Sunday, July 12, 2015

Farwell to California

Well we traveled home last Sunday and what a drive it was. It was a long five months in California. I am so happy to be home again.

Let me tell you about our adventure home. We hit rain when we arrived into Williamsburg, AZ and basically drove in rain all the way home. We encountered a dangerous weather situation when we were west of Tucumcari, NM. I knew we were heading into trouble and called my husband to ask him to take a look at his phone. He told me we should be fine. That was an overstatement. I continued to drive on and entered extreme darkness. It started to rain heavily with gusty winds that moved my car over. Visibility was low, so people actually pulled over onto the shoulder. At this time the boys stared to get scared. They wanted me to turn around and go back the other way, but I couldn't even if I wanted to. My phone would not work. I pulled over onto the shoulder, but only stayed there for a few minutes. I felt something inside me say, "keep on driving." I got back on the road and finally left the storm. When I left the storm my phone started to work again. It then said tornado warning in the exact location I was in. The experience has traumatized my boys, but I hope in time they will get over it.

I had many hours of driving to think and meditate on things. I also worshiped while listening to Hillsong United. I have been a huge fan of them since they started many years ago. I listened to one of my favorite songs from them and cried like a baby every time. One of my sons' was even signing it by the time we arrived home. :)  Here is the song I was listening to:

Here are the lyrics:

I see the King of glory. 
Coming on the clouds with fire.
The whole earth shakes.
The whole earth shakes.
I see His love and mercy. 
Washing over all our sins.
The people sing. The people sing.

Hosanna Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest

I see a generation. 
Rising up to take their place.
With selfless faith.
With selfless faith.

I see a near revival.
Stirring as we pray and seek.
We're on our knees.
We're on our knees.

Okay, here is the part that makes me cry every time. These next words are my heart's cry. I hope other Christians feel the same.

Heal my heart and make it clean. 
Open up my eyes to the things unseen.
Show me how to love like you have loved me.
Break my heart for what breaks Yours.
Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause.
As I walk from earth into eternity.

These words are powerful. I hope you get a chance to watch the video. 

By the way, sorry if I have not texted anyone. My phone was dropped in water when I arrived home, so now I need to buy a new phone. I hope to have my new phone soon.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Trip to a Pier

Last Saturday we went to a pier, we ate at Famous Dave's, took a walk on the boardwalk, and visited some shops.

 Some shops on the other side of the harbor. 

The lovely Queen Mary.

 Nathan had a blast in this hat shop. He actually bought this hat.

 Here he is as the Mad Hatter.

These boys look cute as Peter Pan.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Symphony

This past Sunday night Carissa and I went to a symphony. My sister in law gave us the tickets to go. Apparently she was not able to go, so she called us up to see if we wanted the tickets. What a special treat for us.

 Here we are ready to leave for the symphony.

It started at 8pm and ended at 10pm. We took delight in listening to Mendelssohn and Beethoven being played. Carissa had a few things to say about the pieces and the performance. She mentioned how she felt that the beginning of Beethoven's Fifth was too fast, but she knows that it is the conductors prerogative. She mentioned proper etiquette in clapping. This is Carissa's second time attending a symphony. I hope she can attend a few more before she graduates high school.

I snapped this photograph a few minutes before the opening number. One thing we noticed was the unequal portion of ages in the audience. There were few or no people ages 20-40. There was a tremendous about of older people in the audience. I am talking about 60 and above. I can see Brian and I attending in our 60's and above. 

I have to tell you about what an 80 year old man, with a Scottish accent, and seated next to me said. He said that Carissa and I look like sisters. Is that a good thing or bad thing? Anyway, I did tell him I was her mother. He was nice but perhaps he had too much scotch during intermission.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

California Science Center

We went to the the California Science Center on May 21st. There was so much to see and not enough time to see it all. We actually went to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, which was interesting. There was actually  a 3 ton piece of the Western Wall on exhibit, which I thought was amazing. I don't have any pictures of the exhibit because no photography was permitted. At the end of our day, we watched an IMAX movie about Jerusalem in 3D, which was awesome.

The space shuttle Endeavour is there. I felt like an ant next to the space shuttle.

All in all, I think we all enjoyed ourselves.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Congratulations Carissa & Nathan

Carissa and Nathan's closing ceremony from school was this past Tuesday evening. It was an evening full of recognition and fellowship.

