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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Month of Thanks: Day 3

Psalm 95:1-6 "O Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods, In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker."

Day 3; Here are two things I'm thankful for today.

1. Wayne's chemo is done!!! Six rounds of chemo are done. God has sustained us through the last few months. This morning the Abigail and Naomi came downstairs and said, "Last night when we where listening to K-Love, the announcer kept talking and talking, which is so annoying. Then she said that there are things that we should be thankful for...she mentioned that some people may be thankful for their job and others may be thankful that their chemo ended. How neat is that? She mentioned chemo ending the night Papa ended his chemo." Our whole family is excited that we are through this stage. We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We always do, but Wayne being done with treatment is a HUGE thing to be thankful for this year.

2. Homeschool: I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach my kids. It is a lot of work, but it is amazing to watch your child grasp things for the first time, learn a new concept, or discover what makes them tick. I love the flexibility of homeschool. We have discovered that we can learn in many different ways...the traditional school way, in the car listening to books/cds, field trips for hands-on learning, nature walks, etc. The weather in Chicago the last two days has been phenomenal. Thankfully, we are able to take advantage of the weather and move our schedule around. Today a group of us took a 90 minute tour in Chinatown. We were able to learn about history, religion, geography, and PE (walking around Chinatown on our tour). We finished off our tour with Chinese food for lunch. Homeschool isn't for everyone, but I am thankful that God has given me the chance to homeschool my kids. We take it a year at a time, but I'm thankful for the last five years that I've been able to spend with my kids teaching them.

Grace - aka Monkey

Sophia - aka Pig

Naomi - aka Dog

Abigail - aka Ram

Micaela - aka Tiger

Joella - aka Dragon (born the year of the White Dragon)

Nine-Dragon Wall

Learning about Buddhism

Learning about the history of Chinatown in Chicago

Sophia wanted to wear her Chinese dress on our tour. She got lots of looks and comments (although I couldn't understand them because it was all in Chinese) 

Joella and Micaela finished up their unit on apples by making some mini apple pies. The big kids participated on making their individual pies.

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