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*Chinese Noah*

January 23, 2012


This morning in our Bible study we confined on in our Bible study, in the chapter all about Noah.  After the tower of Babel incident and all the peoples scattered to different corners of the earth, the people who spoke Chinese were trying to come up with their alphabet.  Imagine not knowing how ti write or really knowing what sounds could go with which shapes.  An ancient Chinese man invented some symbols to help yell the story of Noah.   The first image on the left, is vessel, or container.  The middle symbol is eight….(eight people on the ark).  The last symbol is for mouth.  In most cultures the word mouth represents a person (like 8 mouths to feed).  This man put all the symbols together … BOAT!   BIG boat.  The the biggest boat he knew of.   Cool, right?


*Happy New Year *

December 31, 2011


Having with photo editing.   We are going to the beach to ring in the new year!   Have a glorious one!

Long time

November 19, 2011





O don’t think anyone still comes here to check up on us.   It’s been over a year.  We’ve moved back to America and have been waiting out THIS year for my hubby to finish a year long tour in Korea.  I will write more about some interesting things we’ve done in homeschooling these last months and months , but for now I’ll leave ya with a couple cool pictures of our day playing hooky yesterday, at the beach. 

~St. Patrick~

March 17, 2010

Today we listened to a little story about St. Patrick , patron  St. of  Eire (Ireland), on a free mp3 online.   

The kids are also doing a little copywork today, Irish style:

~May the road rise up to meet you.   May the wind always be at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.  – Irish blessing ~  

I love that quote… on my trip to Ireland with my hubby  we found a bunch of little encouraging cards you could purchase at touristy type places along the road.  I had to get a few. 


I think today we will also take our nature walk, and look for 4 leaf clovers.  I know they’re here!  My neighbor here in Germany gave me TWO for my birthday one year!   Happy St. Patricks Day!

~Living Math~

March 11, 2010

ooooooooooo… so scary.  to me at least.  those two words.  Living Math.  oooooooooooooo

so my kids have been successfully homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason Method.  i mean they’ve really changed a lot during the 8mths we’ve been doing things this way.  i love it, they love it, we’re all learning things T O G E T H E R which is so fun and sort of a first in our homeschooling career. 

so Charlotte Mason advocates using Living Books to teach your children, not Textbooks.  I’m still learning all about this style of homeschooling but what i’ve learned so far i think is so awsome.  its better explained HERE and HERE

well during all my studying and reading up, and then buying the 6 volumes myself , last summer, i read about Living Math.  i was way too freaked out to want to try it with my kids.  i’m HORRIBLE at math… really really bad.  that’s probably the only subject i worry that my kids wont get and then wont graduate, and just be failures , utter failures in life!!  aaaaaaaaack!  anyway, i recently found THIS POST about Living Math, and well my mind is slowly changing that it is possible for us to incorporate Living Math into our lives! 

i really do want it to be fun for these precious kiddies of mine, not humdrum, boring, or a pain, or a cause of stress and tears.  i don’t want them to hate it like i hated it in school.   soooooooooo…. believe it or not i found a used copy of the book talked about in the above post…. Family Math 

i’ve seen more than one homeschooling momma talk about this book, and i found this book at the used book store right after reading the post that was changing my mind…. i had to get it.  it was meant to be.  i cracked open the book and made up a few games right away…. AND i was green about it,  we didnt have any cardstock to print the games out on and so i printed them out on paper and glued them to cereal boxes…. yay for recyling. 


then i went through ALL of our homeschooling supplies and made up a basket of all of our math supplies for games:

we will continue to explore all the things listed in that living math post, all the blogs, books, and tools.  and continue to have fun with that book!  i’m not as scared anymore about this Living Math stuff.  how about you?

~ Happy Valentines Day ~

February 14, 2010

this is what the kiddies worked on yesterday, and how they decorate… well, it’s how smiley and I decorated.   🙂  but all the ideas were papi’s.

this little boy is working HARD … can you tell?  he actually does a really great job using scissors already, for only 3!

i like to celebrate these holidays with my children…. they make it special, and fun.  they always have the best ideas, and USUALLY follow through with them.  i guess we need to work on that a bit.  🙂 

 art 146 (450 x 600)


i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)

by E. E. Cummings


i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you


here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart


i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

~ UP ~

February 10, 2010

in case you havn’t already seen this movie, OR bought the movie, maybe this really fun and well done video will entice you.  this is one of my favorite kids movies!  🙂