Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday Funnies

Katie: What did you see at Target?

Ellie: Christmas trees!

Katie: What color were they?

Ellie: (in a voice that says, "Really?!") Uh, green...

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Fun ways Ellie says words that I want to remember:

Uhd = Ugh

Dede = Katie

Dabby = Gabby

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Got Shoeboxes?

Operation Christmas Child 

Don't forget it is national collection week for Operation Christmas Child!

There are some beautiful stories and videos at their website.  If you've never taken the opportunity to watch videos, here is a short one.  To me though, the best are the stories of the kids who have grown up, who can still tell you exactly what was in their boxes.

If you can't pack a box, maybe you can pay shipping for one of the boxes that was returned without it's shipping payment (you can give online).  Seven dollars can get a box to a child somewhere, so they can see the love of God in a tangible way, plus they get the gospel in their own language.

Sunday, November 13, 2016


 My little man is still growing up.  He refuses to stop for some reason.

He is funny, bright, and athletic.

He has been such a nice companion, always a great tag-a-long with his older sisters and a great friend to the younger one.  Truly a good big brother.

He loves to be outside.

His birthday wish for this year was a walking stick.  He and his dad have started on it over the weekend, but they plan to add a few more touches to it.

I am grateful I get to be his Mama.

Walk softly, and carry a big stick!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Unit Study and Friday Funny

We've made some great progress on our history/literature curriculum (Tapestry of Grace, year one) this fall.  I honestly meant to slow it down a bit as we got into the kids play practice, but we just kept trucking along.  So I was looking through the girls' AHG badge book and found one that would be helpful for Kate to have before she moved up--Survival, Search, and Rescue.  It is a badge that builds on lower levels, so even at the level the girls are currently in, we had to do some major foundational work from the lower level.  She wants to work on it at camp in the future--they have to build their own shelter and sleep in it one night, but it required all the lower level requirements (understandably when you're talking about something like staying out overnight with only what you packed).  We spent a chunk of the week talking about the 10 Essentials for survival, rescue teams, Ready Packs, what a Backcountry Trip Plan is (even made up a skit to show to younger girls), and talked about emergency plans.

Ellie found this very interesting.  Here is her plan, if she gets lost in the woods: "Go to the grocery store, pick up lunch, throw food in the woods, and eat it."

It was a nice little break in the fall before we get back into the ancients, here between the Assyrians and the Babylonian Captivity.  It gave us a great reason to be outside for a whole afternoon too, now that it is starting to cool down for the fall here in the South.  Before I turn around, it will be Thanksgiving and then Christmas.  I'm glad we took a week to do something a little different, a great  unit study.