Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Reformation Day!

Celebrating God's sovereign hand in history.
It is not by works but grace alone!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Copywork Resources

I visit this blog several times a week. Jessica has many resources and ideas that have helped me tremendously in my "Well Trained Mind" approach. She just posted a list of copywork resources that I thought were very helpful.

Just click below.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The love of a brother and sister!

Best Buddies!


Goof balls!

Cave Painting Pictures

The cave painting master piece!
Artist hard at work!
Guess what this is?
Ike and his work of ancient art.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Trying to Be Strong

I have been thinking much about strength lately. People reflect back to me all the time how strong I am. To me it is laughable! I don't feel strong very often. I have had many things in life in the last few years that have been challenging and God has been gracious. That must be what they are talking about. I do admit that my greatest temptation is "self sufficiency". I think I should be able to do it on my own on the inside. So that is probably what I am showing on the outside.
Right now I feel very weak. I have many places I am tempted to self pity and anxiety. Sometimes I find it work not to go down those roads. This week would be one of them. I am trying to tell myself the truth but honestly I am even tired of that. We are still looking for a place to live in a place we can not afford...so we are depending. But when your main struggle is self sufficiency it is tiring because I am trying to work and control instead of depend. When will I ever learn!

I feel I have to be strong.....what's up with that. I am always encouraging other people to let it out...be weak.....everyone struggles but when it comes to me I feel I am somehow failing if I am weak. I get mad at myself for struggling. So when I need help...I don't ask and then it comes bubbling over somewhere else....usually at my kids.

This too shall pass but I sure hope I learn something.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Cave Painting

We are combining Story of the World and Veritas Press this year in our study of the Old Testament and Egypt. We covered the first people and one of the craft projects is to make a cave painting. So we got out the brown paper and crumbled it all up in a ball to get the cave wall textured effect. Then I tacked it to the wall and we pretended to be cave dwellers painting about our day. We only used colors they could have had like brown, red and purple. My daughter mixed colors and made magenta saying they must of had that color because it was so pretty. LOL! We were going to dress up but when my 6 yr old realized they wore animal skins she wasn't interested. We played Bach in the background and put on painting smocks and went to town. It was so much fun and adorable. I used clear plastic egg cartons to put the paint in so they could hold them as they painted. Even my 3 yr old had a blast. I will post the pictures when I get them.
I thought I wouldn't get into SOTW to much but I LOVE it and so does my daughter. She begs to read it. I can see her reading the book over and over in years to come.

I so enjoy having my children at home, cave painting and mixing magenta. I am so privileged!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Canadian Thanksgiving

We are off tomorrow to visit the grandparents and celebrate Thanksgiving....in October? I have been living in Canada for 8 years and still cannot wrap my head around Thanksgiving in October. But hey, I get to have turkey October, November and December. I've got it made!
And even though I am eating high protein/low carb I am not passing up the mashed potatoes!

Next week is our first week off school (except for history and math review) this year. I look forward to 90 minute story times, long walks in the fall air, maybe some puddle jumping depending on the weather and our new favorite game we call "animal chuck". We take all our little stuffed animals, sit on the couch and aim for an empty laundry basket across the living room. You keep going till there are no more animals in the the basket. The kids love it and they giggle the whole time! Ahh.... the life of a homeschooler.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

"Mama, ook an my toe"

This morning I had much comedy and mayhem in my house. My 3 yr old son found an ant crawling across the floor. He immediately was mesmerized. He started playing with it, following and picking up this ant. He yelled across the room "Mama ook an on my toe". Translated is "Mama, look ant on my toe". It was priceless. Then as soon as the ant went under his shirt and around his back he began screaming uncontrollably in terror. The curiosity of a 3 year old sure beats a comedy show any day.