Monthly Archives: October 2011

Lesson Plan, nineth week

If you are new to my blog, please see my curriculum page so you can have a better understanding of the resources that I use.  Most of this plan adheres closely to the AO curriculum.  For more information on how to provide a true CM education, please visit their site.  I have included quite a few links that I found to be helpful.  Follow these steps to make the best use of my plan:

  1. Pre-read all the assignments.
  2. View the extra links I have included.
  3. Prep any copy work that you plan on assigning.
  4. Print anything that you need a hard copy of, e.g. pictures for ‘Book of Centuries’
  5. Read the selected assignment to your child if they are not able to read it themselves.
  6. Ask for a narration.
  7. Share the links with your child that you found to be most beneficial.
  8. Let me know what links were helpful or if you found information that was helpful.

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Not Until the Snow Flies…

The first snow of the season finally happened and boy was it a big one!  

It has caused schools and businesses all across Colorado to close, the weight of the snow has broken trees causing power outages for up to two hours, and it is being called the biggest storm in two seasons.  The last few winters here have been pretty disappointing.  I don’t even remember having to get snow pants out last year.  Currently, we have 11 inches and it’s still snowing.  Hopefully, this big storm is a show of things to come this winter.  I know some don’t like all these big storms, but we love them.

On average, our first snow fall should happen mid October.  It happened about one week late this year, and the kids knew it!  They’ve been asking where the snow was for about that long.  We heard the news late last week that it was scheduled to snow the following week.  The countdown began.  It was like waiting for Christmas!  Every day the younger ones would ask, “How many more days until it snows?”, and the older ones would answer, “3 more days… 2 more days…”, until finally the answer was, “It’s going to snow tomorrow and you know what that means?!”  We enjoy the snow as much as most people do and the first snow is much anticipated, but not for the same reasons as most families.  In our family, snow means peaches, canned peaches.  How much fun is that?

Every Summer, when the big boxes of beautiful peaches come rolling into town, we buy as many as we can afford and can them.  This year we have stored up a grand total of 23 quarts of peaches.  (You can read more about that process here).  If we didn’t have this simple saying, ‘Not until the snow flies’, we wouldn’t have enough canned peaches to last us through the end of September.  Because of this simple saying and new tradition, we save our peaches until the first snowfall and usually don’t eat a jar unless it is snowing.  This area usually sees between 24 and 27 days of snow fall.  If we have a heavy winter, we won’t have quite enough peaches for every time it snows, but we do have enough for one jar every other week until peaches are in season again.  Peaches in Winter are a beautiful and wonderful treat.

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Meal Plan, The ‘Sick People’ Edition

Annanites are sick!  It is for this reason that I am late in getting the meal plan up.  This weeks meal plan is also packed full of great meal ideas for the sick and ailing.  The meals are small since most don’t eat much when they’re hungry.  It’s imperative that you avoid sugar as much as possible and increase vitamin C, so I have tried to keep that in mind.  Also, many of the things I chose to include on this meal plan may not be that appealing to kids.  For that reason, most of their sick diet is toast, applesauce, chicken noodle soup, and sweet potatoes/yams.  According to Forbes, these are the top 10 best foods to eat while fighting a cold:   Garlic, Mushrooms, Tea, Oats, Elderberry, Cabbage, Honey, Whey Protein, Barley, Sweet Potato.  I have done my best to incorporate them into this weeks menu.  If you are not sick and still looking for ideas, check out my past meal plans.

meal plan for the sick

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Lesson Plan, eighth week

The eighth week of school!  I hope you all are having as much fun as we are.  Just like I thought, this year is a great year.  I am so appreciative of the ladies over at AO for their guidance, planning, and direction.

If you are new to my blog, please see my curriculum page so you can have a better understanding of the resources that I use.  Most of this plan adheres closely to the AO curriculum.  For more information on how to provide a true CM education, please visit their site.  I have included quite a few links that I found to be helpful.  Follow these steps to make the best use of my plan:

  1. Pre-read all the assignments.
  2. View the extra links I have included.
  3. Prep any copy work that you plan on assigning.
  4. Print anything that you need a hard copy of, e.g. pictures for ‘Book of Centuries’
  5. Read the selected assignment to your child if they are not able to read it themselves.
  6. Ask for a narration.
  7. Share the links with your child that you found to be most beneficial.
  8. Let me know what links were helpful or if you found information that was helpful.

