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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

First week of school/ ducks!

We had a great first week of school last week. I didn't take lots of pictures of the kids doing their work, I didn't think of it or didn't want to interrupt them. Mallory loves doing her hands-on science experiments, and Caleb does his own General Science this year. He does all of his science on his own (first time this year in 7th grade). He seems to enjoy doing the experiments so far. We are learning about the 50 states and U.S. geography. We haven't started doing everything yet, no spelling so far and no art. We will do more of that this coming week. The kids and I are adjusting to the school schedule again, and to writing/ reading and learning/working more again! I keep reminding myself that the first few weeks are always hard and then we get into the groove.

Since Bethany talked about the book, "Story about Ping" in school last week, we asked a friend of ours if we could visit him and see his ducks at his house. He has been raising a few pairs and about eight "babies". They are not tiny fluff-balls anymore! We enjoyed seeing the duck's nest, how they eat and drink, seeing them walk around the yard and seeing our friend's bees too. He has a hive in his yard, which we looked at but that was all. He has chickens too! It was fun, and we were glad to be able to see ducks up close for our science last week! It was a fun little "field trip".

Here are some pictures...
The little guys eating from their food container... they're still kinda cute...
A clutch of eggs that will be incubated/ hatched later this fall...

A pair of ducks playing with each other... (wink, wink)
Another pair of ducks walking around...
Drinking their water... love their bills in this one... can see their feet well too...

Walking over to their pool to get a drink...
And here are the chickens... the kids liked that there were some gray ones that we don't have!

Psalm 8
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Friday, August 28, 2015

School Year favorites 2015

I have done this for the past several years with my kids and we love looking back over the favorites that they had and see how things have changed over a year or two. I like seeing how they have grown in their likes in some areas, while other things have stayed the same. It is a fun little interview to do, and it only takes a minute. I used my iPhone app again this year to add the words to the pictures. I made it so quick and easy! Enjoy the favorites for 2015...

You can see our school year favorites from last year here.

Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.  After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.  After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.  When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[f]  But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.  And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Time at the lake!

This past weekend, we were invited to a friend's birthday party at a nearby lake. After the party, we walked and geocached near the lake. It was so pretty with the time of day being close to dusk, and with the beautiful sunset. Our sunsets have been very orange here because of all of the fires in the western states (Washington, Idaho and California) and we can see some smoke and haze here too. Usually our skies are so blue... we're praying for those in the west dealing with the fires. We pray God's safety for the firefighters and those nearby the fires, threatening homes.

Enjoy the pictures!
 There was a sailboat on the lake, we loved watching it!
 Just pretty views and sky...

 I loved seeing the cat tails by the irrigation canal leading to the lake...
Aahhh... we could have stayed here all day! It was so relaxing! The kids enjoyed swimming in the lake, even though it was cold. Every time we go there, we think, "Why don't we come here more often?!"

What about you? Is there a place you have been recently where you want to return to more often?

Matthew 13:46-48
“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.

Mark 1:15-17
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Luke 8:22-24
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.  The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
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