Carissa received her Blue Book Assessment, which she had to write some essays on different topics. These were timed essays. Her tutor's remarks to her were, "Good use of essay structure and interesting points ." This assessment reminds me show they assessed children in school a century ago. What did they do before the scan tron test?

She was given a Certificate for Academic and Character Excellence. She received academic excellence in Latin, Biology, and British Literature. Her character excellence was for responsibility. Her tutor recognized how every Monday morning she woke up at 4:30am to get to class by 8:20. Her tutor said, here is a student who not only woke up early every Monday, but always managed to have all of her homework done every week (which is a whole lot of work, think of a college workload, and I am not exaggerating). Her tutor mentioned how she has daily chores of taking care of animals and making dinner every night too.

Nathan's tutor did not recognize each individual student. He just did a general recognition in his speech.

We are so happy for Carissa and Nathan. We are pleased with their growth as children of our Lord and Savior. We ( parents) are stewards of what the Lord has entrusted to us. It is our job to raise them up in all knowledge of spiritual and intellect. The time will come for us to shoot them out as arrows from a quiver. That time will be here soon. Lord, I pray that they always glorify, and worship you in all that they do. Amen

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Day at the Beach

We went to the beach last Thursday. We were there from 11am to about 4:30pm. We had the whole area to ourselves. The temperature was in the 70's. I am not a beach person, so I had layers on, and I stayed in the shade.

The boys had a blast. Jarrett said, "this is the best place on earth." He rolled around in the sand, dug in the sand, and went in the water. They found a tide pool and collected a lot of sea shells.

A dead seal washed up on the beach. Its face was all eaten away. The kids found another dead seal that looked like something attacked it.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Another End of a School Year

Both Nathan and Carissa's last day was this past Monday. It is always amazing how this time of the year is bittersweet. It is the escalation of academic achievements and the realization the time is going by fast. It is knowing that Carissa's junior year is that much closer. Her junior year will probably be the busiest. She wants to go to a Christian college in her birth state, so we will be visiting some colleges this summer. She has really achieved some things academically this past year. She was one of the top three students in her class in all six subjects. There were ten children in her class this year. This year she had another honors literature course. She completed her 3rd year of Latin. She completed and turned in an outstanding lab journal with all her dissections. Nathan really enjoyed his logic class and science class. Brian said he did a great job with his mock trial case too. Nathan will enter high school in the Fall.

Many people question or ask me about how we homeschool. We use the Classical Education method with a Christian worldview. You can go here to watch what is a Classical Education. Our family has really been blessed by this method of education. I thank God that he led us to this method because we had prayed for God to lead us to the right path. 

I am always amazed by how God has used "me" to school my children. Who am I? I don't have a degree in education. But I do have a deep love for my children and want the very best for them. I can't tell you how much Brian and I have sacrificed to school our children. A parent's love is amazing in what we can accomplish. Today a scripture jumped out at me. Ecclesiastes 9:10a says: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Something New for Jarrett

Jarrett loves stuff animals. He begged me to buy this stuff animal when we were out shopping on Saturday. He even said that he would pay me back when we got home. He did pay me back when we got home. He took the money from his piggy bank.

He named him Snuffels.

Jarrett is an animal lover.

Jarrett made a bed for him.

Snuffels has magnets sew in the bottom of his paws.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Fashion Show and Tea

Dress from the 1500's. The Elizabethan era, named after queen Elizabeth.

A few weeks ago I ventured to a part of L.A. called Arroyo Seco for a fashion show and tea. I went with my mother in law, G Ma T, and aunt Jo Jo. The theme of the fashion show was " women's sport attire through the centuries."

They talked about women gambling. You can see the cards the woman is holding in the first picture.

All the outfits are made with just buttons and snaps. There are no zippers. They are true to the era. I did not post the pictures of the Civil War period dresses with hoop slips and yards of fabric. These women are wearing corsets too.

Here is a French lady with a card stuffed in her dress.This dress is from the French Revolution period, which is the late 1700's. The French Revolution started about 6 years after the American Revolution ended.

 Here is a lady dressed in the early 1900's. Think 1900-1910 time period.

Bathing suits in the early 1900's. The first bathing suits were made of wool. Can you imagine the smell when they got wet? How about the itching?

Here is an outfit for a woman planning to take a bicycle ride.

A golfing outfit

Here is an outfit that the 1940's professional women's baseball team wore. Do you remember the movie, "A League of their Own?"

Outfits for going on an African Safari

Here is an outfit for horseback riding.

Here I am with a lovely lady, attending the fashion show.