Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Church's certificate of occupancy

Yesterday we finally got the certificate of occupancy for the church. Sunday we will be having our first service in the new building. It seems like it has taken forever, but it hasn't even been a full year since the church burned. We've learned a lot of lessons over the last year, but the most important one is that God provides!! Even though we didn't have a lot of insurance on the building, God has provided in miraculous ways. It is always so wonderful to see how God works both through his people, and in spite of them!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Botanical Gardens

Today we took a field trip. We were supposed to go to a state park to see indian mounds, but the weather didn't cooperate. Instead, we went to the botanical conservatory.

Josiah peaks in the tree that talks. There were lots of hands on areas for the kids. Their favorite part was a tunnel that simulated an earthworms tunnel (complete with a slide to get out!).

This is a picture of all four of them in the Rainforest room. A waterfall started right behind them and flowed down below.

Josiah studies Apples next week, and they had a special exhibit on apples and apple trees. Hopefully he'll remember some of it next week!! Although it was a short day, the kids had a fun and maybe learned a little too!!

Friday, October 13, 2006

October 13th

The last week has flown by. Last Sunday was Rachel's third birthday. We had a party with my side of the family. She thinks she's a princess, and some days she even acts like one!! She is such a girly girl, and yet she also can keep up with the boys.....she's my bundle of energy!! Here's a picture of the birthday girl (with cousin Zeke and brother Josiah singing to her).

We've spent a lot of the week working at the church. We're in the final stages....we should get to have church services in our new building a week from Sunday. Aaron has moved his stuff into his new office.

We got most of his books put on bookshelves yesterday.

Yesterday it snowed!!! The kids were so excited. It of course didn't stick, but for several minutes it snowed very hard.

I've been spending most of my time this week changing our preschool curriculum around. I like most of the books in Sonlight's PK, but there are several that I've decided to leave out. I'm trying to add in new books and develop a theme that goes with the alphabet. Next week we plan on starting, so I'll have to see how things go.

Thursday, October 5, 2006

A Beautiful Day For a Hike

Today we took a field trip to a state park. It was a beautiful day, cool (but not too cool) and sunny. We took two hikes, a 2.2 mile and a .7 mile. Rachel complained several times but she walked almost the whole way.

We read the story The Raft before we left. The boys took their nature notebooks, and I told them they were going to draw nature just like the boy in the

story. When we got there Josiah informed me that he couldn't draw, he could just "scrubble." So I didn't make him, and allowed him to just enjoy nature. Caleb drew several things in his notebook though. Here he is drawing.

Here he's drawing a picture of a swan. Besides the swan some other wildlife we saw were a blue heron, a squirrel, a crane, a snake, a deer and numerous songbirds.

This is a picture of the deer, although when I zoomed in it didn't stay very clear.

The woods were beautiful, some of the leaves were beginning to change colors and the path was littered with leaves of all colors. Here's my fellow hikers:

That's Josiah, Aaron with Jada on his back, Rachel and Caleb.

All of them looking at the lake.

Finally a picture of Caleb and Josiah amidst the beautiful fall leaves.

All in all we had an invigorating day enjoying God's beautiful creation.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

My Day.....

Today was one of those days.... This morning I was reading to Josiah on the couch. Rachel wanted to sit on my lap, but I told her to sit next to me (so she wouldn't obstruct the view of the book). She started crying and flailing around, and then hit me in the mouth with her head. She had split my lip and although I got it to stop bleeding pretty quickly, I had a fat lip.

Then this afternoon I knocked a plate off the counter and it shattered everywhere (I thought Corelle wasn't supposed to do that!). There were a million pieces all over the floor, in the dining room, in the bathroom, and even up on the counter. As I was trying to keep the kids out of the kitchen, I stepped on a small piece. It wasn't a big cut, but I once again was cleaning blood off of myself.

We just got home from church and I knew I was out of fuzzi bunz for Jada to wear to bed. I had threw them in the washer before church, so I opened the dryer, and the clothes were still wet (another problem I've been having today....drying a load of clothes three time to get them dry) I threw the diapers in with them and started it, hoping to have a dry diaper by bedtime.

I sat on the couch, and it dawned on me.....I had only rinsed the diapers, I hadn't washed them yet! So they are washing now, Jada has a disposable on, and I'm going to have to rewash the clothes in the dryer that I threw dirty diapers in with!

I think maybe I need a break before I completely lose it!!

Monday, October 2, 2006


Mondays are always a slow day for us, I think we all need time to recover from Sundays! Caleb had a lot of trouble today concentrating to do his dictation. He wrote some of his words double the size and ran several words together. He did great at math, though, and that's what he struggled with last week! It's so funny how things differ so much from week to week.

I started using Amy's SLPK schedule for Josiah today. It is organized in themes, and we started wisdom this week. I'm hoping this will make things a little more interesting.

We also read Time of Wonder. Caleb's notebook page shows the island before and after the hurricane.

He made several of the trees bending in the top picture and then asked us why they were bent over. I asked him, "Why." He said when they were little trees they were next to big trees and they had to bend to reach the light. We haven't even studied that yet!!

Jada took her first steps yesterday (finally), but she hasn't taken any more today. We're hoping she starts walking soon (although that would mean her sister would have to leave her alone long enough for her to learn!).

Sunday, October 1, 2006

The white pumpkin

Fall is in full swing, we had a cold blast last week to get us prepared!! Today is beautiful, though. Yesterday Aaron got three big pumpkins for the kids. Josiah really wanted a white pumpkin, but Aaron said there weren't any (I'm hoping he was telling the truth, but, who knows, because he doesn't like white pumpkins!). Josiah was very disappointed.

Caleb spent the weekend camping with my parents. He called yesterday afternoon and had to talk to Josiah. My Mom said he told Josiah, "I got a white pumpkin and I'm going to share it with you because I love you so much." They've had a long week of fighting, so I'm going to have to get a picture of them with the pumpkin that brought them together!!

School has been going a little better this week. Caleb has been doing notebook pages for his bible stories each week. The first few weeks of school, he rushed through them. I could tell he wasn't even trying. The last two weeks he has been doing much better. Here are the pictures from this week and last week.

He still needs to learn that in bible times they didn't have all of our modern conveniences!! In the first picture he put a bus going over a bridge. I talked to him about how they didn't have those when Jesus was alive. Then this last week he made a train driving through the temple as Jesus was overturning the tables!! He does know how to put a smile on my face!!

Posted: 3:36 PM, Oct. 1, 2006


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