Harder Family

Harder Family

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Life Changing Day

Romans 8:28-30 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposeFor those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified."

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the day that changed our lives. On February 11, 2015, Wayne called me around 3pm to let me know that he was at Northwestern Hospital. He had a grandmal seizure while eating lunch with coworkers. As I reflect back on that day, I see God's hand so evident in everything that happened. Every detail of that day was under His control. God provided someone to watch my kids (my neighbor had just gotten home), a Metra train right when I needed it, just the right amount of money for a train ticket in my purse (I don't ever carry cash...poor guy ended up with a bunch of change), and even someone to come stay with the girls after AWANA so that I could spend the night with Wayne in the hospital. Every detail was covered by God!

Although there were some dark and difficult days this past year, God has been so faithful through everything. We have seen Him do amazing things in our lives. Over the next week, I am going to share the lessons that Wayne has learned this year. He sat down one day and reflected on all the things that God has taught him. He wanted to share with all of you what God has taught him during this time. As one who has faced death, I find his thoughts provoking and challenging. I hope that you all enjoy hearing from Wayne.

Wayne: almost 1 year ago

Wayne: in January

God is good!!

"I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do." Corrie Ten Boom


Here is some recent pictures of things we've been up to in life.

We worked on the letter "W" and ate some watermelon, made some walrus, and learned about weather and whales

We celebrated Naomi's 10th birthday

Going out for Naomi's birthday breakfast

Naomi using her birthday gift (Little Bits) to make a voice activated lantern

Naomi helping me bake cupcakes to take to church

Working on our letter "I" project...insects. We also celebrated the letter I on Friday by eating ice cream!

Letter "G"...grass, glitter, and gumballs! We ate grapes for snack

We decided to start "Fun on Friday" projects again. Last week we learned how to sew and made heating bags with flax seed. This next week we are going to try to learn how to knit using a loom.

Field Museum: We took a field trip to the Field Museum yesterday. The museum is free to IL residents for the month of February. Since we have been learning all about Egypt our first semester in school, we decided to visit the Egypt exhibit. We just started the Greeks for our second semester. The Field Museum has a special exhibit on Greeks. We paid the extra money to see the Greek artifacts and it was great! The girls had just read about the Minoans and Myceneans. To see history come alive was great for them. 

A real gold mask from a Mycenaean king 

We stopped the Pawnee earth lodge at the museum. The kids were taught all the different ways the Native Americans used bison.

A collection of different shoes from around the world

In an Egyptian pyramid (above), real walls from Egypt (below)

Micaela, "I found a mummy!"

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