Monday, March 28, 2011

Does Jesus Care?

These last few months, my heart has been burden for so many loved ones that are hurting.  I have to admit that I have asked my Lord why.  I may never understand why He has allowed some things to happen, but in the midst of it all, I know He cares.  He promises that

 "I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." Joshua 1:5

Does Jesus Care?  By Graeff & Hall

Does Jesus Care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth and song; 
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried, and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief I find no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said “good-bye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks
Is it aught to Him? Does He See?

O Yes! He cares; I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary,
The long nights dreary,

I know my savior cares.

Friday, March 11, 2011


I started studying the book of Proverbs last week ~ with the help of J. Vernon McGee.  It has been such a wonderful blessing.

Today, I came across Prov. 4:5-6 "Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep the."

McGee: "Notice that he says that wisdom will 'preserve' and 'keep' the young man.
       The great difference in contemporary educators is pinpointd in this verse.  Do they love wisdom?  In other words, do they love the Word of God?  It was Pascal who said that human knowledge must be understood to be loved.  But devine knowledge must be loved to be understood.  So if you are going to understand the Word of God, you must bring to it love and a mind that is willing to be taught.  Then the spirit of God can open up the great truths to you.  How important it is to see this.  He says, 'love her, and she shall keep thee.' "

What a wonderful truth!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cool Co-op

Today's co-op was exciting!  The kids learned about x-rays & bones, as well as kaleidoscopes.

The kids put together a "skeleton person" using x-rays.

 Making kaleidoscopes. 

This was a great way to learn the physics of how a kaleidoscopes works.

Collin on left.
Mrs. Julie had the kids play a diversio'n (Spanish word for fun) game in Spanish.  
Clothes - Spanish Word Relay.
They picked a card with an article of clothing on it ~ in Spanish word.  
Then they had to find that item in the bag & race back to put it on the "mannequin model".

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Making T-Shirts ~ Field Trip

Our homeschool support group had another field trip in March.  Amy's, a friend of mine, parents own a printing company.  They invited us to watch how shirts were printed.  Amy's sister designed a shirt just for us.

Mrs. Taylor showing us the velum that the design is printed on first.

Then they burn it on a screen like the one she is holding.

Faith waiting to start her shirt.

Faith pulling the brush over the ink.

Faith catching her shirt after it has been sent through the dryer.

Will brushing his design onto the shirt.

Will's shirt, right of the press.

Collin making his shirt.

Collin putting his shirt into the dryer.
Our group with their amazing t-shirts.  
Thank you Taylor family!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Girl's Day Out

This past Saturday, Tony took the boys to a Gun & Knife show.  So Faith & I decided we would have a girl's day out.  We went to our favorite place for our "Girl's Tea".  We had a lot of fun.

Faith had some money that she had earned & she wanted to buy some things.  We went to her favorite store & she bought a charm bracelet & a bubblegum machine charm to go on it.  Then we went to World Market so she could buy some candy & she bought the boys some too ~ with her money.  Things like that is what brings a smile to a mama's face.

She had been talking about wanting to get her hair cut for some time now.  She wanted it really short, so we compromised & had it cut at shoulder length.

This kid's salon opened last week in our area.  
It is really a fun place for the kids & moms too. 


This is the first time that Faith had her hair washed at a salon.
She wants us to put in a new sink at our house like this one.

Since it just opened, we got a good price & Faith's nails painted for free.

After Faith's salon visit, we went to another local, favorite restaurant for dessert.

They have an arcade in a side room.  Faith enjoyed playing games & riding the carousel.

The boys had a great day with Daddy & we had a great time on our Girl's Day Out!
I love being with all of my family, but it is nice to have one-on-one time from time-to-time.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Field Trip to a Bee Farm

We are members of a great homeschool support group.  A least once a month there is a field trip available.  One of March's field trip was to a bee farm. (and a petting farm) The farm is family owed & very nice. 

We enjoyed a picnic before we began.  We were able to ride with our friends Jacob & Mrs. Karen.

A sign was posted stating: "Whistle loud to make the turkeys gobble."  
The kids had a great time making the turkeys gobble.  

One of my favorite animals were the Wallabies. 
There were quite a few joeys that stole my heart. 

We were able to feed the lemurs.  They had such soft hands.
We thought that they would have claws by the looks of their
hands, but they did not. This was the kids favorite animal.

A Prairie Dog sitting on their hotel.

We had a fun lesson about honey bees.  
Did you know:
  • That a queen bee only mates once in her life time.
  • She lays about 2,000 eggs a day. 
  • After a drone (male bee) mates, he dies.
  • There are only about 10% drones in a hive.  
  • The drones do not do any work in or for the hive.
  • At the end of the season (around Sept.) the worker bees will break off the drones wings & kick them out of the hive. The drone will then die.
I guess their philosophy is, you don't work, you don't eat/live.

This Bee Farm has about 130 hives.  There is only one hive in the classroom.  
They marked the queen bee with white paint.  The kids had fun trying to find her.
The kids were hoping to dress in a bee keeper's suit & look at the regular hives.  
I'm sure for safety reasons, they do not let the kids near the other hives.

We were able to pour our own "bear" jar of honey.

The kids also made a bee wax mold.  Collin is making a Nascar mold.

Their old bee hive boxes turned into Beeville.

Will feeding a deer.

Check out this video.  This monkey was sooo funny.  
You put the monkey food in the bucket & the monkey 
pulls it to himself.  We loved it!

Jacob, Faith, Collin & Will with their honey bears.

We had to take & post this picture in honor of Daddy.  
Not because we think he's is a toad, but because he plays an amazing trumpet. 
Hee! Hee!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Library Homeschool Classes

We have got the best library around.  The staff is very knowledgeable, friendly & loves homeschoolers.

They have homeschool classes every other  week.

The 1st class if a photography class.

They learned about "old cameras" that used film, as well as how to take great pictures.

The highlight was painting a picture frame for their awesome pictures that they would soon be shooting. 

2 weeks later they had a drama class.  They participate in drama games to help them learn the art of acting.

:Getting to know you:

Pretend to be walking in a strong wind storm.

:Strike a pose & hold it:

Our 3rd homeschool class was Puppet Pizazz. 

 This was the favorite puppet.

What a treat to see what goes on behind the puppet stage.  
As a rule, they don't let the kids see how the puppets are operated. 

Faith helping the teacher do shadow puppets.

:Puppetier ~ Collin:

:Puppetier ~ Will:

:Learning how to work the puppets:

:Getting ready to perform:

:Their great performance: