Last Friday was a beautiful autumn day. So lovely that we decided to pack a picnic and head out to Land Between the Lakes for a “field trip”. First, we followed the slowest truck ever through Amish country. Eventually, (after forever) the truck turned off and we made our way to our favorite Amish country store and stocked up on bulk supplies of flour, popping corn, sugar and spices for the winter. Afterward, we travelled out to Hematite Lake and grilled hotdogs (my stomach was mad at me!) and watched the kids play. A few classes from one of the local schools
had the same idea for a field trip at Hematite Lake too. Our crew stopped for a moment to watch them all double file past us to the lake. Later, we headed out to the Homeplace. The kids got a lesson on the usefulness of dried corn stalks and watched the ladies carve pumpkins.
Over the weekend my awesome husband repurposed some old school desk we had been given into chairs for our school room. The fold up chairs we’ve been using the past few years are falling apart. He cut the metal bar off the chairs and disconnected the desk tops. I wanted to keep the desk tops for art and outdoor lap desks. Dismantling the school
desks saved us some cash and cleared up some storage space. Middle Boy spent a bit of time pulling chewing gum from under the chairs with a screwdriver on Monday morning.
For the most part school was uneventful this week. The crew worked hard and we are currently on schedule…except for science labs. We are still trying to get caught up from when we lost our lab books. Tuesday morning was a bit different. We spent about an hour and a half on Bible lessons because Middle Boy unloaded a ton of questions. He wanted to know about Baptism, if he wanted to be Baptized did it have to happen in front of the whole church, why don’t we all go to the river Jordan to get Baptized, does he have to go all
the way under the water, is Pontius Pilot in hell, would God forgive Satan if Satan repented, did everyone who lived before Jesus go to hell…and so on. I answered him as best I could but…I could really use a theologian on speed-dial some days. I started to get a bit upset because we really needed to get math done and I had hoped to finish our book on Sir Isaac Newton that day. Then I set all those thoughts aside. We have plenty of time. Isn’t his relationship with Jesus far more important than fractions and optics?
I lost sight of one of the privileges of homeschooling. Studying Scripture is important. It isn’t just a subject to be checked off a daily list…no subject should be treated that way…no. Somehow, recently I had slipped into a “get everything done on my checklist” mode of living. That’s no way to live a beautiful life…my purpose for being is not a checklist.
Today, we went out to the dam. We had hoped to see the eclipse this afternoon but clouds suddenly rushed in and obscured the sun. We ended up taking a walk and watched a crane do some fishing and saw a Bald Eagle fly ahead of us.
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October 24, 2014 at 4:24 am
Yay for husbands who are good with their hands!! I have one and it has saved us a fortune over the years as he is able to repurpose almost anything!
October 25, 2014 at 8:44 am
I was just going to get rid of the desks too! I am trying to develop the mindset of repurposing…
October 24, 2014 at 11:38 am
Is that KY Dam? I can’t tell. That’s where I walk in the mornings. 🙂
October 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Yes it is!
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October 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm
I absolutely agree about the checklist! I often fall into that as well. I’m trying to be more intentional about our Bible time together – these years are so precious and important for instilling the Word. (We’ve been having the baptism talk here as well. There’s something about getting baptized in front of everyone I guess.)
October 25, 2014 at 8:41 am
I am rethinking our approach to Bible time as well…I am not expecting a Baptism anytime soon. This is the same little introvert that encased himself in a fort a few weeks ago!
October 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm
Enjoyed seeing what your family is up to and LOVED the Bible questions…..kids do ask the best questions, love their curiosity and willingness to ask!
October 25, 2014 at 8:36 am
Thanks for reading! I’ve done more Biblical research over the years for my kids sake than my own curiosity. Learning to read scripture with a child’s heart and mind is humbling. I’ve wept tears of repentance. Studying God’s Word with children can be maddening at times but also very renewing.