What A Weekend!!!

We survived an earthquake last week and Hurricane Irene this weekend…hopefully there will be no more natural disasters in the near future!  We lost power on Saturday and got it back around 8:00 Monday night.  We had a wonderful (impromptu) cookout with our neighbors, played Trouble with the kids, read books together, and even went to church and heard our new pastor preach.  It’s funny how families and neighbors seem to have so much more time to spend together when there is no TV, internet, video games, laundry to do, etc.  Even though we were uncomfortable at times, maybe it was a blessing in disguise.  After finally seeing the news today, I am feeling very blessed that all we lost was our electricity.  Thank you God for keeping everyone safe! 

So, since we still didn’t have power on Monday, I took the kids to the library on Monday and we used a meeting room to “have school” (it was soooo nice to have lights and A/C).  The boys did ok, although we all felt a little bit out of sorts.  Luckily, on Tuesday we were able to have school time in the comfort of our own home. 

We have continued to learn about geography (latitude, longitude, names of the oceans, mapping skills, etc.), finished our worm experiment (luckily they survived the heat), started learning about trees, and much more!   As we learned about trees today, I read the kids the following verses:

Jeremiah 17:5-8

 5This is what the LORD says:

   “Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
   who draws strength from mere flesh
   and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
   they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
   in a salt land where no one lives.

 7But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
   whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
   that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
   its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
   and never fails to bear fruit.”

We talked about how some trees fell during the hurricane because they didn’t have deep, strong roots.  I explained that we need to have “strong roots” in Christ so we can weather the storms of life.  We also talked about how branches and leaves will die once they are broken off of the trunk and related that to Jesus is our vine and we are the branches.  Pretty deep stuff!  I’m never really sure how much the kids understand, but I just have to have faith that God will help them learn/comprehend what He needs them to.

Verse of the Day:  I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2

Enjoy the pictures (some of them were taken on my Blackberry during the storm and its aftermath):

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Unexpected Encouragement:

I recieved a wonderful e-mail today from a minstry called “Above Rubies”. 

I hope it blesses you as much as it did me!

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Dear Amy, Always wearing a smile,

May God’s blessings be poured out upon you today as you train and nurture your children, Brendan and Ryan.

Isn’t it wonderful that this is a new day? Isn’t God so good to give us a fresh new day every morning? Yesterday is gone. Maybe everything went wrong. Forget it. God erases and forgets everything that we confess to Him. Once it is under the blood of Jesus, it is forgotten. Today is a new day. It is a new day to put your trust in the Lord and look to Him rather than all the things that overwhelm you.

It is a new day for you to train and nurture your children for the destiny that God has planned for them. Don’t focus on all you have to accomplish. Instead, keep your eyes upon the Lord. He is your Sufficiency. He is your Strength. He is your Rock. He is the God who is Enough.

He is the One who has given you this mighty task of training your children for His glory. Because He has given you this mandate, He will help you carry it out. You don’t have to do it on your own. He wants to work with you if you will let Him.

God has promised us in Psalm 55:22 that if we release the weight of our burden on to the Lord that He will take it and He will sustain us. Isn’t that a wonderful promise? So don’t keep carrying the entire burden yourself. Cast it upon the Lord.

Yes, I will admit that God has given you a big undertaking in motherhood. In fact, it is such an important assignment that it takes every effort of your being – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It is the greatest calling in the nation. You are training God’s task force. You are training the generation that could usher in the coming of the Lord. It’s a huge task, but you have a powerful God behind you. With God you can do things that are bigger than you. God told the children of Israel to go into the Promised Land and drive out the nations that were “greater and mightier” than them. He gave them a job that was bigger than them, but He knew that they could do it, because He was with them. Dear mother, do you feel that this job of motherhood is too much for you?

 

Remember that with God you can do things that are

bigger and mightier than you!

