Friday, January 16, 2009

Our Haven at Home Happenings...

It was a busy and productive week for us.
It was a, particular, blessing that in the midst of our busyness
we were able to continue working on having more consistency.
Funny (and sad) how that can be such a challenge.

Monday started off our week pretty well.
Tuesday morning, Will woke up with an eager desire
to begin his day and I found him at the dining room table
already reading his Bible for his
Bible study...

He has been learning some important principles
about being an honorable man.

Also on Tuesday morning, we continued to focus on the habits
of rising up, getting dressed, eating breakfast
and gathering at the table for Bible reading.
I have decided to pick up and stick with
our Proverbs study for our Bible time.
For a while we were using
SOW, which I do love,
but have decided to set it aside.
Instead, we are doing a Proverbs study
and we are, also, reading our Old Testament for
This approach has worked very well for us this week.
It has been more simplistic and, yet, we are wonderfully
in God's Word even more!
Tuesday's Proverbs study was in chapter 13
and we discussed and focused on verse 20
"He that walketh with wise men shall be wise:
but a companion of fools shall be destroyed"

(click to enlarge for details)

{depicts the wise men with their Bibles and the fools without,
and how they will be destroyed}

We have a
cd with this verse as a song
and the children enjoyed singing it as they illustrated.
We were, also, able to learn more about history
as we are finishing up Genesis.
We did other miscellaneous work, as well as,
enjoyed our read alouds (listed in sidebar).

Before going to piano lessons, that Ally teaches,
and visiting with friends, Ally tried a new recipe
for neapolitan cookies...

and the lil' girls anticipated
the completion of the new, colorful cookies
as they watched their big sister in the kitchen...

They were a big hit!

Then our Tuesday afternoon was filled with fellowship,
which is always a blessing!

Wednesday was the day of Ally's cardiologist appointment
but before spending the day out of the house,
we sat down and did our Proverbs study.
We read chapter 14 and our verse of focus was verse 7...
"Go from the presence of a foolish man,
where thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge"

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{depicts foolish man with an X over "lips of knowledge"
and a person leaving his presence, as commanded}

After our Bible reading,

we got ready to leave for our appointment.
Will played the ivory keys as he waited
for the women folk to get ready. ;o)

I couldn't help but take this shot of the girls in the bathroom
as they were brushing their hair all by themselves,
getting ready for the day...

Wow... they sure grow up so fast!
It was precious to see these two little girls
working independently to get ready for their day
but inside, my heart was being tugged at
as I see the "littleness" of these girls fade away...

so bittersweet.

The rest of our day was, mostly, spent
traveling and meeting with the cardiologist.

(A medical chopper we were able to see beginning its takeoff)

Most of what the cardiologist said is inconclusive
but he did put her on a monitor for a month.
She will be recording any palpitations

that she has during that time.
After the appointment, we headed towards home,
meeting Daddy for supper at a local pizza place
(the one with yummy cinnamon rolls!). Mmmm!
Afterwards we went straight to church for our midweek service.
It was a long day, but there was no better way to end it
than being in God's house! What a blessing! Ü

Thursday we were glad to stay home sweet home.
Will woke up and helped me make breakfast
(french baked donuts... Mmmm!)...

He enjoyed sifting the flour and learning how to crack an egg!

As breakfast was being prepared,
we enjoyed lounging around, doing our own thing,
as the aroma of warm cinnamon filled the air...

Carolynne worked a little on her Proverbs drawing
from the day before.

Beth read and sang from a song book in the living room...

And she and Carolynne enjoyed a game together
on the reading room floor...

Ally sat at the dining room table enjoying the new issue
of Birds and Blooms that arrived the day before...

Ally has been studying the muscular system in Advanced Biology
and to help her memorize what she needed to,
she did a few drawings this week of muscles...

I wish I could say I understood all of this, but I don't. ;o)
I was proud of her, though, for taking the initiative
to go the extra mile to educate herself
and I always enjoy listening to her 'scientific discoveries'

After the donuts were finished,
we sat down for our Proverbs study.
We were in chapter 15, focusing on verse 1.
"A soft answer turneth away wrath:
but grievous words stir up anger."

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{depicts someone giving a soft answer and nice words, on the left,
and the other man responds with his anger subsided.
On the right, someone responds with grievous words, angry & unkind,
and the other man responds with being more angry}

Here were the younger ones working on their illustrations...

As we did our illustration, Ally applied the Proverbs

in her Wisdom for Life book.

In history, we continued reading in Genesis
when Jacob moved to Egypt...

Afterwards, we focused on other learning
then had company in the afternoon.

Today, Lord willing, we will continue with our learning
and our habit of Bible reading then, this evening,
we plan to enjoy some fellowship
with homemade sourdough pizza!
Yum! A lovely way to conclude a busy week!

I hope you are all enjoying your week, too!

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice."
~ Philippians 4:4


PlainJane said...

It was fun taking a peek into your week. Our weeks are pretty similar - we ought to be neighbors, don't you think? We even have the same bear pillow. lol I looked up Ally's Proverbs study - how do you like it compared to just going chapter-by-chapter on your own?

Have a blessed weekend!!!

HsKubes said...

PlainJane ~ I think it would be great if we were neighbors! Come on down. ;o) My beloved is avoiding the cold north as best he can. lol
Regarding the Proverbs study...
I like this approach a lot. It is an 8 month, topical study that she uses as we read through the chapters together as a family. It was a wonderful alternative to her doing an illustration. She, too, is enjoying it very much. She likes reading through the chapter with us while looking for the particular topic she is focusing on.
Hope that helps. ;o)

~ Christina

PlainJane said...

Thanks Christina,
I'm going to give it some prayer, but perhaps we will do that too when we get to Proverbs. Proverbs is sooo full of good instruction and I want to really dig deep into it.

(and I don't blame your husband for avoiding the cold north, I would too if I had a choice)

Isabel said...

Dear Christina,
I've been following your lovely blog since summer, since a friend of mine sent me a link to it. I love your blog: your life is truely inspiring and I eagerly read your posts (and Ally's!). I finally plugged up courage to send you a comment. May God's blessings keep on showering you and your gracious family.

Kristine said...

Thank you for sharing your week with us Christina. It is always such a blessing to come here and read how your sweet children are growing in the Lord. You and your husband are such wonderful parents. God is surely blessing you for your obedience to Him.

Glad you like that snow you got. If you want more, I can send you some from up here in WI! I'm over it for the year! *Ü*

God's blessings to you and your family!

Kathie Truitt said...

Hey, sweetie-I love your blog. Just a note - if I had it to do all over again I would homeschool my children. Keep up the good work.

Hillbilly Debutante

5blessings said...

where did u get the curriculum for the proverbs illustrations etc? it looks fun.

HsKubes said...

5blessings ~
We do not use a curriculum for our illustrations. The proverbs ones are something that I come up with at that time. The other illustrations are our children's interpretation of what we read that day. :)


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