I love it when communities put flags out. We are one of only a few in our neighborhood who has flags in their yard. I remember when the boy scouts used to come around and place a flag in everyone’s yard not too many years ago. THAT might be a good COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITY for DS to do on for Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Fourth of July. I’ll have to ask him about it.
Sons February 14, 2010
I was blessed with boys, love em. One is 25 and one is 11. I am forever calling them by each other’s names. Swore I would never do it, but it happens – fact of life.
DS, the older, and I have had a bit of a falling out since Christmas time – at least that is when it came to a head. It has been difficult and my heart has been heavy but I have tried very hard to drop him and everything about him into God’s hands. I was surprised on Friday evening by a text message from him that he was on his way to the All Star Game in Dallas. He has been a huge basketball fan since he was in second grade and my dad took him to a Big 12 Conference game. Needless to say, I was thrilled for him, but full of questions because he isn’t a college educated big wig with a great job. He is, however, very friendly and has many people in his world who like to help him out periodically. A friend’s girlfriend lives in Dallas and apparently through her employer she was able to get him a ticket to the game tonight. On Saturday, he texted me a number of messages and I to him. The most we have “talked” since Christmas really. It was great, I felt like I was allowed in his world again for a time and I am extremely grateful. God is good. If anyone reads this particular entry, would you said a pray for my DS, the older, that he open himself up to a relationship with the Lord and that God place in his path, Godly people to show him the way?
It Just Occurred to Me to See if my Library Carried These Books and February 9, 2010
Check this Article on Physics Out January 30, 2010
and this http://www.physicsclassroom.com/
is very interested in time and space distortion, the fabric of space, expanding of distortion in space; I have no idea really what any of it is but I am trying to find information and books for him about these topics. I found this list of books to further check into. I’ve got a few already on order from the library.
E = mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation
by David Bodanis. Walker Books, 2005.
Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time
by Michio Kaku. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2004.
Einstein 1905: The Standard of Greatness
by John S. Rigden. Harvard University Press, 2005.
Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics
by Ruth Lewin Sime. University of California Press, 1997.
Einstein’s Miraculous Year: Five Papers That Changed the Face of Physics
by John Stachel, ed. Princeton University Press, 1998.
Albert Einstein’s Vision: Remarkable Discoveries That Shaped Modern Science
by Barry Parker. Prometheus Books, 2004.
The Expanded Quotable Einstein
by Alice Calaprice, ed. Princeton University Press, 2000.
Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and From Children
by Alice Calaprice, ed. Prometheus Books, 2002.
PS I think he may have figured out what LOST is about. He scares me a little.
you have to visit her at No Time To Stamp and just look at how talented she is and then who all she links to. Definite eye candy material. The photo below is what I am thinking I will make for DS Fifth Grade Teacher and as my treat to DS. What do you think?
Time4Learning Parent Community – Time4Learning Parent Community January 23, 2010
The absolute best place for spelling lessons in my opinion is Spelling City spellingcity.com. It has lists, games, and more. And its FREE! Its absolutely fantastic.
A Great Mary and Martha Article January 15, 2010
If Mary and Martha Were Homeschool Moms
Think about it for a moment. Now according to the Word of God, there was no mention of husbands or children, so I think it is safe to assume that Mary and Martha were not married and did not have any kids. So let’s pretend for a moment each was married and they had children they homeschooled.
What do you think that would look like? We know from Scripture that Martha was busy doing and she was so demanding that she even demanded Jesus to do something! That’s pretty brazen. “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.” Luke 10:40
We know that Mary was not busy “doing.” When Jesus showed up at her house, she did not rush around picking things up to make the home look presentable. She did the exact opposite. She sat down! She sat at the feet of Jesus so she could learn from Him and be filled by Him. “And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.” Luke 10:39 Doesn’t that sound so refreshing for a moment–to just be still and sit? “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
How would Martha look as a homeschool mom? Think about how she went about her day. Busy, always doing. Demanding of others. Yikes! That sounds familiar.
Picture Mary as a homeschool mom. Peaceful and calm, patient, loving, refreshed and wise with Godly understanding. She chose “that good part.” Those words were spoken by Jesus, the King of Kings, about Mary. That is the kind of mother I wish to be. Yet that is not always how I respond to my children.
My first thought is to rush through our learning “to do” list so I can check it off and move on to more important things. I ask myself what are those “more important things” other than teaching my children the Word of God and disciplining them. (Yes, I know I have other responsibilities, but I am not referring to those times.) I have realized that I have become like Martha as I teach my children, when in my heart I want to be like Mary, peaceful and calm. I want to slow down and choose “that good part” for my children. I want to pour things of eternity into their hearts, and I want them to be filled with Jesus. I don’t want to become anxious, thinking that I have not done enough for them; that’s probably how Martha would have responded. “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.” Luke 10:41
I really loved the part I highlighted in green. Something to reflect on.