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We’re on Facebook!

For those following the lesson plans I post, be sure to check us out on Facebook!  I have been adding extra links and ideas over there and would love to hear some of your insights and what you’ve been learning.

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30 Minutes for Mommy: Lesson 4

Monday

Lesson 4 focuses on Milcah and Sari/Sarah and their genetic relationship to their husbands.  It is a widely accepted fact that incestuous relationships occurred at the beginning of time.  I was always told that this was acceptable at the time because there simply weren’t enough people to reproduce without incest occurring and human disease was not developed enough to cause so many genetic defects as we see in incestuous relationships today.  I would like to know what you have heard in this matter because it has always been curious to me.  You can find a listing of scriptures that deal with laws concerning incest and many examples at Nave’s Online if you would like to study this matter further.

It is important to note that there are permissible and taboo examples of incest in the Bible.  I have made a table illustrating the lineage of Terah that show the marriages and familial relationships between three well known couples in the Old Testament.  Each generation is a different color, arrows indicate a marriage, and scripture references are given complete with links.  From this we learn that sibling and second generation marriages were acceptable.  When we discuss the daughter’s of Lot, we will learn of an unacceptable union.

Tuesday

In beginning to study about Sarai, we learn that she was the half sister of Abram(Gen 20:12), she was very fair to look upon (Gen 12:11; 12:14-15), and she was submissive to her husband (Gen 12:5- Sari left her family without complaint and went where Abram led.  Gen 12:13 – Sari did as she was told without argument).

It is her beauty, however, that is the cause of so much trouble.  Abram was afraid that her beauty would cost him his life, and so he asked her to assist him in hiding a part of their relationship by saying that they were siblings, rather than married.  Abram protected himself and her somewhat by doing this because any man interested in her would have had to consult him for permission first.  Unfortunately, Pharo did not have to ask permission.  God saves Sari and plagues Pharo for her sake (Gen. 12:16-20).

Here are some lessons to consider:

Ignorance is no excuse

Pharo and Abimelech were both punished for taking Sari even though they didn’t know that what they were doing was wrong.  We can’t claim ignorance when punishment is dealt out.

Obedience and Faith

Sarai was obedient (1 Pet 3:6) to her husband.  Wether she agreed with him or not, we do not know, but she was obedient.  She may have even had great faith in God to get her out of any mess that her husband inadvertently put her in.

God uses the imperfect

Abraham, being a prophet of God (Gen. 20:7), lied for the same reason on two different occasions and was never rebuked by God for it.  You could call it a half lie, or a white lie, or simply hiding the truth, but in any case he was dishonest.  This could show a lack of faith on his part in that he did not have faith in God to see him through these trying times of his sojourn.  Maybe it was these times that built his faith to the point that he was willing to sacrifice his son for God.

(thanks to creationism.org for the image)

Being Patient in All Things

In Gen 16:1 we see the seed of Sarai’s impatience.  It had been ten years since God’s promise was made to Abram, Sari was 75 and Abram was 85, and the still had no child.  Sarai worried that they would never have children so she offers Hagar to her husband, (Gen 16:1-2).  We read, “Abram harkened to the voice of Sarai”, and went into Hagar and she conceived.  In the article, ‘Beware of Shortcuts‘, by Keith Krell, he points out that Sari is following a common pagan practice of the day by offering Hagar to Abram.  Culturally, there was nothing wrong with Abram using Hagar as a sort of surrogate mother.

There are two important lessons to be taken from these two passages both having to do with patience.  First, Sari worries they will not have children and therefor turns from waiting on God to following the ways of the pagans and what was culturally accepted.  How many practices are common today and are culturally accepted but show a lack of patience on the part of those that partake in them and a turning from God?  Abortion, drinking to drunkenness, fornication, use of foul language, living together before marriage,  pornography and white lies are only some of the many culturally accepted things of this day that are clearly wrong in God’s eyes and show a lack of patience.  The practices I have mentioned range on man’s scale of severity, but remember, to God, sin is sin and can only be forgiven by God through His perfect plan of salvation.

The second lesson is about being tempted to participate in these practices.  Abram was the second man we read about who harkened to his wife.  Can you remember another man who harkened to his wife?  Eve also tempted her husband with something desirable.  As women, we have such a great power and responsibility to our men.  When they are facing uncertain times and are weak, they can be easily tempted and if we don’t behave as women of God, we could potentially lead them into temptation just as Eve and Sari did.  We must always encourage ourselves and our husbands to be patient and wait on God.

