Friday, January 30, 2009

The Burnt Offering

If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish... The burnt offering...will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him. Leviticus 1:3-4

The first offering described in Leviticus 1, is the burnt offering.
The instructions for this offering that set it apart from the others is from verse 1:9,

"The priest shall burn all on the altar."

Unlike other offerings, the burnt offering was to have none leftover and nothing of this offering was to be eaten as food.

This sacrifice represents Christ's complete and total offering of Himself, in our place, for our sins.

The last half of verse 3 says, "he shall offer it of his own voluntary will..."

Jesus laid all on the altar of the cross for you and for me. If the altar represents the cross and the fire beneath represents the wrath/judgment of God, then the Lord Jesus was a willing sacrifice who gave everything for us. He didn't go to the cross kicking and screaming.

Instead, He willing laid down His life for others. He laid it down for you and me.

Too often I forget that if God wanted to judge and condemn me, He could do so easily. Him and I both know better than anyone how far I fall short of perfection.

But I am reminded of His words in Luke 9:56,

For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.

I am awed and humbled yet again to remember just how much He loves me...and you. He loved us enough to give His life in exchange for ours so we could be reunited with the Father. The verse in Leviticus uses the word "atonement." The easiest way to remember that 'atonement' is being reunited to God is to break it up and read it as "at-one-ment."

But not only are we reunited with God, which is enough in itself, but what He did freed us from the slavery of our sinful, carnal nature.

Thank You Lord for being our burnt offering.

Thank You for willingly giving Yourself for us.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Minister of the Sanctuary

We have such a High Priest,
who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected.

Hebrews 8:1-2

We are beginning Week 15 of our curriculum and the time of the construction of the tabernacle.

We could study the tabernacle for an entire school year and never exhaust the treasures stored there.

I know we will revisit the Old Testament and do a more in depth study in High School but I don't want to gloss over the richness of this wonderful place and wonderful picture of our Jesus.

It's funny, the Bible devotes only two chapters to the creation of the heavens and the earth. Even the birth of Christ only gets four chapters. But the tabernacle occupies fifty chapters in the bible.

And in those fifty chapters Jesus Christ is revealed over and over again.

In Hebrews, He is called the Minister of the Sanctuary. Just like Aaron ministered in the earthly tabernacle interceding on behalf of the people to God, so Jesus Christ, our High Priest, ministers in the heavenly tabernacle and intercedes on our behalf before God.

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,
since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 7:25

Robert J. Morgan has a wonderful book titled, "He Shall Be Called" that I will use as a supplement this year. In it Morgan writes about 150 names of Jesus and how they point to His great, sacrificial love for us. He ends each name study with an excerpt from a hymn or other quote from men and women who have loved or appreciated that aspect of His character.

In 1863, Charitie L. Bancroft wrote this of our High Priest:

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Week 14: Highlights

I apologize for the feast or famine posting around here. I've had so many internet-connection problems these last few weeks. I'm trying to post while I can.

This week we studied the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt in 1446 BC as well as their crossing over the Red Sea, the miracle provision of manna & quail and our final study of the Ten Commandments.

The Captain is our "Science Guy" and because of that we do our science experiments at various times of the day or night.

Because he fits our science in whenever he can, he'll often do an experiment after he gets home from work in the evening.

Our study of "acids" was one of those experiments. As you can tell from the pictures, it was nighttime and the kids were in their PJs.

I was helping a friend so Leisl was kind enough to play photographer for me.

The Captain boiled red cabbage to create a pH indicator that changed colors as it reacted to the different chemicals (everyday ingredients) that were added. We added ammonia, vinegar, lemon juice, cream of tartar, tap water, baking soda, eggs and soap.

Acids- substances with a pH from 0-6 turned the cabbage solution from purple to a range of colors from yellow to red (red for the strongest reaction)

Bases- substances with a pH from 8-14 turned the cabbage solution a range of colors from blue to green depending on it's strength (green for a strong base reaction)

(Is it me or does Brigitta look huge in this picture?!)

Neutral- and anything that left the cabbage solution unchanged was deemed neutral and would have a pH of 7

It was definitely one of our more successful experiments. The only incident we had is when Kurt asked to smell the ammonia.

The Captain assumed that Kurt would slightly sniff the ammonia. Instead, he took a full whiff and started gasping for air!

He was not happy--at all!

He was so shocked by the strong smell and his reaction to it that he said to the Captain,

"You're supposed to help people!"

