Saturday, November 8, 2008

Cy's Storybook Bible part 3

Hello everyone. I'm here to tell you of me (a 9 year old's experience, from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2008). This is a sad story what happened to my mom. One day I got up to a sad morning. At first, me and my brothers didn't know what was going on. Because mom and dad were crying and me and my brothers didn't know what to do. So we just wrote cards for them. Later they told us the bad news. MY MOM HAD CANCER. And you know what? I still didn't lose faith with God. So I'm trying to tell you guys that if we have hard times, God is still there. I want you to give me a comment if you read this about when you felt that God is not there. I've gone through a lot of hard times but I still have not lost faith in God.

If you do not know this I am going to tell you right now: everybody has sinned. Nobody is ever perfect. I can tell you that. Not even me, no way, I have sinned too. If you do not think He will forgive our sins...well, He came to earth, died for us, and we are free from sins.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Cy's Story book Bible part 2

CH: 4 Verses cont.

Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord not for human masters. Colossians 3:23

Truthful words last forever. But lies last only for a moment. Proverbs 12:19

Doing right guards those who are honest. Proverbs 13:6

Commit to the Lord everything you do. Then your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

The path of honest people takes them away from evil. Those who guard their ways guard their lives. Proverbs 16:17

Her husband is respected at the city gate. He takes his seat among the elders of the land. Proverbs 31:23

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Notes on Cy's Bible story post

PLEASE NOTE: The following entry is from my oldest son (almost 10 years old) who worked all morning on his Bible journal and I asked him if I could share it here because I felt it was very heartfelt and meaningful. He proudly presents it here for the public so please enjoy and know that I had NO INVOLVEMENT whatsoever! (And this from my reluctant writer....)

Cy's Storybook Bible

CH:1 be yourself .

God has a plan for every one who sets his or her's foot on this earth. We shouldn't give our lives to ourselves, but if you are wise... you would give your lives to God. And anybody can do that, you don't have to be famous or rich. No, you can do it no matter what kind of person you are, just be yourself.

CH :2 After our life

After our life it will be more beautiful than our earth....yes, yes it will be. You know what, right now I feel that I am so in touch with God right now I am going to bless His name right now. Holy, Holy, Holy, you are my God and I bless your name forever, Hosanna in the highest.

CH: 3 Instructions to Heaven

To get to heaven you have to tell your soul this: love God more than anything and believe that Jesus died on the cross for us, and that He sacrificed Himself for our sins. And that you can pray to God anytime you want to. So believe in the things that I say. So here are some more important instructions for life. I can tell you what- if you aren't a Christian yet, follow these instructions and I can tell you that you will completely change your life forever: follow God and have a little Bible study time because it's verse time.

CH: 4 Verses

Memory Work: He has made everything beautiful in it's time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Look I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of the prophecy in this book. Revelation 22:7

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Phonics Flip Chart

Here's my little one displaying his beloved flip chart! He has learned so many words and is getting really fast at sounding them out. The flip chart is wonderful because we can take it anywhere and he feels like such a big boy being able to read something on his own. I guess years of watching his older brother carry books around where ever we go has made an impression on him! Anyway, he found this at Mardel's and I'm going back to get the other ones soon!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Shakespeare Resource

I've checked out several different versions of Shakespeare retellings and the Leon Garfield books are the ones that capture my boys' attention and tell enough of the play not to lose the storyline. They also love the pictures, which aren't necessarily my favorite, but it helps them "see" the story.

I've tried the versions that Ambleside Online recommends, but they are much more difficult for the boys to follow, so we'll stick to Shakespeare Stories for now.

Copy Work books

I love these copy work books by Memoria Press! I was printing out and picking out my son's copy work for each day-- and it was fun but time consuming! Unfortunately, I had to look for some short cuts while undergoing cancer treatment the last 8 months and I came upon one of these copy books. It was a life saver and a blessing and well worth the money. My oldest son was able to pull the book out and work on a page every day without needing me to do anything and I could look it over once a month or so to see how he was doing.

