So Many Books, So Little Time

Right now in our homeschool, we are reading out of 6 or 7 books during our together school time where I read aloud to the oldest 6 kids.

We are reading The Basket of Flowers. It is a Lamplighter book, and these books are always so convicting because the main characters are so much more forgiving and loving than I could ever be. Maybe some day. I am being changed into His image…

We are also reading some books about the Reformation. I got interested in this subject after reading the Crown and the Covenant series. I’m reading about John Knox on my own, but I got some children’s library books about the Reformation that I’m reading aloud to the kids.

We are still keeping up with the Daily Bible. I’m so proud of us! It’s so hard to stay consistent every day doing the same thing. But we catch up if we get behind, and we’re still reading each day’s reading. We’ve made it all the way through April practically. My goal is to read it all the way through the whole year. Then we will have read through the Bible in a year. All of us!

We are also reading one of the books by Jack Deere – the one called Surprised By the Power of the Spirit. It is so refreshing to read about someone leaving the unbelief of cessationist teachings and embracing the reality of the power that God wants us to operate in today in signs and wonders, miracles and healing.

We are also reading The Great Dinosaur Mystery – Solved by Ken Ham. Patrick requested more Science and Creation teaching, and I was happy to oblige.

Anna reads Mr. Pipes Comes to America in her excellent British accent. She is on the last chapter, but we can’t seem to get it finished because of lack of time each day.

I just bought the first book of the Wilderking Trilogy which is a fantasy based on the life of David from the Bible. I want to start reading it, too, but it will have to wait.

In the middle of all this, my wonderful neighbor brought me some books she got at a conference and let me borrow them. I read the first one to myself and then started reading it to the kids the next day. It was really good. It was a novel for children about spiritual warfare, similar to Rick Joyner’s books The Final Quest, The Call, etc. They also reminded me of Frank Peretti’s books, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. The main characters were kids, but the story was good and the characters were so likable that Kelsey said she hoped the next two books would have the same characters in them. This book was so short that I was able to read it to them in two days, but, surprisingly, it was captivating even to us story snobs who want a story to last for weeks and to draw us in so that we feel like we’re living with the characters and they become part of our family. The series is called Dread Champions of the King. It is written by Frostie Hall. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants their kids to get excited about living for God and praying and really doing spiritual warfare.

Well, that’s the gist of what we’ve been reading together in our homeschool.

Oh, I found out that the book I read to the kids about Early American History written by Angela Elwell Hunt called Rehoboth was part of a series. She also wrote a book about Roanoke the Lost Colony and another one about Jamestown. So guess what? I got Roanoke from the library, and I’m going to read that one to the kids, too.

See why my unit studies last so long! We are almost to the time of the cowboys in the lapbook and now I’m going to start reading a book about Roanoke which was before Jamestown and the Pilgrims. Oh well, we’ll learn all that we need to learn. I’m not in any hurry. Thankfully, I’m on God’s timetable, not man’s.

Threatening Weather Was Just That

Wow, what scary-looking clouds we had last Saturday. I was afraid we might have a tornado after I heard the tornado siren go off. I spent most of the next hour watching the sky. We never even got much rain. Praise the Lord! He protected us from what it looked like the weather was trying to do.

And on… and on

On Friday, these hungry caterpillars ate through apples, pears, strawberries, oranges, muskmelon, and even pickles. The pickles were not on my menu (I’m not a big pickle person), but the boys must have read the book and noticed that a pickle was included in the caterpillar’s Saturday menu. Anyway… they ate through all of these foods, and guess what!!! They were still hungry!!!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Unit Goes On.. and On and On

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I have been watching Eric Carle’s videos about how he paints his pictures and other topics and checking out lots of ideas for extension activities for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I lay awake last night thinking of ways to incorporate caterpillar activities into our math. I came up with two games. One of them is for addition facts through 10. The other is for counting by 5’s and by 10’s.

One of the side benefits of constructing these games was that the twins got to work on their fine motor skills. I had them trace around circles and then cut them out for the parts of the caterpillar bodies. Emma even got to do some scissor work and tried to punch holes with the hole punch. It was hard for her, but she wanted to try. I’m going to have the twins do some hole punching tomorrow and probably some more cutting. I’m also going to have them play our new math file folder games!

Feels Good to Hear From My Daddy

This morning I heard the words “right place at the right time” just as I was waking up. Last night I prayed that God would speak to me again the way He did when we were going through our fiery trial. I used to hear phrases and songs all the time when I desperately needed to know that God was with me and that everything was going to be okay. Now we are wondering where we will move to and what will be next for us. The Lord is leading us along from one job to another, one state to another and giving us all kinds of different experiences along the way. We are being changed into His image. I know that He is taking us from glory to glory.

We always have to wait until he brings us to the next destination. Nothing has happened quickly or easily along the way. That is, until it finally breaks open. Then it happens so quickly that it leaves us breathless, trying to pack and move everything within a matter of a couple of days. We are praying that God will send us where He wants us to be. We are also praying that He will send us to the place that will be home to us – a place that we can be established and settled – soon. We only want His will. But He says to come to Him and ask for what we want, so we’re telling Him we would like to be settled soon.

I believe that His words to me this morning meant that He is listening and He has a plan and He will put us in the right place at the right time, and we just need to be patient. Got it. Okay, we’ll wait patiently and with faith and trust that our Daddy has good plans for us. Wherever He sends us next, we know it will be good, and if it’s not home, we’ll continue to wait patiently. After all, this is not really our home. We know that now.