Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Beach, Disney Store, Homeschooling and other Random Things

Michael has Mondays off during the summer so we went to the beach this past Monday. It was a perfect beach day... blue skies, the water wasn't too choppy, the sea weed was manageable (it's been a high level sea weed year), the tide was out and we went early so there weren't very many people. The kids were great-- they usually are at the beach. They had a blast diving into the waves. Jane wanted to have a go at the waves, too, and couldn't understand why I wouldn't let go of her! I let her dangle her feet into the waves, but that's as far as she got! 







After the beach we went home to eat lunch and clean up. Then we went to the outlet mall to check on some clearance sales (I got Nora a pair of shorts for 40 cents and Collin a pair of pants for 2.46 and a collared shirt for 2.60). They were one size to big for Collin, but we couldn't pass up on the deals! We'll stick them in a box for next year along with a few other hand me downs we've been given for him.



And, of course, a trip to the outlet isn't complete until we go to the Disney store. They have events every day at 2pm during the summer, so we like to go at least once a week to get the new button pins they give out to the kids for participating (they give out new character pins each week). Next week's pin is Olaf!!







I'm still working on getting ready to homeschool the kids this fall. I'm trying hard to balance proper expectations for the kids. I know that the first few months will be spent trying to adjust to the new schooling, so I don't want to set the kids up to fail by expecting too much. I also don't want to underestimate them by expecting too little out of them. The schedule I have set for them right now is a gradual incline... they'll start out with very minimal lessons that will gradually increase in pace and content. Fortunately, I have the entire year already mapped out for each subject so I can speed up or slow down as needed.

VBS is next week, which is super exciting! I'll teach the youngest class again, which means I'll have a super short lesson, an easy craft and then playtime! I'm also doing the welcome table (a table set up with crabs, shells, sand and coral) to keep the kids busy before VBS begins each night. It starts at 6:30, but there are always some kids there early and they end up running around like chickens until we begin. This year we're hoping to avoid that by giving them something to look at and learn about while waiting for everyone else to arrive. And then, of course, I'm doing the music. Which is fun, fun, fun!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Rain Forest

We go to Moody Gardens a lot where they have a rain forest in a pyramid. They have birds, monkeys, lots of plants, butterflies and other cool stuff to see. I plan on taking the kids often as part of their homeschooling. What better way to teach kids about this stuff than by letting them see it?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Funny Face Friday

 I haven't done a Funny Face Friday in forever!! So I thought today would be a good day for it!


















Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Collin's Kindergarten Graduation

I don't think I posted any pictures of Collin's Kindergarten graduation. So, here ya go!






Sunday, June 29, 2014

Kittens

Merida had 3 kittens- two boys and a girl. Two of them are already spoken for but we have this last one to find a home for. They are adorable, of course, but I'll be glad when they're old enough to give away. Jane will NOT leave them alone but she isn't near gentle enough with them to be allowed to play with them, so that means I'm constantly chasing her out of my bathroom (where the kittens are). Not. Fun. A couple more weeks, I think, and they'll be able to go to their permanent homes!





Thursday, June 26, 2014

Palm Beach

We've gone to palm beach a lot so far this year. We have passes, so why not? The kids love it. I love it. And we can go with Nana and Pawpaw or the neighbors (who also have passes). It looks like fun, huh?






Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Peace


I recently started a study on the word 'peace' found in the Bible. It made sense in my mind to start at the very beginning, which is Genesis 15:15

And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

"Thou" is referring to Abraham and this particular word "peace" is from the Hebrew word "shalom". Here's the definition:

  1. completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
    1. completeness (in number)
    2. safety, soundness (in body)
    3. welfare, health, prosperity
    4. peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment
    5. peace, friendship
      1. of human relationships
      2. with God especially in covenant relationship
    6. peace (from war)
    7. peace (as adjective)

I have to say that I love all that this word encompasses: completeness, soundness, safety, welfare, health, contentment, friendship (with humans and God). This word means so much more than we use it for in everyday communication. 

The word "shalom" is found 208 times in the Bible. And, though I know I wanted to start from the beginning in my search of peace in scripture, I decided to quickly read through some of the verses where "shalom" is found. I came across this verse:

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
 Evil imaginers have: hearts filled with deceit. Counsellors of peace have: hearts filled with joy. Seek peace, contentment, tranquility and you'll be filled with joy! 

It really shouldn't be so surprising-- those who imagine evil are, as John Gill wrote, people who create and cultivate conflict between others. Constant conflict cannot produce joy. But those who are counsellors of peace, those who want to bring harmony to others (family, friends, church) will also bring joy to themselves. 

I have a difficult time dealing with people who are habitually joy-less. Everyone has off days where they're disconsolate or gloomy, but I mean those who never seem even try to be happy with what they have or with the people in their lives.  Nothing is ever good enough for them and they always find a reason to complain. They complain to the point where even good things are bent to an ugly angle in their minds. I'm not little Ms. Sunshine by any means, but I don't want to live a life of gloom and I don't understand anyone who does. Finding Proverbs 12:20 only reinforces my desire to find joy and to be joyful. 

Seek out peace and you'll be filled with joy!


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