When I started this blog, it was sort of a way to record inspiring quotes and pictures and if someone happened along to see it, that it might be a breath of fresh air to their soul.
I've also had a few other websites going on different themes. But it all boils down to seeking to follow God's blueprint. For life.
So, without further adieu, I am in the process of transitioning to my new website, Blueprint Living, and will be blogging there from here on out.
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to see you over at the Blueprint Living page!
The other day I was doing my hand strengthening and wrist bone building exercises.
And by doing my exercises I mean that I was making bread with my toddler.
It struck me. What if instead of teaching physical education as sports or exercises, just for the sake of being active and having fun, we taught the connection between purposeful movement and health?
What if we taught our children how to make bread ... as exercise?
This week we have been studying the Israelites and the Sanctuary. Our nature lesson to go along with our Bible study is about flowers.
One of our assignments was to dissect a flower. I think I was more excited about this than the kids. But once we got started, the excitement spread. My are flowers gorgeous ... even on the inside!
We started by dissecting a morning glory. With a paring knife we carefully sliced through the middle of the calyx to see inside the ovary. Then using our pocket microscope we were able to see the dew-like pollen-producing glands of the stamen. Talk about wow!
My son was also excited to see that deep down in the ovary of the flower there were orange spots. His favorite color.
Doesn’t God just know how to make us smile?
A few months ago, I had the privilege of attending the Teach Them Diligently homeschool convention in Nashville, TN. It was my first time to go, and although I wasn’t able to go to many of the seminars, it was still a valuable learning experience.
The main thing that was impressed upon my mind was that it is our job as parents to not just focus on teaching our children facts, figures, and how to be successful in this world. But to be independent thinkers who know what they believe and why they believe it.
Adults who can stand on their own two feet to support themselves while helping others along the way.
This spring was full of joyful anticipation as our family has had the amazing privilege to watch a family of Eastern Phoebe birds be raised and launched. It's incredible how quickly baby birds grow up. In just a couple of short weeks, they went from teensy eggs to flying Phoebes.
But the greatest surprise came just a few days after Mother's Day.
I don’t get out much. Our family has one vehicle, and when my husband works the kids and I stay home. When we do get out, it’s usually to run to the grocery store. It seems that the most interesting things happen at the grocery store, perhaps because that’s mainly where we go. This outing was no exception.
One thing we are working on as a family is having more of a servant’s spirit. Service projects are a good way to keep that thought in the forefront of our minds. Of course I really wanted to stick with our outdoor nature theme even in the service opportunities. These are a few things we have done or plan to do in the future.
Where I grew up, it felt like I was way out in the country with all the privacy in the world. I grew up on a farm, which over time became surrounded by suburbia. Although it felt very safe and isolated on our homestead, I realize now that I was really in town but with the impression of being in the country.
Fast forward to young adult life. After living in college dorms followed by apartments, I couldn’t wait to have a house and yard again. I took for granted how blessed I was to have had such a nature-based upbringing.