Monday, September 29, 2008

Apples, Snakes, and Virgina all in a day!

From the zoo 3 of ours with some friends trying to blend in with the Zebras

The A a apple cake (I love edible lessons!)

Brownie and Misty -- I think -- the kids will correct me I'm sure on a roosting box

Look at my wings I want to fly!

Mol Moo these are for YOU!

Sometimes when I feel like we have gotten NOTHING done I just look back over our day and think actually....

We made apple cake and looked at the stars inside apples for our hands on phonics lesson today (I love the edible lessons!) and bless his heart Z is eager to learn whenever there are little moments!

Our science was learning about reptiles and yes today was my favorite (please hear the sarcasm in my typing) Snakes! the 3 main kinds - constrictors, venomous and the most common "good" ones called colubrids -- well the kids enjoyed it and learned they found a 49ft 992 pound snake in Asia!!!! glad we don't live there!!!

Virginia was an English colony in America started in 1607 with Jamestown I could go on but I am sure you didn't want to read a history lesson today :)

The girls were a huge blessing to me: today after school I fell into the chair to sit for a bit they quietly whispered "Let's clean the kitchen and make dinner for mom!" I just smiled overhearing plans for Macaroni and cheese! It was great -- why is it always better when someone else makes it? I am so thankful for all of the children's willingness to pull together and help. Ok now don't even begin to think there aren't squabbles -- I am pondering the good parts of our day :)

Our Bible verse today was James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, As we are working our way through memorizing the book of James what a constant reminder of what WE need to DO (or NOT DO!)

We saw God's hand in nature as a sudden rain storm popped up this afternoon with hail the size of large marbles!!! G was stuck in the chicken coop! He had run out to make sure they were all in (2 must have hid in the woods) but then it was raining so hard he just stayed out there! It blew over pretty quickly and he came in with the first egg "fatality" He thinks one of the chickens had tried to lay and egg on the roosting bar instead of in the box -- well the drop from the bar to the floor is about 3 feet -- needless to say the egg didn't make it. Hopefully the eggs will get stronger! or their will get smarter and lay in the boxes!!!

Enough for today -- Lord willing there will be tomorrow to do it all again!


Quak flock Mama

Saturday, September 27, 2008

seven ducks all in a row...

Seven little ducks all in a row pretty much never happens, unless Grandma K is here with her camera! We couldn't resist the header photo since it had 7 ducks and all :)

We are looking forward to keeping you updated on our "flock" via this blog-- we are well into our school year and its going well. Fun having 3 friends join us 4 days a week in our "one room school house"! Z is loving K and the others are doing very well in their studies too! We had a big science day again Friday, the little two boys had a science class this morning, then piano lessons, then a class at the conservation center about reptiles-- who doesn't love catching frogs??? We ended the day with PE -- a night of soccer: Mom and G play on the adult field (with some very talented players!) and the little 4 on the kids field at a friends house. Dad just cheers us all on! And just to keep us from feeling like we did school ALL day Z was playing in the creek and thought he should see if an old can had anything in it... then screaming, and running, and blood dripping down his fingers he made it to the house... he's OK but a nice slice on his thumb will remind him not to try that again! :( Dad rigged up a butterfly bandage to make it all better! (and no I didn't pass out, Dad did get home soon after it happened and I was glad to pass him off!)

Saturday we enjoyed an all day trip with our friends to experience school hands on: Huge Indian Mounds and then the zoo which is always a hit. We got lots of exercise to say the least! but it was a beautiful day around 80 and sunny.

PRAYER UPDATES: For those of you who have been praying with us for Gr Q, she is returned home Friday, PRAISE GOD! Her next chemo will be a week from Monday.
And for Lisa -- keep praying God will bring his miraculous healing. She will be leaving for intensive treatment one week from Sunday, being gone at least 3 weeks. Pray for all the details and funds to get worked out quickly!
May you have a blessed Sunday!
Quak Flock Mama

Our Bible verse:
James 1:2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does

Thursday, September 25, 2008

in our yard... the chicken came first!

After months of tenderly caring for our flock of chickens (aka pest control) we have our first eggs!!! The children's excitement in collecting the whole ONE egg is fun to watch :) Today we actually had 2! They have seen the chicken actually lay the egg twice -- to their great delight picking up the "fresh" warm egg is a thrilling reward for parenting them all these months.

The boys have decided that we should give our first fruits -- I mean eggs, to God -- they decided giving them to Pastor would be a good way to give them back to God. Maybe we'll even have a dozen by Sunday.

Next time you eat your eggs enjoy!


The Mama of Quak flock