Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
We are going to begin home schooling Sam in the fall for kindergarten. Josh and I attended a HS conference in Indy last month, and we learned so much! One thing they suggested was creating a list of goals, so on hard days you can remind yourself why you are doing this (especially when the school bus drives by:). Here is our list so far...
Why we choose to home school:
- Provide Biblical teaching and Christian environment
- Teach according to individual learning styles and talents
- Foster family relationships
- Promote community involvement
Our long-term home school goals:
- Create a love for learning
- Raise responsible, passionate, and kind citizens
- Develop Biblical character
Measure of success:
Lives of priority,
Yesterday the kids and I met at a park with the local home school group. I really enjoyed getting to know some of them. I have no doubt they will be a blessing and valuable resources for us. They meet just about every Friday of the year. During the school year they do various field trips and educational stuff and in the summer they play together. There are a few boys Sam's age and girl's Cora's age, so we should fit right in. There are also several babies in the bunch for Eli to grow with.
Last night we attended a home school graduation (Congrats Sharon!) for a different support group. We were so impressed with the seven graduates and their families. It was very obvious to me the amount of time and prayer the parents invested in the children. Its actually quite intimidating!
We are really excited to start this phase of our life, but I can't believe Sam is old enough! We thank God we are able to do this, and we pray for His wisdom in teaching, patience when its hard, and grace when we fail.
Friday, May 15, 2009
We recently had a photo session with the kids' cousin Callaway. The photographer got three shots in before Eli started crying. The first one ended up being the only good one. We tried to calm Eli down so we could take one of just our three kids, but he would have nothing to do with it. (Raleigh, do you think you could do it?:) Sam and Cora did well, and were rewarded with a trip to McD's with Nana and Aunt Lyndsey. Eli had to come home and go to bed!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
- I can ride my bike so fast on Glendale's nice flat roads, but Dad seems to be having trouble...looks like his bike seat is too small?!
- I have been playing in the mud all day, and dad doesn't care!
- The fish hatchery is cool, especially seeing a snake in the water.
- Hiking in the woods wore me out!
- I like seeing people cut up their fish, but I like touching the fish even more.
- I can't believe they let me eat as many smores as I wanted.
- Playing in the fire has to be one of the funnest things in the whole world!
- I have the BEST dad. Thanks Daddy for taking me camping. I want to be just like you when I grow up.
Monday, May 4, 2009
On pretty spring days in the country, if the fields aren’t too soggy, farmers are busy spreading manure. Around our farm, we joke about the “smell of the day”. It may be hog, turkey, cattle, or chicken depending on the wind and which farmer is busy.
Farmers don’t see manure as waste. It is a valuable by-product of livestock. Its nature’s fertilizer and it works! We can already see the darker green places in the hay field where the manure was spread last week. As we like to say, “It smells like money!” But I’d rather not smell the money (or see it) while I’m eating my lunch!
Do you think this little “Farmer in Training” would ever do this to his family?