Now with 2 children actively doing lessons every day, the copy books save me time and they are very convenient. I have not seen the cursive book as of yet and it probably won't work for my oldest who being a sloppy lefty is struggling to do cursive at all.

Science Program

We have also begun a new science curriculum that we are doing in a Co-op with another family (we're also doing art together).
These are really enjoyable science books and experiments. Very kid & non-scientist mom friendly!! They are written by a homeschool mom who also happens to be a scientist and she knows KIDS & SCIENCE and how to best put them together!
We are using the Pre-Level 1 books this year because of the age range we are teaching- 5, 7 & 9 year olds. The Level 1 books are geared for 3rd- 5th graders so we will move into those next year and they will have a great foundation in science concepts.
In addition, we still read many great nature stories, go for nature walks, keep nature journals and so on. To learn more go to:

Art Program

We are using a new art program this year and loving it!! It's called Artistic Pursuits and has levels from beginning elementary through high school. We are starting at the beginning with book A & the lessons are simple but fun and the boys (age 9, 7, and almost 5) are getting to try many different techniques.
Each lesson includes a close look at a painting for art appreciation and practice in noticing detail! The questions really get the kids talking and observing. I'll try to post some completed projects when I can.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Coming back to life after chemo

It's been a long, sometimes ugly road of cancer treatment over these past eight months, but I feel that life is finally moving beyond treatment and more and more back into the realm of normalcy... which is what, really??

Well, for me, part of my 'normal' world is reading to my boys at night before bed. I LOVE to do this!! I've always LOVED to do this. It has always been our routine to cuddle up with great books, whether picture books when they are very small or chapter books as they get older. They snuggle into their beds and get very quiet and it has always been the most peaceful time of the day for us. And I get a captive audience! I also get to send them off to sleep while fun and whimsical characters dance through their heads. We all reap the joy of togetherness as we explore different countries and times through stories they'll remember forever. I am so deeply grateful to have the energy once again to have bedtime stories!

Normal is being able to fix a complete meal, serve it AND be able to clean up afterwards! That takes soooo much energy! I never even realized how much work one meal can seem when you are wiped out, but I hope to appreciate how much energy God supplies us with from now on, because it really is awesome.

Normal is choosing to have a lazy day off with the boys and relax in the sun! Imagine the panic that sets in after not actively doing homeschool lessons every day for almost an entire school year! Yikes! I knew the boys were fine & progressing even without my involvement daily, but it wasn't what I had planned for them! (And I have such terrific plans, don't you know???) That made for a mom becoming very stressed about getting good habits back in place and feeling confident that the boys would once again listen to mom- not just as mom, but also as their instructor. I feel the worries melting away and God is replacing it with a glorious peace. No more panic, lots less stress! More play time in the sun!

I'm not completely myself yet- but I am getting there! (And it feels good!) I'm also not (completely) done with treatment, since I have to take a drug for the next 5 years and have checkups every 3 months, oh, and another surgery this summer... but with what I have finished and gone through already- the road ahead seems straight and ***hopefully*** rutless!!!! I'm just going to enjoy being normal for now....

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Earth Day fun!

We got our act together and planted some flowers around the house on Earth Day! Seemed like a great way to celebrate our terrific planet and the boys will do anything to play in the dirt! My little loves to water the flowers for me... even after a rain... ;) !
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Some mating actions...

During a visit to the FW Zoo this week we had a great encounter at the Flamingo habitat! The males were very vocal and aggressive- clicking their beaks and snapping at one another for mating rights. It was very interesting to watch. My 6 yo son points to this group of loud & crazy acting birds and declares them to be the "Boys" and points to another group that was peacefully resting and says "and those are the GIRLS!" It really is that simple, isn't it? LOL! He always thinks it is so amusing that the boys have to try to impress the girls- who are trying their hardest to ignore them... and so life goes....
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