A Heavy Load:

This morning we learned how the Egyptians moved heavy stone blocks (about 2 1/2 tons each) by making our own lever and friction-reducing roller systems.  Both experiments worked well and helped us to understand how the pyramids were built wthout modern equipment.

This got me thinking about heavy burdens.

As a homeschooling mom of two boys, I sometimes wonder if the kids are really learning what they need to (a drop of self-doubt).  I get frustrated when they rush through their work or don’t complete their assignments the way that I would (a drop of dissatisfaction).  I get grumpy when I feel like they don’t listen and are wiggling in their seats while I teach (a drop of anger).  Sometimes I feel like nobody appreciates all of the hours of preparation and work that I put into my lessons (a drop of self-pity)…some days my burden feels heavy.  All of these “drops” can add up to a heavy load.  I get discouraged and begin to feel sorry for myself.  Then I remember that I am not in this alone…

This journey of bringing our children home to learn was not my plan, but God’s – it’s not about me.  And although it’s not about me at all, I know that God is using this season in my life to teach me many lessons.  I am learning to lean on Him for strength and companionship.  I am learning that He can do great things through His children.  I am learning to love, even when it’s not easy.

When the burden gets too heavy to bear, remember that your Father in heaven knows how you feel and He is always there for you!  Get into His word, turn on some praise music, pray and share your heart with Him, call a friend, watch a sunset, hug your children, just look around…God shows us His love everyday and in many ways!  Remember, if God called you to it, He will get you through it :)!

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  Matthew 11: 28-30

Time for some “real” paperwork:

Just so nobody worries, we are still plugging along with our studies and are not just taking field trips – LOL!  In science, we are conducting an experiment to learn about the effects of bacteria and mold related to how dead bodies decay.  We took three pieces of bread: one regular, one toasted, and one covered with antibiotic cream and will wait to see which one becomes moldy first.  We learned about how the Egyptians prepared their dead for burial including how they removed the organs (except for the heart) and put them in canopic jars for safekeeping for the afterlife.   Did you know that they removed the brain by putting a long hook up through the person’s nose???  Yuck!  We are also learning about the mummification process and how pyramids were built. For practice, Brendan and Ryan built pyramids using sugar cubes and cardstock. Our Greek word this week is tele, which means far away and/or distant.  We are still memorizing the books of the Old Testament are now up to Nahum.  We continue to enjoy The Tanglewood’s Secret and they kids like it so much that they often want me to read even more than is assigned :).  This afternoon we are going to guitar lessons to make up the class that we missed while on vacation…busy, busy, busy!!!

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Another Field Trip Day!

I signed up a few weeks ago for a field trip at the Maymont Mansion.  I grew up in Richmond and went to Maymont often as a child, but had never been inside the mansion until today and it is beautiful inside!  Our tour guide was very informative and the boys had fun seeing how the Dooley’s lived in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  We were not allowed to take pictures inside, but the boys found an awesome old tree to climb…it was HUGE!!!

Last night my mom told me about this great movie that she and my dad saw last weekend called “Last Ounce of Courage”.  I had a free movie ticket that was going to expire on the 30th and after talking to my mom (and feeling a little “nudge” from God :)), felt like it would be beneficial for us to see (sometimes life lessons are more important than spelling tests.) It was FANTASTIC!  It was never advertised and is only in the theaters until tomorrow, so I am very glad that we had a chance to see it!  The focus of the movie is how we as Christians need to stand up for our rights and beliefs.  We need be strong and fight for what we believe in and teach our kids to do the same.  It was very inspiring and I think that it really touched the boys (I, of course cried like a baby – LOL).  Everybody needs to see it when it comes out on DVD!

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The rest of our PA trip…condensed:

OK, the rest of our vacation included learning to twist our own pretzels, sampling some great foods, fishing, Hershey Chocolate World, and The Amish Experience.  Justin and Ryan went to Hersheypark to ride rollercoasters on Saturday, while Brendan and I enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at the campground.  Thank you Father for a safe trip, time to spend together as a family, beautiful weather and sights, and for the fun memories!!!

(1 Corinthians 2:9) Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.

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Day Two:

We started off our day by stopping by the Mars/Dove factory to see if they gave free tours…no such luck (hey, it was worth a shot).  Next, we were off to visit the Mennonite Information Center and Biblical Tabernacle.  It was sooo cool to go inside an exact replica of the tabernacle and learn more about the details.  No pictures were allowed inside.  The boys listened attentively (for the most part – LOL) and I hope that they’ll remember some of what they learned when we study the tabernacle later this year.  We were excited to find “real” shofars in the gift shop…too bad they were over $200 each!  We had a picnic lunch and decided to try a farm tour after seeing a brochure about it.  It was called Farmland Fun at Verdant View (http://www.farmlandfun.com/) and it ended up being everybody’s FAVORITE activity that we did all week :)!  The boys got to catch chickens in the chicken coop (HILARIOUS), pet goats and sheep, play with “Scooby” the farm owner’s dog, milk a cow, feed calves their dinner, go on a wagon ride, swing on a tree swing, play with kittens, and learn the ins and outs of a dairy farm.  It was AWESOME!!!

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