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Noticing God’s World Around Us

So often we rush about our busy lives, not seeing the wonders God has created to help us know and praise him.  So often we are too busy, busy, busy to pay attention to God in either his Word or his world. A teacher friend of mine asked her students to take a fall photo […]

First Frost and Autumn Thoughts

For a few days now we’ve been busily squirreling away garden goodies.  Although the various weather forecasts disagreed, the predicted temperatures were cool enough that we, in a valley, expected frost last night.  And, yes, we got it. The garden was mostly covered with tarps and sheets, and it will be a few hours before […]

Summer Flowers Sing God’s Glory

God has given us so much beauty to enjoy!  The flowers in our world show us the glory of the Creator as clearly as more dramatic creatures do, if only we actually stop and notice them. Bee balm and pink yarrow.  This juxtaposition of colors and shapes stopped me in my tracks and encouraged me […]

Review: The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

There are few books as suited to finding homeschool rabbit trails as The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. I’m sure you know the story: A family with four boys was shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. Because they had been planning to set up a colony, the ship was full of useful supplies, […]

A Rare Stay at Home Day

Stay at home days have become rare treasures in our life, but Monday was one of those, a beautiful gift from God. The outside world was piled high with fluffy snow.  School children had a snow day, but we did a wee bit of math and spelling beside the cozy fire. Then dozens and dozens […]

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