We let him smell my coffee grinder that still had some grounds in it. He was fine.

In other science, the kiddos learned about the properties of fresh water and salt water.

They were able to get an egg to float in the center of a jar.

You'll notice the bottom of the Neti-Pot on the bottom of the picture. We've all been taking turns and I've discovered just how strange my children truly are. They all love doing the Neti Pot and Kurt asks to do it every time someone else pulls it out.

Speaking of strange, when he's not Neti-Potting (or Snotty Potting as our friend Andrea says) he is wearing a Viking hat Nana brought back from Norway a few years ago.

Apparently, being a Viking was helpful for spelling this week :)
And last but certainly not least, Leisl finished her Singapore 5A Textbook and Workbook. She has been very diligent about her math this year. Last year she was a bit more... relaxed about her math and spent a nice chunk of the summer catching up.

She now knows what she doesn't do during our "school year" she will be doing during the summer. I'm very proud of her for learning the lesson the first time and staying on top of the math without too much reminding for me. Way to go Leisl! 5B and...

Week 15, here we come!


Friday, January 23, 2009

What Is It?

"...and in the morning you shall be filled with bread;
and you shall know that I am the Lord God."

"...and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
When the layer of dew evaporated, behold, on the surface of the wilderness
there was a fine flake-like thing, fine as the frost on the ground.

"When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another,
"What is it?" For they did not know what it was.
And Moses said to them,
"It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat."

"This is what the Lord has commanded,
'Gather of it every man as much as he should eat;
you shall take an omer apiece according to the number
of persons each of you has in his tent.' "

"And they gathered it morning by morning..."

"And the house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed,
white; and its taste was like wafers with honey."

Exodus 16


Monday, January 19, 2009

From The Inbox

One of the benefits of blogging has been new friendships.

I've "met" some amazing women in the blogosphere that I hope to meet in real life someday.

They encourage me and challenge me.

They make me laugh and/or cry to tears.

For whatever reason, this blog doesn't get a ton of commenting.

Instead, I'm being blessed with emails.

Sometimes they're hilarious.

Other times, they are heartbreaking.

But always, they are honest and heartfelt.

Recently, I've received emails asking various "nuts and bolts" questions.
I hope to be able to share some of the more touching emails in this "series" called From The Inbox. But before I tackled that, I thought I would share the answers to the most common questions I've received of late.

~Who powers your blog?

I started out with Blogger with my very first blog, The El-ement. The old posts are sitting there but it isn't an active blog. At the time I started that blog I was only looking for a place to put my writing since my head was getting full (hee hee).

Then I started Mishmash Maggie (also on Blogger) and as I got more into it I thought maybe I should move over to Wordpress or Typepad.

I decided on Wordpress.

I've tried several times to get things going over there but their format and my brain do not get along-- at all.

I just decided to "spruce" up my Blogger blog as best I could and I have been very happy ever since.

The only extra thing I've done is purchase my domain so I could have my own "dot com" thing going on. But if you look on the bottom of my blog, you'll see the familiar "Powered by Blogger" logo.

~Who designs your blog?

I laughed the first time I was asked this because if you've been around here for awhile you know that my background and design change, um, er, ah, frequently to say the least.

I actually design the layouts and backgrounds myself. The design has changed dramatically over the past six months as I've learned various tricks of the trade such as how to edit the HTML (code/language that makes web pages functional) or CSS (code that makes web pages pretty).

I learned most of that information from Blogger Buster, The Cutest Blog on the Block and Graphically Designing --I go there for inspiration as well as some blogging tips.

I also checked out every "Dummies" book from the library related to computer geek stuff.
My personal preference were the separate books of HTML for Dummies and CSS for Dummies.
The 4-in-1 Desk Reference, which combined a bunch of books together, was so large and overwhelming, that one look at it sent me into a corner, whimpering and sucking my thumb.


I get the willies just thinking about it.

~What kinda of computer do you have/ what program(s) do you use to design your blog?

I'm a Mac girl. I always have been. I've used Apple computers since the days of the IIe. For you youngsters out there, yes there was actually a time when "Macintosh" was just a fruit.

I remember the day MTV started too but I digress...

Where were we? Oh yes, my machine!
My current computer is an iMac (geek stuff- 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/ 4 GB RAM)

I didn't have any plans to buy a new computer any time soon but once I started blogging and designing again the life was taken right out of our G4 Powerbook.

