27 April 2009

Self-Check on Obedience

Do you demand to be paid? Try to work a deal? Say, "Only if..."?

Did you follow through completely? Make sure you understood what was expected?

How is your heart? Was there much foot stomping involved? Are you willing to serve?

Did you say, "Hold on a minute, Mommy"? Was an excuse offered? Were you prompt?

Is there any such thing as a 4-way Venn diagram? I don't even know.
We tried our hand at it anyway and had a great role play/hopscotch/discussion about obedience.

Five year old learning to spell it.

How often can any of us really stand in all four circles at once?
Oh, this mom is so very convicted.

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21 April 2009

Obedience- Kings and Queens II- Running the Gauntlet

Hi! It's me again! (Ellie is my name if you forgot.)
We had a unit on kings & queens.
We studied knights, and the way they obeyed their rulers, so we had a gauntlet for knight training.

This is the DEADLY WEBKINZ dodging arena. Sir M. is taking the test.

This is the GLOOP PIT, where daring men jump. Sir S. takes a triumphant jump over it!

Now, we move on to the LAVA PIT with rocks. Sir B. leaps from rock-to-rock & makes it!

The JUMP WALL & I, Sir Ellie, am clearing a jump.

Back to the LAVA PIT where Sir A. is working on it.

Ah, the DEADLY WEBKINZ, where Sir S. is.

And lastly Sir R. in the TUNNEL OF DEATH!

Well, our tour is done. good-bye!


15 April 2009

Field Trip- Seneca Schoolhouse Museum

Hello! This is Rebekah. I want to tell you all about a field trip I went on.
My sister and I went to a place called Seneca Schoolhouse. We pretended we were
children from 1880. We had different names than what we were usually called.
Such as, I was called Mary, my sister, Elizabeth, better known as Ellie,
was called Ella. We had biographies to. My father
was supposed to own the livery stable, Ella's father was supposed to
be a stone cutter.
So, come on!
I'll show you what it was like in a one room schoolhouse!

This is the school yard.

This is Mary.

This is the whole class.

This is Ella.
She is very sweet, but has a fiery temper.

This is Miss Darby.

During the school hours, we did math, reading,
and a spelling bee! I was 5th from the last one out.
The girl next to me, Blanche or, Hannah, won the
spelling bee! She chose a soapstone pencil as
her prize. But, she got a bonus prize:

This right here is reading time.

Oh! I want to tell you about punishment
back then. One of the things that you could
get punished for is being left-handed.
Boys got it much worse than girls, though.
If you were being spanked, you had to pull down your pants
in front of the whole class! Girls were swatted with a ruler,
while boys had to, when they were in trouble,
go and get a willow branch. But, sometimes the
boys would carry around pocket knifes,
and would whittle a small hole in the
branch so it would break when they
were swatted.

This is reading time, Ella is reading out loud.
We read from the McGuffy's 3rd Reader,
and we were reading about birds.

I hope you enjoyed my tour.
I look forward to see you again,
Bye! ;)


13 April 2009

Obedience- Kings and Queens I

Welcome to the Kingdom of Yebo, a dominion in which all subjects readily and cheerfully submit to their leaders. Or at least, they are learning to.
A kingdom where, for lack of better ideas, the leaders sometimes just spell certain words backwards and it comes out pretty darned good. ;)

Our kingdom's motto and coat of arms.
Obey your leaders and submit to them. Proverbs 13:17
Colors and symbols representing wisdom, peace, strength and (of course) Ireland. (Of course?)

The armory. Please check all weaponry at the door upon arrival.

Every Yeboan has their own family crest handed down through the generations. It is a matter of extreme pride to know one's ancestral line.

They've all descended from the Yeboan cousins we don't like to talk about publicly.

Loyal Yeboans making their own crown jewels.

A dashing young prince.

Lady Blondilocks of Yebo.

Yeboan coronation ceremony. We're not very formal in this nation. Sometimes we don't even wear shoes.
But crowns. Always wear the crown.

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10 April 2009

Good Friday Reflections

Benvenuto di Giovanni, 1491

Behold the man upon the cross
My guilt upon His shoulders...
Why should I gain from his reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom.

- How Deep the Father's Love For Us, Stuart Townsend


He was assigned a grave with the wicked... though he had done no violence.
He poured out his life unto death... and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53: 9-10 (my paraphrase)

Should have been mine
This role, that hole.
Grave Assignment

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