Harder Family

Harder Family

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Catching Up and a Huge Praise

Psalm 27:7-8 "Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

Seeking God's face is something God is continually teaching me. I am so thankful that I worship and serve a God who hears my cries, who answers me, and who never leaves my side. God has been so good to us. Not only has He been gracious to us during Wayne's journey with cancer, but He is generous at all times. We are so blessed. God has been so good to us, both in the good and bad times. One huge praise this week is that Wayne has been feeling so good, he was able to take a few work trips. On Sunday night he traveled to New York City for a meeting on Monday. From there he flew to Orlando, FL for a meeting Tuesday morning. He arrived home last night and left again Wednesday night for another meeting on Thursday. What a blessing it is that he is not only working, but that he is well enough to travel. His crazy schedule this week makes me tired just writing it. God is so good! Thank you for the continued prayers for God to be glorified in all of this and for Wayne's complete healing. God is Jehovah Rapha, our healer. He can completely heal Wayne if that is His will. Please continue to lift us up in prayer. 

Here is an update on what the girls have been up to:

Grace kneading the Challah bread for  our Rosh Hoshana dinner. We had our celebration on Friday night (we started our holiday a week late). Next time I hope to time Rosh Hoshana with the actual Jewish holiday.

Making honey cake

Everyone working hard to shape our bread

Sunday night "girls movie night". We had pizza, candy, and watched the new Cinderella movie. Whenever Wayne travels, we try to have a fun "girls only night" (Note to self: next time do not have a movie night on Sunday night...it makes for some tired, difficult students on Monday)

Sophia was jealous that her sisters get to do science experiments in their Apologia science books, so we decided to do an experiment together. We took 4 slices of bread. One slice is taped up in our kitchen window that is plain. Another piece of bread is hanging up in the window, except it has been sprayed with thieves spray. There is one piece of plain bread in a dark cabinet and another piece sprayed with thieves in the dark cabinet. Sophia is trying to see if thieves spray keeps mold from growing on the bread. I'm interested in seeing the results myself, especially since I hope to offer a Essential Oils 101 class in the next few weeks. I'll keep you posted on her results. She has a spreadsheet tracking the results.

This week we have been studying early civilizations, Egypt, and Pyramids. We created some fun projects for science (like which structure has more strength).

Naomi measuring her "pyramid" vs her "cube"

Micaela and Joella have been working hard at school as well. This week we were learning about the sun.

Micaela and Joella practicing "writing" the letter S. 

Micaela and Joella singing a song they've been learning in class. I thought it was too cute not to share.

My favorite part is when Micaela holds up her finger to "pause" so she can sneeze. I love their laughs too when she accidentally says butterfly at first instead of dinosaur. 

I love teaching my children. I love getting to see them discover new things and learn. As hard as some days are, I'm so thankful for the opportunity to teach my kids and be with them all day long!

Psalm 96:11-12 "Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;"

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