Along with that, my memory-intensive, power hungry program is Photoshop. Way back in the day (i.e. as a student in the University of Minnesota's Art Department) I started with Photoshop 3.0. I've upgraded a few times over the years and I now use version CS3.

I have an old version of Illustrator but I never kept up with the upgrades. Photoshop and my brain get along so I adopt the motto, "If it isn't broken, don't fix it." I can make it do what I want without too much brain power on my part. As long my computer works, I'm good to go.

~How old are you? How long have you been married? What is your ethnicity?
How old are your kiddos?

I love, love, love the age question! I only love it because of some of the guesses. My most favorite guess was Mrs. Bridget G when she guessed 28! Twenty-eight!! Oh, I thought I was hot stuff that day!! LOL

This year I will be 42.

The Captain and I have been married for almost 14 years, together as a couple for 19 years and we've known each other for 33 years.

He still makes me laugh... every day.

Nana is full Filipino (with a healthy mixing in of Spanish and Chinese) and Papa is Scotch-Irish so that would make me???? Hard to match for make-up?? Confused for every known ethnic group?? You name it, I've been confused for it.

It doesn't bother me. The only time I am a little bothered with the ethnic question is in regards to the kids.

The Captain is full Filipino and with my half, we've got a little Punnett Square going on. People look at the various "shades" of our kids and think they all have different dads.

Not so fun.

And the last question for our game of "Getting to Know You" is about the kids.

Leisl-6th grade; Brigitta- 4th grade and Kurt- 2nd grade.

Well, that wasn't too painful was it? I love your emails (and comments too).
It's okay that you guys are shy... :)

If you have a question-- ask a way! I'll tell you if I can't answer it and hopefully point you to someone that can. Ask anyone that knows me and they'll tell you I'm an "open book."

I can't imagine anyone asking a question I wouldn't want to answer.

The only other thing is the question of my "denomination" and other faith questions. So I added a "Statement of Faith" link right under my profile. I simply stole the statement off our church website (thank you Pastor Jim!!!).

If that is unclear, again ask and I will try to clarify.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Spelling Helps

For whatever reason, Kurt really had problems with last week's spelling test.

He is in 2nd grade and uses "Spelling by Sound and Structure" by Rod and Staff Publishing.
It has been awesome--very straightforward and Kurt loves it. I am so glad MFW recommended it.

We normally split the week's assigned pages over two days. Each day he splits the list of twelve words and spells out six of the words with plastic letter tiles I picked up at Staples.

We do a "pre-test" on Wednesday which he usually gets 100% on and we are finished for the week.

But last week, we did our "pre-test" and he was struggling so we stopped the test and I had him write the words on his dry erase board a few times.

On Thursday, I had him read the list to me again, write the words once and do the tiles again.

Friday I tested him again... he was still struggling. So I stopped again and had him take a break.

I stood staring at the list of words and prayed for wisdom.

This is what I came up with...

I created three "worksheets" that he filled out after I read each word out loud.

The first sheet looked like this:

Since all his words had a suffix, I typed up his list with the suffixes missing in hopes that he could visualize the root word separate from the ending. He filled in the suffix after I read each word.

Then I gave him this sheet:

This time I omitted the vowels and/or special sounds from the middle of the word. Again he filled out the sheet after I read each word to him.

These first two lists I kept the words in the order they appeared in his book. But, since our kids have amazing memories I mixed the words on the third sheet.

It looked like this:

Again, I omitted vowels/special sounds but this time I omitted from some of the beginnings as well as middles of the words.

After he finished I let the words roll around in his brain for the rest of the day.

I don't know if it was breaking down the words in parts or just the sheer repetition of it but Saturday morning I gave him another spelling test and he got 100%.

I will try this technique again if he is having a hard time with a particular list of words.

If you try this, let me know how it works.

If you have ideas for getting through plateaus in spelling I would love to hear them!


Week 13: Highlights

This week we covered Exodus 9:8 thru Exodus 12:30 (plagues of boils, hail, locusts, darkness and Death of Firstborn/Passover) as well as selected passages from Victor Journey.

I did a separate post for the boils. FYI- Scotch tape is very irritating on your face and neck. Don't do it if you don't have to.

itch, itch, itch

The kids completed a chart of the plagues. Here is Brigitta's:

In art, they did a lesson on creativity. Here is Leisl's:

Lesson 'C' on this page is a picture drawn with a continuous line. It's harder than it looks!

