Family Picture

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Enjoying God's beautiful creation

We have enjoyed our springtime so much this year.  The weather has been so nice and we have been able to get outside a lot.  We continue to learn about God's creation.  Anna studied weather in science this spring.  She had a little weather station set up and recorded information on a daily basis.  She charted information from the wind vane, an anemometer, a thermometer, and a rain gauge.  She has become an expert at cloud identification and has become our favorite local weather girl! 
We have planted all kinds of flowers around our house and are enjoying all the beautiful colors.  We hung a bird feeder and hummingbird feeder and have had so much fun identifying the birds with our field guide.  The girls both have bug collecting containers with magnifying glass, tweezers and nets.  Their favorite to study right now are the lady bugs.  Butterflies are just beginning to appear on the scene as well.
We also had the privilege of mothering some sweet baby kittens.  Wesley brought them home as he was worried about them because they were not being taken care of properly.  We bottle fed them, eventually got them to solid food, litter trained them and loved them well.  They were so much fun to watch, as they found their footing, then learned how to play.  They were so cuddly and when they purred, their little bodies shook all over.  We fell in love with all of them, but did not keep one for ourselves.  Found homes for them all as it is not our time to have kittens.  We will be traveling and I will be having two separate eye surgeries that will replace my tear ducts that continue to get infected.
Our hears hurt each time one left, then they hurt worst of all as the last two, little black ones left, but we were also happy they were being adopted together.  Hard lessons in loving and letting go!
Our theme in homeschool this spring was to be intentional about observing God's creativity in His creation.  All the different flowers, their uniqueness, their bright colors, the different types of clouds and what they do for us, the purr and playfulness of kittens, their different colors and personalities, the many different kinds of birds and their distinct vocalizations, the quick chipmunk family that lives under our big rock and who sometimes sun themselves in the morning light, the spots on the lady bug and strangeness of the praying manus, the freshness of the spring breezes and so much more.  Anna did amazingly well as head momma kitty, and Amy continues to take all of nature in as she learns so much every day.  She is a hands on learner and being outside is her favorite.
Psalm 96:12
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.  Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.

The kittens loved Anna so much! They all wanted in her lap. 

Amy was not crazy about their claws.  Took time for her to not be afraid of being scratched.
She did laugh so much at their playfulness.  

One of the chipmunk family members

Anna and Amy's  wild flowers still growing, they have watered faithfully

Bird watching from our window

Bottle feeding

Kitten love

Amy preferred being next to the kittens

Awesome experience loving these 5 babies, getting them healthy, and adopted out to loving  homes.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spring Activities

Roasting marshmallows and making smores

Anna had a great soccer season

Amy preferred the playground over soccer this year

Celebrated Earth day by planting some wildflower seeds on the edge of our woods.  The girls edged their flower garden with rocks they found.

Our favorite part of homeschooling, reading time on the screened porch

Lovely ballerinas and some big brothers who are supporting fans

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Busy Springtime

We have had a super springtime.  So many reasons to celebrate and so many activities. Mine and Scott's anniversary and Scott, Wesley, and Will have birthdays in April.  Anna and Amy both have adoption days in April.  This time of year is also busy as we come to the end of several sports, and school activities.

Celebrating 28 years of marriage

Our bestest friends with whom we enjoy so many activities!  Our homeschool Timothy days are full of ballet, art, geography, science, literature, and more!  

Trip to the doctors office for some allergy issues.

Gotcha day presents.  They will be painting their own horses.

A trip to Gibbs Gardens.  

Really lovely day.