still” working on the family CD, and hope to have it released soon after all the paperwork is done. This has been a VERY long project!

So, needless to say, our lives are VERY full, and VERY blessed!

Nate & Dena with Craig
Stephen & Joanna with Nico & Geno
Nate & Dena with Craig
Stephen & Joanna with Nico & Geno

 

Update—March 2012

We are happy to announce the birth of our granddaughter: Dosei RuthAnn (pronounced: "Daw-say") who was born to Dena & Nate on Tuesday, February 28th weighing 7 lbs. 4 oz. Her big brother, Craig, turned 3 years old two days after her birth, and loves to hold her and kiss her face. We are enjoying this little bundle of "pink" and praise the Lord for a good delivery and a healthy baby and mommy!

Dosei RuthAnn
The Hochstetler Family
Dosei RuthAnn (4 days old)
The Hochstetler Family

 

Update—Summer 2012

Alex continues to work on harps at our shop in Blue Ball full time during the summer months. At the end of August, he’ll go back to teaching part time at Faith Mennonite High School and continuing at the harp shop. Anthony helps out building harps in between farming and traveling, and Paul also helps make harps in between working part time for a fencing company and his ministry opportunities for city children. Mark has worked at the shop making harps this summer, but will be back to schooling at home the end of August.

Alex cutting out a harp on the band saw.
Anthony in the finish room.
Alex cutting out a harp on the band saw.
Anthony in the finish room.
Mark constructing the sound chamber of a studio harp.
Paul putting finish on a LAP harp.
Mark constructing the sound chamber of a
studio harp.
Paul putting finish on a LAP harp.

In early June we enjoyed a visit from Joanna & Stephen with their boys Nico & Geno for two weeks. We took them, along with Dena & Nate and their two children Craig & Dosei on a trip to New England to visit family. We rented a cabin on a beautiful lake and spent time with relatives.

View of the lake
Craig & Nico
The view of the lake from our cabin in
Plymouth, MA.
Craig & Nico holding the fish that Mark
just caught.
Vacation at the cabin
Time at the ocean
Vacation at the cabin on the lake. Emily (holding Dosei), Mark with Craig, Geno and Nico
We all enjoyed our time at the ocean near
Cape Cod.

We were glad that Joanna and family were here to help us celebrate Emily’s graduation from high school. We had a nice ceremony with PHAA at the Forum in Harrisburg on June 16th and then later that evening had a private ceremony and party at the Welsh Mt. Park.

Family photo

A family photo taken at Emily's graduation party on June 16th.
From left: Paul, Mark, Nate & Dena (with Dosei & Craig), Emily, Sue & Alex
Joanna & Stephen with Geno & Nico, Anthony

 

Update—December 2012

Alex continues to build harps morning and late afternoons between his Health, Woodshop, and New Testament Survey classes at a local Mennonite High School. He is thankful that despite the declining economy, our harp business is thriving. Here’s some pictures of Alex working at the shop on a harp from start to finish…

Alex cutting out a harp
Alex stringing a harp
Alex cutting out a harp
Alex stringing a harp

Sue continues to juggle her responsibilities of homemaking, home schooling, caring for her elderly mom, and secretary to the harp business... and she often has customers here to visit our showroom (which is our livingroom!)...

Showroom

If Anthony (22) isn’t traveling, farming or rafting down a river he’s usually making harps too. He was invited to join a construction crew in Colorado the last couple months, so he’s enjoyed spending time with his sister, Joanna. He’ll be back home next month, but he hopes to return to the northeastern part of Colorado this summer for the annual cattle drive. This month he took a trip with some friends to CA to do white water rafting. Here's a picture of Anthony in a special raft called "Creature Craft" which can handle any type of water...

Anthony rafting the North Fork of the Payette River
The "Creature Craft" can handle this Class 5 river!
Anthony rafting the North Fork of the
Payette River
The "Creature Craft" can handle this
Class 5 river!

Paul (20) worked part time for a fencing company this past summer and fall, along with making a few harps. He’s been very busy with children’s ministries, and is helping with the production of a play this month titled: “Jesus, a Walk of Love” at a local theater. He’ll be joining Sight & Sound’s Conservatory next month, which will consist of being a full-time student attending classes, and being a part of their cast for a year.

Emily (18) has been involved in lots of children’s ministry activities… such as Good News Clubs twice a week (which are held at local public schools in the area), and “Tuesday Church” which reaches out to city children in the evening once a week. She plays harp for two local nursing homes once a month, and hopes to increase that in the new year. She is looking forward to her trip in January (with six others from our church) to Kenya, Africa.

Mark (16) got his drivers’ permit, and gets behind the wheel every chance he gets. This is his junior year of schooling, and he is looking forward to graduating next year in the spring. When he has extra time he’s usually fishing, or playing tennis… or sometimes at the shop making harps. He also joins Paul & Emily in the children ministries on Monday afternoons & Tuesday evenings. This past year Mark took up a few culinary classes, so sometimes we get treated to a special lunch or supper here in the “test kitchen” at home!

There’s never a dull moment around home here… it’s more like an airport, with youth taking off and landing throughout the day. Trying to keep track of everyone’s schedule is a real challenge sometimes! Life is full and overflowing!