But at least easier than doing it with an Etch-A-Sketch (which is the same concept).

And speaking of Leisl, she was very adamant about "acting out" the Passover. As the first born, she wanted to be in the Hebrew camp and not the Egyptian.

We decided that the bedrooms would be the Hebrew houses so we taped torn construction paper on all the door posts to mimic the blood of the lamb which was the sign for the angel of Death to passover that house.

There is so much to talk about in regards to the Old Testament picture of the Passover to the New Testament truth of Jesus as our Passover Lamb. But I think I will take my time and post about it in April when we actually celebrate the Passover Feast according to the Jewish calendar.

The Captain was able to work in some science this week.

They did an experiment to observe some properties of salt:

They also tested the solubility of powdered sugar, aspirin and chalk.

I'm not sure why Kurt was dressed like a warrior for this experiment other than he's seven and a boy.

All-in-all it was a good week. We were a little busier due to Kurt and Brigitta's sensorimotor exam with the eye specialist. I'll be sharing more on that on Wednesday after they've had their first therapy appointment and I see the reports from their exams.

Week 14 here we come!


Friday, January 16, 2009

Good News/ Bad News

Good News: Earthlink sent and we received our new modem today! Yea!

Bad News: There is still something wrong and we're still not able to be online from home.

Good News: Papa's computer is working and they live next door!

Bad News: I have no way to easily get my pictures for various posts that are in my head onto his computer.

Good News: We did lots of school today including studying the Passover!

Bad News: I can't show you what we did yet.

Good News: Kurt got 100% on his spelling test!

Bad News: He was reduced to tears after I accidentally gave him Brigitta's math drill (Grade 4) instead of his 2nd grade math drill. Major oops. He's okay now but I really need to be more careful. Poor little guy :(

And of course the best Good News of all... Jesus is bigger than modems and computers and His will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. He loves us, He is good and right and true and He died to restore us to the Father.

And with that Good News there really is no bad news to wipe the joy out of my heart.

Yes, circumstances may make my smile leave and my eyebrows definitely get all crinkled up as I navigate through this life.

But at the end of the day, I do sleep in peace knowing my Jesus has it all under control.

I hope to be back soon. And I miss you all very much.

But His timing is always perfect.

So long until we are fully operational or I can sneak back into Papa's office...


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Unexpected Break

Hi all,

Those that FaceBook with me know that my internet went kaput Tuesday night. I'm over at Nana and Papa's house so I could make a quick post to say we are waiting for our new modem to arrive.

Hopefully we'll be up and running this weekend.

I am look forward to catching up with all of you.

But until then, I'm getting caught up on book reading (still reading The Hobbit) and doing some post-Christmas purging of stuff.

I'll have lots to tell you when I get back as well as a new series called "From The Inbox."

I am also currently working on writing up a telephone interview I did with David Hazell of the My Father's World curriculum titled,

"What 21st century Christians should be teaching their children."

I know many parents are starting to think about next year's schooling.

The information in this interview (which will be posted on miscel (Lainie) ous) will be very useful as you plan.

So pray I use this unexpected off-line time wisely and get lots done!

Until then I hope all is well with all of you...

I've got to scoot, I kinda feel like Goldilocks being on Papa's computer.
I'm waiting for him to come home and say,

"Somebody has been on my laptop and is still there!"

hee hee


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Note To Self

Dear Self,

When emailing a list of suggested reading material to a mom for her elementary aged daughter, it would be helpful to remember that when typing, "Christian Heroes: Then and Now" that the letter 'P' is dangerously close to the letter 'O.'

Proofreading the email would also be helpful to insure you do not suggest to this mother that she pick-up books in the series called "Christian Herpes: Then and Now"

(Lisa, again, my deepest apologies--blush--)


Monday, January 12, 2009

Plague of Boils

Our study of the plagues continues and concludes this week.

Today we studied the plagues of boils and hail.

No big "A-ha's" just a few pictures.

Not exactly flattering but then again, I don't think boils are meant to be in vogue...

I wonder where Brigitta gets her flare for the dramatic?

I'm not sure why boils inspired a duet of "Heart and Soul" but inspire it did.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Nana captured on video

My very best girlfriend "Annie" (Andrea) and I used to write and play music all the time together. We would hang out after our monthly Women's Fellowship get together and sing and play and sing some more.

