Saturday, June 28, 2008
I also chose to make a play on words here:
Last but not least, I chose my daughter's beautiful smile:
Thanks for looking.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The author, Arthur A. Just Jr., has done well to keep the book easy to read and understand for those who sit in the pew and did not attend "seminary" classes. I'm only into the first 18 pages but I feel this book is worth the reading. In the introduction, he hit the nail on the head - living in a world that has forgotten the story - the story of redemption. "HIS-tory" - God's story as revealed to us through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Another thing I appreciate about this book is how it ties you back to the Old Testament. There is so much there in the Jewish culture that helps us understand worshiping God. I happen to be one who loves the symbolism found in the Old Testament, the foreshadowing, the "types" that point us to Christ.
This is so far a good read!
Monday, June 23, 2008
I've been out walking and admiring the things of beauty around us. The earth is just blooming, shouting new birth - winter is over. This is a wonderful time of year to get outside, watch things bloom and grow, plant our vegetable garden and sit in awe of our creator. Most of these photos were from a little flower garden we have in our side yard at the parsonage. I couldn't help but be reminded of some of our great hymns that help us sing of God's praise over his creation. For instance, Earth and All Stars, LSB (817) further hymn study would be LSB 803, 790, 812, and 811 are just a few.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
My children are such a blessing in my life. They are not ordinary, they are EXTRAORDINARY gifts from God, becoming the EXTRAORDINARY people God intends for them to be-they are UNIQUE.
I stumbled upon this photo scavenger hunt on someone else's blog. I love photography and I thought it would be fun to play. Each week we are given a different word, then you need to post a photo on your blog about the theme plus post a link on the originator's blog. This is my first time playing.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
We didn't seem to do as much natural journaling as I remembered. The kids took off on their own with drawing together and creating personal notebooks full of their hard work. I hope this coming school year (2008-09) that we can expand on our art with more drawing, pen and ink, and painting.
Friday, June 13, 2008
When I first started reading about Charlotte Mason and her ideas on education I was so encouraged. With a large family it is often hard to implement art and music. The CM method has allowed us to study both. I'm going to write just a little bit on Charlotte's philosophy on picture study. Now I am no expert on her style of teaching but the one thing I cherish is her ease of studying art with young children. I started when my kids were about 5-7 years old. We would take an artist, read a child's biography and then find books with paintings by that artist. First we would look at the picture and discuss the colors, what we liked or didn't like, the shadows, the scenery, things like that. Then we would turn the picture over and take turns remembering the details of the painting. It was always so interesting to see who remembered what. We have implemented this style of learning off in on through our years of studying art. It is a wonderful, relaxing way to introduce your children to the finer things in life.