Tuesday, November 25, 2008

School?

Yes, we do still home educate. However with Thanksgiving almost here, we are taking Week 10 over two weeks and will resume our "regularly scheduled programming" December 1, 2008.

What have we been doing since I last posted?



We enjoyed the blue skies while they were here.



The kiddos raked leaves and enjoyed the fresh air.



We watched a very hungry visitor to our bird feeder!



We attempted to make rain.

We did three science experiments that seemed unsuccessful. In addition to our rain attempt, we attempted to make a cloud in a bottle and make water boil using vacuum suction.

Although we got the general idea/ concepts, The Captain and kiddos were a tiny bit bummed that the experiments didn't work out very well.

But as I sat back and watched, I realized I was glad that the experiments were hard and a bit disappointing. All the experiments we attempted were duplications of things found in nature.

I pointed out to the kids that what we take for granted (rain, clouds and hot water) God provides for us. Here in Oregon we witness regularly the ease of falling rain.

Being unable to duplicate that rain helped remind us that God is so much bigger than us. We marveled once again at His creation...trees, flowers, bumblebees and squirrels that raid our bird feeder.

He spoke it all into existence.

To quote that deep theologian, Larry the Cucumber, "See all those stars? God just went thruuup (raspberry) and there they were!"

Every day in the littlest of ways, we try to be our own god. We try to control our little speck of the universe. It is good to be reminded we are not God. We can only be the palest of imitation.

I'm glad I don't have the responsibility of keeping the planet rotating, the sun rising and the rain falling. Elohim, our Creator, can and does hold our very existence in the palm of His hand.

Thus saith God the LORD,
He that created the heavens, and stretched them out;
He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it;
He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
Isaiah 42:5


1 comment:

Andrea Bell said...

I love that we serve a BIG GOD. I love that no matter how hard we try, we simply CAN'T be Him, so we can just relax in our puniness and enjoy the creation He made. It is something that I catch every once in a while. Sometimes with modern "things" it is easy to feel any wonder about things. But it is often the most simple that is the most complex and just makes you raise your eyes to heaven and say, "only You Lord could do something like that". Thanks for sharing!!!

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