Their are always repercussions for our sins.  The repercussion for Sari and Abram’s was great.  First, Hagar despised Sarai and began to think of herself as better than her mistress, (Gen 16:4).  Sarai knows she was wrong in her suggestion to Abram,(Gen 16:5), but compounds the problem by dealing harshly with Hagar, (Gen 16:6).  This causes a great strife and wedge between the two women.

 

 

 

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Meal Plan 10/16

We are back to doing school this week plus we’re making Halloween costumes, so things are busy… not much change there.  You will notice the menu is a little heavy on the chicken side.  The reason is that I am out of everything but chicken.  If it’s too much chicken for you, feel free to look through past weekly plans to get different ideas.  Have a great week!

meal plan 10/16

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Lesson Plan, seventh week

Seven weeks of school and still no snow for us.  Our garden is nearly done do to the cooler weather, so we will have much more time for school.  We will be canning the last of the green beans this week as well as some more peaches and hopefully some applesauce.  All this will make for another hectic week.  Learning the balance between the home school day and everyday life is the biggest challenge we face, but making it all work is the greatest reward.

If you are new to my blog, please see my curriculum page so you can have a better understanding of the resources that I use.  Most of this plan adheres closely to the AO curriculum.  For more information on how to provide a true CM education, please visit their site.  I have included quite a few links that I found to be helpful.  Follow these steps to make the best use of my plan:

  1. Pre-read all the assignments.
  2. View the extra links I have included.
  3. Prep any copy work that you plan on assigning.
  4. Print anything that you need a hard copy of, e.g. pictures for ‘Book of Centuries’
  5. Read the selected assignment to your child if they are not able to read it themselves.
  6. Ask for a narration.
  7. Share the links with your child that you found to be most beneficial.
  8. Let me know what links were helpful or if you found information that was helpful.

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The Wife of Job

I know ‘tomorrow’ was a long time ago, but better late than never.  Since it has been several days, let’s review a little.  The basic story is that Job had a wonderful life and in one day lost everything except his wife, three friends, and a very arrogant person named Elihu.  His wife was no support and told him to curse God.  His friends were no support and would not speak truth to him; insisting that he must have sinned against God to deserve this punishment.  And then Elihu came along and listened, spoke truth, and prepared Job to speak with God.

As women and wives, we have valuable lessons to learn from these three examples.  Job’s wife encouraged him to get his suffering over by cursing God.  She did not have the best interests of her husband in mind.  She wasn’t thinking about where he would spend eternity if he cursed God, or maybe it just wasn’t a concern of hers.  As Christians, our primary goal should be to help one another get to heaven.  If we do not have a unified goal, what is the purpose of marriage?  We are only given one example of the character of Job’s wife, so it is hard to say exactly how she might have been the rest of the time.  The one thing she is remembered for is attempting to lead her husband astray, yet I do not think she was all together bad.  As far as we know, Job did not marry anyone else, so we must assume that it was his wife who was blessed with seven new children and all the blessings God gave Job.  When speaking with our husbands, we should remember that every word we say to them could be our most remembered word.  I suspect that Job’s wife was in a week moment and she spoke foolishly after hearing that her husband had lost his herds and flocks and their own children were gone as well.  Maybe this one recorded instance was not a true example of her character, but it is the most outstanding and what she is remembered for.  If your husband had to remember you for only one remark, what would it be?

We can contrast Job’s wife with Elihu to learn better how she should have treated him.  Elihu listened to Job where his friends did not.  He spoke truth to him where his friends did not.  He praised God and pointed out where Job was wrong where his friends did not.  After being treated in this way, Job argued no more and was ready to hear and see God.  This is the way we should be treating our husbands.  We should treat them with respect by listening to every word they say and speak to them truthfully, making sure to not stroke egos.  By doing this, our husbands will be able to have better understanding and clarity of mind to deal with whatever might be troubling them.

Men are in a very stressful position as the head of our homes.  They carry a lot of responsibility in providing for the family and leading that family in all spiritual things.  As the primary source of support for our husbands, we can either help them to the right decision or hinder them by encouraging them to the easiest, most fun, or most convenient choice.  Worse yet, it is very easy for a wife to manipulate her husband’s decision to what will be of most benefit to her.

I would like to hear how some of you help your husbands through difficult times.

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