Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dread Champion

The writers of the Bible gave us some lovely images of God, don't you think? And then there is this one. It has stuck with me all day in a somehow humorous yet comforting kind of way.
"But the LORD is with me like a dread champion." Jeremiah 20 somewhere

So I immediately get a mental image of a huge boxer, standing behind me complete with mouth-guard, sweat and red leather boxing gloves. Not exactly the image of God we usually hear, but comforting all the same don't you think?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Elijah

A few days late because of internet difficulties, but a birthday message nonetheless. Dear 7 year old boy we love you. You keep us laughing, thinking, listening and loving daily. We are amazed at all of the ways you've grown this year. You have fallen in love with nature in whole new ways. You would spend every spare minute outside- digging in the dirt, finding rocks, uncovering bugs, inspecting leaves, searching for spiders, climbing, riding your bike and having a great time. We started homeschooling your this year and it has gone very well so far. You are learning lots- improving things that were really difficult for you at school and enjoying learning about things that interest you. We've done a unit on space, one on habitats and we're about to start simple machines.

Your brothers love you and you show such patience with them much of the time. We love you Elijah and can't wait to see who you become as a 7 year old.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rock Boys Band

This morning, after our school work part 1, our home saw the birth of the Rock Boys Band. Right now, I'm listening to them discuss options for tour dates, advertising, audiences, and of course who will be the star. Stuffed animals will be the audience. They need a microphone. "We need suits!" Micah exclaims. It is a big day! Elijah is working on posters. I asked him what he thought should be on the posters- his response- "Our band's name "Rock Boys Band," a picture of our band and when we're playing." Now, they're planning dance moves. The music they will sing and play seems to be secondary somehow, but adults often fall into the same trap, so can you blame them?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Micah

We love you little man! We'll post birthday pictures of the big day soon. I just wanted to pay tribute to our very special middle child on his birthday. Praise the Lord for an incredible 5 years, and I pray that we have many many more to enjoy with you.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Superhero Book

Elijah writes in his journal every day and we try to pick something to type and "publish" every so often. Today was publishing day and he chose a little story he'd written about a super hero. He typed his story himself, picked out a picture to accompany it and printed it out. Micah did the same, typing the story himself with a little extra help from me with spelling. I typed Isaiah's story for him, but I typed it word for word as he told it to me. The video is Elijah reading their finished product to everyone.
"The Superhero Book- By Elijah, Micah and Isaiah Crisp. Illustrator-
Super man jumped off the window. Oooof he said. He landed in the bushes. By Elijah
Optimus landed on Mars. He saw a giant alien. By Micah
Green Lantern lands on the moon. He saw the giant alien drink a pack of juice. The giant alien has plastic in his belly. By Isaiah"

Friday, February 06, 2009

Only in Cape Breton

If you know about the Maritime provinces, you can skip this little paragraph, but if Canadian geography is somewhat foreign to you, read on. There is a tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia called Cape Breton Island. As you can see from these photos, Cape Breton is a beautiful place. Steep hills, ocean scenery, meadows, trees; truly it is beautiful. Until winter.
This is actually a bus being pulled out of the icy water by a crane of some sort. My mom has worked for years with a lady named Marian who is from Cape Breton, and Marian recently told my mom this story about her brother. She says, "The road he took to get there (to work) was pretty iced up and he lost his car over a steep embankment with the front end stuck in the snow and the back end up in the air. He went to get help from a wrecker and when they got back to the car, the car was missing its back tires.....there was a note on the windshield and two old bald tires sitting beside the car, and the note read 'didn't think ya would be needin yer tires for the rest of the winter seeing as where you vehicle is, so took them and left ya my bald ones for summer."

Ahhh the homeland.

Simile Metaphor Collection

Elijah after running: My heart is beating like a coconut rolling down a hill.
Elijah on urination: Pee is like horses galloping out of the gate. Once they get started you just can't stop them.
Elijah: If school were a human I'd give it a wedgie.
Elijah: I am like a hot rod and I just want to be a plain old Ford
Elijah on the fruits of the spirit: I've got them all covered except self-control. Its like a tiny green tomato and the rest are all big ripe ones. Especially love. Its like the biggest tomato we saw in the garden tonight.