ear infections, two unrelated ER visits (we are all ok!), another ear infection and croup,
and then the stomach bug, relational changes and challenges amongst our blended family,
church meetings, terminal sickness amongst extended family, hurting friends, financial burdens, late night classes, up too late trying to steal a few moments of alone time as husband and wife,
waking up too early, struggling with heart issues in our children that play out in their behaviors,
uncertainties about the future, anxieties, fires,
bombings in cities far too close to home...
It can all be too overwhelming.
In seasons of doubt, fear and struggle,
may we take comfort in knowing that this too is merely that-
We were not created to bear it on our own. God gave us Himself and each other. May we look up with hope, trusting in His plan and goodness, not always in the seen, but the unseen,
and then reach out to one another with love.
May God give us His Strength!
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
What gain has the worker from his toil?
I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Also, he has put eternity into man's heart,
yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful
and to do good as long as they live..."
Ecclesiastes 3: 3-12
BOOKS OF THE WEEK:
"For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven."
LETTER OF THE WEEK:
ART CONNECTION: Watercolor Paintings and Tie-Dyed Flowers
CRAFTY CORNER: Four Seasons Window Collage
This past week's weather was just awesome. The girls (and I) enjoyed every minute of it. They just LOVE being outdoors! We decided to do our project time outside on Thursday. We attempted to do this with Roo, but she was just too all over the place. The girls were getting super frustrated with her. So we took a potty break and I put Roo down for a late morning nap and then we tried again. The girls helped me set up our tablecloth on the porch. I cut all the pieces for this activity our of foam board and card stock. The girls did a great job gluing the pieces in place. They worked on it diligently for about 45 minutes! We had a few laughs, though, when the breeze would pick up and blow away some of the paper. We took turns chasing after the pieces.
SCIENCE CONNECTION: Planting Strawberries!
June Bug loves to plant things. I found these great little do-it-yourself strawberry plant kits and thought it would be a fun way to give strawberry growing a try. After all, we all love strawberries! We planted a few tomato plants from seeds on Easter in little tins inside. In three weeks they have sprouted up to be almost 3 inches tall! If you pause to think about it, it truly is a miracle. A little seed with a little water and sunlight sprouts up and, God-willing, bears fresh fruit. We will hopefully transfer these tomato plants into our garden in a few more weeks. I am eager to plant our garden again this year. Check out these pictures. The leeks and Swiss chard we planted last summer have already begun to sprout about again. Just amazing! :-)
MONTESSORI-INSPIRED WORK BOXES
Seasons Felt Board
Ju- Ju helped me cut out the felt pieces for this activity. The girls decorated the tree, ground and sky with the appropriate things for each season.
Picture and Word Matching
In this activity I would read the season and then have the girls match up the word with the correct picture. Ju-Ju painted these great watercolors of the seasons. She was such a great little helper this week!
Ice Cube Tray Sorting
In this activity the girls pinch tweezers to pick up the pom-pom puffs and place them in each individual slot in the ice cube tray. (This great fine motor skill activity cost me $2 to make...think Dollar Store!)
Sort and Snap and Color Match
This Melissa and Doug activity is always a favorite of all the girls. They really enjoy working together on these puzzles.
FOOD FUN: Almond Flour and Oat Chocolate Chip Triangles