Saturday, September 29, 2007
2 I waited, waited for the LORD; who bent down and heard my cry,
4 And put a new song in my mouth, a hymn to our God. Many shall look on in awe and they shall trust in the LORD.
5 Happy those whose trust is the LORD, who turn not to idolatry or to those who stray after falsehood.
6 How numerous, O LORD, my God, you have made your wondrous deeds! And in your plans for us there is none to equal you. Should I wish to declare or tell them, too many are they to recount.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
And tonight, I will be sure to thank God for all of the blessings in the lives of our family ... specifically our "Green Hours". We are blessed to be able to spend more than a few hours outside nearly every day --working, playing, and growing to love Him more with every glance.
Please pop over and read it ... it will make you think regardless of your age or stage of life ... and maybe will take you on a little jaunt down memory lane as well.
And tonight I will be sure to thank God for the Girlhood my 2 daughters have (and the boyhood our 4 boys have as well !), and to tell Him how precious it is indeed !!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
every morning when you get up,
that you have something to do that day which must be done.
will breed in you temperance and self-control,
diligence and strength of will,
cheerfulness and content,
and a hundred virtues which the idle never know."
DadToCherubs is STILL dieting faithfully .... and at last word was down to 206 pounds (from the original 234) !! He is still drinking ONLY water and is eating 1200-1500 calories per day ... plus he is only eating meals (no in-between snacks).
HOORAY DADTOCHERUBS !!
This morning in Florida, Howard Eskildsen saw Venus after sunrise: "The clouds over Ocala parted to reveal Venus and a deep blue sky framed by fragile fluffs of clouds," he says.
Shining at magnitude -4.5, Venus is 10 times brighter than Jupiter and 16 times brighter than Sirius--the brightest star in the heavens! And while Venus is visible in broad daylight, it is easier to find before sunrise. No sky map is necessary. Simply look east for the brilliant light.
(copied from the website and E-Newsletter from the following:)
MAXIMUM VENUS: In a celestial coincidence of eye-catching proportions, Venus (the "morning star") reaches maximum brightness on Sept. 23rd, the autumnal equinox. In short, northern fall is beginning with a bright light in the dawn sky. Venus is actually bright enough to see in broad daylight, but easier to find just before sunrise. Wake up early any morning in the week ahead and look east for the brilliant light of Venus.
Bonus: Like the Moon, Venus has phases, and at the moment the planet has assumed the form of a slender crescent. If you have a backyard telescope, take a look!
AURORA SEASON BEGINS: For reasons not fully understood, the weeks around the autumnal equinox produce, on average, more geomagnetic storms than any other time of year. Even the mildest solar wind stream brushing against Earth can ignite auroras. Earth is inside a high-speed solar wind stream this weekend and another is due on Sept. 27th or 28th. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for Northern Lights. (Tip: Local midnight is often the best time to watch.)
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday's Dinner Time .... hotdogs cooked over the fire, pickles, chips .... the children said they did not eat TOO much because they wanted to save "lots of tummy space for the S'Mores" (said by Cherub 5, of course - but everyone agreed whole-heartedly).
Sunday, September 16, 2007
They originally commissioned two boats for the journey: the Speedwell and the Mayflower. But when they set out for their journey, the Speedwell began to leak. They returned to England and tried to repair the Speedwell, but it was not fit for travel. So on this day in 1620, they set sail in the Mayflower, leaving the Speedwell behind. They were behind schedule, so the weather wasn't as good. With strong cross currents, the Mayflower averaged only two miles an hour. The passengers had to spend most of the 66-day journey below deck, away from the rain and cold.
There were no sanitary facilities, and there was little fresh water for washing. Many of the passengers became seasick. They ate cold food — cheese and fish or salted beef. They also ate a lot of something called "ship's biscuit," which was a kind of bread that had been baked three times in order to drive out all moisture. It could last for up to five years and had to be dunked in water to be eaten.
On December 21, just over three months after they left England, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, their new home. Only half the colonists and crew survived that first winter. But when the Mayflower returned to England in April 1621, none of the colonists chose to return with it. They all remained committed to building the colony they had started. An estimated 35 million people are direct descendants of those Mayflower Pilgrims.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
DadToCherubs is taking our children camping up in the mountains for 2 1/2 days and 2 nights. Yes, all by himself ! He is taking our 6 children ages 13y, 11y, 10y, 9y, 7y, and 4y CAMPING IN THE WOODS, really ! There is much talk of surviving solely on hotdogs and s'mores, with probably other junk food thrown in as well ... oh, and eggs with bacon cooked over the campfire. They are going to hike and swim, climb to the top of the water falls, scale tall trees like moneys gone wild ... and get absolutely filthy in the process. Oh, and the younger boys have informed me that they do not intend to bathe until they get home (although I highly doubt DadToCherubs will allow this, because even though he enjoys camping, he also prefers CLEAN children atleast at bedtime - HA !). The children DO want to take their Nature Journals and sketch pencils (and nature guides to look up what they have found), and of course they HAVE to take the digital camera too. Everyone here is really excited ! (and MomToCherubs began praying the moment this idea was hatched.)
