Thursday, May 28, 2015

Day Twenty-Eight: School Slows Down, Soccer Speeds Up

They can't wait until next week and that's all I need to hear. Sweaty, dirty little bodies slide into the truck and it's non-stop incessant chatter all the way home about this play and that pass, this goal and that kick. When school slows down and we are already closing a few of our books, out come the cleats and shin guards. It's time for this soccer momma to set up her chair and cheer on her kiddos. (Daddy will be there soon too, but praise God, business is bustling for him!)
This year, Oliver is one of the oldest on his team, which helped him score three goals in this first game :)
Oh dear, Emily, that boy is big.. watch out!
What's going to happen?
Yeah, she got it!
A few moments later, she's ready for more.
Cousin Caleigh races to get the ball.
Post-game fun with the team.
Meg's third year of coaching. She has ten little soccer stars.
She coaches with confidence and grace.She was also scheduled to prepare
 and give the first devotions of the year to her division. 
And... dealt with shenanigans like this :)
Mid-game wrestle with second-cousin, Cole.
Taking a break.
The coach :)
A celebratory moment for the hard working players... and Molly, who prefers to cheer with Mommy.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Day Twenty-Seven: Down By The Riverside

We like to keep it real, so when my sister and I began our unit study on rivers, of course, down by the riverside is where we took our books and pencils. If you don't mind a little crayfish swallowing and clam catching, you can peruse our photos for a wee tour of the Grand River, where we feel right at home. 
Learning about the hydrocycle's reciprocal effect on rivers.
dock balancing
This kid will eat anything ;)
Relaxing by the river.
Searching for turtles and crayfish.
Not sure who the boy is with Oliver, but somehow, wherever we go, extra kids attach themselves to us. Maybe he's homeschooled too?
delicious finds

It's a sweet thing that the "River Of God" worship song has played in my mind each morning for the past two weeks. I simply wake up with it there. Besides its life-giving flow, I think the river is a beautiful and important symbol to the Lord, wouldn't you say? 

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. Psalm 46:4

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Day Twenty-Six: NIght Of The Kenyan Dancers

They jumped backed and forth, bumped into each other giggling and danced in circles with glow-sticks swinging from their arms and waists. My children linked up with cousins and other kids who'd joined the "Congo Line" for Kenya Night at my sister's church. This little group of children put their money together and sponsored a girl in the African country and were celebrating her life and culture to raise awareness of her situation. We were blessed to have been invited right smack in the middle of our Africa study. How perfect.
Their costumes and face paint might not have been completely authentic, but it was better than looking Canadian. Several paintings by my sister's kids hung around the room. They were amazing!
Crazy hair contest. Yes, some of them crazied their hair minutes before.
 "Napkin, Napkin" a Kenyan game similar to "Duck, Duck, Goose".
Mmm, African food!
 Following a Kenyan dancer was very cool and so much fun. What a work-out!
An unexpected Kenyan dinner, exposure to more African culture, dancing our hearts out? A priceless memory. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Day Twenty-Five: Science Experiment Journals

Things are exploding, inflating, deflating and creating a mess around here. We're working on our science journals, which had been put aside for a few months. They're back out and we're finding new and exciting things to blow up :)

Journals: a page of instructions and then their photo during the experiment and the scientific method recorded in their own writing.
I choose experiments that none of my children have encountered in the past and then expect different levels of journaling from the various ages, or ask the older one (Molly) to take it a step further. What parts can she control? What could she change to alter the results? As the kids read their hypotheses from today, and their conclusions, it was impressive to note how Molly's findings were naturally written in a more detailed language without me even mentioning that they needed to be. I really don't know why we don't keep at it all year since my children absolutely LOVE science experiments. It was a friend's idea to include their photo on each page of their journal that will make them more memorable. Since I'm all about photos, science journals are becoming a scrapbook of sorts ;)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Day Twenty-Four: A Teenager In The House

She turned thirteen and we bought her a guitar because we thought she might like something to accompany all the songs she writes. This kid is gentle and quiet (most of the time), loves babies and old people. She has an unwavering faith and is going to change the world as she follows God's plan for her life.  
She came home and immediately wrote a little diddy. We're all walking around the house humming it... as usual. I can't wait to see where it will all take her.

Molly, we love you! Keep your eyes on Jesus and all your efforts will have purpose and meaning. Your loveliness spills out onto others already. Happy Birthday, new teenager! XO