Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December Daily

   For the past few years, I have made a December Daily album.  Each year, I have made my album ahead of time and created a page for each day in December.  This is such a neat way to hold on to the memories of the season, and my kids love to look back on our past Christmas activities.  This year, I only managed to make my cover, but I have all the supplies I need to make the pages as I go.  I don't plan to document every single day of the month this time, but I'm going to see what I feel inspired to do.  It seems to me like time is flying by, and I want to maintain the perspective that this is for fun, not work.  Here's a peek at my front cover:

Now I just need to remember to get my camera out more often and start documenting our days.  The countdown begins tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DIY: Thanksgiving for the Birds {Homemade Bird Feeder}

Taking advantage of our warm, sunny weather, we headed outside to make a Thanksgiving feast for the birds. 

We used one of the small pumpkins the kids brought home from the pumpkin patch, cut off the top, and scooped out the seeds.

Then all we had to do was cut some holes in the side with an apple corer, string some twine through to make a hanger, and add some seeds. We'll be watching to see who discovers their feast.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nature Exchange Send-off

   We're sending our treasures off to Illinois today.  We collected several things from our nature walks and were inspired to create a few things as well. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nature Search

   We have joined the Nature Exchange at The Magnifying Glass, and we've almost collected everything we need for our swap buddies.  It's been fun to hunt treasures with a purpose, and the boys have found some interesting specimens to share.  So far, an abandoned wasp nest, a gall, goose feathers, a snail shell, a granite rock, and some pressed leaves.  We're still collecting, and we're also going to include a couple of postcards.
   The best part is taking time to enjoy the fall scenery where we live and taking advantage of the balmy weather.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How Do We Know the Bible is True?

How do we know the Bible is true?  Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge have edited a wonderful volume that addresses this issue with Biblical authority to better equip Christians to face the culture we are living in.  

The essays in How Do We Know the Bible is True? address areas such as the reliability of scripture, miracles, salvation, poligamy, evolution, mythology, the age of the earth, and atheism. Many questions both Christians and non-Christians have about these subjects and more are answered in these essays. Popular culture topics such as The DaVinci Code are also addressed.  Because this book is labeled as "Volume 1," I assume there will be much more subject matter to come.
My kids have learned so much from the "Answers" books by Ken Ham, and I was excited to get this one for myself. I especially enjoyed the essays dealing with evolution and the age of the earth, as these are two issues that I have struggled with. These notions are contradictory to everything I was taught in school, and I always felt an inner struggle with making what I was taught line up with what the Bible says is true. I appreciate books such as Ken Ham's for giving me a resource to answer my own questions, as well as the questions my kids often pose. 

If the Bible says that "God is the Creator of all things," then how could we have evolved over millions/billions of years? The essay "How Can We Stand on Scripture in an Evolution-Pushing Culture?" by Jim Gardner, tackles this issue head-on:  
"People need to understand that evolution is a worldview teaching that man got here without God being involved...Evolution is the foundation of humanism." 
How Do We Know the Bible is True? is a reference book that I will return to many times, and I will look forward to the next volume.

{The publisher has provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.}

Monday, November 7, 2011

Remember Veteran's Day

Remember to thank a veteran this week!

Some things to do:

  • Send a care package, letter, or postcard to a soldier. Check to get an address.
  • Download a free Veteran's Day Teacher's Guide to learn more about what Veteran's Day means.
  • Get a Save Our History teacher's guide and timeline from the National WWII Memorial.  
  • Visit the library, and check out some books to share with your kids:

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Strange Days Indeed

   A great thing about pets is the learning that happens along with having them.  We have two green anoles, and the male has been through a mishap involving his tail, the lid of the tank, and our fat cat.  His tail was hanging out the side of the roof, and he was on the bottom of the tank one morning.  Eeeew!!
   The amazing thing is that his tail is growing back, and he now has a little stubby stump.  We watched him shed his skin the other day, which was quite a long process.  We have a Green Anole guidebook, and any time anything happens, we look it up in the book.  The kids have learned to do research when they have questions, and they have become really good green anole owners.