Deuteronomy 4:38; 9:1; 11:23; John 15:5; Philippians 4:13

Keep up the great work. You have the greatest career in the country. The destiny of this nation will be affected by the polished and sharpened “arrows” that will come out of your home!

May God’s richest blessings be poured upon you and your husband. May your heart be lifted up to behold the beauty of the Lord rather than the negatives that are all around you; may your confidence be in the cleansing and protecting power of the blood of Jesus; and may you be constantly brimming over with gratefulness and thanks to the Lord for all His mercies and goodness.

Never give up! Remember, “The hope that you have in our Lord Jesus Christ means SHEER DOGGED ENDURANCE in the life that you live before God.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3, J.B. Phillips).

Have a wonderful day as you mother your precious children.

Love from,

NANCY CAMPBELL, Above Rubies

www.aboverubies.org

Fantastic First Week!

Our first week of home school went better than I could’ve ever hoped for!  I can’t believe how many things we have learned already.  Here are the highlights from today:

– read about Christianity in Window on the World

drew maps of the boys’ bedrooms

learned about map scales (and completed a worksheet for practice)

-started on our Geography vocabulary cards

-observed and drew observations from the worm experiment

-completed a few workboxes to include writing, math, and even a little surprise from mom 🙂

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Two extra special things that happened:

1-  I asked if anyone wanted to start our prayer this morning.  Brendan volunteered and thanked God that I was teaching them at home…WOW!!!

2-  Ryan wrote me a sweet thank you note on a Post-It and handed it to me when he finished his work.

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I am blessed beyond belief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Verse of the day: 

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10

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Diggin’ In The Dirt!

Today was our best day yet…I think we’re starting to get into a groove.  It also may have helped that we started a little later, so mom had more sleep :)!  I asked Brendan and Ryan some questions about the God Speaks Numanggang to see how much they remembered from the story and we reviewed our Bible verse for the week (John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life).  This week’s verse is EASY since they’ve heard it their whole lives and it’s the key verse for AWANA at church.

For Geography, we learned a fun song that helps us to remember the names of the continents.  It’s a little “cheesy”, but IT WORKED!!!  We also learned more about the equator and the northern/southern hemispheres.  The kids had to label and color a map as one of their activities.

Then, came the best part of the day…We got to go outside and dig in the dirt looking for earthworms!  Brendan and Ryan had a blast!  I was getting worried during the first ten minutes or so.  We were digging and digging and there were NO earthworms to be found!  We actually had prayed that we would find worms during Bible time, and guess what?  God answered our prayers!  The boys thought that was funny, but God cares about every little part of our lives and will help us when we ask Him.  The purpose of collecting worms is to conduct a science experiment to help us learn how animals have niches within their own habitat.  Hopefully ;), the worms will mix the different layers (dirt, sand , and oats) to show their role in the environment.  The boys have to observe and draw any changes over the next few days.  For now, our worms are living up on the kids’ desks with their jars wrapped in black poster board to “make them feel at home” in the dark.

Verse of the day:

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yoursMark 11:24

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Day 3 in ECC:

Starting next week I plan on posting “Wordless Wednesdays”, but today I want to share a few things that we learned.  We read a book called God Speaks Numanggang which told the story of a missionary family that lived overseas for 30 years translating the Bible into the Numanggang language.  We talked about how blessed we are in America to have so many Bibles available in English!  Brendan read a few pages from the Maps and Globes book and we reviewed the compass rose.  We headed outside for Science and had to make observations about our “backyard habitat”.  I had to prompt the kids a few times to really stop, look, and listen to the nature around them (they are used to seeing things on a screen – LOL).  I think it’ll get better with practice.   We went on a scavenger hunt around the yard and found some cool things like spiders, mosquito larvea in the bird bath, moth wings, etc.  It was amazing how many discoveries we could make in our own small back yard.  God is awesome!  After a quick snack,  the kids worked through their workboxes and we were done before 12:00!

Verse of the day:

Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.  Proverbs 16:3

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