DadToCherubs and the children went last evening and bought a new tent (ON END-OF-SEASON SALE which is even better!!) which is pictured above. The tent is really cool - it has curtain room dividers, sleeps 9 comfortably, and is 7'4" tall in the center .... it will be like having a COTTAGE rather than a tent. They also have a big cooler on wheels for food storage. (YEAH !!) We already have a big water cooler for drinking water, plenty of sleeping bags and flashlights, and cooking supplies that are suitable for campfire-cooking .... just add junky clothing, hiking shoes, some ratty towels ... and toys and bikes ... and a string of exterior Christmas lights for "style" of course ... and VOILA ... a vacation that will delight each child and make memories to last a lifetime. (Plus I am adding a small first aid kit, extra soap, & extra toothpaste with toothbrushes too just in case !) Today they are going to gather firewood to take with them just in case it is difficult to find near camp, and this evening they will pack and get everything ready to load into the van (after church tomorrow).
And while all of this FUN is occuring, MomToCherubs is going to be at home, working hard for 2 1/2 days ... painting the kitchen, and painting the exterior doors. We have not painted at all in this new house, and several rooms are in much-need of a fresh coat. And since we spend a lot of time in the kitchen (and because it NEEDS a fresh coat of paint the MOST), I am going to "start" there (and DadToCherubs agreed whole-heartedly on starting there, but he HATES to paint, so it is left to me. HA !!) When the going gets tough, apparently the tough go CAMPING. (hee hee hee !) I am also going to paint 2 of the Exterior doors to this house while everyone is gone as they "were" white but are stained by a few years of "Tennessee clay" dust and dirt, plus MANY handprints and paw-prints too (orange stains that refuse to come off, no matter what we use to scrub). This way, the doors can be dry and ready-for-traffic when the family returns from their adventure. Painting the exterior doors has always been a challenge as "someone" always seems to forget which door they can / can not use ... despite WET PAINT signs and strong warnings. So .... this is much simpler .... to do the most family-challenging jobs while everyone is gone.
You ask ... why combine camping and painting ?? It's quite simple, you see .... with our big family, if the kitchen is out-of-service, our lives are literally a mess for days. And exterior doors -well, above you can read how that usually works out. So, the idea is that the family will go have a fun weekend (without Mom , so the added bonus is bonding with DAD) while kitchen can be closed completely, and while the doors do not HAVE to be used ... the kitchen will get painted from top to bottom (primer, 2 coats of paint on each wall, and trim work) .... the doors will be fresh and clean AND dried complely. This will make the Painter's life (aka Mom's life) easier because there will be no one here to "need" for anyone to eat or get a drink or be IN the kitchen during the painting process, nor will anyone need to come in / out (every 5 minutes - ha !). We have learned much over the years .... normally when the kitchen is out of service (for painting) we have to either eat out 3x per day (around $100 per day probably) OR we have to stop painting and re-assemble the kitchen to eat, and then take it all apart again to keep painting (not to mention meal prep and clean up). And we have also learned that painting doors is a job best done when no one is home except the painter to prevent smudges and smears. So this time, for the rest of the family, they will not have to avoid said room (or doors) while the paint is wet (thus avoiding a stressing, and possibly grumpy-because-overtired Momma saying "don't touch the wet paint" and "don't make a mess" and such things). HA ! What a grand idea, I know. I only wish I could take the credit ... but it was DadToCherub's Grand Plan.
Please pray for DadToCherubs and the little Cherubs as they head out "to the wilderness" (complete with a bathhouse and electric plugs - HA !) ... that they remain safe and sound, and that their time together is blessed and full of love and fun ... and snacks. HA ! And also please keep me in your prayers as I scale the tall ladder with roller and brush in hand in hopes of transforming the kitchen in record time as I soooo want to me completely finished with painting and the re-assembly of the kitchen before the family returns.
UPDATE Tuesday September 18th: The kitchen painting was completed last evening. So today I will clean up the debris and reassemble the kitchen. After painting the kitchen, I am encouraged to paint the other rooms as they will look so fresh, and will look more like "our" home as we personalize it ... but, BOY OH BOY is this a big house (it was certainly a BIG kitchen !!) so it will take a while to get it all finished. The kitchen looks so nice. Bright and clean, warm and inviting. I painted the top half a warm creamy white (almost tan) called Navajho ... and the bottom of the walls are painted a dark rich brown called Buffalo, which should be very "practical" for our large family as well as looking very nice. The colors remind me of a fresh cup of coffee, before and after the cream is added. HA ! I am very pleased with the outcome .... and am looking forward to the next project (after I get some rest - did I mention that this kitchen is GIANT ?!?!)
