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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