Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
"A Year In Review"
Welcome to: In the Shadow of the Cross Academy!!!
It has been a long struggle to get this Blog updated with our school activities and so to help me play catch up I am going to post a bunch of pictures and school posts we have done over the past year...alot to take in I know....but I still have so much I want to share with you and this would help me cross more than one thing off my month long list :)!!!
Enjoy your journey into our home :)
A New Year...A New WordThis year I have made only a few resolutions...like have a friend of mine teach me how to knit, get our fence up, and maybe find a good used sewing machine so I can start making Sarah dresses and add sewing to our school days. But the one I am working on daily is "Gentleness". A friend of mine decided to pick one word/character quality to work one each year and I thought that was such a really good idea.I teach my kids a new quality every month in schol why not let the Lord be my teacher and school with them....so I choose gentleness.
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
This verse spoke to me as I was teaching it to my children. How often do I correct with a tone that would tear them down instead of building them up in discipline? Do I take time to stop and listen to them, or even stop what I am doing and bend down eye-to-eye when I am correcting them? I want them to be careful in how they help encourage eachother to do what is right, instead of always telling me who is doing wrong. Am I so quick to jump when there has been a rule broken, that I am when they are doing what is right? God has shown me it isn't just the words I choose, but the way I say things, the expressions on my face and even if I am looking at them that can show gentleness. I would encourage you if you do not have a New year's resolution or would like one that can draw you closer to the Lord pray about a fruit of the spirit, or character quality you would like to add in your heart. Here are a few steps I am taking to help me in this area:
Step 1: I am letting those close to me know so they could help me and pray for me when I am struggling..and yes that even includes my children & husband!
Step 2: I am finding a verse a month to hang up throughout the house to memorize along the line of Gentleness.
Step 3: I am also hanging up anything that the Lord speaks to me about in various areas of my home to keep me on track.
Goodluck this year and may you grow closer and closer to the Lord everyday!!
"A Snow Angel"
It is a simple thing, one that probably every child has done, and yet every time it seems like you are covered in magic. A simple snow angel. One clothed in pure white and surrounded by chill. Every one forms the body of one of our children and leaves them with the feeling of winter magic as they turn around and see it for the first time.
I wonder, will heaven be like that. Will we be in awe at the sight of an angel for the first time? Will we feel the Holy Spirit as it fills us with the presence of the Lord Almighty? I can't wait! Untill then I will enjoy making angels here on earth, and look up into the heavens, praising God for His creation.
Simply in Awe!!!
As a homeschool project we decided to make Ice ornamaents for our willow tree...filled with bunches of yummy stuff for the birds and critters the kids love watching. We just filled our shallow tuberware containers and muffin tins with water, added bits and pieces of food, and thick twine to hang with. Then I set them outside and let them freeze! I saw this done once with acrons, and wintery items found outside but I thought a lesson on how to feed God's creation in winter would be neat. (and a good way to clean out my produce that was almost going bad :)!) They loved it and can't wait to hang them up on the tree out front tomorrow.