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Friday, October 2, 2015

Week in Review

Nehemiah 9:6 "You alone are the LORD You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You."

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is getting to learn with my kids. I know I learned some of this material when I was younger, but now with age and experience, the material is so much more interesting. Life is like that in many ways. We continue to learn and grow in wisdom as we get older. God is so gracious and patient with me. I would have given up on myself a long time ago. Too many times I'm like the unfaithful Israelites in the desert being distracted and pursuing everthing but God. Thankfully God loves me and chose me before the foundation of this world. I can do nothing to earn His love or favor. In fact, apart from the Holy Spirit working in my life drawing me to Himself, I would be lost. I'm so thankful to God that He does everything in my life and it is all for His glory!! 

"M" is for moon. Micaela and Joella are learning all about the moon and the letter M this week. On Sunday night I allowed the girls to all stay up until after 10pm so that we could see the eclipsed moon. The next day of school was difficult because everyone, including the teacher, was tired from staying up way past their bedtime. It was a perfect introduction to our week studying the moon.

We are continuing our study on Egypt. We have been learning about pyramids this week. The project for the day was building a pyramid using cardboard and sugar cubes. The girls loved this project (probably because they were sneaking some sugar cubes as they worked)

When I was done teaching Micaela and Joella on Tuesday morning, I decided to check my email and Facebook. When I logged on, I saw that the Chicago Botanical Garden announced that "Alice", another corpse flower unexpectedly bloomed during the night. I told the girls about it and they all told me that they just had to see the flower. Last time the garden had to open the flower manually because it never opened. Although it was interesting to see, it wasn't the same as seeing the real thing. They insisted on going. Since I had finished school with the two little ones for the day, I told them we could on one condition. They had to complete their math and English on the car ride there. Once we got home, they were to work hard and cooperate in completing spelling, vocabulary, science, and history. We literally go out of the house by 10 (after reading the message at 9:35), drove to the garden, saw the flower, and got back in the car and drove home.

The garden looked different from when we were just there a few weeks ago. Fall flowers were out and they were just beautiful as we walked to see the corpse flower.

The girls are fascinated by bonsai trees. Note Grace left her sweatshirt at home and it was cold, it is no longer summer!

The flower's bloom peakes later that night, but I was not going to drag all the kids there late at night and fight traffic. It was beautiful just the way it was...and stinky!

Thursday we had "Mrs. Ped-ia-lee", as the girls call her, over for a tea party. We also took a walk to the park for PE. The girls rode their bikes and had a blast getting outside. 

This is what a 3 year old does to entertain herself while I'm teaching her sisters...she covers her legs in bandaids. She got into my good bandaids too. I always buy cheap ones since the kids tend to over use bandaids. 


Please be praying for Wayne. He started chemo last night. So far he is feeling decent, but I can see it impacting him again. This round ends Monday night, but it usually takes him until Sunday to feel back to normal. We then have one more cycle at the end of the month. Lord willing, that will be the end of chemo!!

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