For awhile we were joking around and calling ourselves Hoot n' Annie.
Yes, that would make me the "hoot." :)

She hurt her neck and shoulder really badly a few years ago and playing the guitar, which she loves, became too painful to do.

Well tonight she came over with Katie-kins to help celebrate Leisl's 12th birthday.

For most of the night she sat and crocheted me the cutest hat ever.

After we had eaten dinner, cake and then watched Prince of Egypt (apparently they didn't get enough of Moses this week), the young ladies broke up into different groups and played or talked.

I don't know why but I am soooo glad she did-- Annie walked over and picked up the guitar and started to play.

I didn't realize how much I missed it. And I didn't realize how much our whole family had missed it.

As soon as she started playing, we all started singing and Nana came out of the kitchen (because you know she was in there doing the dishes) and asked Annie to play her favorite song,
"More Than A Friend" by Jeremy Riddle.

Nana was so caught up in that sweet place of worship she had no clue that Karl had signaled me to turn the computer around so the built-in camera could capture her.

Unfortunately, we only caught the very end of the song.

She is so cute and sweet and everything you'd ever want a Nana to be and I just have to show you the video.

As you'll notice at the end, Nana wasn't very thrilled about being taped. After I had clicked stop she gave off the usual litany of female insecurities, "My hair is messy, I'm not dressed right, etc..."

She has yet to realize the transforming beauty of a surrendered heart.

(But after she saw it played back, she said she was okay with posting it.)

** I finally had to add a "Nana" label so you can find all of Nana and her Nana-ism's easier. Enjoy :)


Week 12: Highlights

Well we've been busy and it's been a productive week.

Besides the Plague of the Frogs, which was a big hit, we read from Exodus Chapters 3 thru 9:7.
As well as our readings from The Victor Journey, Ancient World, Ancient Egypt and Streams of Civilization.

So we've covered time in history from Moses at the Burning Bush through the plague on livestock.

We did a good job at cores this week including Spelling Power for the girls and Spelling by Sound and Structure for the boy.

He was excited to get 100 % on his test.

We were cracking up because the day of the frog plague, Brigitta did her math and this was the picture in her Singapore 3A book--

It was too funny!

Greek words are continuing to be added each week ( now that our looonngggg break is over) to my sidebar. Since "cinema" comes from the root "kinesis" the kids thought watching lots of movies this week would be academic-- nice try :)

The Captain even managed a science experiment from "Genesis for Kids" called The Paint Factory which studied chlorophyll.

And our current real aloud is "Quest for the Ivory Horn" written by our very own Leisl.

All-in-all a good first week back. It feels so good to be "doing" school again.

Week 13, here we come!


Friday, January 9, 2009

Midnight Chat: Gandalf, Moses and You

I've not ever done two Midnight Chats in a week much less one night. And yes I am tired. Thank you for asking. Please excuse the typos, I'll fix 'em later--maybe.

Anyway, just in case you come to this one first, I am starting a new "tissue boxes" rating system for these Midnight Chats and I am happy to say that on a scale of zero to five "tissue boxes" this is rated zero!

No crying... just "chatting" about the Lord. My favorite topic. :)

Whew, because I'm a little poured out from the other one.

Anyways, here ya go. And it's nap time for me.

(Sorry for the distortion-- when I upload it's all stretched out)

These are all available on iTunes and they are formatted fine on there...


Midnight Chat: Blessed Be His Name

I knew a Midnight Chat was coming up. I didn't know there'd be two.

This is the first one and in the interest of caution, I need to say it's rated PG.

From the various comments/emails I've gotten from previous Midnight Chats I'm guessing you guys don't watch them with little ones swarming you but just in case you do, you might want to wait until nap or bed time for this one.

Plus, it's a little longish. I would apologize since I do want them to be brief enough to watch in one sitting. But I can't apologize for doing/saying what I feel the Lord has laid on my heart.

Soooo, I hope and just pray that the Lord will carve out the time needed instead. :)

I think I'm going to start a new "tissue-rating" system. Oy.

On a scale of zero to five "tissue boxes" I would give this one a solid three tissues with a potential for five tissues depending on who you are and your situation.

I love you guys and know I have/do/will continue to pray for you.

Oh, I almost forgot. I have no explanation for the pixelation problem other than warfare.. or a worn tape.

Either way, I'm sorry for the technical quality already (low lights and low sound 'cause it's, you know, in the middle of the night) but on this one the glitchy thing happens but isn't too bad.


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