Oh - and the front and back doors are freshly painted and should be ready for use when the family returns this afternoon. I touched up the screen doors which are black (and needed some touching up due to general wear and tear, plus lots of scratches) ... and the front and back exterior doors were white (stained orange and brown with many dings and scratches), and now are a shiny black which looks lovely with the black screen doors. The darker colored doors should (hopefully) prove to be quite a bit more serviceable than the original white.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
.... because Miss Daisy (who is EVER SO patient and tolerant) was transformed today by Cherub 5 and Cherub 6 to be the Indian Princess, POCAHONTAS, with a custom-made head-dress. They included MANY details from the story (which is quite long for this age group) - it was too amazing !! And it was also explained to me that rather than the white ceremonial turkey-feather dress, the princess was wearing a very unique GOLD dog-feather dress. (yes, they did know that dogs do not have feathers - they were trying to be consistant as they could not figure out quite how to get Daisy covered in white feathers like Pocahontas in the story - THAT could have been ugly. HA !)
I just LOVE Charlotte Mason's methods .... and this was by far my most favorite "narration" given after a book is completed.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Please pray for us and for our school year ... it is only with God's Grace and Mercy that we make it work. He has certainly blessed us beyond measure !! These milestones are important to us as we have a LONG school year ahead of us ... we will be working until the end of July this year to make up for last spring's abrupt stop (because of the fire), and we will continue to set our eyes on Him and work, work, work ... and learn, learn, learn too.
ONE MONTH OF SCHOOL IS ALREDY FINISHED !!
Cherub 5 had her first game of the Fall season today too, although it was hardly her first game. This is her 7th season I believe. (she is the little blond in the PINK SKORT with a white jersey in the photos - white socks, and black cleats with pink laces.)
Her team, the Wildcats, played VERY hard this morning .... EVERY SINGLE PLAYER gave their absolute best ... ultimately ending with a final score of 3-4 favoring the other team (they scored at nearly the very last minute, breaking the tie).
Cherub 5 can really hustle with the ball ... dribbling down the field very quickly ... zipping around opponents ... it makes most people tired just to watch her GO GO GO ! She seems to never tire, and truly has a LOVE of the game !!
Cherub 5 scored 2 solid goals for her team, and had atleast 2 others that just barely missed the goal.
At the end of the day, she played hard along with each of her team members ... and everyone learned a little ... everyone showed GREAT sportsmanship ... and (most improtantly) had A LOT of fun !!
HOORAY CHERUB 5 !!! And HOORAY Wildcats !!
(That's him in the RED socks.)
He was soooo nervous ... and extremely excited.
And at the end of the day he played with honor and good sportsmanship ... he played hard and never gave up putting forth his BEST effort .... and ....
He scored 3 goals ... and has another 2 shots where he was just a little too far, so it rolled past (touching the post nearly) instead of INTO the goal.
HOORAY CHERUB 6 !!!!!
And HOORAY LIONS - we won with a score of 9-4 !!!
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
We are honored to have received the Blogger Reflection Award. And now, according to instructions AND to careful consideration …. We, now, award this Blogger Reflection Award to the following:
1.) MamaLion at http://shadybrookacres.blogspot.com/
As we have learned much from her blog through the years – her reflective style and willingness to share is amazing. We enjoy seeing this family’s dedication to finding and walking “the old paths” as God instructed.
2.) To Mama Squirrel at http://deweystreehouse.blogspot.com/
As she is most willing to assist other homeschoolers and to share experience both in family life and with regard to schooling.
3.) To Harmony Of Art Mom at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/HarmonyArtMom
As we are inspired by her creativity and we are inspired to “create” more here at Beck’s Bounty.
4.) To Kris Correira at http://cmlivingscience.blogspot.com/
For her dedication to CM Style learning with her MOST INFORMATIVE (and interesting !) Living Science blog.
5.) And lastly to Lindafay of http://higherupandfurtherin.blogspot.com/
From which we have learned SO much since finding her blog, and OH the variety of posts is just amazing.
We have, by the way, never "met" such extreme Lord Of The Rings fans as these – very interesting. Anyway, be sure to check out the history of this award here (and instructions for recipients):
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
I still cannot believe Cherub 1 and Cherub 3 rode this CRAZY ride - my tummy knots just thinking about riding it. YIKES !!
Cherub 1 and Cherub 2 apparently rode the SKAT 2 times in a row ... I am amazed they were not ill afterwards. HA !
Cherub 5 and Cherub 6 went up to on the Big Slide ... Cherub 5 KINDLY helped Cherub 6 get settled and take off, before speeding down the slide herself. Now, THAT'S PROGRESS !!