Family Bible Study: Genesis 1:1-13

Tonight we are beginning a new family activity: Bible study, from 7:00 pm to 7:20 pm, on Saturdays. We are going to begin with Genesis, section by section, focusing more on God’s goodness and provision, and less on the unhappy issues of man’s sin.  I will have the passages printed out with space for the kids (age 10, 5, 5, and 2) to color, and over time make their own Bible booklets. We will read the section out loud, talk about key words and events, and each say something that we find interesting and meaningful. We will discuss current family events and what we want to do in the next week or month. We will each say something we are thankful for, and anything we are concerned about. We will keep brief notes on all these things in a journal, and pray about everything. I’m planning for it to be short and sweet, or longer if everyone is interested. Tonight we are beginning with Genesis 1:1-13.

Genesis 1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

Source: Bible Gateway – New King James Version, Genesis 1

12 Weeks Old

Our precious little N made his arrival April 4th. It was more difficult than I had anticipated, but beautiful nevertheless. The last few months have also been difficult, however not because of lack of sleep. N has been sleeping the longest uninterrupted stretches of time I’ve ever experienced from a baby! The addition of an unpredictable baby naturally makes it difficult to do all the other things that need to be done, and it has been the hardest on the little kids, T, L, and C. We’ve done a lot of field trips though (which have been so fun!), finished Grade 4 and preschool, sorted through our home, and put in as much as we could for our garden, plus the regular day to day things. We are exhausted and happy at the same time, and truly thankful.

Spring Break – 2017

It’s such a blessing to begin a new season! Spring always seems like such a joy to me with it’s brighter and warmer days, after winter’s darkness and coldness. We are happy to officially begin spring and Spring Break today. This season holds another treasure for us as a family: we await the birth of a new baby any day now. Everything is as ready as possible, and any extra events or tasks of our schedule are paused. Basic household chores naturally continue, as do stories, games, park days, and visits with family and friends.

May you also have a happy Spring Break, full of joy as a new season of life begins!

The Beginning of Grade 4 and Preschool, Term #3

Monday February 20th marks the first day of our 3rd term for grade 4 and preschool. Every term, we review where we’re at in our learning standards and curriculum books, and what we need to accomplish during the rest of the year. I’ve updated our daily home routine, and K-3 and 4-5 schedule to reflect the new routines and abilities of our students – H, age 9; T, age 4; L, age 4, and C, age 2. We are at a really nice point in our homeschool journey since everyone can participate, help out, follow a routine, and enjoy what’s going on. In about a month we will have a new baby, so it will be interesting to see how much our general schedule helps maintain order for the older kids, or how long we take a baby vacation!

My goals are as follows:

  1. Make a peaceful home where learning happens.
  2. Read books, do experiments and workbooks, take field trips.
  3. Learn how to find information and how to fit it together.
  4. I write about what we’re learning, then I write and the students copy it, then the students write it themselves.
  5. Little kids may come to work at the table or play freely as they wish.
  6. Review all work once a month.

Hello and Welcome!

This blog is a simple record of our life experience, as we seek to know God, garden, homeschool, cook, and carry on our small business. I hope it can be an encouragement to you, and that you can find interesting, useful, and beautiful things here.