Forever within Your hand
You spoke all life into motion
My soul now is in Your hand
You stood before my failure
Carried the cross for my shame
My sin went upon Your shoulders
My soul now is in Your hand
So what can I say
What can I do
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You
I walk upon salvation
The spirit of light in me
My soul to declare Your promise
My life is in Your hands
So I'll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all
So I'll stand
My soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours
by: Joel Houston of Hillsong United
Today we had our homeschool group (from church) field trip to the pumpkin patch. We have had beautiful weather all week - low to mid 70's and then today it was soo cold. It was maybe 45 or 50 when we started out - BRRR! The great thing about kids is they don't care if they are cold when they are having that much fun. Lance's appointment this morning was cancelled so he was able to come for part of the field trip. The kids were so thrilled with this surprise! We took a hayride, the kids ran through a kid friendly straw maze, picked their pumpkins, and did a craft. The kids all had a great time and were tired out from the cool air and all the activity.
The straw maze was a hit. Morgan helped Landon through it the first time. After that he ran through it three or four times on his own. He loved it. This afternoon he kept asking when we could go back so he could run through the maze again!
My Three Little Pumpkins!
Sorry no pictures - I had put new batteries in my camera and they didn't work - UGH!
Our new unit is weather. We are LOVING it! There have been so many hands on experiments and fun activities. Landon is really enjoying being able to do school with us. The pace of this unit is definitely more relaxed and we needed it! We have learned about air pressure, wind, rain, rainbows, fog, clouds, thunder/lightning, snow, hail, sleet, humidity, the parts of the atmopshere, as well as the difference between climate and weather. Morgan has been tracking our temperature, mositure (which this fall we have had quite a bit), and air pressure. We are learning so much!
Morgan wrote her first poem. Writing is an area where Morgan can struggle. If she is asked to write a report, she does an amazing job. If she is asked to do something creative, it tends to cause her frustration because she doesn't want to make any mistakes. When I gave her the choice of just writing sentences about the wind or doing a poem, I thought she would choose the sentences hands down. I was very surprised when she picked the poem.
Here is her poem:
Morgan making her atmosphere chart with the four main types of clouds we studied: cirrus, stratus, cumulus, and cumulonimbus.
Some neighbors invited Morgan and Landon over to paint pumpkins on Saturday afternoon. I am not sure if Landon had more paint on him or on his pumpkin. The highlight for Landon was getting into the frosting and sprinkles for the cookies.
Then she made this sweet card.
This gift has special meaning because Morgan gave this to me as her teacher, not her mom. As I was posting these pictures, Morgan said I should write that the card and flower came from my student. :o) Our homeschool journey has not been without bumps - finding the balance between teaching school and being a mom (grocery shopping, paying bills, cleaning house, cooking, etc..), constently explaining and defending our choice to home school, feeling like people are watching to see if we will fail or succeed - but all those bumps are worth it when my student thinks I am a great teacher.
Once we made it to the cabin our weekend was great. We played lots of games, hiked, talked, laughed and laughed, built a bonfire, ate smores, snuggled under blankets, played outside, stayed up far too late and ate too many yummy snacks. The weather was gorgeous! The trees had started to turn color, the air was warm, and the mountain air was refreshing. The kids enjoyed exploring outside and playing by the river. The guys played horeshoes, rebuilt the fire pit, and spent time playing catch and entertaining kids. The girls played games and enjoyed plenty of good conversations. Morgan and I were able to take a walk together. It isn't often I get time alone with her (sort of alone Mauryn was in the Bjorn) We had fun finding pine cones, looking at cabins, and just enjoying time together. We went for quite a long walk (for her almost8 year old legs) and she was a trooper! There is just something about being at the cabin that made me wish we could stay there forever. It was the time without the distractions of home, the peace and quiet - it really just stilled my soul. You could sit and just listen to the river run by the cabin and just feel at peace. It was so serene. Even though I came back very tired, it felt really nice to get away for the weekend.
My boys on a rock at Lightning Creek
The funny thing about this picture, the kids were all loaded in the car and we were taking a photo for another family and Lance pulled all the kids out for a picture. It was a perfect spot for it BUT the kids were all a mess and I hadn't done my hair (it was the air dried look) - all in all it isn't too bad!
We are heading off to the mountains for the weekend. We are going to a cabin with our small group from church. It should be fun! The weather is supposed to be great. I am looking forward to a bonfire with smores, a run tomorrow morning, playing games, and being with family and friends with really no distractions. As we were packing today, Lance said "Now I know why we never go anywhere. It is so much work to get all this stuff together." Yep, especially when you have little ones. It takes as much stuff to go for two days as it does for two weeks. What are your plans for the weekend?