Our married children are doing very well. Here are some recent pictures of them…

Dena & Nathan Hochstetler Family
Joanna & Stephen Dindinger Family
Dena & Nathan Hochstetler Family
Dosei, 9 months + Craig 3 ½
Joanna & Stephen Dindinger Family
Geno 1 ½ + Nico, 4

 

Update—January 2013

Sue's mom turned 80 years old on January 5th, and lived ten more days till she passed away on Tuesday, January 15th. She had got the flu a couple weeks before which turned into bronchitis and it was really hard on her weak heart. She was born in Rhode Island, married there, and will be buried there next to her husband. She moved to PA eleven years ago to be near her grandchildren, and had lived next door to the Marini's. As you can see by her smile in the picture below, her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her much joy through the years, and we are glad that she was able to spend these years with them.

In memory of Ann Gaj

Update—August 2013

Alex is back to school this week, with a lighter schedule than normal (he’s only teaching a few woodshop classes this year). He’ll be able to devote more time now to making harps (he’s about six months behind).

Since many of the children were traveling this summer (Anthony, Emily & Mark drove to CO to visit their sister Joanna for the summer), Sue spent her time writing an instruction manual for the 10-String Davidic Harp. It turned into a bigger project than anticipated, but hopefully it will be helpful to the many customers who have been waiting for a book like this. With it almost completed, we hope to bring it to the printers in early September.

Anthony was offered a job in CO this summer, so now he is living out West; and Emily decided to stay and help her sister Joanna until she has her baby in October. Mark flew back to PA in mid-August so he could join his parents on a trip to New England to visit family.

We made two trips to Massachusetts to visit family this summer… one in early June and another in mid-August. Alex’s dad (now 87) needs more attention, so he and his siblings are trying to figure out ways to help. While in the New England states, we enjoyed seeing the ocean again…

A beach in Charlestown, RI
Newport, RI
A beach in Charlestown, RI
Newport, RI
Dosei enjoying the beach sand
Craig enjoying the rocks at the ocean
Dosei enjoying the beach sand
Craig enjoying the rocks at the ocean

Paul started in January at Sight & Sound’s Conservatory, so he has a busy schedule this year… he has classes in the morning, and then he’s performing in the shows in the afternoon & evenings (with only Sundays & Mondays off). He loves what he is doing, and hopes to continue working there next year after school is finished in December—he just auditioned for their production of “Moses” which starts in February of 2014.

Paul at school – Sight & Sound
Paul gives the family a tour before the show of “Noah” at Sight & Sound
Paul at school – Sight & Sound
 
Paul gives the family a tour before
the show of “Noah” at Sight & Sound

This is Mark’s last year of home schooling… he’s a senior now, and the last one to graduate—so this is Sue’s last year of home schooling (after 28 years!), and she graduates too! God is good, and we're looking forward to more grandchildren coming!... one this fall (Joanna), and another one next spring (Dena)—that will make six grandchildren for us! We enjoy our family, and we are very busy serving Him with all the gifts and skills that He has given us.

 

Update—December 2013

Alex keeps busy making harps… we have a continual flow of interest, and customers continue to be added to our waiting list. We’ve done some house-hunting this past spring; looking at possible places that would allow us to have our harp shop on the same property as our home, but nothing has turned up. Thankfully we don’t have to move, so we can just take our time looking around and waiting for the right time and the right one.

With all the kids busy this summer (Mark & Emily went to be with Joanna & Anthony in Colorado for July & August), Sue managed to write a book… an instruction manual on how to play our 10-string Davidic harp. It was a lot of work over a few months, but she had lots of help from family and friends. It’s listed on our website in case you’d want to see it. She also wrote a couple more Christmas books for this harp as well, and is now working on another book of ten hymns. She just got back from a one-week trip to Colorado to visit Joanna and to meet the newest grandson, Angelo.

Anthony was home for the Thanksgiving holiday for three weeks, and returned back to Colorado early December. He’s enjoying his new home (living with Joel Bishop’s family) in the Grand Junction area. His favorite pastime now is learning Spanish in preparation for his upcoming trip to South America (Chili) next month.

Paul just graduated last week from his studies at Sight & Sound Conservatory, and enjoyed his experience this year very much. Although he did not get a part in the Moses show, he hopes to work part-time for S&S in the coming year, along with making harps again for his father.

Since Joanna was having complications with her pregnancy this summer, Emily decided to stay in Colorado till after the baby was born (little Angelo was born to Stephen & Joanna early October). We’re also looking forward to welcoming another grandchild to Dena this coming April.

The Dindinger Family
The Hochstetler Family
The Dindinger Family
  Stephen & Joanna, Angelo, Nico & Geno
The Hochstetler Family
Nathan & Dena, Craig & Dosei

Our family CD is finally finished… and like good wine, it took many years to get to this point. (We started it before the girls got married 7 years ago!) All the children helped on this one, and it includes many of our family’s favorites (some Christmas songs too). You can see more details about this CD if you go to the “Recordings” section of this website (it’s featured on the top right corner of that page).

We also started a Facebook page where we can let family and friends know about new harps, CDs, and books that are available—you can go to the top of the harp page on this website and click onto the link, or go to Facebook’s website and type in Marini Made Harps and “like” us to get our updates.

Once again we see God’s faithfulness to us as another year comes to a close, and we look forward to seeing what He has for us as the New Year unfolds.

The Marini Family

From left: Mark, Emily, Alex & Sue, Paul, Anthony