Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
As you can see from this picture, the jugs aren't small! There were six gallon-size jugs. Three were almost full, one half full, and the other two almost empty, but even the almost empty yellow filled four of the paint cups you see Steven stacking and the almost empty red filling just over one cup! MORE than enough to last us for at least a little while!
Steven had a great time stacking the cups once they were filled. He LOVES to stack!
Isn't he cute? Anyway, because we didn't have to buy paints, we got to purchase everything else on our list plus a couple of extra things. God is SOOOO good to provide for even the simple little things like paints! Isn't it fun to serve our God?
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
In Bible this week we are reading the story of Joseph - such a challenge to remember that the Lord is using us even when our circumstances stink! We're also learning Joshua 1:9, which reads, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!" This week we also learned about the Safwa people who do not have a Bible in their own language, and the Steing poeple of Vietnam who need better nutrition, orphanages, and education opportunities. Both girls love learning about people groups and missions, but Olivia especially is drawn to people of other cultures and their needs. Angela is becoming a little homefront prayer warrior, especially praying for those close to her.
Olivia's favorite subject seems to be history. She enjoys and excells in all of her subjects, but she is drawn to history. I think it goes along with her love for people - she really wants to know the stories and details about people. This week we've been learning about the building of the Great Wall of China, and we've been reading the fictional story of a little Chinese boy named Little Pear. Olivia has completed all of her first grade readers, so we've selected some age-appopriate readers based on historical figures. Earlier in the week she read about Christopher Columbus and now she is reading about Rene Descartes' problem with messiness! (Okay, so maybe he wasn't really messy, but it's a fun way to imagine his process of popularizing the Cartesian Coordinate System, and it does show how practical the system can be.)
Angela's favorite subject seems to be science. Both girls loved our last unit on space, and now that we are digging into electricity, they are seeking out all of the ins and outs of electricity that four and six year old minds can grasp! Our experiments have involved magnets, most recently extending into how magnets and electricity can work together. Today we talked about the process by which electricity helps us use our telephones, receive tv signals, and receive power in our homes. Angie delights in science experiments and readily absorbs the scientific information she receives.
Steven's favorite subject is chaos! :-) Today he decided to distribute the cards of a matching game across the living room floor to add a touch of challenge to the game! My goal is to create an actvitiy station for him, striving to divert some of that energy into more productivity and less destruction. You can pray for me in that area!
So, there you are - just a little glimpse into our day and week. Nice and normal! I love it! :-)
Monday, February 25, 2008
Oh - and just to get a little chuckle out of a few of you - Doug preached from behind a clear pulpit this weekend!!!!! :)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Yesterday we were able to enjoy something we hadn't enjoyed for a while - a sunshiny day with enough warmth for outdoor play! When it has been warm enough to be outside, it's been too wet. When it's been dry, it's been frigid! Not exactly the typical Southern winter we're used to! The yard is still too soggy to get to really run around in it, but that didn't stop us. Doug made a quick run to the store before work and surprised us with a couple of brand new tubs of sidewalk chalk! So, we took the chalk and some bubbles out to the back patio and just soaked up that sunshine!
Here are a few more snapshots from recent weeks...
The kids got season one of The Muppet Show from their grandparents for Christmas, and that is their favorite evening viewing pleasure these days. So, one or two nights a week, we gather on the futon couch for an episode of "show," as Steven calls it.